Neighbors call for action after cyclist, dog struck by car
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
It was a scene that one witness said she and her family will never forget.
The screeching of tires, then a loud "boom!"
When neighbors came out to see what happened, they say they saw a man on his bike lodged underneath a car along with his dog who was yelping and pinned under the car.
"My children are over here traumatized," Shantell Tarver said. "This guy that rides his bike every day up and down the street was coming down the street. He went to cross the road and never looked for any cars. The blue car hit him and dragged him about 10 feet."
According to witnesses, the man was hit just after 6 a.m. Friday morning.
He was flown to a hospital, while witnesses say the dog was left yelping for nearly an hour.
"He's been howling. To me, it's animal cruelty how they just left the dog there that long," said Tarver.
Lexie Gilmore also lives nearby and says she rides her bike along the same road every day. She says bicycling there is a challenge.
"I love riding my bicycle but i'm to the point where I don't even want to ride because it's so dangerous," Gilmore said.
She says there's simply not enough space on the shoulder for bicyclists because it's covered by weeds standing several feet tall.
"It's just ridiculous, it's just all overgrown and they need to do something to clean it up," Gilmore said.
Gilmore says she hopes the county makes some changes to allow for bicyclists to ride smoothly so that incidents like this don't happen again.
"All they have to do is come out here, and get rid of the overgrowth of what little strip there is. That way we can ride safely on the road." Gilmore said.