Bicyclist killed in accident with city vehicle
A vehicle owned by the City of Charlottesville was involved in an accident that killed a bicyclist April 19 shortly after 9am on West Main at 4th Street NW.
Matthew Steven King, a UVA grad student studying mathematics, was taken to UVA Medical Center and died from injuries sustained in the collision at approximately 9:31am.
The city vehicle involved was a Public Works vacuum truck that hauls water and wastewater, according to city spokesman Ric Barrick.
The truck and King were both traveling west on West Main. A witness says that King was riding on the sidewalk and rode onto the street and into the path of the truck making a right turn on 4th Street, according to the Newsplex.
That location is within feet of where an Albemarle County police officer struck wheelchair-bound Gerry Mitchell in 2007.
"This is a terrible loss of a promising young man," says UVA spokeswoman Carol Wood. "Matt was a very fine student who will be missed by his family and friends and his many friends in the Math Department."
A vigil is planned for King at 5pm Friday, April 23, in front of West Main Restaurant.
UPDATE 10:25am April 20 with name of victim and correction of wrongly directioned 4th Street NW.
UPDATE 2:54pm: Video posted by the Newsplex shows a truck that looks a like the Public Works Department vehicles that can vacuum out the city's storm sewer system.