Bicyclist hit by pickup, killed while fixing a flat in Scott County during cross-country fundraising trip

jmadden@herald-leader.com and kward1@herald-leader.comJune 13, 2014 

Jamie Lynn Roberts wrote that she hoped her ride to benefit cancer patients inspired future participants.

A 24-year-old woman who died on a Scott County road on Friday afternoon was cycling across the United States for charity.

Jamie Lynn Roberts of Washington, D.C., and three others stopped in the southbound lane of U.S. 25 in Scott County to fix a flat tire on her bicycle when a passing pickup truck struck her on the head, Scott County Coroner John Goble said. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:14 p.m.

Roberts was riding from Baltimore to Portland to raise money to support young adults with cancer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

"Jamie's selflessness, her commitment to serving others and her deep devotion to her friends, family and fellow riders was apparent to everyone who knew her," the organization's CEO, Brock Yetso, said in a news release. "... We, and all of our 4K for Cancer riders, will carry Jamie's memory with us in our hearts as we continue serving the mission that Jamie cared so deeply about."

Another rider suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the release.

A profile of Roberts on the 4K for Cancer website says she was a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and was making the 4,000-mile ride over 70 days with a group of college students.

"As a 'retired' college athlete, I am excited to face what will undoubtedly be the most difficult physical challenge of my life," Roberts wrote in the online profile. "I love to travel and I have a hard time saying no to adventures!"

She said she was inspired to participate after watching two of her friends cross the finish line last year at a cross-country run sponsored by Ulman.

"I hope that through my fundraising and the ride itself that I can help raise awareness and make a difference in someone's life," she wrote. "I would love nothing more than to inspire someone else in the same way that I was inspired by witnessing the 4K finish in person."

The Ulman Cancer Fund said all the riders in 4K for Cancer were "suspending their ride for the next 48 hours to honor the loss of their teammate, and a member of the Ulman Cancer Fund's staff is joining each of the teams to provide support."

Roberts' body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy, Goble said.

Neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash, he said.

Sgt. Ben Jones of the Scott County sheriff's office said the case is under investigation, but he said he does not expect charges to be filed.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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