Ibrahim Myers, a local bicyclist who was critically injured in a cycling accident in 2011, died Friday at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. He was 40.
Myers was a fixture and supporter of downtown Winston-Salem. He even had “W-S 27101” tattooed on his arm. His friends knew him as Ibe, (pronounced eeb). Besides cycling and downtown, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Manchester United, an English soccer team.
Myers was riding his bicycle on Glade Street about 4 p.m. on June 4, 2011, when he collided with a van. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and sustained a serious head injury.
He had gotten off work at a sub shop downtown and was on the way to another job at a local restaurant when the accident occurred. Myers had worked at one time or another for many of the restaurants downtown.
David Wainer, a longtime friend of Myers’, said they met about 15 years ago through friends and discovered their mutual enjoyment of bicycling and the local music scene.
“I knew we would be lifelong friends,” Wainer said, “and we were.”
Wainer said Myers had converted to Islam, and about 10 years ago, he came to see Wainer during the holidays.
“He showed up at my house on Christmas Eve and brought me an album by The Who,” Wainer said. “We sat there listening to the album, and he said, ‘Here I am a Muslim bringing a Jew a Who album on Christmas Eve.’
“We had a good laugh about it.”
Wainer said: “That was Ibe. He was one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve known.”
After the accident, friends held fundraisers to help with the bills and support the family.
David Owen, another longtime friend of Myers’ and an organizer of the fundraisers, said that when he visited Myers during the last couple of years, Myers was not responsive.
“He would look at you, but he wasn’t processing it,” Owen said. “It was disheartening. It wasn’t the Ibe I grew up with.”
Owen said Myers’ family told him a few weeks ago that Myers would be going to Hospice soon.
“A friend called Friday afternoon to tell me that he had died,” Owen said. “He was a wonderful human. Everyone loved him.”
Myers is survived by his mother, Faye Myers, and brother, Michael Myers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Salem Funeral Home, 100 S. Main St.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Salem Funeral Home, and burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.