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Carroll grad, Web guru dies riding bike to work

Neil Kelty

Neil Kelty loved to bike.

It was a stress reliever and a way to get to work and get exercise at the same time without the hassle of rush-hour congestion.

Kelty’s last ride to work was Thursday morning.

The 23-year-old Carroll High School graduate was killed when a school bus hit him as he biked to work in Indianapolis, where he lived.

“It was a way to get exercise and keep busy,” his father, Richard Kelty, said Friday of his son’s hobby.

He said Neil recently started biking to work after others he worked with did the same and documented his preparation for it on his blog and Twitter feeds.

“He used every precaution,” Richard Kelty said, including lights, blinkers and a bright vest.

He was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.

Despite his plans and routes on bike trails, some of his commute was on city streets. He was in the bike lane when the bus struck him as it made a left turn at an intersection.

He was well aware of the hazards of biking in an urban setting.

The last line he wrote in his blog said, “And if you see me out there, please don’t hit me with your car.”

But his life wasn’t just about biking.

A self-taught Web page designer, Kelty’s talents earned him a spotlight in a 2007 article in The Journal Gazette about the website he created for the Allen County Youth Summit.

Just 16 years old at the time, he said his interest in website design started in the seventh grade and continued to build from there through online articles and talks with those who made websites.

“He was a good kid back then, and he still was now,” Richard Kelty said.

After high school, Neil graduated in 2012 with honors from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Those talents in Web design were put to use in his job as product manager at a marketing agency.

He was helping the company expand its advertising potential on the Web, Richard said.

He said his son designed websites not only for himself, but also for friends who needed something built.

He created a website for his Sept. 20 wedding so people could view what he and his bride-to-be had planned for their big day.

The website even has a countdown to the ceremony.

It’s still ticking away the seconds.

“If you have kids, or if you ever do, I pray you never have to go through this,” Richard said.

cmeyers@jg.net

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