The devastated parents of Darren Drake, a 32-year-old man who
was mowed down while riding his bicycle in New York City during
Tuesday’s terror attack, have
spoken out in wake of their son’s tragic death.
Drake’s mother, Barbra, told the New York Post that
her son had purchased a CitiBike membership in an effort to get
in better shape following a bariatric surgery that helped him
lose 93 pounds.
She said that during work breaks, Drake would ride one of the
sharable bikes as a way to avoid drinking coffee or
“He was riding his bike in between meetings — I guess he was in
the wrong place at the wrong time,” Barbra Drake, 69, told the
These are the victims of the attack:
Drake’s parents learned about the attack
while driving in New Jersey on Tuesday and, after failing to
get in contact with their son, headed into the city around
7 p.m. to look for him, according to NJ.com.
After getting in touch with officials, they ended up locating
his body in a Manhattan morgue.
The couple says they learned that their son was wearing
earphones and listening to the audiobook “1491: New Revelations
of the Americas Before Columbus” when he was hit.
“I hope he was traveling south and he never saw what was
coming. He had bruises on his face from where he hit the
pavement,” his mother told the New York Post.
His 73-year-old father, Jimmy Drake, said Darren, whom he
called the “perfect son,” lived at home and that the family had
dinner together every night, often discussing politics.
“This kid was so smart, if you compared his brain and mine,
it’s like Homer and Lisa Simpson,” his weeping father recalled.
“This feels like 9/11 for us.”
Photos from the scene of the attack: