Running community responds to investigation of runner's death


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    South Carolina Highway Patrol determined that both the runner and the driver are both at fault in death of a Lexington woman who was struck and killed on December 18, 2018.

    The running community, FiA Lexington and F3 Lexington, responded with the following statement to the investigation by South Carolina Highway Patrol.

    The Fia and F3 communities continue to mourn the death of our friend, Dianne Wells, and we still mourn the loss of John Flanagan in 2017. The tragic loss of these young runners, parents, and spouses does not get any easier for those of us who knew them and loved them. The release last week of the findings from Wells’ death reaffirm the need for greater pedestrian safety and driver awareness in our community. Our two groups, along with representatives of several other fitness groups and law enforcement agencies in Lexington have formed a committee to examine how we can bring about improvements to sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals. We will also be working to educate drivers, cyclists and runners alike about the rules of the road. Because the truth is, the road belongs to all of us, no matter what time of day it is. We all want to live in a community that is healthy, vibrant and active. For that to happen, drivers need to be alert and vigilant, and runners and cyclists need to be proactive. We hope we can count on our neighbors throughout Lexington to be patient and cautious behind the wheel. And we hope we can count on our lawmakers and community leaders to make pedestrian improvements and help us better educate drivers and pedestrians so that we can prevent additional senseless tragedies.

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