Bicyclist fatally struck by car at Memorial Park


It happened around 7:30pm in the 6700 block of Memorial Drive.

Witnesses say a bicyclist had started to cross the street but then turned around to go back. That's when a car heading westbound on Memorial struck him, and then crashed into a light pole.

"I was walking around the corner and I heard a big thump, like the earth had shaken. So immediately, I knew somebody was in trouble and had a horrible crash," witness Charlotte Jolivet said.

Authorities say the bicyclist died at the scene, and the driver of the car was transported to a hospital in an undisclosed condition.

"You definitely have to be careful. This is a busy time of day, this is a busy park with a lot of people on bikes, people running and then the cars on the street. This is a pretty fast street," HPD Sgt. Johnnie McFarland said.

Other bikers at the park agree.

"We stay on the back bike paths. We have the lights, we have the reflectors and try to have the hats, but we try not to get on the streets because the cars can't see us all the time," a bicyclist at the park said.

The identities of the cyclist and driver of the car have not yet been released.

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