DALLAS -- Internationally known Dallas cyclist Mary Jane 'Miji' Reoch was struck and killed while riding along a lakefront city street, allegedly by a driver who fled despite cries for him to stop, police said Saturday.
Reoch, an 11-time U.S. Cycling Federation national champion, was training another cyclist around 9:15 a.m. Friday by riding along the city's White Rock Lake when a truck veered into their lane and struck her head-on, police said.
The cyclist accompanying Reoch, Bill Seals of Dallas, said the vehicle rounded a curve 'very quickly' and hit Reoch, who was riding behind Seals and slightly to his left.
The impact sent Reoch hurtling 95 feet (30 m) into the 15-acre (6-ha) lake, which is east of downtown and very popular with cyclists. They were riding along the two-lane street that follows the coast of the lake, Seals said.
He said his panicked reaction caused him to fly over his handlebars and land on the pavement.
'There were some eyewitnesses,' Seals said. 'I thought I could hear the truck going off in the distance and somebody yelling 'Stop.''
Police said witnesses gave them the license number of the mid-1970s pickup but they did not report any arrests in the case.
Reoch, 47, was national road champion in 1971 and held the U.S. 3, 000-meter individual title from 1973 to 1975 and in 1978.
She also was the individual time trial champion in 1975 and holder of several other championships.
She coached Connie Carpenter to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in 1984.
Seals said he and Reoch had intended to ride Tuesday but postponed their plans because of rain. The weather Friday morning was clear and beautiful.