Robert Hughes, a 68 year old man from Kiel, Wisconsin was hit by a 27 year-old driver on April 8th and later died after being transported to the hospital. Hughes was riding his bicycle on County Road XX in the township of Meeme. This is the second bicycle fatality in Wisconsin in 2019 compared to one, this date in 2018.
According to a media release from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and EMS personnel responded to the incident on County Road XX between Herr and Pioneer roads Monday at approximately 3:39 p.m. The 27-year-old Manitowoc woman was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Captiva when she collided with Robert K. Hughes, who was riding a bicycle on County Road XX. Hughes was transported to a hospital in Neenah, where he later died, the release said.
According to the police report, Hughes was traveling east bound on CTY Rd XX when he was hit from behind by the driver. The cyclist was wearing a helmet and wearing a reflective jacket. The report lists the cause of the crash was listed as inattentive or erratic driving, but the crash remains under investigation by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
When driving, we are required to give our full attention to the task of driving and give at least three feet when passing a bicyclist.
Even though more can be done to improve safety, it is important to remember cycling remains a safe and healthy activity. The rate of cyclist deaths in Wisconsin has declined significantly since 1970.
People driving can make efforts by taking care when driving on any of our roads in Wisconsin, and by actively looking for people biking and giving them at least three feet of space whenever passing. In turn, people biking should ride in the same direction as traffic, travel in the correct lane for the their destination, communicate with hand signals and use lights to when riding. Robert had taken all of those precautions.