Bicyclist clipped by truck’s mirror

Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 23:07 - Written by Staff Reports

A bicyclist hit by a passing motorist’s mirror was recovering from his injuries Monday after an accident in Bullard.

Bullard Police Chief Gary Don Lewis said 57-year-old Mark Cathey, of California, was riding his bike on U.S. Highway 69 on the overpass at Farm-to-Market Road 344 when he was struck by the side mirror of a 2008 Ford F150 pickup driven by 52-year-old Samuel Vercher, of Bullard.

Lewis said the driver was traveling south when he struck Cathey, but did not know at first.

“He told us he looked back and saw a man lying on the ground, so he stopped and went to help,” Lewis said.

Cathey, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a head injury, but police said he was standing and coherent at the scene.

Lewis said he believed the driver would be cited for failure to maintain a single lane. However, the investigation was not complete.

“We don’t know how close to the line the cyclist was traveling, but I must make it clear that the bike was not struck, It was the vehicle’s mirror that struck the cyclist,” he said. “(The pickup driver) was very upset that he hit the cyclist he says he never saw.”