BALTIMORE - A Maryland woman on a cross country bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research was killed Friday in a roadside crash in Kentucky.
Jamie Roberts was struck by a car as she changed a bicycle tire in Scott County outside of Lexington Kentucky, according to a statement by the Ulman Cancer Fund. Another rider was hit and sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Roberts was riding from Baltimore to Portland to raise money to support young adults with cancer through the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. According to her fundraising profile on on the Ulman Cancer fund website, she graduated from St. Mary's College in 2011. Roberts was also an assistant women’s basketball coach at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
In a written statement Catholic University Athletic Director Sean Sullivan remembered Roberts as a caring, warm young woman. “It came as little surprise to anyone who knew Jamie when she quietly revealed how she had taken up the daunting challenge of riding her bike some 4,400 miles from Baltimore to Portland to contribute to improving the quality of life for others,” he said. "With little fanfare, she took on this remarkable physical and emotional quest because she felt as though others were in need and she could help.”
Cancer Fund CEO Brock Yetso said the ride has been suspended for 48 hours to honor her memory.