East Cobb Cyclist Killed by Car

Bryan Morgan was riding in Sandy Springs when he was hit.

An East Cobb cyclist was hit by a car and killed this morning in Sandy Springs.

Bryan Morgan, 52, in northern Sandy Springs when he was struck from behind, Sandy Springs Patch reported, citing Sandy Springs police spokesman Lt. Steve Rose.

Both WABE and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Morgan was the victim and that police have not determined whether to file charges in his death. Officers are investigating who failed to yield to whom.

The AJC said the car was a Toyota Camry. WABE said Morgan was riding with another cyclist.

The accident came just three days after a that requires drivers to keep their vehicles at least three feet from cyclists when passing them.

On Saturday, East Cobb cyclists took to Roswell Road and other major thoroughfares to mark the new law, with many of them recalling close encounters with vehicles. 

Susan Guda July 04, 2011 at 09:19 PM
I know this family and they are avid, experienced cyclists. That there would be a question regarding whether to charge the driver seems absurd. My heart goes out to the Morgan family! How very tragic!
Joe Mizereck July 04, 2011 at 10:13 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Bryan's family and friends. Joe Mizereck
Cate Williams July 04, 2011 at 11:35 PM
People speed around in cars and have little respect for others who share the road. This is such a sad story and my heart goes out to the family and the man whose active life was cut short. Slow down out there people! Cars will kill if you do not control them safely.
wctbl? July 05, 2011 at 12:51 AM
How can you fail to yield when you are hit from behind? Press charges!
Holly M. July 05, 2011 at 02:00 AM
You can't just rely on a law to help keep you safe out there. Cyclists really need to use prudence and common sense while out biking. Please don't assume that every driver will obey, are aware of this 3-foot law or much less care about it. I'm not commenting against cycling, I am an avid bicyclist. All cyclists certainly do have the right to share the road but you've got to remember that it's just you by yourself perched on a fragile bike sharing it with a whole lot of impatient moving 2-ton+ vehicles coming up from behind. People have their own agendas nowadays so keep in mind that quite a few of those drivers will be busy multitasking as they fly by you. A very few of those drivers won't even care about your cycling rights as they try whatever they can to speed around you in addition to proving to you how they feel THEY should share the road with you.. . Are you prepared to use your life, your well-being or spend your family's well-being out there on a major thoroughfare just to prove to an irate 3/4 ton pickup driver that you have the right to be out on the road with them?
Margaret Thomson July 05, 2011 at 03:51 AM
This is tragic, but I see many bicyclists who don't obey the traffic laws: drive thru red lights, weave in and out of lanes, seem to dare cars to hit them by not giving them a wide berth. If I valued my life, I would not try to compete with 2-ton cars on the road.
gamagnolia July 05, 2011 at 04:20 PM
We need more bike lanes on every road in GA!!!! I pray for this family!
Sofia Batista July 05, 2011 at 10:33 PM
My heart goes out to this family. My husband is an avid cyclist and commutes 36 miles to work daily. I can not imagine something like this happening to him and for law enforcement to be considering if there will be charges, OF COURSE there has to be. You don't fail to yield and get hit from behind. Cyclist have a right to be safe on the roads that, by law, they have a right to be on. This careless driver should know that he not only killed a good person but devastated an entire family and community. Shame on you and on any driver that doesn't respect cyclist or the law.
JTrider July 08, 2011 at 05:45 PM
There should be charges. YOu can't hit something from behind and say they failed to yield. Shame on the authorities for even questioning this. Everyone needs to learn to put the freaking iphone down and pay the hell attention to the freaking road.
Wendy Parker (Editor) July 08, 2011 at 09:08 PM
A Douglasville woman turned herself in Friday and has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide as well as failing to abide by the new cyclist safety law that went into effect last week. Mr. Morgan's funeral is Saturday. http://patch.com/A-kbZH


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