VANDERBURGH COUNTY, INDIANA — For many people, a day starts with a brisk run.
“I’ve always loved running because it’s an easy thing you can do anywhere you’re at, just a pair a shoes,” runner Amy Sellers. “I almost always run in the mornings, around 5:20 or so.”
Tuesday morning, another runner left her home on a run, likely something she had done many times before, but an accident on Boonville-New Harmony Road took her life.
“You think you’re doing the right thing, like the healthy thing, and the best thing,” Sellers said, reflecting on the tragedy.
“I think she was an avid runner and she spent a lot of time on the roadway, so I think she took the precautionary measures,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said. “It was just an unfortunate and tragic incident this morning.”
For Sellers, the news this morning was a wakeup call. Just last week, she said she was out for a morning run when she was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy.
“He said, ‘Ma’am, you have to wear something reflective. I almost hit you. I can’t see you at all,'” she said.
Wedding said the victim in this case was taking precautionary measures, wearing bright reflective clothing, but accidents can happen to anybody.
“At that time of day, it’s a dangerous place to be running,” Wedding said. “There are other people. There are runners. There are bicyclists. There are animals on the road. And you can find yourself in a collision in a brief second.”
“She was doing everything right and it’s just difficult,” Sellers said.
Sellers said she didn’t know the runner personally, but a tragedy like this hits home with the running community.
“Runners are runners,” she said. “There’s something so positive about running.”