Tilin’s friends told KXAN he was on a 50-mile bike ride Saturday morning with about a dozen other cyclists. He pulled over to the side of RM 620 near Marshall Ford Road when his bike got a flat tire.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, two pickup trucks collided when one of them hydroplaned and crossed into oncoming traffic. The truck that hydroplaned slammed into Tilin.
Tilin was a longtime contributor to Outside Magazine, as well as a familiar face in cycling groups in Austin.
“I just couldn’t get on my bike, and people just are in shock. They’re in shock,” Brad Houston, the founder of the Gruppo VOP Cycling Group that Tilin was riding in, said. Houston said he wasn’t on last Saturday’s ride, but heard from the cycling community what happened.
Tilin is leaving behind two teenage children, an ex-wife and his life partner, Shellie Oroshib.
“This was the person that I wanted to grow old with, that I wanted to take care of if he got sick,” said Tilin’s partner Shellie Oroshiba.
She told us she kissed Tilin goodbye and told him to be careful before he headed out for the 50-mile ride.
“I didn’t even say hello. Just said what happened,” said Tilin’s ex-wife Madeleine Tilin, as she recalled in an interview getting a phone call from Oroshiba.
Friends said Tilin was full of love and passion for everything he did and every person he met.
“He always, you know, would have an idea or curiosity and dive into it with all his passion and heart, and was really inspiring,” friend and fellow freelance writer Ian Dille said.
“When you’re talking to him, he would look at you, there’s just so much focus, you knew that what you were saying was the most important thing going on at the time,” Houston said.
Now, his friends are urging drivers and cyclists to be extra cautious.
“Before you get behind the wheel, take into all considerations what the weather conditions are, and make smart decisions,” Dille said.
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