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October 05, 1987

An amputee training for his third Ironman Triathlon was killed Saturday in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, when his bicycle was hit from behind by a cement truck during a training ride.

Patrick J. Griskus, 39, a free-lance writer, of Waterbury, Conn., was pronounced dead on arrival at Kona Hospital, police said. He was not wearing protective headgear.

The driver of the cement truck is a suspect in a negligent homicide investigation, police said.

Griskus, whose left leg was amputated six inches below the knee after a motorcycle accident 19 years ago, had completed more than three dozen triathlons. The Ironman race is scheduled for next Saturday.

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