KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – Kyle Police said they received a call at about 11:46 a.m. Sunday morning reporting a man lying in the grass near the southbound frontage road of Interstate 35 near North Old Highway 81.
Officials have identified the man as 53-year-old John William Lyon. It’s not clear how long the body had been on the side of the road.
Police said they believe Lyon was riding a bicycle and that he was the victim of a hit-and-run crash.
“It’s just heartbreaking. It’s just a really hard place to be because cyclists do have the same rights as cars, but we’re more vulnerable. We’re more exposed,” said The Hub Cyclery owner Andy Howard.
The suspect vehicle is likely a 2009 or 2010 charcoal gray Kia Optima and that it will have damage on its front passenger side bumper and will be missing the passenger side mirror.
The cycling community isn’t immune to this kind of news, but each time it serves as a reminder fo a few safety tips. “Ride in a group. Having more people around you makes you more visible, wear bright colors,” Howard said.
The speed limit is 55 miles per hour on the stretch of road where Lyon was hit, with only a sliver of a shoulder. “I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to a beginning cyclist and even then, I personally try to avoid the I-35 frontage road as much as possible. It’s definitely not considered a cycling route, at least in my mind,” said Howard.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232.