The Columbia community was "reeling" after a popular physics teacher and volleyball coach was critically injured in a bicycle accident, Adair County Schools Superintendent Alan Reed said Wednesday.
Prayer vigils were held for Michael Godsey at several churches Tuesday night and outside his classroom at Adair County High School, the superintendent said.
"There has been a tremendous outpouring of concern and support," Reed said. "We're all kind of reeling. Michael is a very, very highly valued teacher and member of the community."
Kentucky State Police said Godsey, 45, was severely injured about 4:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday when his bike and a car collided on Ky. 551, two miles north of Columbia.
Godsey was flown to University of Louisville Hospital. He suffered critical injuries, according to the Adair County Community Voice.
Godsey was traveling south on his bike when he collided with a 2005 Hyundai that turned into his path, police said. The car was driven by Rosetta Stotts, 54, of Columbia, police said.
Troopers said Stotts was traveling north when she tried to make a left turn onto Holmes Bend Road and drove into Godsey's path.
Godsey was wearing a helmet, troopers said in a news release.
Stotts and a passenger in her car, Kelsea Stotts, 10, were not injured, police said. Both were wearing seat belts.
Reed said Godsey has worked for the Adair County school district for several years.
He recently was named co-director of the new aerospace academy at Adair County High School, Reed said.
Godsey and his wife, Lisa, are avid bicyclists and often ride together on rural roads in Adair County and the surrounding area, the superintendent said.