Friend of cyclist hit by SUV: 'She's not going to quit' - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Friend of cyclist hit by SUV: 'She's not going to quit'

Police say Kristin Blaise was hit by a distracted driver. (Source: KLTV Staff) Police say Kristin Blaise was hit by a distracted driver. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Kristin Blaise is in the hospital with serious injuries. (Source: Facebook) Kristin Blaise is in the hospital with serious injuries. (Source: Facebook)
Cori Moore was driving home when she and her husband saw Blaise. (Source: KLTV Staff) Cori Moore was driving home when she and her husband saw Blaise. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas bicyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after she was hit Tuesday night by an SUV. The accident happened in the 7500 block of Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler, just after 8 p.m.

Police say 42-year-old Kristin Blaise was struck by 20-year-old Devin Hunter, who was on his cell phone at the time. Triathlete Cori Moore says she was driving home when she and her husband saw their friend on the side of the road.

“When we saw the helmet, we knew who it was,” said Moore. "She's in a lot of pain right now. She's got a broken pelvis, some broken ribs, and a [spinal] compression fracture."

Moore says accidents like these are becoming all too familiar. In just the past several weeks, two other cyclists in East Texas were seriously injured by vehicles. Just last week, nearly 200 cyclists from across East Texas met for a vigilance ride for cyclists who have been injured by drivers.

“We're all in this together. We all stick together… it's dangerous on the roads. Cars don't realize you're there and you have to be careful for cars,” said cyclist Jim Malone.

Moore says one of their goals is to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.“It's not just about running into a cyclist. Distracted drivers can hit runners or hit another car or run off the road and injures themselves,” she said. 

Although she has a long road to recovery, Moore says she knows Blaise will ride again.

“Anybody who knows Blaise knows that she's not going to quit. It may take time and there may be some limitations, but I guarantee you she will stay as involved and as active as she is physically able to,” she said.

The driver who hit Blaise stopped after hitting her and police say he was ticketed.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.


  • NewsMore>>

  • Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:13:30 GMT
    UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>
  • Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:08 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:08:51 GMT
    Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>
  • Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:02:09 GMT
    Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>
Powered by Frankly