Sunday, 28 October 2007 19:00
A bike ride on the New River Trail just over the border in
Virginia turned deadly last week
in what investigators are calling a freak
accident. Shortly before 5 p.m. on October 20, a large slab of rock dislodged
and fell down a steep precipice, hitting 48-year-old High Point cyclist Sudie
Jenkins Hatcher. Hatcher was riding with a group and was wearing a helmet,
investigators say. The rock was three feet long and more than a foot wide and
struck Hatcher fatally in the head.
New River State Park officials do not believe the area
poses further danger, and have allowed bikers, hikers and horseback riders to
continue to use the accident scene. An investigation has been launched, but
Virginia park officials do not anticipate closing the park anytime soon.
Foul play is not suspected.