HIGHWAY PATROL: Driver charged after hitting cyclist outside Farmville

HIGHWAY PATROL: Driver charged after hitting cyclist outside Farmville

In North Carolina, vehicles have to give cyclists at least four feet of distance when passing.

FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A Farmville woman was sent to ECU Health Medical Center after being hit by a car while riding a bicycle Sunday afternoon.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says troopers were called to a collision between a car and bicyclist around 2:45 p.m. on Wesley Church Road, near Peace Street.

The cyclist has been identified as Liza Hardy-Braz, 61, wife of Steven Hardy-Braz, an advocate for cycling and disabled safety.

He tells WITN that his wife was the last of three cyclists riding north single file on Wesley Church Road.

He says that several cars had already passed them when his wife was struck by a red car. Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Tallula Tillman hit Liza from behind.

The impact threw the woman off the bike and broke the car’s passenger side mirror, according to the husband.

Steven told WITN Monday morning that Liza was treated and released from the hospital with no broken bones Sunday night. However, the bike was broken in several places.

The Highway Patrol says Tillman, of Farmville, is charged with failure to reduce speed.

In November of 2021, Steven Hardy-Braz was seriously injured when hit from behind while riding his bike.

In North Carolina, vehicles have to give cyclists at least four feet of distance when passing.

Bicycle vs car crash east of Farmville

Bicycle vs car crash east of Farmville

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