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Local cyclist struck, killed in Lumpkin
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An avid cyclist, Michele Chestnut was struck and killed Friday while riding in Lumpkin County. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

A Forsyth County woman died Friday after she was struck by a sport utility vehicle while cycling in nearby Lumpkin County.

Michele Chestnut, 53, was hit head on by a 2001 Ford Explorer on Hwy. 11 near Blood Mountain, according to Trooper Mark Cox of the Georgia State Patrol.

The state patrol received a call about the crash at 4:21 p.m., he said.

According to Cox, 40-year-old Lemrae Winkler of Sautee Nacoochee swerved her Explorer into oncoming traffic and struck Chestnut’s Aerus bicycle.

“Ms. Winkler was experiencing a medical condition that caused her to fail to keep in her proper lane of travel,” Cox said.

The Explorer then continued, traveling off the shoulder and striking an embankment before rolling on its side, he said.

The crash is under investigation, which once complete will be turned over to the Lumpkin County District Attorney’s office for potential charges, Cox said.

According to Chestnut’s obituary, she “died at the scene with her cycling friends by her side.”

Chestnut, a married mother of four, had been an active member of Cumming First United Methodist Church for 25 years, focusing her volunteer efforts at the food pantry.

She also participated in “Meals on Wheels,” the Methodist Women’s Club and the American Cancer Society, according to her obituary.

Chestnut had worked as a pharmacist and enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially cycling.

Her funeral services were held Tuesday.