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Cyclist struck by vehicle

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 00:04

A truck transporting a large quantity of water struck an individual crossing Fifth Avenue near the Marshall University Memorial Student Center, Tuesday.

The individual was traveling across the street on a bicycle around 2 p.m. when the incident occurred. Several students gave eyewitness accounts, claiming the individual was traveling outside of the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Kathryn Colbert, an Alpha Xi Delta member, was at the sorority house when the incident occurred. The Alpha Xi house is located on Fifth Avenue parallel to the Student Center and the Marshall University Bookstore.

“I was inside, and I heard a smack, so I walked outside,” Colbert said.

Colbert said two of her sorority sisters were present when the truck struck the individual, but they were not available to comment. According to Colbert, cases of water were scattered across the lane after the impact.  
Police officers blocked off the section of Fifth Avenue where the incident occurred for nearly an hour, taking pictures of the scene and questioning those involved.

Police officers on scene directed all comments to come from MU Police Chief James Terry. Terry was out of the office during the incident and was unavailable to comment.

No further details regarding the condition of the bicyclist have been made available at this time.

Caitlin Kinder-Munday can be contacted at

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