Sheriff: Man killed after bicycle and pickup truck crash

Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM EDT
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One man is dead after a pickup truck allegedly crashed into his bicycle.

The Laurel County Sheriff's office said the crash happened on KY 490 about three miles north of London Sunday night.

Investigators believe Charles Lee Johnson, 56, of East Bernstadt was riding his bike southbound on or near the fog line. A red pickup truck then apparently hit Johnson's bike from behind, officials said.

Johnson was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was unhurt.

Police say unfortunately, they feel the crash could have been prevented if simple bicycle safety precautions had been used.

"In Kentucky, you do not have to have a helmet on when you ride a bicycle. However, we strongly encourage it. For your protection, in case you do get struck or hit, or you take a fall. Then, you've got something to protect your head, because that's where you're going to get most of your injuries," says Public Affairs Deputy, Gilbert Acciardo.

Other points Acciardo made was wearing reflective clothing and having proper lighting on your bike.

Something biking experts agree with.

"I think, first of all, we need cyclist responsibility. In other words, we want to have the responsibility to be responsible, as strange as that sounds," says Peter Mitchell, Capitol Custom Bicycles President.

Experts say they hate to see another cyclist die, especially, as police say, could have been avoided.

"We express our sadness that another cyclist was killed here on our roads. One is just one too many," says Mitchell.

The sheriff's office is still investigating. No charges have been filed at this time.