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 james.trotter@accgov.com 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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