Bicyclist killed on Peach Orchard Road early Friday

Police say a 33-year-old bicyclist killed Friday after being hit from behind did not have safety equipment on his bike.

According to investigating deputies, the bicycle ridden by Robert Daniel Holden Jr., of Hephzibah, did not have lights and had only a 1-inch reflector on the back. The reflector was damaged in the collision, and it could not be determined whether it was visible.

There was an orange safety vest wrapped around the top tube of the bike’s frame, but it would not have been visible to traffic behind Holden.

Police said Holden was pedaling in the middle of the southbound right lane in the 3500 block of Peach Orchard Road at 12:55 a.m. when he was hit by a 1999 Oldmobile driven by Edward Farrow, 49, of Hephzibah.

The collision threw Holden from the bike and into the southbound center lane. Deputy Coroner Kenneth Booze said Holden was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma about 1:30 a.m.

Farrow told police he did not see Holden until it was too late. Other drivers said they did not see the cyclist until the crash.

The report said the lack of lights and appropriate reflective gear greatly contributed to the collision.

Holden was determined to be at fault.

This is the second cyclist fatality in Richmond County in fewer than two weeks.

Cyclist Dennis John Skillman, 42, of Old Waynesboro Road, was fatally hit on Mike Padgett Highway while going to work May 15. Police said Christopher Provost, 35, of Hephzibah, left the scene, but he has since been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said Provost veered off the road, hitting the cyclist.

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