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Widow of deceased cyclist: "Enough is enough"
Wednesday, July 13, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands woman knows firsthand about the dangers facing cyclists on the road. A distracted driver killed her husband, Tom Hoskins, an avid cyclist.

Sherri Hoskins Harrison wants to bring awareness to the issue her message is simple, "enough is enough." She hopes Tuesday's accident that put a Columbia firefighter in the hospital serves as a wake-up call for anyone who gets behind the wheel.

"That's what made me make the decision to speak on it because I would love for no one else to get hurt because of someone's stupidity and carelessness," said Sherri. "Which is all you can call it, if you're not paying attention while driving."

Tom's cycle buddy Lee-Ann Barry also died in the crash. The two were nearing the finish line of a charity bike ride along highway 521 in Lancaster County. "We're driving these massive vehicles that can kill people."

She never met the distracted driver who hit and killed her husband four years ago. She hopes whoever hit Travis Kinley and took off will do the right thing. "I urge that driver to come forward, you cannot hold that in. It will eat you up. That driver needs to come forward and just explain what happened. If it was carelessness that's what it was. That driver needs to come forward," said Sherri.

According to the Department of Public Safety 10 cyclists have died in South Carolina state this year after being hit by drivers.

Sherri wants to know what it is going to take for drivers to pay attention. "We have a responsibility to each other and are respectful of life. Take the time to pay attention to what's going on the roads."

There will be a charity triathlon in Tom Hoskins' honor this weekend in Irmo. For details, CLICK HERE.

If you know anything about Tuesday's crash that can help investigators, call 1- 888-CRIME-SC.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15071518/a-woman-speaks-out-on-the-dangers-of-cyclists

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