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Cyclists collide during club ride, local doctor dies

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A bicyclist has died after crashing into another cyclist during a group ride Tuesday night.

The Cayce Department of Public Safety said Dr. Edwin Hudson was among members of the Tri-City Cyclist Club on a group ride Tuesday night who crashed into another rider on 12th Street Extension at Saxe Gotha Road. The crash occurred at about 6:40 p.m.

Police say Hudson, 61, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and later died.

Police Chief Charles E. McNair said the incident was "a Black Swan incident that occurs once in a lifetime."

According to the Lexington County Coroner's Office, Hudson was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Hudson was a physician with an office in West Columbia.

He resided in Columbia for 15 years and was on staff at Palmetto Richland Hospital from 1997-2006 and at Lexington Medical Center from 2006 until the time of his death.

Patient Cathy Copes says Hudson saved her life after he located three brain aneurisms. She's not the only patient to say they owe him their life. Dr. Hudson had been riding more, preparing for an upcoming trip to Europe.

Brian Curran, who is the owner of Outspokin', a bicycle shop in Columbia, knew Hudson very well. In fact, Curran was working on a bike wheel for Hudson.

"The person I received word from that he had passed, if anybody's going to know it was going to be this person, and I was still hoping in the morning that I was going to find out it was just a miscommunication it was a wild rumor, that he was really recovering in the hospital," said Curran.

While Hudson was a private man, to the friends and patients he touched, they use words including genuine, nice, in-depth to describe Hudson.

"It was things like, him showing up with a case of good beer for no reason, didn't want anything wasn't trying to get anything done quick, wasn't trying to, just thought. 'Hey I bet you those folks would appreciate some beer for the weekend,'" said Curran.

One work colleague's post may summarize it best, Leslie Francis said it's a "tragic loss for us all. His kind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed."

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