Bicyclist recovering from injuries suffered in Monday morning Bullard accident

Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 15:30 - Written by BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A bicyclist hit by a passing motorist’s mirror is recovering from his injuries after the Monday morning 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 Vercher, a custom home builder in the area, 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,” he 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 Vercher would be cited for failure to maintain a single lane, however, the investigation was not complete at this time.

“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. “He (Vercher) was very upset that he hit the cyclist he says he never saw.”