Carne Lowgren – ‘A great loss’

By Charles James

Last Friday, March 29th, the California Highway Patrol reported that a bicyclist had died at about 10:35 a.m. after being struck along U.S. 6 and Chalfant Loop Road, about 12 miles northeast of Bishop, California. Information on the identity of the bicyclist was withheld pending notification of next of kin, and then later identified as Carne Lowgren of Chalfant.

A 76-year-old driver from Hammil Valley, Calif., told CHP that she was traveling on U.S. 6 about 50 mph in her Chevrolet Impala when the bicyclist unexpectantly turned in front of her car. The Impala hit the bicyclist, who died.

Lowgren was a well-known local personality in the Eastern Sierra. He worked as a columnist for The Inyo Register for several years. His “Uncommon Sense” column, which covered a wide-ranging eclectic commentary on social, political and cultural topics, appeared in the Tuesday editions of the Register. An avid outdoorsman, Lowgren also wrote articles that have appeared in Backpacker and Rock & Ice magazines.

The Managing Editor of the Register, Terrance Vestal, said that “We first heard of the accident over the emergency scanner in their Bishop office, but we did not realize that it was our friend and coworker Lowgren whose name was being withheld at the time. When we later found out, we were devasted, as are so many others that knew him. It’s heart-breaking and a great loss.”

Lowgren was 65 years old. A retired CalTrans employee, he told many of his friends that he was looking forward to his retirement and spending more time with his wife, Deborah, who he loved greatly. He also looked forward to traveling with her and becoming more involved in the community. His friends and coworkers described him as witty, intelligent, a great poet, an observer of humankind, and a talented musician.

According to a CHP officer who had been at the scene, Lowgren was riding his bicycle southbound on Highway 6, towards Bishop. The driver of the car told them that she saw him, and that she slowed and moved over several feet to give him room. She went on to say that Lowgren suddenly turned in front of her car and she could not avoid hitting him.

Based on the reports so far, no arrest has been made as a result of the crash and the driver of the Chevy Impala was not injured.

 

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Kenneth C. Hargens
Kenneth C. Hargens
3 years ago

My name is Kenny Hargens. I met Carne and Deb a couple years ago when they came to visit the Black Hills and our mutual friend Craig Olofson. We had great fun motoring about in my 4×4 van visiting historical areas and old gold rush town sites. It was a… Read more »

Julie Nellis
Julie Nellis
3 years ago

When I first met Carne about 20 years ago, I knew he was unique guy, who I instantly liked. I was always interested in hearing his opinion on things. He was intelligent, funny, warm and humble. I was part of many conversations with him and friends over the dinner table… Read more »

James M Rupp
James M Rupp
3 years ago

Carne was my friend for more than fifty years. We were Boy Scouts together. When we first moved out our parents houses we rented an apartment together. We got in trouble. We drank a lot of beer. We walked many dusty trails together. We got to more than a few… Read more »

Craig S.
Craig S.
3 years ago
Reply to  James M Rupp

Jim Rupp!

I’m very sad and didn’t find this link until tonight.

From Texas,

Craig S.

Charles James
Charles James
3 years ago

This was a difficult article to write, especially so because it involved someone that I greatly liked, admired and have known for many years going back to a time when both of us wrote articles and commentary at The Inyo Register. Carne and I are were both children of the… Read more »

Craig
Craig
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

I was saddened as well when I heard about Carne’s passing. We went to the same high school and roomed together (1974) in the house he grew up in … his parents rented it to us for $100/month. In June of 1974, I stopped by his parents house in Moro… Read more »