Friends react to death of Jones County bicyclist

Trooper: Russell Powell hit by two cars on highway

POSTED: 11:15 PM Apr 02 2013   UPDATED: 6:26 PM Apr 03 2013
Russell Powell
TRENTON, JONES COUNTY -

Popular and always smiling- that was how friends described a Trenton man, hit by two cars and killed while riding his bicycle in Jones County Tuesday night.

Russell Powell, 46, was riding his bike on Highway 41, near Henderson Rd. in Trenton, when he was hit by two vehicles, said  Trooper S.C. Heath. The call came in just before  9 p.m. Tuesday.

Friends said Powell was well-known in the area.

"He was always riding his bicycle, especially to do odd jobs for people in the community," long-time friend, Jamie Meadows said.

According to friends Powell did not ride at night often, and rarely ventured to the highway. Friends said they did not know where he was going when he was killed.

Powell did not have a driver's license and rode his bicycle every day, friends said. Everyone in town knew him, and he was nicknamed "Grin" and "Smiley" for his positive attitude, his friends added.

"He was always grinning and smiling, so that's something we're all going to miss around here," Meadows said.

Powell was not wearing any reflective gear when he was hit and killed, investigators said. No charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.