By Steve Frothingham
Two amateur racers died Tuesday while on a training ride after being struck by an SUV near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another rider was seriously injured in the crash.
The driver of the SUV, 38-year-old Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving. She was released after posting bail of $100,000. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman told VeloNews that it could be four to five weeks before Borland’s blood test results are available and county prosecutors decide whether to charge her.
Killed in the accident were Angela Voss, 33, and Matthew Edmonds, 34. Both were members of the Bicycles of Tulsa Race Team. Another team member, John Moore, 40, was injured and was treated and released from a nearby hospital.
According to a Highway Patrol report, Borland was driving the same direction as the cyclists on State Highway 51 in Sand Springs when she “swerved onto the south shoulder for unknown reason, striking the three bicyclists.” The report said Borland continued on for another quarter mile before stopping.
A report on the TulsaWorld.com Web site said that passing motorists stopped Borland.
“Our team is devastated,” a Bicycles of Tulsa member told VeloNews. “Matt and Christa were bright stars and the world is a lesser place without them.”
The team has set up a fund for the Voss and Edmonds families. Donations can be mailed to:
Bank of Oklahoma
Edmonds and Voss Memorial Fund
PO Box 2300
Tulsa, OK 74192
Donations to the fund can be made via PayPal by sending the donation to firstname.lastname@example.org.