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Cyclist killed in accident on DeKalb County highway

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A woman was killed while riding her bike on Highway 35. A woman was killed while riding her bike on Highway 35.
Christina Genco was riding across the country to help build affordable housing. Christina Genco was riding across the country to help build affordable housing.
RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A woman was killed while riding a bike on Highway 35 in DeKalb County between Rainsville and Fort Payne.

Police said the accident happened right before 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

22-year-old Christina Genco from Boston, Mass. was riding her bike with a group of cyclists when she was hit by an SUV driven by a 44-year-old man.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other cyclists were not injured.

Investigators took pictures at the scene, while others directed traffic on Highway 35. Several other cyclists remained at the scene during the investigation.

Officials continue to investigate the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver of the SUV.

Genco was riding from South Carolina to California with a group called Bike & Build. B&B members travel all over the United States on their bicycles to help build affordable housing with groups like Habitat for Humanity. Their next stop on the route is Decatur.

There are 33 members of this particular group. They are required to raise $4,000 dollars each to join and participate.

[Click here to see route]

Below is a comment from B&B's website:

The Bike & Build community suffered a tragic loss today when South Carolina to Santa Cruz trip leader and B&B alumna Christina Genco was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding in Alabama. Christina was an active member of the Bike & Build community, having previously participated in the Boston to Santa Barbara route in 2009 as well as several of the CWM alumni rides. Christina's zest for life and passion for the cause made her a beloved member of the Bike & Build family and her passing has left a permanent hole in our lives. Bike & Build's priorities in the aftermath of this tragedy will be to support and work with the Genco family and SC2SC trip according to their needs, as well as pass on all pertinent information as it becomes available.

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