UPDATE: Bicyclist expected to be taken off life support

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Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 7:11 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - A Bowling Green man struck by a vehicle on Old Morgantown Road on Aug. 11 is expected to be pulled from life support Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Bowling Green Police PIO Ronnie Ward spoke more Tuesday about the crash that sent James Smith, 31, to the hospital in critical condition when a vehicle and the bicycle he was operating hit head-on.

The accident happened at the intersection of Old Morgantown Road and Sharon Drive.

The driver of the car and several witnesses told police that Smith “made an unexpected sharp left turn,” according to police accident citations.

Due to serious injury in the collision, officers reconstructed the scene showing the car traveling South on Old Morgantown Road while Smith was traveling North near the intersection of Sharon Drive.

Ward said the driver was issued citations for “paperwork issues” and officers on the scene requested for the driver of the vehicle to submit a sample of her blood but she declined.

Officers then reported they contacted the Commonwealth Attorney’s office for a search warrant for the blood sample but the office denied the warrant application. According to Commonwealth Attorney Chris Cohron, the information presented to his office did not meet probable cause for a search warrant to be issued.

Ward said that officers didn’t “observe anything that gave them any indication that they were impaired.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for Smith’s family.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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