GREENSBURG – A local woman was struck and killed while riding her bicycle on State Road 3 at the intersection with Broadway Street.
Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges said GPD officers were dispatched to the intersection at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 in reference to a bicycle rider struck by a vehicle.
Bridges said by the time officers and paramedics with the Decatur County EMS arrived, bystanders at the scene had already begun administering CPR.
Emily S. Bauman, 43, of Greensburg was transported to the emergency room, where she was pronounced deceased.
“We immediately contacted the Indiana State Police for a reconstructionist,” Chief Bridges said.
When an accident results in a fatality, it is standard procedure to call in an accident reconstructionist from ISP because they have the equipment and knowledge to reconstruct the scene and decipher where participants were, as well as how fast they were going and other contributing factors.
According to ISP Trooper Jared Black, Bauman was on the north side of the intersection of Broadway and SR 3 near Wendy’s. She began to cross the intersection, moving southbound. Bauman successfully crossed the westbound lanes of SR 3, but was struck by a vehicle as she started to cross the eastbound lanes. Bauman passed away at Decatur County Memorial Hospital before a medical helicopter arrived to transport her. Her family has been notified.
The driver, Traci L. Miller, 52, of Hamilton, Ohio, was driving a 2015 Nissan Altima. Miller sustained minor injuries in the collision. Trooper Black said it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.
"At this time, it is unclear why Bauman drove into the path of Miller's car. Evidence indicates that Miller's vehicle had the right of way at the intersection," ISP Public Information Officer Stephen Wheeles said.
In addition to ISP, assisting agencies included Greensburg Police Department, Greensburg Fire Department, Decatur County EMS, Decatur County Sheriff Department, and Statflight.
Bauman had spent most of her life in Decatur County. She was a 1994 South Decatur High School graduate and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She is remembered as a loving woman and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Close friends and family of Bauman’s report she did not have life insurance, nor any plans to cover the cost of a funeral in the event of her death. A GoFundMe account was started by Paul Beagle to pay for a proper burial for Bauman. The goal for the fundraiser is $5,000. Any wishing to donate may do so at www.gofundme.com/emily-bauman-funeral-cost.
More information about this incident will be published as it becomes available.
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