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Bicyclist struck last month in LR dies from injuries

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 18, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.

— A bicyclist injured in a collision with a car last month while riding on Kavanaugh Boulevard has died from her injuries, police said Tuesday.

The Little Rock Police Department said Diane McConnell, 66, died Tuesday. She had been listed in critical condition when she was transported to St. Vincent Hospital after the Nov. 10 accident.

The wreck happened about 2 p.m. as McConnell was riding north on the road just north of Cantrell Road. Police say she collided with a 2012 Ford Fusion driven by 52-year-old Ronald Ward and then fell to the pavement. One witness reported the rear tire of the Fusion then ran over McConnell.

Ward "stated he attempted to pass her and she struck the rear passenger side of his vehicle," police said.

Police say they are still waiting for blood results to see whether intoxication played a role in the accident. No determination on possible charges will be made until the case file is forwarded to the prosecutor's office by late January, authorities said.

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turfclan says... December 18, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.

I think that he hit her when passing too close, not the other way around. A very sad ending.

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Mojoron says... December 18, 2012 at 4:12 p.m.

As a bicyclist and a motorcyclist there has been many times that people don't make room for us on the right hand side, whether they can't judge distance or what, but it is frustrating. All the more reason for municipalities to plan bicycle routes when they plan or upgrade streets. It doesn't cost anymore to do them upfront in the planning process rather than waiting later to do the upgrade on an already busy street.

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Jfish says... December 18, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

Mojoron is correct. I am sure that the PA won't do anything. The lady that ran the red light about a year ago and killed the cyclist at the intersection of Cantrell and River Mountain Road only got a slap on the wrist. I believe that her excuse was that she was distracted by her grandkids. Add to this that the Little Rock Police do very little to deter violators from running red lights, breaking speed limits, etc. If you are a pedestrian or a cyclist in Little Rock, beware, motorists have the right-of-way in every situation and you are basically a second class citizen whose job it is to yield or just be another casualty.

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NoUserName says... December 18, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

Yeah, and I've seen plenty of bicyclists blow right through stop signs. I also expect accident reconstruction would show relative position of bike and car.

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RoyDaMercer says... December 18, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.

Heck I've watched morons running on the blacktop on Cantrell

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