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Eyewitness recalls crash that killed Moline’s “can man”

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Police are still interviewing witnesses in the case of a Moline man on his bicycle who was struck and killed by a woman in a van on Monday morning.

Tom Normoyle says he was walking his son to his bus stop, when he saw the accident on busy Sixth Avenue in Moline.

"People on this road, cars just whip around here," he said.

Normoyle says Bob Moldenhauer was crossing the street with his bicycle when the van struck him, continued about a block, and hit a light pole.

He says when interviewed by police, he told investigators the woman appeared to be driving fast, and her windshield may have been partially obstructed.

"I thought, in my opinion, she was speeding and it looked like her windshield was iced over, to me. It looked like it hadn't been scraped, " he said.

"I never heard any screeching, no brakes, no nothing," he said.

He rushed to the scene to try to help.

"She was screaming, saying she didn't see him. When she came out of the van, she was on her phone. I checked his pulse, he was gone," he recounted.

"It's really sad, really sad. Everyone in this neighborhood knows who he is. I never knew his name, he was just the can man," he said.

Moldenhauer hauled cans on his bicycle to the nearby recycling plant nearly every day, and Normoyle and other neighbors gladly donated to the cause.

"My wife always puts cans out for him, we talked to him in the alley, she gives him money, here and there. He's a kind soul, innocent guy, it's horrible," he said.

Police are not releasing the driver's name, and there's no indication yet if criminal charges of any kind are warranted.

Still, Normoyle says, speeding is the norm on his stretch of street, and he wishes drivers would just slow it down.

"I have kids, you know.  Accidents happen. I'm not saying it wasn't an accident, but if people take more time and pay attention to what's going on around them, maybe he'd still be here," he said.

Moldenhauer was a former tax accountant, and also organized several Quad City Hemp fests in the 1990's.

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