Biking In Louisville: Still Unsafe, Part Two

The Courier-Journal is reporting that a bicyclist was killed this morning on the Outer Loop:

A bicyclist was killed in an early-morning collision on Outer Loop at the Interstate 65 overpass, a police spokesman said.

The bicyclist, a man who appeared to be in his early 40s, was traveling westbound on Outer Loop at the time of the accident, said Officer Phil Russell, the Louisville Metro Police spokesman.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a mid-1990s Honda Accord driven by a man in his mid 30s was following a tractor-trailer in the left lane, Russell said. The motorist apparently switched into the right lane to go around the semi and struck the bicyclist, who was traveling in the right lane, he said.

Police are investigating, and “one westbound lane (of Outer Loop) is shut down” at the interstate overpass, Russell said just after 7:30. 

If and when we get more updates, we will post them. If you either drive a car or ride a bike, please BE AWARE and SHARE THE ROAD.

UPDATE, 9:25 PM: The Courier-Journal has identified the cyclist:

The victim is Vance Kokojan, 42, of Louisville, who lived in the 1800 block of Deer Park Avenue, said Gayle Norris, Jefferson County deputy coroner.

Norris said Kokojan was on his way to work at UPS when the accident occurred.

Kokojan, who was pronounced dead at the scene, died of multiple blunt force injuries, Norris said.

The identity of the operator of the car has not been released because no charges have been filed against the driver, said Officer Phil Russell, spokesman for LMPD.

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3 Responses to “Biking In Louisville: Still Unsafe, Part Two”

  1. Vance touched my life and I am greatful for the opportunity to know him, allbeit from thousands of miles away. He was my encourager when I needed one. He was a gentle compassionate man. He will be sorely missed. Lord let Vance know how loved he is by You and by those who are missing him.

    I had just had a conversation with a 17 year old about her accident and she was passing on the right. This should be illegal. It is just too dangerous. Any agressive action by the driver of the car led to this, but it is because of the legalization of passing on the right.

    BEWARE WHETHER YOU ARE IN A CAR, OR ON A BIKE. You have to be extra careful when passing on the right. Let’s learn something from the loss of someone that touched the lives of so many.

    God bless the Kokojan family thru their loss.

    Teresa/MA

  2. Did he have a sister or relative named Carol?

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