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This is outside the Albion New Era's normal coverage area, but ...

It doesn't seem like enough words for the loss of a life with so much potential.



A car-bicycle collision near LaOtto killed an Avilla woman Wednesday, August 18.

Talia J. Smith, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by a 1999 Hyundai driven by Kirk A. Weeks, 47, of rural Albion, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Police say Smith was riding her bike north on Old SR 3, north of CR 400S, when she was struck from behind by Week's vehicle.

Weeks was taken by EMS to Parkview Whitley Hospital for observation, and his condition was not released. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police; as of Friday no charges have been filed, and alcohol was not reported as a factor in the crash.

Talia Smith, an East Noble graduate, was a New York University student and a 2008 graduate of East Noble High School.

In addition to police, units assisted at the scene from the Noble County EMS, Whitley County EMS, LaOtto Fire Department, and Noble County Coroner's Office.

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petzipellepingo
Aug. 20th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
How horrible! My sympathies to the family of the young lady and to your Daughter.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Thanks ...
woman_of_
Aug. 20th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
Such a tragic loss of such a young life. My thoughts and prayer to her family and friends. A difficult time for all.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
It sure is .... tragic and difficult.
gillo
Aug. 20th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Mark, I'm so sorry. What a terrible waste of a young life, and how heartbreaking for her family and friends. My hugs to you and Jillian.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
curiouswombat
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh - how very sad, poor Jillian will be rather shaken - tell her we are tyhinking of her.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
I'll pass it on ... she seems to be holding up okay.
irish_injun
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Words are so limited so often. I care.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
kevenn
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
So sad. No alcohol involved? Coz...WTF???

Edited at 2010-08-20 01:06 pm (UTC)
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
No conclusion yet. It could be just a matter of bad lighting conditions; it can be hard to see people along the roadway at highway speeds -- the sun was out, and relatively low in the sky. It could as easily be a matter of a few second of distraction, too.
deborahw37
Aug. 20th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
So sad when one so young loses their life. My heart goes out to Talia's family and friends
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Sure is ... thanks.
kazzy_cee
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
How sad.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
It sure is, hardly anything's sadder.
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ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, and yes -- way too young.
kathyh
Aug. 20th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Oh how sad. What a terrible thing to happen.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes, really sad.
amelia_seyroon
Aug. 20th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD:
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
:-(
pfeifferpack
Aug. 20th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
How sad. Young death always carries with it the lost promise of what they could have been.

*hugs*
Kathleen

Edited at 2010-08-20 09:35 pm (UTC)
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
*hugs back*

Edited at 2010-08-21 05:07 am (UTC)
cbtreks
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
How awful. I'm so sorry.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks so much.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 21st, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
i'm so sorry to hear that
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
:-(
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