Bicyclist Hit By SUV and Seriously Injured

Aug 05, 2021 at 12:30 pm by WGNS

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(MURFREESBORO) A bicyclist was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by an SUV on West College Street just under the Thompson Lane overpass.  The accident occured around 10:23AM Thursday morning (8/5/2021).

The auto and bike were both traveling toward Smyrna on West College Street. This is in the area of the Stones River Battlefield and New Vision Baptist Church. 

According to authorities, the driver of the Cadillac SUV was cited for failure to exercise due care

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue and Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services treated the bicyclist at-the-scene before transporting him to the hospital. 

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T.C.A. 55-8-136. Drivers to exercise due care.

(a)  Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this chapter, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.

(b)  Notwithstanding any speed limit or zone in effect at the time, or right of way rules that may be applicable, every driver of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any other motor vehicle, either being driven or legally parked, upon any roadway, or any road sign, guard rail or any fixed object legally placed within or beside the roadway right of way, by operating the motor vehicle at a safe speed, by maintaining a safe lookout, by keeping the motor vehicle under proper control and by devoting full time and attention to operating the motor vehicle, under the existing circumstances to avoid endangering life, limb or property.

(c)  A violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

 

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