June 23, 2014

Cyclist killed in St. Louis hit-and-run was safety conscious, but may have run stop sign, police say

St. Louis Post Dispatch – June 23, 2014 4:00 pm • By Joel Currier

ST. LOUIS • A bicyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver Friday night in St. Louis was focused on safety, according to his wife.

Charles Richard “Rick” Beard, 54, chose routes through residential areas instead of using main roads, wore reflective clothing and outfitted the front, rear and sides of his bike with blinking lights, according to his wife, Sonia Beard.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 8.39.53 AMBut police say a video taken by a camera on Rick Beard’s bicycle appears to show him entering the intersection of North Sarah Street and Cook Avenue on Friday night without stopping at a stop sign.

Beard, of the 7900 block of Davis Drive in Clayton, was struck about 8:45 p.m. by a car that then sped away after the crash, police said.

Police recovered a black and maroon 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix in the 4700 block of Kensington Street believed involved in the fatal accident. Police are searching for the suspect.

Beard grew up in Clayton and was a graduate of Clayton High School, West Point Academy and Harvard’s business school, his wife said. He earned his Airborne Ranger designation from the Ranger Training School, and from 1983-87 patrolled the border of East and West Germany as a captain and tank commander in the Army’s Blackhorse Regiment.

In 2001, he founded Cardinal Investment Advisors in Clayton and was among the firm’s managing directors until his death, Sonia Beard said.

He also loved golf, video games and keeping up with his military comrades, his wife said.

A memorial service for Beard is set for 3 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Central Presbyterian Church, 7700 Davis Drive in Clayton. Interment will be private. In addition to his wife of nearly 24 years, survivors include a son, Charles Richard Beard III, 20, and a daughter, Carly Beard, 18.

Valerie Schremp Hahn of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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