Jan Morgan, 57, was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at 55mph Highway 50 in Clay County, Mississippi, on the morning of Sunday, May 22nd. Robbie Norton, a Cedar Bluff woman, rammed into her while allegedly on the phone, stepped out to observe her on the ground, yelled at her, then ran over her again.
Jan is the owner of Boardtown Bikes in her hometown of Starkville. It took over two weeks for the police to file misdemeanor charges against Robbie Norton. Different part of the country, yet very similar situation to our own recent cyclist carnage in Culver City.
Unfortunately, and downright inappropriately, some media outlets chose to use the word “accident” to describe this attempt on Jan’s life. Even though they also have “ran over twice” in the article title.
As usual, reporters felt compelled to mention whether or not she was wearing a helmet. In an otherwise sensible article, Starkville Daily News alludes to the “wear bright clothing” bit, because that is the imaginary armor that will protect cyclists from insane, bloodthirsty motorists.
Jan was treated for multiple fractures, significant head injuries, collapsed lungs and road rash over most of her body.
“The impact threw her into the air and she landed on the hood of the car. The driver continued for a few feet before stopping when Morgan was thrown to ground.”
Norton exited her vehicle and “observed the cyclist while talking on the phone,” before getting back into her car and running over Morgan again.
Norton had to be forced from her car by witnesses.
Jan Morgan spent four weeks in critical condition at a Tupelo hospital. She has recently started acknowledging human interaction with basic body motions and very simple verbal responses.
The motorist had the nerve to claim that she does not remember getting back in the vehicle and driving over her again as she lay unconscious on the road.
David, Jan’s husband, is keeping a daily blog of her slow recovery.
According to District Attorney Forrest Allgood and Clay County Prosecutor Angela Turner-Lairy, there is no law in Mississippi that allows for this case to be upgraded to a felony. As of June 22nd, the attempted murder of Jan Morgan is classified as a misdemeanor. The worst-case scenario for the motorist would be six months in jail and $500 in penalties.