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Auburn police ID Tuskegee man as cyclist hit by car


Posted on Feb 28, 2012

LEE COUNTY — Auburn police have identified a 51-year-old Tuskegee man as the bicyclist struck by a car near the Lee-Macon County line Sunday evening.

Capt. Tom Stofer of the Auburn Police Division said Horace Dowdell Jr. was struck by a southbound 2006 Ford Fusion driven by a 22-year-old female in the 5000 block of Highway 29 South around 8:30 p.m. Dowdell was on the roadway also traveling south.

Dowdell was listed in unsatisfactory condition at Columbus (Ga.) Regional Medical Center, where he was airlifted following the accident, according to a hospital spokesperson on Monday.

Stofer said the bicycle Dowdell was riding was not equipped with any lights or reflective devices. Stofer said he does not anticipate the driver of car will be charged in the incident.

Stofer said Sunday’s accident marks Auburn’s first vehicle-versus-bicycle accident of the year. Eleven such incidents were reported in 2011. Sunday’s accident remains under investigation by Auburn police.

9:44 p.m. Sunday

A bicyclist sustained serious injuries after he was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 29 South near Lee Road 18 about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said the male bicyclist was airlifted for medical treatment, but could not confirm to which hospital the man was taken.

He said the bicyclist and the Ford Fusion that struck him were traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 29 South near the Macon County line.

The accident remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division.

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