Oklahoma Car-Bicycle Collision Claims Life of Young Missionary

At just 22-years-old, Alesa Smith’s life was cut short after she was hit by a pickup truck while riding her bike. According to Mormon church officials, the accident occurred in Woodward, Oklahoma. When the accident occurred, Smith was serving a Mormon mission in Oklahoma.

The death appeared to have been an accident. Authorities believe that the accident occurred just before dusk, and the pick-up driver simply did not see Alesa. According to church official Nolan Taylor, Smith was “a lovely, kind young woman and was loved by everyone who knows her . . . A lot of folks here were blessed to get to know her.”

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Oklahoma bicyclists should take certain precautions to avoid such accidents. One such precaution is to put a rear light on your bicycle. Especially if you ride your bicycle in areas that are not well lit, a flashing red rear light will help automobiles to easily spot and avoid you. Another item you can use to help automobiles see and avoid you is a reflective vest. High quality reflective vests make you visible in the day or night. Such vests are available in most bike shops, and start around $10 to $15.

The place where you choose to ride your bicycle also plays a role in your safety. By choosing wide streets, for example, you provide more room to ride side by side with a car. On a wide street, a distracted driver may speed past a biker without ever noticing him. Choosing slow streets also promotes safety because the slower a car is going, the more time the driver will have to notice and avoid bicycles.