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Cycling, walking or driving safety is key

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 06:01 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman
Contributor: Lea Jolan (

An autopsy will be done Friday on a Cumberland County cyclist, who was killed in a crash when he collided with a tanker truck Thursday afternoon.

Expert cyclist and owner of Mountainside Ski and Sports in Hampden Township, Dave Whitney, shares some safety measures we should all take on the road.

" High visibility clothing and things. A lot of people wear these bright yellow vests," he says.  " The helmet is definitely a key piece of safety equipment."

Aside from gear, Dave says you should always follow the rules of the road.  " Even with bright colored clothing and things, you're just not as visible. And some times people just aren't paying attention and they don't expect to see a cyclist."

State Police say 41-year-old David Wilson of Mechanicsburg was cycling in that area when he collided with a tanker truck and was killed. 

State Police also say they didn't see that Wilson was wearing a helmet but it could have fallen off during impact. 

State Police say the victim was not wearing a helmet.

State Trooper Rob Hicks says, " Everybody has to share the road out here. The weather is starting to get a little bit warmer so you will see more people riding their bikes and motorcycles on the roadway. So it's really up to both parties to be aware of other people on the roadways."

With limited sight distance in the area of the accident and cycling speeds reaching 25 miles per hour, if you're not on alert that could create problems.

State Police and the Cumberland County Coroner are still investigating the fatal crash.Cycling, walking or driving safety is key

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