Charges won’t be filed against driver in area cyclist’s death

Published: Dec. 5, 2016 at 3:30 PM CST
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Charges won’t be filed against the driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed a well-known Central Texas cyclist, Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Sara Warren said Monday in a brief press release.

Missy Hardeman, 34, of Hubbard, was riding her bicycle west on FM 709 just off Highway 31 near Dawson at around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 when a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Kristen Henley Ramos, 48, struck her.

Hardeman was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas where she was later pronounced dead.

“After a thorough investigation into this incident, it was determined that the primary factor in the crash was Ms. Ramos’s sudden loss of visibility caused by blinding sunlight at dusk while driving over a hill crest,” Warren said in the press release.

“Based upon the facts presented by the Texas Highway Patrol, the Navarro County District Attorney’s office has determined the evidence does not support criminal charges in the incident that caused the death of Missy Hardeman,” she said.

Hardeman was an avid cyclist who competed across the nation.

She had just made state champion in a form of bicycle racing called cylocross.

Last Wednesday, more than 50 cyclists rode the route that Hardeman was following when she was struck.

The 20-mile ride, organized through a Facebook group called “One Last Ride for Missy,” paid tribute to a woman that organizer Logan DeBorde described as “a pillar in the cycling community.”

“We wanted to honor Missy, honor her life and the impact she had on the cycling community throughout the state of Texas,” DeBorde said.

After completing the ride, the cyclists, wearing their jerseys, attended Hardeman’s funeral service in Hubbard.