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Drunk Driver Kills San Diegan On Cross-Country Ride

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A Chula Vista man riding his bicycle across the country to protest government bailouts has been struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver in Illinois.

Sixty-five-year-old Jim Gafney left San Diego County on April 27 and had completed about 2,000 miles of his 3,000-mile ride he called his "Mad As Hell Bike Ride Across U.S."

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Gafney had become fed up with the bailouts and was worried about how it would affect future generations.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Chris Trame says Gafney was on U.S. Route 50 about 60 miles east of St. Louis just before 1 a.m. Sunday when he was struck from behind by a Nissan Altima driven by a 27-year-old man.

The driver was arrested.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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