We’re saddened to report on the passing of Ardys Campbell Kellerman, 81, on Monday, June 24 2013. “Queenie,” as she was known, was a well known and respected figure in Iron Butt and other long distance riding circles for not only her charm and charisma, but also for being one of the first female riders in North America to cover one million miles.

Kellerman was involved in a traffic collision in Leeds, Alabama, near Barber Motorsports Park. Reports indicate she was pulling out of a convenience store, attempting to merge onto U.S. 78, when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Kellerman was airlifted to UAB Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:15pm.

No charges have been filed at this time.