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June 17, 2014

Bicycle Rider Raising Money For Cancer Killed By a Truck in Kentucky

An assistant coach for Catholic University's basketball team recently died in Kentucky while on a charity bicycle ride from Baltimore, Maryland to Portland, Oregon. The 24-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck in Scott County, just outside of Lexington.

bicycle-crossing-sign-1431139-m.jpgThe woman and roughly 30 other bicycle riders had been riding cross country to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. The objective was to cover 4,000 miles in 70 days. The woman had paused on the side of U.S. Route 25 to change a tire when the truck struck her. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while the riders around her suffered injuries that were not life threatening. There is no indication as to whether the truck driver stopped to aid the injured riders, or whether the truck driver was being negligent, or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Those who knew the woman praised her for her fun-loving personality and her willingness to take on challenges. She knew ahead of time that the 4,000-mile bicycle ride was going to be her greatest challenge yet, but she was prepared to see it through. She would be remembered for "her caring nature, considerable warmth, subtle sense of humor, and consistent thoughtfulness."

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October 2, 2009

Louisville Bicyclist Dies From Injuries Suffered In Accident with Truck

The Courier Journal reported that a bicyclist was killed after he was hit by a truck. The accident occurred on Poplar Level Road near Bishop Lane on October 1, 2009. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene as he suffered severe head injuries.

Accidents like the one that occurred on Poplar Level Road are extremely unfortunate but common. 1932 was the first year bicycle accidents were recorded and since then more than 51,000 bicyclists have died in traffic accidents. You can take precautions to ensure that you are not injured in a similar accident.

Wearing a helmet while riding your bike is the best way to protect yourself from head injuries. In addition, while riding your bike remember that you are expected to obey traffic laws just as any motor vehicle must. Bicyclists should always travel with traffic, never against it. Finally, wearing fluorescent or bright colors will help motorists see you while you ride your bike. For additional safety tips please see the National Highway and Traffic Administration's website.

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