Truck driver charged in death of UGA employee on bicycle

Credit: University of Georgia

Credit: University of Georgia

Charges have been filed in connection with the death of a University of Georgia employee who was hit while riding her bicycle, officials said.

Richard Poulnott, 55, of Watkinsville, was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, following too closely, driving too fast for conditions and having an expired driver's license, the Georgia State Patrol said Tuesday.

Karen Tinsley, 45, died April 3 after she was thrown from her bike in the crash.

Credit: Athens Banner-Herald

Credit: Athens Banner-Herald

Tinsley and a truck were westbound on Astondale Road when the front of the vehicle hit the rear of the bike, the GSP said.

“(The truck) was following too closely and did not provide proper clearance to the bicycle,” GSP spokeswoman Tracey Watson said earlier.

Tinsley was thrown to the shoulder of the road, Watson said. She was was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, where she died.

An Augusta native, Tinsley went to UGA in 2002 as a research coordinator. She was recently promoted to senior public service associate in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, according to a university statement.

She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from UGA.

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