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Robert Pfarr
Age 64    Highland Village, Texas    January 07 2013
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The Texas Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigation into a crash Monday afternoon in Highland Village that killed a Denton man. According to a crash report, 64-year-old Robert Pfarr was struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle southbound on FM 2499 near the intersection of Harlington Drive. Pfarr was taken via CareFlite to Medical Center of Plano, where he died Tuesday. The SUV, driven by a 19-year-old girl from Highland Village, was also traveling southbound on FM 2499. The report stated that both the SUV and the bicyclist were in the right-hand lane with the bicyclist riding on the right edge of the roadway. "The driver told the state trooper that she did not see him in time," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Texas Highway Patrol. "She said that she swerved to miss him, but she struck him with the right front end of the Infinity." Haschel said the DPS has 10 business days from the day of the incident to conclude its investigation. At that point, it will send its findings to the district attorney's office, at which point a determination will be made as to whether or not charges will be filed against the driver. Haschel said a possible charge, if any, could be criminally negligent homicide. The report stated that speed and rain were not factors. Haschel said the spot the crash occurred was not a curve. The report stated that driver distraction may or may not have been a factor. Haschel said the bicyclist didn't appear to have done anything wrong. "There are no indications that the bicyclist committed any traffic violations," Haschel said. "Bicycles count as a vehicle. They can be on the roadway. Bicyclists just have to follow the rules and regulations that other vehicles do." There is not a sidewalk on that portion of FM 2499. *** Officials said that "driver inattention" was likely a factor in the crash that killed a Denton bicyclist in Highland Village on January 7. According to the crash report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 64-year-old Bob Pfarr was riding his bicycle just after 4 p.m. southbound on FM 2499 on the edge of the right lane just north of Harlington Drive when he was struck by an Infinity SUV driven by a 19-year-old Highland Village girl. "The driver said she did not see the bicycle in time, swerved to miss it, and struck the cyclist with the right front of her vehicle," said Sgt. Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Texas Highway Patrol. Driver inattention was the only reason marked on the crash report that may have contributed to the incident. The report specifically did not indicate cellphone use as a possible cause. The girl was the only occupant in the vehicle. Pfarr was taken by CareFlite medical helicopter to Medical Center of Plano where he was pronounced dead the following morning. He was an avid cyclist, and his father was an Olympian bike racer who was inducted into the Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2006. Haschel said the accident report was submitted to the Denton County District Attorney's office for consideration. "The actual charge will be criminally negligent homicide if they decide to pursue it, which is punishable by six months up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine," said Sgt. Haschel.

Collision Data

Crash time: between 3 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.

Closest Intersection: Farm to Market 2499 at Harlington Drive

Land use: Suburban

Road type: Rural Arterial

Where on the road the collision happened: Road

Collision type: Rear-end

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Light Trucks (SUVs, pickups)

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was: Distracted

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Sources

Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2013/jan/10/fatal-crash-involving-cyclist-highland-village-sti/?refscroll=300

Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/index.php/local-news/2979-cyclist-seriously-injured-in-highland-village

Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
Link if Website: http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2013/jan/24/officials-say-driver-inattention-caused-death-64-y/

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