Bicycle rider dies in North Vernon accident

NORTH VERNON — A bicyclist died after losing control of his bicycle and traveling into the path of a vehicle.

Indiana State Police were called to the accident at 9 p.m. Saturday on Country Squire Boulevard at Dorchester Place in Country Squire Lakes in North Vernon, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman.

An ISP Versailles District crash reconstruction team determined Robert A. King, 50, North Vernon, was riding a bicycle south on Dorchester Place approaching Country Squire Boulevard, when, for an unknown reason, he lost control of the bike, Wheeles said.

King went into the intersection into the path of a northbound 2006 Jeep Liberty driven by Timothy M. Small, 31, North Vernon, Wheeles said. King was hit by Small’s vehicle after falling off the bicycle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office, Wheeles said.

Small was not injured, Wheeles said.

The accident remains under investigation, Wheeles said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Tribune.