Keats Soder was 73
Keats Soder, a retired computer engineer who ran and lost in the last election to be mayor of Jupiter, died Friday morning while he was riding his bicycle after he collided with a bridge control arm that was in the down position.
Mr. Soder was 73.
Tequesta police responded to the 707 Bridge on Beach Road between Tequesta and Jupiter Island at about 8:30 a.m. Mr. Soder, who was riding in the westbound lane toward Tequesta, was found lying on the pavement close to the curb when Tequesta Fire Rescue arrived.
Mr. Soder, who was not wearing a helmet, did not have a pulse when Tequesta police arrived and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Mr. Soder was transported to Jupiter Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to Tequesta records.
The incident is under investigation by Tequesta police.
Mr. Soder lost the March 15 election for mayor to Todd Wodraska, a veteran council member who raised the most money of all nine persons running for mayor and council. Mr. Soder accepted no campaign contributions and used his own money to finance his race.
He gave out writing pens marked with his name at local events such as ArtiGras leading up to the election.
“He was a very energetic campaigner. He was campaigning at the Jupiter Community Center eight hours at a time. He had strong opinions and a strong personality,” said Jupiter Councilman Wayne Posner.