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Bike shop owner faces long recovery
Man hit by car in north Forsyth
todd muller
Todd Muller - photo by File photo
A Forsyth County bicyclist remains hospitalized after he was struck by a car while on a morning ride in north Forsyth.

The incident occurred about 8 a.m. Tuesday at Hwy. 9 and Mountain Road.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said Todd Muller, 34, of Riviera Drive was traveling north on Hwy. 9 ahead of a 1991 Honda Accord driven by 27-year-old Christian Lopez of Jackson Place.

Huggins said Muller was about to turn left onto Mountain Road when Lopez crossed the double centerline and attempted to pass him on the left-hand side.

Lopez then tried to stop, but collided with Muller. He was charged with passing in a no passing zone.

Muller was taken to Northside Hospital–Forsyth before being transferred to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

Muller, the owner of Reality Bikes in Cumming and a recently opened bike-sizing business in Vickery Village, said Wednesday he will have to have surgery for a broken hip. He won’t be able to put weight on his leg for at least 10 weeks.

Tuesday’s wreck has him thinking about advocating for safer roads for bicyclists in Forsyth.

“We’ve got to do something as a county or people are going to die,” Muller said. “It’s getting worse.”

He said he used a hand signal to indicate that he was making the turn.

The incident is the second time he’s been hit by a car. The first time was in 1996.

“You put yourself on that road and you’re counting your prayers nothing happens,” Muller said.

Huggins also cautioned motorists.

“Highway bicycling, even long-distance bicycling, is becoming more and more popular as a way of exercise and motorists need to be aware that bicycles have a right to be on the highway,” Huggins said. “Be aware that Hwy. 9 is a very popular bicycle route.”

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