May 24, 2011 11:03:00 AM
The owner of Boardtown Bikes in Starkville is in stable condition after being struck by a car while cycling Sunday in Clay County.
Jan Morgan, 57, was cycling with a companion on Highway 50 west of Highway 46 in Clay County around 10:30 a.m. when she was struck from behind by a car. She was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where she''s listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit.
Kevin Conerly, a manager at Boardtown Bikes, said Morgan was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol identified the driver of the car involved in the accident as Robbie Norton, 44, of Cedar Bluff. No charges have been filed against Norton. The accident is still under investigation by the MHP.
jackdawg commented at 5/24/2011 3:09:00 PM:
Way to many of cyclist getting hurt or killed on the hiways, goes for motorcycles too. I know some do it for enjoyment but it is very dangerous to trust yourself in someone else's hands behind the wheel of a car or truck.Go ride around a lake or state park or something.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 5/25/2011 7:42:00 AM:
Now THAT'S irony. Hope she heals up well.
orphanbully commented at 5/25/2011 3:34:00 PM:
She took a nasty spill last year down near the refuge. The Dispatch did a story on it. I know this is going to sound bad, but she might want to find a new hobby.
lynn commented at 5/25/2011 4:35:00 PM:
There is a 3 ft law in Mississippi that requires the operator of a motor vehicle to give a 3 ft clearance to cyclists. Motorists need to be made aware of this law. And while we are at it, let's get cell phones out of the hands of drivers.
jade commented at 5/25/2011 11:24:00 PM:
Jan and her husband David are two of the nicest people I've ever met. Their store is what got me into cycling in the first place. I've purchased four bikes from Boardtown Bikes. While not cheap, I consider each of them a wise investment in my health. I've lost over 100 pounds since my highest weight and cycling is a large part of keeping that weight off. If not for Jan's beautiful store and friendly non-intimidating staff I doubt I could have gotten into cycling. It is so sad that a wonderful person like Jan could be hurt so much with the depraved indifference witnessed through the actions of Robbie Norton. I could have easily been the one hit. I was supposed to be on that ride. I just didn't wake up in time.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 5/26/2011 4:34:00 AM:
You do realize you are expecting the Hillbilly Family Reunion to act responsibly, right? You can sit on 18th Ave and watch the morons (yes, I'm talking about you Mr. Plumber) cut people off because they don't understand, or care, about the simplest of things like who has the Right of Way.
And the Columbus Police, as well as the Mayor, can take some responsibility for the reckless drivers here as well. There aren't enough cops on the streets enforcing traffic laws... PERIOD. (yes, I know this happened in Starkville)
This area has been allowed to "drive however you want" for far too long now, and this lady is paying the price for it. Maybe you'll be next. Start a points system and start pulling drivers licenses and car tags and watch them pay attention.
Oh I forgot, Columbus et al would rather wring its hands and chant "its a tragedy, someone should do something about it" rather than act.
commisionergordon commented at 6/2/2011 5:38:00 PM:
This was no accident.
"THE CYCLIST WAS WEST BOUND ON MS50 NEAR THE TRULOVE LOOP INTERSECTION. V1 WAS WEST BOUND ON MS50 APPROACHING THE CYCLIST FROM THE REAR. THE FRONT OF V1 COLLIDED WITH THE REAR OF THE BICYCLE. THE IMPACT THREW THE CYCLIST INTO THE AIR BEFORE LANDING ON THE HOOD OF V1 AND ONTO THE WINDSHIELD. V1 CONTINUED FOR A FEW FEET BEFORE COMING TO A STOP. THE CYCLIST WAS THEN THROWN TO THE ASPHALT WHEN V1 STOPPED. THE DRIVER OF V1 EXITED THE VEHICLE AND OBSERVED THE CYCLIST WHILE TALKING ON THE PHONE. D1 THEN REENTERED HER VEHICLE AND RAN THE CYCLIST OVER AGAIN BEFORE BEING FORCED FROM HER VEHICLE BY WITNESSES. V1 CAME TO FINAL REST FACING WEST IN THE WEST BOUND LANE ON MS 50 JUST METERS WEST OF THE TRULOVE LOOP INTERSECTION. THE CYCLIST CAME TO FINAL REST NEAR THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE OF V1."
bikewalkms commented at 6/7/2011 1:27:00 PM:
Join us as we wear yellow on Friday, June 10 to honor fallen and injured Mississippi cyclists like Jan:
johnnynita commented at 6/8/2011 11:08:00 PM:
I am OUTRAGED over this incident. I sure HOPE that Mississippi authorities have enough decency to file charges against the driver of the vehicle that hit Jan Morgan!! That driver should never be allowed behind a wheel again. Our prayers are with Jan and her family at this horrible time in their lives - as she is fighting for her own life!
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