A bicyclist has died on a stretch of Route 66 west of Galena, Kansas, less than a year after two German cyclists on vacation died in the same area.
According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 50-year-driver from Georgia was westbound about 7 p.m. Wednesday on Kansas Highway 66 (aka Route 66) about 1.5 miles west of Galena when the northbound cyclist, David Furry, 47, of Galena, crossed the highway in front of her vehicle, resulting in a collision.
Furry died just before midnight. The driver was not injured.
The Wichita Eagle had more details about the crash.
According to a local television station:
The accident closed 3 lanes of traffic, including both eastbound lanes for hours.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says this stretch of highway has become dangerous for pedestrians.
“This is the, when you count that double fatality, this is the fourth fatality within this mile and a half two mile stretch involving pedestrians or cyclists. Within about the last year and a half to two years,” said Sheriff Groves.
Groves was referring to a crash in May that occurred in about the same spot. Harry Jung, 74, and Heinz-Gerd Buchel, 71, both of Germany, were cycling on Route 66 when they were struck from behind by a minivan. They had planned to cycle the length of the Mother Road.
The driver of the minivan, Alyssa Parker, 23, of Shawnee, Kansas. Parker was not injured or charged after an investigation by the highway patrol.
(Image of “Ghost Bike” in Galena, Kansas, by Renee Charles via Facebook)