RAYMOND - A 31-year-old bicycle rider from Cambridge, Mass., was struck by a Ford van on State Route 105 west of Raymond last Wednesday, July 8, and died soon thereafter of her injuries after being airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Hospital.

Cary Girod and her companion, Nils Sorensen, 34, of Warwick, N.Y., were riding their bicycles southbound on the shoulder of SR105 a little after noon when the van, driven by Gregory Cedell, 50, of Montesano, drifted onto the shoulder. Cedell's 1995 Ford Cube van struck Sorensen, who in turn struck Girod, according to the Washington State Patrol. Sorensen landed down an embankment, while Girod came to rest in the southbound lane of the highway.

Girod suffered head and internal injuries, while Sorensen's minor injuries were treated at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend. Both were wearing bicycle helmets.

No drugs or alcohol were involved. The State Patrol reports that charges are pending against Cedell. The cause of the accident was inattention, the patrol said.

According to the Aberdeen Daily World, Girod and Sorensen were on the trip of a lifetime across the country at the time of the accident. She was a math and environmental science teacher at a private school in Cambridge, while Sorensen is employed in Harvard's undergraduate physics laboratory. Realizing she would not survive, her family flew to Seattle to be at her bedside when she died.

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