A University of Virginia graduate student died Monday morning after an accident involving a Charlottesville city vehicle. A city spokesperson says the bicyclist died after a Charlottesville Public Works truck ran over him. It happened shortly after 9:00 at the intersection of Fourth Street and West Main.
Charlottesville Police have identified the victim as 23-year-old Matt King. The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation is organizing a vigil for King to be held on Friday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the scene of the accident.
Police say King and the utility truck were both coming down West Main, heading toward UVA when the accident happened. The public works utility truck was trying to make a right turn onto Fourth Street. Police say King collided with the front right tire of the truck. A city spokesperson says King was alive after the accident but died on the way to the UVA Medical Center.
An accident reconstruction team spent part of Monday morning trying to figure out exactly what happened. The accident investigation is ongoing.
"Where the bicyclist was at that point is one of the areas that we are trying to discern," explained Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo. "Obviously at some point the cyclist was in the street and contact between the vehicle and the cyclist took place."
The student's family is coming in from out-of-state and will meet with police Tuesday. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The employee driving the truck has been interviewed by police. There is no word on any charges.
According to a statement issued by Ric Barrick, Director of Communications for the City of Charlottesville, "The employee involved in the accident this morning is at home, by his choice, on administrative leave with pay and can return when he is able."
City of Charlottesville Press Release City Vehicle Involved in Fatal Accident with Bicyclist
Shortly after 9:00am, a City vehicle was involved in an accident on West Main Street involving a bicyclist at the corner of 4th Street, NE. The bicyclist was immediately transported to the University of Virginia Hospital where he died from the injuries sustained in the collision.
The identification of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The intersection remains closed to assist Charlottesville Police with the investigation. Interviews with the driver of the City vehicle and identification of additional witnesses are ongoing.
The City of Charlottesville expresses its deepest sympathy to the victim's family and is providing support to the City employee who is dealing with this tragedy.
Ric Barrick Director of Communications City of Charlottesville, VA