(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Bardstown Road is one of the most popular places in town especially when the weather is nice. The busy road became the site of a deadly bicycle accident Saturday afternoon that left one rider dead, and many others thinking about their safety. WAVE 3's Jeff Tang investigates.
Ted Morris knows how dangerous it is to ride a bike on Bardstown Road. He owns Highland Cycle and sees riders outside his bicycle shop every day.
"It's a very heavily traveled road. You gotta be careful when you travel on it," says Morris. "Louisville's streets aren't really bicycle friendly. People running right lights, stop signs, weaving in and out of traffic when people are stopped."
Just a few blocks away from Highland Cycle, biker Kenneth Frizzle saw how dangerous riding on Bardstown Road can be.
"I drove down here saw the bicycle, the helmet, the blood," said Frizzle.
42-year-old Lance Livesay was trying to change lanes on his bike when he was struck in the head by the sideview mirror of a Metro Sewer District truck. He later died at University Hospital.
"I really feel bad you know. I hope it doesn't discourage bicyclists from biking. It's not gonna stop me from biking," says Frizzle.
It also won't change the way Kenneth rides.
"I heard he weaves in and out of traffic. I do that myself. Of course I pay attention. I have to do it sometimes to get through," said Frizzle.
Ted Morris will play it differently.
"When you're riding in traffic, you're no competition for a 6,000 pound car," said Morris.
He's not alone. The sight of Saturday's deadly accident brought at least two witnesses in to Highland Cycle.
"A customer came in they were eating at the barbecue place across the street. They came in and bought two helmets as a result of that," said Morris.
Lance Livesay was wearing his helmet when the accident happened.
Livesay was a minister at the Unity of Louisville on South Brook Street. He is survived by his family in Tennessee.
The Metro Sewer District has not released the name of the employee who was driving the truck. MSD director Bud Schardein said the man is a good worker who has been a city employee for five years.
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