MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — A life was lost along the corner of Joe Knight Drive and Medical Center Parkway Saturday Feb. 3.
“Actually, the day that the accident happened I had ridden my bike to work,” said Sarah Lovett. “It was a gorgeous day.”
Lovett soon learned the news about a crash as she left work that day.
“I got off at 1:30 p.m. and I started checking my phone and it had blown up with all these calls,” she said. “My daughter from California was like, ‘Mom, are you guys okay?'”
According to Murfreesboro Police, 76-year-old Terry Sague was part of a group of cyclists waiting on the sidewalk on their recumbent bikes when a car swerved, jumped a curb, and ran into them.
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“They just were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Lovett. “It was just they thought they were doing the right, safe thing.”
Sague was killed while another cyclist was taken to the hospital.
“I think the hardest thing is that people instantly blamed the cyclists…instantly,” said Lovett.
For decades, Lovett has been riding with the Murfreesboro Bike Club.
While she doesn’t know Sague personally, she says she’s likely crossed paths with him and other recumbent riders around the city.
“That particular group of riders, I think they avoid roads,” she said. “I see them on the greenway. I see them on sidewalks getting them from point A to point B on the greenway.”
While Lovett is heartbroken to hear this news, she hopes drivers will be more cautious of those who walk and bike around the city.
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“The important thing is we all really kind of need to slow down and be aware of what’s around us,” she said.
Sague was also a former court officer with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says he began working for them back in 2007 and later retired in August of 2015.
Murfreesboro Police say the other rider injured is still in the hospital.
Charges are currently pending for the driver of the car.