Judging from the Feed it has been a very bad weekend to be riding a bike. As for why no post on Saturday, I spent all day in meetings for my church, doing the BoD thing and I’m also in 2 committees that run aspects of the church that had meetings that day. I left the house at 0930 and got home about 1500 and finally got something to eat. It was that kind of day.
Up first is a SWSS fatality in west TX. Dallas bicyclist dies after being hit by pickup before Lubbock Senior Games The stated events that the cyclist swerved from the shoulder are disputed by the dead-center dent in the front of the pickup truck and witness accounts of the skid marks on the road from the bicycle tires at impact both not being in the places that would account for the driver’s description of the events. I didn’t see the bicycle but in the comments section someone mentioned that the rear wheel was collapsed straight, not at an angle like it would have been had the cyclist been making a turn as the driver stated. Again I see this as a visual processing error on the part of the driver, not seeing the cyclist until she was right in front of the bumper. On the plus side, the cyclist probably never knew she was about to die until the last second before she was hit.
Another cyclist hit from behind in GA, with witnesses that just happened to be trained first medical responders. Emergency-oriented couple aid injured cyclist on Ogeechee Road The cyclist made a legal lane change to enter the left turn lane and was hit from behind by a person that witnesses said was not paying attention to what was in front of her, again a case of failure to process the visual information in time to prevent a wreck. “She’s saying he came out of nowhere.” Since another witness was watching the cyclist make his lane change we know the cyclist was not “nowhere” prior to impact. More: UPDATE: Man severely injured in bicycle-vehicle collision on Ogeechee Road near Chatham Parkway
A San Francisco cyclist is killed in a hit-and-run. Cyclist killed in S.F. hit-and-run, driver arrested Aside from the usual hit-from-behind protocols I don’t know anything the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck. Insert usual rant about hit-and-run drivers that kill in this space.
And in the most deadliest state in the US to ride a bike or walk, they got another one. Another bicyclist hit at entrance to Key Biscayne This statement at the beginning of the article is testimony to how dangerous drivers in FL are to non-motorized road users: “Another evening rush hour, another bicycle accident! It has become so commonplace that it’s no longer a surprise to see emergency vehicles at the side of the road in Key Biscayne picking up injured cyclists.” If the situation has gotten that commonplace then there needs to be serious repercussions for drivers that hit cyclists, because until something is done the CARnage will be unabated. The cyclist in this case was riding in the lane legally and the driver just drove right into her as he “didn’t see her”, the universal get-out-of-jail free card for drivers when they hit a cyclist. Hit-from-behind protocol to avoid being his next victim.
So many cyclists getting hit in Ft. Wayne IN that they can’t even give them separate articles. 7-year-old cyclist ID’d, listed serious In addition to the wreck in the headline there was another mentioned in the body of the article but no mention on the mode of the wreck in that one, the 7YO was apparently crossing against the light but that wasn’t explicitly stated so I can’t say for sure.
A PA cyclist falls off his bike when he has some kind of malfunction with his chain. Bicycle rider injured in Mercer County The report was that the chain “came off” and then the rider crashed, so the rider may have been doing a hard pedal and the chain broke or derailed causing the cyclist to come uncoupled from the bike. To avoid a similar wreck either don’t pedal as hard as this cyclist, or take better care of your bike.
This kind of story just drives me crazy. Pregnant bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Gardena; police seek suspect Insert standard rant about hit-and-run drivers here, mention rabid wolverines and wombats.
Another of those vehicles without drivers kills again. Woodward Cyclist Hit, Killed By Semi Once again the universal get-out-of-jail-free card was played by the driver and accepted by the LEO. I just don’t get it, the driver volunteers that he is driving with impaired vision, and the LEO just lets him get away with homicide? TANJ!
Another cyclist killed following the law trying to avoid conflict with motor vehicles. Circle of blame in Morgan Hill crosswalk death “Police say Arlia struck Tomasello with her Cadillac sport-utility vehicle as Tomasello was riding his bicycle through the mid-block crosswalk in front of the Centennial Recreation Center.” OK CA law says you have to STOP when you come to a crosswalk with a cyclist or pedestrian in it, this driver failed to stop and killed the person in the crosswalk. I fail to see what the difficulty in this case is, the driver failed to stop and killed as a result of her violation of the law, she should lose her license and spend some time in jail. And WTF is this?:”Arlia answered by filing cross-complaints against the city of Morgan Hill and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.” What does the water district have to do with the crosswalk?
I’m not sure about this wreck. Cyclist killed in downtown collision The report was “he failed to yield to traffic” not that he ran a red light or a stop sign. Anyway, to avoid, yield when there is a conflict with motor vehicle traffic and there is question about right of way, but think about this statement from LEO: “It’s just one of those things where you’ve got a lot of bicycles around here and sometimes they happen in front of you and unfortunately this is a tragic accident.” Remember, bicycles “happen” in front of drivers in Spokane.
In the same area of the country, a cyclist that was accompanying a relay runner in a race was killed when the 2 of them were hit with a van that was on the wrong side of the road. Cyclist in relay race killed The driver of the van was suspected of being drunk when he crossed the road and hit the pair on the opposite side of the road. The cyclist was there to protect the runner and provide support (I guess by having cold water on the bike), but there is nothing a bicycle rider can do to stop a van with a drunk driver at the wheel from driving on the wrong side of the road.
Student drivers have been killing a lot of cyclists in the news lately, this one in Canadia. Cyclist killed in collision with student driver There were some things in the article that upset me, ““He said ‘Help me.’ I touched his shoulder and said, ‘God will help you.'”” She did this twice and the man died because instead of trying to control the injured man’s bleeding she just mouthed words. Well, I can’t lay all the blame on her, the man might have died anyway had she actually been able to help instead of just expecting a miracle. But seriously, this particular thing annoys me no end.
Speaking of student drivers that kill cyclists, more reaction to the one that was found guilty in the UK. Unsupervised learner driver ‘killed cyclist after dropping mother off at chip shop’ and Unlicensed driver walks free after being found guilty of cyclist’s death As I posted about this last week, the punishment did not even come close to fitting the crime.
And in Oz, things got really messy yeaterday. Man dies, cyclist trapped, man loses arm Nothing on the mode of the wreck for the cyclist, but the people making comments all seemed sure the cyclist was at fault for being there…
A Boston driver notes that when cycling with cars, it’s the drivers that make the difference, not a magic styrofoam hat. Motorists, not bike helmets, are what make the difference The comments just don’t “get it” as they still harp on wearing helmets, when not getting hit with cars is the solution.
In Infrastructure! news Miami-Dade attorneys find fault with the local infrastructure for cyclists, both physical and legal. Miami Wrongful Death Attorneys: Miami-Dade Deadly for Bicyclists and Pedestrians I could have told them that, and I’m in TX, not FL. “But bad driver behavior resulting in preventable, wrongful deaths earns perhaps the biggest share of responsibility.” Another case of “Duh!” for the lawyers.
And that’s all the news that gives me fits.
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