Distracted Driver Injures Cyclists, Killing One

In October 2010, a serious bicycle accident took place that caused a debate over sharing the road between cyclists and motorists.

Daniel Wayne Johnson, a 41-year-old driver, of Beach Island, SC, was driving on Beach Island Avenue when he hit several cyclists with his SUV last October. His Dodge Durango plowed into these cyclists from behind, injuring many.

Authorities indicated that the cyclists were recreational cyclists from Augusta, GA. The 15-member group of riders was riding two abreast on a straight section of a two-lane road when the accident occurred. The riders near the back of the pack were the ones injured. Five cyclists were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Matthew Burke, a 37-year-old cyclist, of Fort Gordon, GA, was one of the riders who were seriously injured in the bicycle accident after he was thrown about 40 feet. He was taken to the hospital with a brain injury, and was fighting for his life for months. Sadly, he recently died due to the injuries he sustained in the crash. Burke was an orthopedic surgeon and just became a new father last year.

After Burke died, Johnson was arrested and charged with reckless homicide 19 weeks after the car and bicycle crash. His bond was set at $50,000. Burke previously told law enforcement that he was not paying attention to the road.

Sadly, this distracted driving accident led to a Georgia cyclist's death.

We are saddened to hear of this tragedy, and send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Matthew Burke.

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