A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday near the MSU campus. Here’s a report from KSMU, including an interview with me.
Here a Google Earth look at the intersection (click for larger image).
That’s a look from roughly the perspective of the west-bound bicyclist looking toward south-bound traffic. The sight lines are open across the entire intersection. Kimbrough is a 3-lane, 30-mph street. Bear Blvd. is a residential street with a stop sign.
No information is available yet about what exactly happened. Given the conditions at the intersection, it appears to me that a t-bone collision here would require a breakdown of safe driving behavior by one or both of the parties.
I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Police have arrested a suspect, according to the News-Leader:
Police said Shannon R. Smith, 31, was located in Buffalo and arrested Tuesday evening with the help of the Buffalo Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Smith remains in the Greene County Jail and is being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, according to a Springfield police news release.
Smith has not been formally charged and police continue to investigate.
Update: According to the News-Leader:
Smith told police, according to documents, she was driving 85 mph when she saw a bicyclist enter the intersection.