February 17th, 2012|
February 17, 2012
A 28-year-old bicyclist was killed in a tragic accident this past Sunday evening on a rural road in Richland County, Ohio. According to reports from Channel 5 News, the accident happened at around 6:00 PM on State Route 545, near Debra Lane.
Troopers with the Ohio state patrol say that the man was riding his bike southbound along the road when a 2005 Ford Taurus, driven by a 36-year-old woman, approached him from behind. The woman struck the bicycle from behind, sending its rider flying up onto the hood of the vehicle. The rider then rolled off the hood and hit the asphalt.
The woman and others stopped to assist the victim, but were unable to resuscitate him. County coroners declared him dead at the scene.
Accidents like this highlight the importance of both cyclists and motorists sharing the road, but if an accident does occur, the cyclist is usually on the losing end. So what can cyclists do to protect themselves?
First, the most important thing is to always wear a helmet. Doing so can increase your chances of survival in a crash by up to four times. Also, make sure your bike is equipped with reflectors and a light if you will be riding at night.