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President Obama leads tributes to White House aide killed in bike crash

Senior technology advisor Jake Brewer died in crash at charity cycle ride on Friday

President Obama has paid tribute to a White House senior technology advisor who was killed in a cycling crash while taking part in a charity ride in Maryland on Friday.
 
According to NBC News, Jake Brewer, aged 34, lost control of his bike on a bend while riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event, crossing the into the opposite carriageway and crashing into a Honda Pilot.

The 34-year-old’s wife Mary Katharine Ham is pregnant with their second child, and in an Instagram post published on Saturday she said: “We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies."

In a statement released on Saturday, President Obama said: "I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of one of my advisors, Jake Brewer.

"Simply put, Jake was one of the best. Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them,

"He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all."

President Obama added: "I've often said that today's younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man. Jake was proof of that," Obama said.

"Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake's family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family. They'll always have a family here at the White House."

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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