Fund established to help triathlete hit by truck

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.-- Update:

The "Liz Edwards Love & Healing Fund" has been created to help the woman who was hit while riding her bicycle this week.

Edwards remains at a Wichita hospital after suffering multiple injuries that include a cracked vertebrae in her neck, several chipped vertebrae in her lower back, and broken legs and pelvis.

The fund is called "The Liz Edwards Love & Healing Fund" at The Citizens Bank of Kansas in Medicine Lodge. The address is 120 E. Kansas Ave, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.

Lowell Armstrong got a terrifying phone call on Monday from Barber County. Armstrong's son-in-law called to tell him that his 25-year-old daughter had been in an accident.

"I was shocked beyond belief," said Armstrong.

His daughter, Elizabeth Edwards, was hit from the back by a pickup truck driver while she was on her bicycle around 5 p.m. on Monday.

Edwards was training for the Iron Man triathlon in June by riding her bicycle for 20 miles and running for five miles a day.

"She likes to do stuff that's tough. If you tell her she can't do something, she's gonna do it," said Armstrong.

Edwards was riding her bicycle northbound on Isabel Road, about 2.5 miles north of Highway 160. The pick up truck driver told authorities that he was driving around the 55 miles per hour speed limit when he hit Edwards.

"The sun was kind of at the right angle. The guy, the driver of the vehicle said the sun got in his eyes and he went to put his visor over. When he looked back, she was right there," said Barber County Undersheriff Chris Tedder.

Armstrong hopes drivers will be more mindful of bicyclists on the road.

"A bicycle is just two wheels, so people need to slow down and keep their mind on the road," he said.

The Barber County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident. Edwards remains hospitalized at a Wichita hospital.

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