On a sad afternoon in Napa Valley (California), a Portland couple faced an unimaginable fate. Christian and Michelle Deaton, both Nike executives, lost their lives when they were hit by a piece of wood who were thrown from the bed of a moving truck as they rode their bikes.
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The incident happened around 11:00 am on Tuesday (October 17), when the Deatons pedaled down the road next to the flatbed truck. At approximately 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph), the truck tried to overtake them, but a poorly secured load of trees changed the course of their lives. A part of the tree fell from the platform, affecting the couple.
sadly, Christian, 52, died at the scene, while Michelle, 48, succumbed to her injuries. at the hospital, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Vallejo, California, remained at the scene during the investigation, authorities said. So far, no criminal charges have been announced in connection with the incident.
Close friends describe Christian and Michelle as an adventurous couple who love life and are always looking for new experiences. They enjoy traveling, going on vigorous hikes, biking, and exploring the world together.
Christian, in addition to being a passionate product and merchandising executive at Nike Swim, also has a love for music, playing the electric guitar and enjoying the company of friends while listening to vinyl records. Michelle, director of Nike’s EQ design studio, is known for her energy, her infectious laugh, and her willingness to embrace life in all its forms.
“Life was their hobby; there was never a time when they weren’t going to make the most of it,” said Cholee Thompson, a close friend of the couple.
The couple, who have been married for 21 years, were vacationing in Napa as part of a two-week road trip, which included concerts and stops in California and Las Vegas.
“They’re not perfect and they’re always trying to get better,” shared Thompson. “But they’re actually pretty close to being perfect.”
The loss of Christian and Michelle Deaton has left a great void in the lives of all who knew them. The community deeply regrets this tragic accident and remembers this beloved couple who lived a life full of love and passion, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing them.