BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- A Baltimore woman cycling cross-country to benefit cancer is hit and killed by a truck.
Deputies say a truck crashed into a group of bicyclists on the side of the road in Scott County, Ky.
Jamie Roberts, 24, of Baltimore died at the scene. Another cyclist suffered minor injuries.
Roberts was a graduate from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She was on a 70-day, 4,000 plus mile ride for cancer from Baltimore to Portland.
The Ulman Cancer Fund coordinates the ride, saying in a statement:
"It is with the deepest sadness that the Ulman Cancer Fund faces the loss of Jamie Roberts. This passionate young woman, so precious to her family and loved ones, lost her life in a tragic accident today as she rode across America to raise funds and awareness for young adults fighting cancer. Jamie's selflessness, her commitment to serving others and her deep devotion to her friends, family and fellow riders was apparent to everyone who knew her. All of us at the Ulman Cancer Fund extend our deepest condolences to Jamie's family, whose grief must be boundless at this time. We, and all of our 4K for Cancer riders, will carry Jamie's memory with us in our hearts as we continue serving the mission that Jamie cared so deeply about."
Jamie died this afternoon from injuries sustained when she was struck by a vehicle while changing a bicycle tire in Scott County outside of Lexington, Ky. Another rider sustained non-life threatening injuries in the incident. While the Roberts family has expressed their hope that 4K for Cancer riders will be able to continue their journeys, the Ulman Cancer Fund plans to provide immediate assistance to any rider who desires to return home. All of the riders are suspending their ride for the next 48 hours to honor the loss of their teammate, and a member of the Ulman Cancer Fund's staff is joining each of the teams to provide support. We ask that any inquiries be directed to Brock Yetso at (410) 964-0202 *101 and request privacy for Jamie's family at this time as they come to terms with this tragedy.
The Roberts family wishes for any donations to be made to The Ulman Cancer Fund in honor of Jamie Roberts and the 4K for Cancer Portland Team. Donations can be made at http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/jamie-roberts.
All the riders are suspending their ride for the next 48 hours to honor the loss of their teammate.
Police have not released the cause of the crash.
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