This just in.
David Meek was a cool dude. Once Prez of Chattanooga Bike Club, currently a Frame builder (Privateer bikes) and an all around great guy. I met him a few years ago at a mountain bike fest outside of Cleveland TN on Chilhowee mountain. Super cool and was one of those guys who “got it”.
I’ll send an update on whether or not charges are pressed as soon as I know.
From the article linked above:
Friends of David Meek say this could have been prevented. “If drivers knew the law and respected the law we wouldn’t be here today,” says Minya James of Outdoor Chattanooga.
The state of Tennessee requires that driver allow three feet of clearance between their vehicle and cyclists when passing. “The roads belong to cyclists as well. In this state a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle. We have the same rights and laws protecting us,” says James.
Friday March 6th
…A bicyclist died in a morning crash in Chattanooga. Police identified the cyclist as 51 year old David L. Meek. Meek owned a bike shop on North Hawthorne and lived on Wood Lane in Red Bank.
Police say the accident happened at 6:40am in the 1000 block of Ashland Terrace. According to eyewitnesses, Meek was traveling on Ashland Terrace toward Hixson Pike. Investigators say a box-type truck traveling in the same direction passed by the cyclist. A saddle bag on the back of the bicycle caught the rear of the truck and yanked the bike out from under Meek. The victim was thrown into the street where he suffered life threatening injuries. Paramedics transported Meek to Erlanger Medical Center where he died.
The truck driver told police that he never saw the bicyclist and didn’t know there was anything wrong until he saw Meek in the street. From video taken at the scene by Eyewitness News, the truck appears to be a postal transfer truck. They say charges in the incident are pending further investigation.