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Cyclist struck by car voices support for bike lanes

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City officials are expected to lay out the final bike path plan July 30th. City officials are expected to lay out the final bike path plan July 30th.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman says a bicycle lane might not have stopped a drunk driver from plowing her down Friday night, but she is still an avid supporter of putting bicycle lanes along Memphis' Cooper Avenue.

Monday, Mary Park said her helmet may have been the only barrier between life and death when an accused drunk driver slammed into her bicycle.

"I remember feeling my helmet smack the pavement and bounce," she said.

Park, a daycare worker, is currently off the job because of bumps, bruises and abrasions all over.

"I can't move quickly," she laughed.

Park was leaving a youth meeting Friday night when she crossed Cooper on Evelyn. As she rode, she saw a car barreling towards her. Her body went rag doll-limp and into the air upon impact.
     
"There were a couple of drivers who stopped the driver from getting away," she said.

Memphis police charged Saheem Wright with DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Public Intoxication, Reckless Driving and Violation of Financial Law.

"I hope he's a little bit more remorseful than just his car is a little messed up and he has some court dates," Park said.
     
Accident or no accident, Park has always supported the addition of Cooper Avenue bicycle lanes. Businesses say narrowing the street to one lane in each direction will hurt business traffic.

"Making your business more bike-friendly is only going to promote business to people who want to ride their bikes," park argued.

If all goes as originally planned, the bicycle lanes will be nestled between parked cars and traffic, from Central to Southern along Cooper.

The city is expected to lay out the final bike path plan July 30th. Meanwhile, Park says her accident is a stark reminder that all bicyclists should wear helmets.

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