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12/07/04 - Polk County

Man Killed in Bicycle Crash

by Ramonica R. Jones

A 25-year-old East Texas man is dead after being killled in a car wreck. The wreck happened Monday night on Highway 190, 1.7 miles east of FM 2500. Polk County authorities say Chris Tucker rode his bike in front of a truck driven by Priscilla Thompson of Livingston.

You've probably been told to look both ways before crossing the street, but that's not always enough, especially for pedestrians.

"You need to wear some type of reflective material," DPS trooper Greg Sanches says. "Make sure you get way off the roadway and be looking, be observant, because you never know what can happen on the roadway."

Just because you're not in a car doesn't mean you should count on drivers to watch out for you. It's your job to make sure they see you.

"Even if you have a crosswalk, you gotta remember cars are coming down that roadway," Trooper Sanches says. "You may have the right of way if you're in an area where there's a crosswalk, but still, you gotta be looking left, right, left and make sure that somebody is not about to run over you. Make sure you can get in a safe location before you are hit."

Bike riders are supposed to ride along with traffic, following the same rules that apply to cars and trucks. Pedestrians should walk toward traffic. That way, you can always see what's headed your way and avoid becoming the victim of a preventable tragedy.

According to www.kenkifer.com/bikepages , most bicyclists are at fault in fatal accidents involving a car.

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