Virginia Tech President Charles Steger was involved in a minor traffic collision with a cyclist on Wednesday morning.
According to Chief Wendell Flinchum of the Virginia Tech Police Department, the call came in at 8:42 a.m. on Wednesday reporting that President Steger had collided with a cyclist at the intersection of West Campus Drive and Drillfield Road. Steger was driving his 2012 Mercedes sedan.
The cyclist identified herself to the responding officers as Abigail Motley, a freshman industrial design major and member of Tech’s cross country team.
Neither Motley nor Steger were seriously injured in the incident, with Motley only suffering from “minor scratches,” according to Larry Hincker, associate vice president of university relations.
“Dr. Steger was taking a right turn and the bicycle was in the right lane. He did not see the bicyclist — (it) was in the blind spot so to speak,” Chief Flinchum said. “So when he made the right turn, they collided. It was a low speed accident, as neither was going very fast.”
According to Hincker, President Steger got out of his car afterwards to ask Motley if she was okay.
Motley refused transportation for treatment to the hospital after emergency medical technicians evaluated her, and she subsequently “rode off on her bicycle at the conclusion of the investigation,” Chief Flinchum said.
There was no damage to the car or bicycle, and no charges were pressed.
Following the incident, Hincker confirmed that Steger sent flowers to Motley, with a note reading “Hope you are okay!”
When the Collegiate Times contacted Motley on Wednesday evening, she denied involvement in the collision. After Chief Flinchum delivered his statement on Thursday, Motley was unavailable for comment.