Fundraising Site Created for Woman Injured in Bike Accident
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
The Charlottesville biking community is rallying to raise money for a cyclist severely injured in an accident last week. Friends of Mary Syrrist have started an online fundraiser to collect donations to help her through her recovery.
Albemarle County police say Syrrist was hit head-on by a pick-up truck while riding her bike at the intersection of Ivy Road and Morgantown Road shortly after 8 a.m. on March 11. She was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center but has since been released.
An online fundraising site was started for the 29-year-old mom shortly after the accident. Syrrist had been working part-time at Blue Ridge Cyclery.
The donations will help with basic living expenses, especially child care for her daughter who is under 2 years old.
Organizers say they want to make sure Syrrist and her husband can focus on her extensive recovery.
“She is in pain and it is very difficult for her right now, but she is incredibly grateful for the people that are helping her and for the people that are bringing meals, for the people that are sending cards and phone calls and all of the donations that they've had,” said Sarah Gran, who organized the fundraiser.
Albemarle police say the truck driver involved in the accident was charged with failure to stay on the right of the center line.
Organizers are hoping to raise $6,000 for Syrrist and her family through this effort.