Bicyclist dies after crash in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A bicyclist hit by a car in downtown Lexington has died.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday on Midland Avenue, in front of the Herald-Leader building.

The coroner has identified the victim as 41-year-old Jason Baines of Lexington.

Lexington police say Baines was trying to cross Midland between two stopped cars when a third car hit him.

"Looks like the bicyclist is the one at fault. This isn't a cross walk where he was crossing, and for him to dart out from between two vehicles in front of the other car looks like there's no way that other driver could have done anything to avoid the crash," said Lt. Chris Van Brackel.

Baines was taken to UK Hospital, but the coroner says he died shortly after he arrived.

The coroner says he died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Baines worked at the Lexington Bicycle Center. His co-workers tell us that he was leaving work last night before the accident.

Co-workers say that he was engaged to Elli Wright.

Police tell us that Baines was not wearing a helmet when he was hit by the car.
Co-workers say that Baines would sometimes wear a helmet. However, they do not believe that a helmet would have necessarily made a difference in last nights accident.

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