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Hayes: 'There was somebody watching out for me that day'


IOWA CITY — An Iowa City police officer said she is lucky to be alive after being hit by a truck earlier this month during a training ride.

“There was somebody watching out for me that day,” said Ashten Hayes, Crime Prevention Officer with the police department. “To come out alive is remarkable, but to come out with no broken bones is a huge thing.”

An endurance athlete in addition to being an police officer, Hayes said she went out Friday, Aug. 12 for an 80-mile bike ride as part of her training for an Iron Man race next month in Wisconsin. Hayes’ route took her through North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City and southwest of Iowa City.

Hayes said she was on Black Diamond Road, north of Frytown in rural Johnson County, and preparing to turn on to Old Yoder Road. She said she was wearing brightly colored clothing, a black and lime green helmet and had blinking lights on her shirt and bike.

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