A faculty member from the University of Georgia has been injured and killed in a tragic bicycling accident. The woman was riding her bicycle on a recent Tuesday along Astondale Road in Bishop when the incident occurred.
According to police, the crash happened at approximately 7 p.m. The 45-year-old woman was traveling west, when a 55-year-old man was following her too closely in a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Police allege that the driver didn't give the woman sufficient space to safely operate her bicycle and the truck eventually hit her from behind. The state trooper says that charges are pending against the 55-year-old man who struck the woman.
The force of the collision threw the woman and her bicycle onto the north side shoulder of the road. Emergency responders rushed the woman to a nearby hospital but physicians were unable to save her. She was later pronounced dead at the medical facility.
The University of Georgia said that the victim was a cherished member of their faculty. Recently, the College of Family and Consumer Services at UGA promoted her to serve as the senior public service associate. A representative of the college stated, "We are deeply saddened by this news" and the victim "was an invaluable member of our college and was admired across the state for her tireless efforts toward improving housing conditions in Georgia."
The loss of any human life in a serious bicycle accident is a tragedy that warrants investigation. Not only should police investigate to determine who was at fault, but surviving close family members may also want to investigate what can be done in terms of holding the at-fault party financially liable for damages.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald, "UGA faculty member on bike struck, killed; charges pending," Wayne Ford, April 04, 2018