Driver on wrong side of road hits bicyclist

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

People who live off Hawk Creek Road, in Laurel County, say traffic can be pretty bad around the small roadway.

"It's pretty busy sometimes, and people do fly up and down the road," described Linda Brummett.

On Saturday night, Brummett's friend, Terry Jervis, who also goes by Randy, learned that the hard way. Jervis was riding his bicycle when a car came around a curve and hit him, just yards away from his family's home.

"I just thought he was half gone," admitted Brummett.

"I was scared to death, I was worried, I wasn't really sure what to do," said Ronnie Jervis, the victim's brother who was at the scene holding his hand and comforting him.

"One leg was straight and the other was twisted in several positions," recalled Mary Calwell, who was one of the first to the scene.

Witnesses, and the Laurel County Sheriff's report, say the car was on the wrong side of the road when the female driver hit Jervis. The Sheriff's Office says there are no charges against the driver, at this time.

"She was on the wrong side of the road when she hit him, no doubt about it," stated Brummett.

Those who know Jervis say he's not the kind to get into harm's way while on his bicycle.

"He's never been struck by a car, and he rides up in town and everything," said his brother.

"Anytime he sees a car coming both ways, he'll get off [the bike] and completely off the road," said Brummett, who has seen her friend Jervis ride by many times.

Jervis was flown to U.K. Hospital with a broken arm and leg, and is said to be in fair condition on Sunday.

"It's a miracle that he's still with us today," said Calwell.

A miracle that has many people grateful, but still the nightmare looms as drivers continue to speed through their neighborhood.

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