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Columbus man, 51, dies after bicycle and vehicle collide near Lawyers Lane

A Thursday bicycle-vehicle wreck 50 feet from the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Radcliff Avenue claimed the life of a 51-year-old Columbus man, according to the Muscogee County Coroner's Office.

Officials say James Wright, Jr. was operating a Roadmaster Mt. Fury bike when he switched lanes and crossed in front of a 1998 Ford Taurus driven by a 25-year-old Columbus man traveling on the roadway. While near Lawyer's Lane at 3:44 p.m., the right side of the Ford Taurus' front bumper struck the bike's left side and rear wheel, police said.

Officers were called to the scene soon after, and first responders transported Wright to the Midtown Medical Center Emergency Room in an ambulance. He was later airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment, according to reports.

Corner Buddy Bryan said Wright was pronounced dead Thursday at 10:22 p.m. The cause of death stemmed from blunt force trauma to the head, arms, legs, abdomen and thorax cavity, he added.

The Ford Taurus driver was treated on the scene for a visible injury to his right hand.

Officials said there was extensive damage to both the bike and car.

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