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Founder of charity bike ride, 1 other die in S.C. crash

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Officials say the woman who rode a bicycle across the country to raise awareness for brain injuries was one of two people killed during the final leg of the trip in South Carolina. Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris says 43-year-old Lee Anne Barry died yesterday after she was hit by a van on rural U.S. Highway 521. Morris says the Waxhaw, North Carolina, woman and 49-year-old Thomas Hoskins, of Columbia, were on the last part of a two-month tour when they were struck by a van around 2:15 p.m. As a child, Barry was hit by a car and spent several months in a coma. In 2001, she founded The B.I.G. Ride to raise awareness about brain injuries and cycling safety. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Morris says both riders were wearing helmets. The B.I.G. Ride: www.thebigride.org/ (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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