North Carolina Cyclist Teen Fatally Struck by Sleepy Truck Driver
Posted on Jan 28, 2012
A promising cyclist and a first-year student at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, was struck and killed in a bicycle accident in a rural area not far from the school. The bicyclist, 19-year-old Megan Baab, had competed at the USA Cycling National Championship and was a promising college athlete.
According to local news sources, the fatal North Carolina cyclist accident took place as Baab was on a training run outside of town on Tuesday, December 15. She was traveling north on U.S. Highway 221 when a truck driving south crossed the centerline and struck the biker head on. Emergency responders airlifted the teen to Johnson City Medical Center, but her traumatic injuries from the impact soon proved fatal.
Authorities say that the man who struck Baab was a classmate at Less-McRae College who fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck.
Baab, who was a four-discipline rider, was slated to compete for Less-McRae in January.
Memorial services and remembrances are scheduled both in Baab’s hometown as well as at the North Carolina college.
The Raleigh accident and injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates send their heartfelt condolences to Megan’s family, friends, and classmates following this tragic event.