Fatal Bike Accident in Carbondale
CARBONDALE — A Carbondale man is in jail after a deadly accident last week. Twenty-two-year-old Seth Loyd is charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Dierker was riding his bike along Old Route 13 Friday afternoon when Loyd went off the road and hit Dierker. Police reports say Loyd was drunk at the time.
Dierker was a musician, athlete and friend.
“What he gave to people was far more than what he got,” said Patrick Rollinson, friend.
“[He was a] very creative guy, great musician and great vocalist too and overall just a very kind-natured guy, very selfless,” said Ben West, friend.
But Dierker’s life was cut short Friday.
Rollinson said, “He was actually taking his check to the bank, we had just gotten paid.”
That’s when Loyd drove off the road and hit Dierker on his bike.
“My first thoughts, I was hoping he was alright,” said Rollinson.
Dierker was taken to Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a St. Louis Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died Saturday.
Those closest to him are mourning their friend, someone they call a stand-up guy, always giving of himself, both on and off stage.
West said,”[He was] very easy to get along with, just very down-to-earth, constantly positive. The world could definitely use more folks like him.”
“When he was performing, he was completely involved in what he was doing and gave it his utmost,” said Rollinson.
As friends and family try to cope with their loss, they take comfort knowing Dierker’s legacy will not be forgotten.
West said, “I can’t think of anybody who has anything bad to say about him. It was a real pleasure knowing him.”
“I don’t know what a lot of us are going to do without him. He was a big part of my life and a big part of my family’s life,” said Rollinson.