Woman describes graphic detail of hit and run bicycle accident
A Middle Georgia bicyclist won't be pedaling on the road for awhile, after he was struck by a van on Highway 22 near Gray Sunday morning.
"He was beat up and bleeding, from everywhere from his forehead all the way down to his ankles, his knees, his elbows, and he was limping, but he didn't realize it at the time he actually had some broken bones," said bicyclist Susan Taylor, who was with the victim, Steve Parker, and two other cyclists, as they set out on a 90 mile trek through Middle Georgia.
The long rides are something Taylor's group, Cyclists of Gray, do often, but she says the accident has made her somewhat wary of getting back on the road.
"There are not very many places around here that actually have bike lanes, and some of our roads are still narrow, a lot of the country roads at least you don't have to worry about the traffic as much, but there's not a lot of space, not a lot of shoulder room on some of them, so there's no where to go if a car doesn't get over," Taylor said.
Cherry Street Cyclists Co-Owner Damon Allen is also a member of Cyclists of Gray. He says more room for bikes would be nice, but it's not the only way to stay safe.
"Wider roads are important, but also knowledge, a lot of people are not even aware of the new law passed by the governor a year ago," Allen said.
The law requires people in cars to give cyclists three feet of room when passing on the road. It's meant o cut down on accidents like the one on Highway 22 last Sunday, but Allen says it's not just drivers that need to be aware.
"Bicyclist should know that responsibility lies with them as well, that they have to know that legally they're like a car when they're on the road," Allen said.
According to the Jones County Sheriff's Office the case is still under investigation. The victim, Steve Parker, will be in a wheelchair for the next 6 to 8 weeks with fractures in his elbow and pelvis.