Tragedy struck Thursday as Louisville Metro Police Officer Paul Pegram was hit and killed while riding his bike by a motorist driving an SUV in Spencer County just outside Louisville. Pegram had served eight years as a police officer.
Pegram was off duty at the time and was stopped on the shoulder of Briar Ridge Road. Both Pegram and the driver lived within two miles of the crash site. According to LMPD, Pegram enjoyed cycling and would ride several times a week. The driver told police he didn’t see Pegram on his bike before the collision.
Briar Ridge Road, also known as State Highway 248, is a winding rural two-lane undivided road with a posted speed limit of 55 mph. Even at only 40 mph, the chances of surviving a collision with a car are only 15 percent, so an impact at 55 mph would be even worse.
Donations to help cover Officer Pegram’s funeral expenses can be made at the Louisville Metro Police Officers’ Credit Union at 900 West Market Street.
Will a local cyclist live to see the day when the driver of a vehicle in such a case actually is prosecuted? Every time, zilch. It’s really disheartening.