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Another killed this morning--Hattiesburg, MS(3 posts)

Another killed this morning--Hattiesburg, MSMilliet
Oct 22, 2003 10:45 AM
I ride this intersection often on the bike and even more in the car. Good, new road that is only lightly traveled.

What a shame...very sad.

Hattiesburg, MS

By Antoinette Konz
American Staff Writer

Prominent Hattiesburg businessman Jerry Ryan died shortly after 9 a.m. today from injuries he received when his bicycle was struck by motor vehicle on WSF Tatum Boulevard near Veterans Memorial Drive, said Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.

Ryan, co-owner and vice president of Ryan Motors, Inc., was riding with a friend on Tatum Boulevard at about 7:45 a.m. when his bicycle was hit. Hattiesburg Police have not released the name of the driver of the other vehicle.

"Mr. Ryan suffered from various internal injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m.," Benedict said. "He had been wearing a helmet."

Jerry Ryan shared ownership of Ryan Motors, Inc. with his brother, Michael Ryan, said Andy Moore, general manager of Ryan Motors.

"We are all in shock not sure what to do at this moment," Moore said. "We are waiting for further guidance."

Moore said Jerry Ryan was a person deeply involved in the community.

"He was in the Rotary Club, volunteered with the boy scouts," Moore said. "He cared deeply about giving back to his community."

Moore said Jerry Ryan is survived by his wife, Susan; four sons, Ben, Adam, Matthew and Andrew, as well as several grandchildren.

Keep checking for the latest updates and breaking news as it becomes available.
re: Another killed this morning--Hattiesburg, MSnuggets
Oct 22, 2003 4:28 PM
This is very sad. Jerry was the one who helped put together the local rails-to-trails. I have known him for many years. He was one of the nicest people I have ever known.

The driver was distracted by her kid in her car.
Updated article on cyclists deathnuggets
Oct 23, 2003 6:18 PM
Here is an update on the killing of a local cyclist.