42-year old Paul Brian Usery was killed on Wednesday July 29, 2015 when he was struck by an automobile driven by 39-year old Angels B. Fussell of Toney. Fussell’s car was a 2012 Kia. The accident occurred around 10 p.m. on Highway 251 in between Highway 31 and I-65. Usery was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is currently under investigation by Alabama State Troopers. Items that need clarification through investigation are suspected driving under the influence, distracted driving, and reckless driving. In other words, what caused the Fussell vehicle to leave the highway and strike the bicyclist? writes on their web site that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 750 people were killed as a result of bicycle/motor vehicle accidents and the number is on the rise from the 680 that were killed in 2011. Those injured each year in bicycle accidents remain at around 50,000 every year. The most frequent source of injury for bicyclists are getting hit by a car at around 30%, followed by falling 17%, crashes due to poor highway conditions 13%, not paying attention 13%, and animals running out into their path, around 5%.

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