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.