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Grand Jury Refused Indictment in Cyclist's Death

David Meek on a fall bike ride with the Chattanooga Bicycle Club David Meek on a fall bike ride with the Chattanooga Bicycle Club
Dozens of cyclists rode in a funeral procession Monday for David Meek. Dozens of cyclists rode in a funeral procession Monday for David Meek.
Updated Thursday March 26 at 2:09 p.m.

A grand jury in Hamilton County has decided to not indict the man who was driving the truck that killed cyclist David Meek.

Updated Tuesday March 10 at 3:40 p.m.

Chattanooga (WRCB) -- A grand jury will decide if charges should be filed in the fatal bicycle accident involving David Meek, who died Friday morning on Ashland Terrace when his saddle bag became caught on a passing truck.

Chattanooga Police say they'll present the case to the grand jury in about two weeks.

Count on Eyewitness News to bring you more details as they develop.

Updated Monday March 9 at 4 p.m.

It was a visual celebration of one man's life on the streets of Chattanooga as dozens of cyclists rode in a funeral procession Monday for David Meek, who died early Friday morning.

Meek was a leader in the cycling community, and these men and women were asked by his family to ride. They peddled down McCallie Avenue all the way into Red Bank where Meek was buried.

He was killed on Ashland Terrace when his saddle bag became caught on a passing truck. The driver could be cited.

Updated: Friday March 6 at 9:52 p.m.

Friends of David Meek say this could have been prevented. 

"If drivers knew the law and respected the law we wouldn't be here today," says Minya James of Outdoor Chattanooga. 

The state of Tennessee requires that driver allow three feet of clearance between their vehicle and cyclists when passing. 

"The roads belong to cyclists as well. In this state a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle.  We have the same rights and laws protecting us," says James.

Friday March 6

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A bicyclist died in a morning crash in Chattanooga. Police identified the cyclist as 51-year-old David L. Meek. Meek owned a bike shop on North Hawthorne and lived on Wood Lane in Red Bank.

 Police say the accident happened at 6:40am in the 1000 block of Ashland Terrace.  According to eyewitnesses, Meek was traveling on Ashland Terrace toward Hixson Pike.  Investigators say a box-type truck traveling in the same direction passed by the cyclist.  A saddle bag on the back of the bicycle caught the rear of the truck and yanked the bike out from under Meek. The victim was thrown into the street where he suffered life threatening injuries. Paramedics transported Meek to Erlanger Medical Center where he died.

The truck driver told police that he never saw the bicyclist and didn't know there was anything wrong until he saw Meek in the street. From video taken at the scene by Eyewitness News, the truck appears to be a postal transfer truck. They say charges in the incident are pending further investigation.

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