Four Cyclists Hit By Car

On February 20th, 2016, four cyclists were hit by a car on their 125-mile roundtrip ride from downtown Raleigh to Godwin, NC.

Among the riders were Christopher Graham, 34, Joel Arthur Lawrence, 57, Lynn Lashley, 57, and Michael Dayton, 60, and all were immediately sent to the hospital for their injuries.

Chris suffered from a fractured ankle, fractured kneecap, fractured pelvis and fractured hip. Two of the cyclists were placed on ICU in critical condition. Lynn endured vertebrae fractures and a broken pelvis. Michael experienced facial fractures and cranial swelling. Joel received minor scrapes and bruises.

See the TV news stories here and here  and here  and here .

This tragic accident has resulted in medical and property damages for each of the cyclists and as a response, with the consent of the cyclists and/or their families this fund has been set up to provide some financial relief.

All of the cyclists are well-seasoned with over 250,000 miles on the road combined. Per usual, they had chosen the particular route of that day partly because it is a low-traffic area. They were also riding in a single file line (the law permits two abreast) and were all wearing bright/reflective clothing.

To add some perspective to the damages, the average cost of a day in the ICU at Wake Med is $5,665. Two of the cyclists have been in the ICU for 4 days now.  The cost of equipment destroyed is an estimated $20,000. 

The total cost will not be known until the cyclists have healed from their injuries so we have made an estimate of $100,000. If more funds are needed, the gofundme page will remain active. If more funds have been received than needed then the surplus will be given to cyclists injured in other accidents.

Jerry Phelps, a close friend of the injured cyclists and a cycler himself, well-known in the cycling community, will manage the distribution of funds. The funds will be distributed among all four cyclers based on their need.

My name is Matt Hawksworth and I am a personal friend and colleague of Chris. I am glad to be able to host this gofundme page for the benefit of all the cyclers involved in the accident. I hope we can gather the resources required to quickly help them back to their normal lives.

We humbly ask for any monetary donation you might offer and we thank you dearly in advance.

Thank you,
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    • $2,886 
    • 62 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 64 mos
  • Paul Scott 
    • $100 
    • 64 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 67 mos
  • Brian Palmer 
    • $100 
    • 67 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Matt Hawksworth 
Hillsborough, NC
Jerry Phelps 
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