Bicyclist killed in collision with truck in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE -- A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a tractor trailer in Chesapeake.

It happened just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Road and Albemarle Drive and police closed the intersection until 8:30 a.m.

The cyclist has been identified as Kim K. Turner, 57, of Chesapeake.

The truck driver is not facing charges at this point, according to Chesapeake Police spokesperson Leo Kosinski.

Greg Bell is an avid cyclist who rides with the group "Fat Frogs Bikes." He thinks it's difficult to ride safely in the city.

"It's one of the worst places to cycle. The community just hasn't accepted it yet," Bell said. "It's not uncommon to have bottles thrown at you from drivers. People speed up around you, slam on brakes in front of you."

Bell thinks Chesapeake should add more bike route signs like those in Virginia Beach and Downtown Norfolk.

"The whole city needs to be more pedestrian friendly," council member Rick West said.

West said he's looking into the idea of adding a sidewalk along Cedar Rd, from Battlefield Blvd up to City Hall. However, that wouldn't help cyclists because the city has an ordinance where you can't ride your bike on sidewalks.

In 2011, a 13-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car while walking across Cedar Rd at Country Club Blvd. That's about a mile and a half from where the cyclist was killed Friday.

City officials conducted a safety study of the road after the girl was killed. We have contacted city officials to check on the results of that study, and any plans for future safety improvements along Cedar Rd.

The Chesapeake Police Crash Reconstruction Team was on scene Friday morning investigating to determine how the crash occurred.


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