Bicyclist Appeared To Be Kneeling in Roadway, Driver Says
Decatur police release accident report in the fatal collision on North Decatur Road.
Paul Taylor may have been on the pavement, not his bike, when a pickup truck struck and killed him Monday morning, according to the Decatur police accident report released Tuesday.
The report said pickup driver Jorge Mercado-Perez, 57, of Snellville "stated the bicyclist appeared to be kneeling in the roadway as if he had fallen."
The report lists no witnesses and police Capt. Scott Richards said he doesn't know of any. No charges have been filed, Richards said, but the investigation is not finished.
Other than the name of the driver and the statement about Taylor not being on the bike, the report reveals few new details about the wreck that has shaken the local biking community.
The collision happened at 6:23 a.m. Monday on North Decatur Road, just west of the intersection with Willivee Drive.
The report says Taylor's GT Series 3 bike and Mercado's 2004 Ford Ranger truck were both in the inside, eastbound lane of North Decatur Road.
The truck was traveling east and the bike was "traveling southbound," but that may be police report jargon. The section of the report on "vehicle maneuvers" says the bike had stopped in the roadway.
The report says emergency medical services arrived at 6:28 a.m. and the ambulance arrived at the hospital at 7:05 a.m. Taylor was pronounced dead at DeKalb Medical.
Patch called Mercado's phone number on the police report but a message said the Verizon customer was not available. No voice message could be left.
Another phone number for a Mercado in Snellville, found on whitepages.com, was not in service.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church for Taylor a physician's assistant, volunteer soccer coach and triathlete. To read his obit, go to decatur.patch.com