Woman recovering from brutal attack on bike trail

(Copyright WIAT 42 News 2014)

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — A woman is recovering in the hospital Tuesday night after she was brutally beaten on a popular bike trail just past the Alabama state line.

42-year-old Tina Waddell was walking on Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail, which connects to Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail, when she was attacked.

Joggers and bikers starting out near Jacksonville are concerned.

“It’s very disturbing,” Dan Mathis said. “It’s obviously making me look out, be aware of my surroundings more than I would be before.”

Mathis said perhaps adding emergency call boxes along the trail could increase security.

“I have found some areas where my cell phone didn’t work,” Mathis said. “Particularly through Piedmont to Georgia, for example.”

Other walkers and joggers on the trail say they do their best to stay safe.

Rebecca Harrison rides her bike along the trail. She carries a switchblade in her backpack.

“That’s just the world we live in today,” Harrison said. “And I think you have to be aware and cautious of your surroundings at all times.”

Family and friends of Waddell say they do not want this tragedy to keep people from enjoying the trail.

Police are still searching for Waddell’s attacker. In the meantime, Waddell will undergo reconstructive surgery.

(Copyright WIAT 42 News 2014)

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