The follow-up stories regarding the death of Mingo Pelkey — who was hit by a car as she rode her bike on River Road — offer some more information about who she was, but little new as to what happened.
- The R-G report remarks that she was a strongly religious person and worked at a doctor’s office in Springfield.
- KVAL reports that Pelkey rode her bike often and had one prosthetic arm.
According to the stories, she lived about a block from where she was killed. The doctor’s office she worked at is near 16th and G streets in Springfield. Google Maps shows that that’s about a 10-mile commute each way.
I don’t presume to know what route she took, but you’d expect that she would ride much of that commute on the River Path — and then through the quiet old neighborhoods north of Main Street in Springfield. In fact, to do that commute, a person would have to be on a high-traffic arterial — River Road — for less than a mile of the entire trip. You would probably access the path off of either River Avenue or Owosso Drive.
And by this fall, when the bike path is completed under the Beltline (at the red circle in the map below), she probably could have avoided River Road almost entirely by taking Hunsaker Lane/Beaver Street out to the new extension of the path (which you will be able to access at the point of the blue arrow; the existing paths show up as light gray lines in the map below.)
(By the way, at this point, I’m feeling a little bad about the headline on yesterday’s post, but I guess that’s the first thing that came to mind. Sorry if anyone found it inappropriate.)
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For a list of all posts about the Mingo Pelkey case, go here.