Update: Cyclist Meek killed in early morning accident

Update: Cyclist Meek killed in early morning accident

March 6th, 2009 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

A bicyclist travelling in the 1000 block of Ashland Terrace was killed this morning, according to Chattanooga police.

Sgt. Jerri Weary said police were alerted to the scene around 6:40 a.m.

According to witnesses, the cyclist was travelling on Ashland Terrace toward Hixson Pike. As a box-type truck travelling in the same direction passed by the cyclist, a saddle bag on the back of the bicycle caught the rear footboard of the truck and yanked the bike out from under him, Sgt. Weary stated in a news release.

The victim, David Meek, was thrown into the street where he suffered life threatening injuries. Mr. Meek was transported to Erlanger hospital where he subsequently died.

The driver of the truck told police that he never saw the bicyclist and didn't know there was anything wrong until he saw the victim in the street.

Charges in the incident are pending further investigation.