Another all-US Feed

All the reports tonight came from the US, unfortunately. Almost all the reports were new information.

A double report on a wreck that sounds like a no-brainer as far as fault is concerned. Bicyclist struck and killed in Virginia Beach and Police identify bicyclist killed in VB What I don’t understand about this is the cyclist was struck from behind by the SUV, and they haven’t determined who was at fault yet? C’mon LEO, grow a pair and treat this like 2 vehicles, the one in front has the right of way, the one in back has the responsibility not to hit the one in front.

In an update on a story reported at length here earlier the final report of a bike v truck wreck. Police: Cyclist in truck’s path before fatal accident I’m dubious of this report, because the final finding has the cyclist several feet from where witnesses initially reported it to be, in the right turn lane as opposed to the sidewalk. The cyclist’s daughters reported that he was using his adult tricycle as a wheelchair on the sidewalk, but the police had him riding on the road, and witnesses at the scene also reported that he was on the sidewalk. So why did LEO decide he was in the street? There was a bicycle tire track in the sand in the gutter, no word if the track matched the tread pattern of the back tires on the tricycle, specifically the right rear tire which would have been the only tire that could have made a track in the sand in the gutter. This stinks to high heaven, multiple witnesses placed the cyclist on the sidewalk at the time the light changed, not the street. This means that legally the cyclist was a pedestrian in the crosswalk when he was hit which would have made the driver at fault, but “finding” that tire track makes the cyclist at fault for going straight from a right turn lane.

A hit-and-run driver is arrested in LA. Suspect Held In Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist My opinion of any hit-and-run driver is well documented, square that when the driver kills. That means dig a hole, then dig another hole at the bottom of the first hole, throw the driver in the second hole them fill the first hole with concrete. Then let the driver dig his way out with his bare hands.

A teenager is injured trying to cross the road on a bicycle. Teen cyclist struck twice while crossing busy road Why was there discussion about crosswalks when bicycles are vehicles? was the cyclist not actually in an intersection? Was traffic backed up into the intersection and the cyclist trying to cross as a vehicle? There was way too little information given in this report.

I keep saying that FL is killing people at an alarming rate, and now the media in FL has noticed it. Bike accidents: Palm Beach County pushes bike safety And apparently local government has started to pay attention as well. One thing that is desperately needed is education since so many fatalities are due to riding against traffic, and by drivers that don’t know that bicycles are vehicles with full rights to the roads.

And that’s all I have tonight, sorry for being late but I was on a bike ride 😉

Billed @$.02, Opus

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