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Driver Facing Charges in Fatal Collision with Cyclist


A South Carolina man is facing charges after a fatal car crash with a cyclist on Tallassee Road. According to a release from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, officers responded to scene around 11 pm Thursday night. They say the bicyclist, a male from Athens whose name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, was traveling west when he was hit from behind by car being driven by 25-year old Luke Waldrop.

Waldrop is charged with DUI-Alcohol Less Safe, Felony Vehicular Homicide 1st degree and Failure to Provide Clearance while passing a bicycle. This is the 4th fatal crash of 2022 in Athens.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident should contact Sgt. Michael Wood at 762-400-7087 or

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!