ATHENS, Ga. — Police are reminding cyclists about rider safety after a car hit a bicycle and its rider died during the weekend.

The Athens-Clarke police responded at about 3:10 a.m. Saturday to a crash in the 200 block of Pittard Road.

A 2010 Mazda CX-9 collided with a bicycle as both traveled on Pittard Road near state Route 72.

The man on the bike, 41-year-old Michael Donnell Dowdy Jr. of Athens, died from his injuries.

A 32-year-old Athens woman was identified as the driver of the car.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer James Trotter at or 762-400-7326.

Police also reminded cyclists to make sure their bikes have a forward-facing white light and rear-facing red light, especially for nighttime travel.

Geof Gilliland of the Athens-Clarke police said this is the 18th fatal crash in Clarke County this year.

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