Avery County cycling incident: Car swerved to hit cyclist, says coach

Avery Journal reports:

While cycling with six other LMC cyclists, Michael Rozelle was struck by a car on Hickory Nut Gap Road on Friday, Jan. 20. Rozelle was not seriously injured, but the incident left the cyclists shaken because they were left with distinct impression that the car had intentionally swerved into the oncoming lane in order to strike them, according to Peter Haile, assistant coach of LMC’s cycling team, who described the incident, which took place around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.

“The accident happened on Hickory Nut Gap, a little on the Newland side,” said Haile, who described the car as “a silver-grey Subaru Legacy from the mid-90s with a grenade brand sticker on the back.”
According to Haile, the bikers were following the rules of the road when the Subaru swerved into their lane, struck Rozelle and sped away. …

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