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Bicyclist Hit, Killed By Vehicle on Boot Road

Kirsten Higley, 32, was fatally injured in the crash Monday morning.

A 32-year-old bicyclist was hit and killed by a vehicle on Boot Road in West Goshen Township Monday morning, according to West Goshen Police. The accident happened around 6:44 a.m. near the intersection with Mary Jane Lane, just west of Route 202. 

According to police, Kirsten Higley, of Exton, was struck by a vehicle driven by Susan McClain, 54, of Downingtown. Higley died a short time later at Paoli Hospital.

McClain was not injured in the crash and has been cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

West Goshen Police were assisted at the scene by West Whiteland Police Department, Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police and Goshen Fire Department.

Police are investigating the crash and are asking anyone with relevant information to contact the department's Traffic Safety Division at 610-696-7400.

DENNIS SMITH January 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I am a avid cyclist and we deserve the road just like you do ,maybe you do not know about the 4 foot rule in pa read up
WCresident January 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Sue is heartless!....I only know Kirsten from being a friend with my daughter and I met her once. This was the way she traveled to and from work to make a living....she was familiar with the road. I don't know what happened but I do know many drivers don't pay attention, go too fast, text, and talk on the phone while driving.....WAKE UP!...Only drive and pay attention to the road and what is on it. We have lost a beautiful, hardworking person. My prayers to her family.
clsb January 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM
All of you people here state that people should pay more attention to their driving, etc. Well that is obvious! However, since I began driving many years ago, the harsh truth is that people DON'T pay attention when they are driving and many are drunk, wreckless and even on drugs. The laws have not been able to change these issues very much, and I still say that bikers should not be on the roadways. And if you live in the Malvern area or other parts of the Main Line like I do, they are not remotely safe for bikers. And they are a menace on the road to those of us who are cautious drivers. The roads are extremely narrow and curvy, and if you ride a bike on these roads around here, it's not a very intelligent choice. It's risky at best, and no one needs to ride a bike on a roadway. I'm an avid jogger, but there are many paths and parks where one may jog or power walk, and that's where I and many other cautious people do these activities.
clsb January 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM
What Sue said and what you say, WCresident, is the truth. Drivers are terrible!!! Why would you or this young woman risk your life when you know this is the truth. Bikers and joggers stay off of the roads if you want to protect your life. Sue is NOT heartless!!! She is correct in what she said. If you are walking or on a bike on a thoroughfare, you are totally vulnerable, and you most likely will not live if you are hit by a moving vehicle. It's not a smart decision, I don't care how much you try to refute that. And you know it's a big risk too!
Larry Schatz January 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM
I have alot of miles running on area roads and I've had some close calls. Pay attention to your driving! Some people feel fat and safe in their giant SUVs and they don't worry about hurting anyone else. Share the road with others and get that cell phone out of your ear. You are not the center of the universe.
Andrew January 22, 2013 at 12:04 AM
On the subject at hand, I'm very sorry to hear of this news and I wish Kirsten's family the best. I didn't know her personally, but I know people who did. Onto some of the comments: clsb, the opposite is true for jogging paths. Would you prefer if those were clogged with cyclist traffic going 15-25 mph causing a danger to runners and I've seen that kind of accident too... usually ending similarly to a car v cyclist. Sure some roads are better than others. I agree with you there. It's painfully obvious that the infrastructure in this area is severely lacking (shortcoming of integrated paths, lack of shoulders, etc.) and the last thing I've noticed is that bicycling safety laws aren't marketed. I'm constantly surprised by how few people know about them. Once again, my sincerest condolences to those who knew Kirsten.
Chris Zang January 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM
oh, by the way, for everyone defending the bad and careless driving, try looking up the "smith system." it is a defensive driving technique where you look far ahead, and you keep your eyes moving, etc... the moral of the story is to keep a safe following distance, keep your eyes scanning, look well ahead, like a quarter mile up the road. that way, you wont be surprised and accidentally RUN someone over. instead of justifying careless driving, take responsibility and stop texting while driving and driving way too fast.
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM
And you won't be suing anyone's freaking BALLS off if you get hit, you'll most likely be dead or in a COMA! Get real!!
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I have a perfect driving record, and I'm very cautious. Don't assume! However, it's really stupid to think that people are cautious. Everyday, people are killed by unsafe drivers. Are you people living in or trying to create a utopia. It is what it is. I curse drivers everyday because of their stupid driving skills, but I can at least be realistic enough to know that it isn't going to change.
Jerry Cornelius January 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM
To clarify, I said that Sue's comment was heartless and ignorant, not that she is. It's an important distinction. It's a strong opinion but then what do you expect?
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM
You obviously are too busy blowing off your mouth and you can't comprehend what I said!!! Where in the **** did I justify poor driving skills???? I can't stand most of the drivers out there, but I'm not stupid enough to think by telling people to be careful, that they will actually be careful. So naive and unrealistic! A country full of this mentality. People drink and drive too, and take drugs! It's despicable, but it's not going to change too quickly. Does that mean I'm justifying it! No, it doesn't! Learn English before you spit out your nastiness!
carl p January 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I think I wnderstand what Sue is trying to say, I hope she just picked the wrong words to say it because no one can be that hartless! carl p
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM
What a bunch of jerks on here. I said I have a perfect driving record, and I DON'T ever use my cell phone in the car. Where do you people get off thinking you can accuse people of things and assume a bunch of bull?? Whether all of you admit it or not, I'm right and you know it.
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Sorry, but it's really the same thing!! Her comment is a coming from her mind which is a reflection of who she is. Don't try to justify it!
clsb January 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM
You need to learn to spell!!!!
Bob January 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I really feel sorry for Kirsten and those close to her. As far as careless drivers, there are many and those of you who have responded thinking a careless driver is just dangerous to bicyclists. the fact is a careless driver is a careless driver to all, especially other cars. I hate to say it, but I don't think that will change anytime soon. We need people to get along first off and just look at the people running this country, they, as leaders act like children and cannot get along and ultimately it is those people who sign and enact the legislation necessary. For those of you drivers who do not think bikes should be on the road, then become active in helping to establish bike paths. Both sides need to get involved and contact local and state authorities/politicians and tell them to act.
AMS January 22, 2013 at 01:02 AM
It was pitch black at the time of the accident I pass by there every morning and I saw her lying on the ground
AMS January 22, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I don't know how the accident happen because I passed by just after but it is a bad curve there I have seen several bad accidents there, most recently on Christmas Night
Pete Kennedy (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 01:10 AM
A comment from Chris Zang was deleted for violating Patch terms regarding language.
clsb January 22, 2013 at 01:12 AM
AMS stated that he/she was there at the time of the accident and it was pitch black. Again, most of you on this site have failed to recognize two very important facts: number one, bikers also have a major responsibility in their safety, just as drivers do. NO ONE should be riding on these roads in this area in the dark! Period! Secondly, not every accident which occurs with a biker is the car driver's fault!!! Sometimes it's the biker's fault, or actually no one's fault!!! There are times when the driver CAN'T see the biker because of darkness or blind spots, and then the unfortunatel driver of the car has to go through his/her life with this burden because of the biker. If you're going to spout off your opinions here, at least recognize all of the facts, and be aware that there are always two sides! And again, like it or not, it is risky to ride on these types of roads on a bike! I wouldn't choose to skydive because it is extremely risky. Many people choose to, but I wouldn't do those types of risky activities.
clsb January 22, 2013 at 01:14 AM
What an idiot!
Bob January 22, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Sunrise was 7:17, so I hope Kirsten had the appropriate lighting. I would assume she did if shewas a regular commuter. i commute occassionally and got some crazy super bright and flashing lights a Exton Bicycles and I am sure I am seen. I know as a driver, it is tough to see cyclists at times. They can never have too many lights.The law is I only need one front light between dusk and dawn, but it is really wise to light up like a xmas tree. It would be different it bikes were expected to be on the road at that time but it is rare to see, so it may be tough to lay blame on the driver until the facts come out. The real fact it is a real shame this had to happen
Jerry Cornelius January 22, 2013 at 02:50 AM
clsb, I don't feel I have to justify anything. I stand behind my remarks without reservation. How is it that the first remark from someone - absent any facts - is to blame the person who was killed? Maybe you should wait to understand before shooting from the hip. Or at least take into account that she was an actual human being with family and friends.
clsb January 22, 2013 at 02:58 AM
And I also stand what I said numerous times. This is totally tragic for the victim and her family, but it is wrong to accuse someone when you don't have the facts. It is also wrong to make assumptions about someone (Sue) because she states the truth. Just because this is a tragedy, doesn't mean that outsiders shouldn't think rationally and state the whole truth. And I stand by my opinion that bikers SHOULD NOT be riding on these roads, or any roadways as far as I'm concerned. I don't have to defend or justify that either. And many people believe the way I do about bikers. They're a menace on the road, and it's a stupid choice to do it. This woman would be alive today if she had chosen another mode of transportation. And yes people die in car crashes; we all know that! But the majority of people in bike crashes die on the scene. Very bad odds, very bad choice of transportation.
Andrew January 22, 2013 at 03:24 AM
People need to understand that driving a car isn't a right; it's a privilege. Every moment you step into that vehicle, you're taking other's safety into your hands. Cyclists, other motorists, pedestrians, yours... I get just as frustrated at other drivers while driving my own car as I do riding my bike, seeing the mindless things they do. Maybe just a little bit of critical thinking and focus and we would have much safer road ways.
Lou January 22, 2013 at 03:30 AM
I am appalled at how callus this conversation is! CLSB, you clearly have nothing better to do with your time! You’re arguing with Will over what was clearly a very terrible comment on Sue’s part. You’re writing back and forth to people who have misspelled words! You’re calling people that you have enraged idiots! Who are you? What kind of a person does this? We are talking about a person here that lost her life! A person you don’t even know! So why are you even involved in this discussion at all? Who has this much time to comment on something that has nothing to do with them? You are making it appear to everyone that you have no compassion! Same goes for Sue for that matter.
Lou January 22, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Kirsten was a great friend! I am completely devastated that this happened. She has traveled that road everyday that she has to work, to and from, for about 6 years now. There are no surprises on that road that she was unaware of. She always traveled with traffic and always on the shoulder. I am very familiar with her bike. It had the proper reflectors and lights on it. She never crossed out of a side street into traffic. It was just a straight run for her. I drive the same stretch of road to the same place of work and have passed her many times over the years without hitting her. This was her only mode of transportation. If there was a bike path or a bike trail that led directly to work, of course she would have used it. She had just as much a right to be on the road as any driver does. This is a horrible accident! None of us are ever going to know exactly who did what and how the entire incident went down. It’s something that’s going to bother me forever. I’m going to miss her terribly!
Dustin January 22, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Thank you Lou. This article that everyone is commenting on is about a young girl who died today. Have some respect! The PRIDE of commenting back and forth to prove your point and to show everyone that your opinion is right........ is WRONG. God bless Kirsten, her family and friends.
Mary January 22, 2013 at 04:18 AM
People should also not drive drunk...or near drunk!!!!!!! Especially not 1st thing in the morning!
Carol Lee Wadsworth January 22, 2013 at 04:30 AM
will, My name is Carol Wadsworth from Grove United Methodist Church with respect and i know that you felt that you were helpless but you payed your respect and Prayed for her with a Caring Heart but God is watching over all his people with respect and all of you are Prayed for and Cared for by God Prayers from all of us at Grove Church Prayerfuly Carol Wadsworth

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