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Hit-and-Run Accident in Davidson County Results in Death of Cyclist

Richard Clay was enjoying a ride on his bicycle on Old Highway 109 near Jolly Road when his life came to an abrupt and tragic end after he was hit and killed by an unknown vehicle. The at-fault driver decided to flee the scene of the accident and leave Clay to fend for himself.

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My deepest sympathies go out to the Clay family. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone has to suffer, but the pain is even worse when the loss is sudden and caused by the reckless acts of another person.   

I get so frustrated reading about hit-and-run accidents. Leaving the scene of a car wreck is both illegal and inhumane. The at-fault driver made the callous decision to put their own interests ahead of stopping and checking to see if Clay needed help.   

Sgt. Stephen Pace with the Highway Patrol did not speculate as to why the at-fault driver failed to report the accident or stop and help, but Pace told television station WXII 12 that there are many reasons why a person flees the scene of a crash. These include the driver being drunk, not having a valid driver's license, or being on probation. Trasnlated, then, there really isn't a good reason to flee a car accident, especially when it involves a bike rider.

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