Memphis pastor Steve Montgomery dies after bike accident

Memphis pastor Steve Montgomery dies after bike accident
(Jim Strickland)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The faith community mourned the loss of a well-known Memphis pastor.

Rev. Steve Montgomery was the former pastor of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.

Montgomery was hit by a car Tuesday night while he was on a bicycle.

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According to the MPD, a car was traveling on N. Perkins Rd when it hit Montgomery.

The driver said he was in the right lane when Montgomery started to turn left, then the crash happened.

Police said there was damage to the front passenger side headlight and the passenger side windshield.

The driver did stay on the scene. A ticket was not issued.

Montgomery was honored last year by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris at his retirement.

Strickland said in a tweet that he was mourning the loss of Montgomery.

Rabbi Micah Greenstein said in a statement:

“Steve’s life - as a husband, father, colleague, confidant, and friend - taught us through his example that the purpose of life is to make God’s love shine through by what we do.  He was also what every pastor, rabbi, and person should ideally be - compassionate, honorable, loving, and fun...he was a vessel of God filled with goodness and grace who made a difference in so many lives, a religious leader who made Memphis and this world a better place.”

Montgomery died Friday.