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Dallas jogger hit by bicycle on Katy Trail dies

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas jogger hit by bicycle on Katy Trail dies

09:12 AM CDT on Monday, October 4, 2010

From Staff Reports

A Dallas jogger who was severely injured in a collision with a bicyclist on the Katy Trail last week died Sunday, according to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.

Lauren Huddleston, 28, died at 6:51 p.m. at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, said her brother, Charles Townsend.

Townsend said the family wanted to fulfill Huddleston’s final wish to be an organ donor.

Her father, Carl Huddleston, informed family and friends of the decision in an e-mail Sunday morning.

"I pray that none of you will ever have to go through this process," he wrote in a message forwarded to The Dallas Morning News. "This is horrible but it has a purpose, one of which may be to save several lives, and Lauren would be thrilled to know that she could do that."

Huddleston was hit Thursday evening, apparently when she abruptly turned into a cyclist’s path in a section of the trail near Routh Street. She was wearing headphones and may not have heard the bicycle approaching, police said.

She was taken to the hospital with critical head injuries. The medical examiner’s office did not release details on the cause of her death.

Huddleston said the family bears no malice toward the cyclist.

"It was just a bad situation waiting for an accident to happen," he wrote. "We will work to solve the problem of crowding on the Katy Trail.

"Lauren would want that most of all."