The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette that hit a Green Bay couple on a tandem bicycle reported he didn't see them as they pedaled westbound on County Highway EE, according to a report released Wednesday by the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department.
Michael Gustman of Seymour estimated he was traveling 55 mph on the rural road at the time of the crash, about 11 a.m. Monday.
Based on the sheriff's report, it appears Doug and Kris Hanson were riding along the right side of the road, just west of Highway C, in the Town of Oneida. The report describes the roadway as flat and straight, and lists inattentive driving and improper overtaking as factors in the crash.
Kris Hanson, 56, died within an hour of the collision. Her husband remains in critical condition at a hospital in Green Bay.
Both were wearing helmets.
No citations have been issued, and the case will be reviewed by the Outagamie County district attorney.
A friend reported this morning that the Hansons were participating in the annual Bicycling Veterans Northeast Wisconsin Amvets King Tour, a four-day ride to raise money for the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Wisconsin.
"Doug would lead the ride some days," said Bruce Reineck. "They were both always ready to help if someone had any bike mechanical problems. She will be sorely missed."
Four cyclists have been killed in collisions involving motor vehicles on Wisconsin roads this year. Three of the victims were hit from behind. In one case, the cyclist was riding against traffic in Oak Creek and was hit by a car that had crossed over the center line.
The fourth cyclist rode through a red light in Wausau and was hit by a car early Tuesday morning.