Loved ones push for safer conditions after cyclist’s death

VIDEO: Loved ones push for safer conditions after cyclist’s death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Family and friends of a man killed in a crash on the Cosgrove bridge, are calling for safer conditions for bicyclists.

Friends say 57-year-old Tommy Dixon was biking to work in September 2018, after his truck broke down. During early morning hours, he was hit by a car and died.

Cynthia Gallagher was a close friend of Dixon, and she described him as a wonderful person to be around. He was also said to be the type of person that would go above and beyond for other people.

Gallagher is now calling for safer conditions for bicyclists. She wonders if the accident on the bridge would have been prevented if there were measures put in place.

“I think bicycle lanes should be available and more lighting. I mean if where they’re supposed to ride and they’re allowed to ride is lit up, reflector or not you’ll be able to see them coming,” said Gallagher.

She also hopes other people will make their own efforts to make the roads safer for everyone.

She said, “It could be somebody else’s family but even if you think it won’t happen to yours, be mindful it’s still other people’s families. You should care.”

According to Charleston police, the driver was not at fault in the collision that resulted in Dixon’s death.

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