Sep 18, 2012 9:51 PM
A Lexington man is still in pain after he was hit by a SUV while riding his bicycle across an intersection on Winchester Road. He says the SUV left the scene before police arrived.
Some things, like a bicycle tire or rim, can be replaced, but peace of mind is a lot harder to restore.
"[It's the] first time I've been run over and left sitting on the side of the road, that's for sure," says Glen Atkerson, Jr.
Atkerson remembers last Friday like it was yesterday. He was biking home on the sidewalk next to Winchester Road around 12:00 pm after a trip to the employment office. He reached the crosswalk at the intersection with Loudon Avenue.
"As I was going across the intersection an elderly woman in a white SUV, either Lexus or Nissan, run over me on my bicycle, and she rolled the window down and asked me if I was all right. I said 'no, you hit my bike and my leg,' and she left. She left the scene," says Atkerson.
She was turning right onto Loudon Avenune from Winchester Road. Although Atkerson had a walk signal and was in a cross walk, he was cycling against the flow of traffic, which police say is a gray area when it comes to who has the right of way. But either way,
"I never thought I'd be hit by a vehicle and then they'd leave. Especially when it looks like a decent citizen who wouldn't do anything like that."
Atkerson went to the hospital with a pulled hamstring. He's speaking out because he says something needs to change. On August 30th, a cyclist, Thomas Kerr, was killed on Russell Cave Road.
"Bicyclers got a rough way to go out there. They don't pay much attention to us."
The vehicle is described as a white 2005 model SUV with custom Kentucky plates.