Check out the replies on the Backpacker forum.
I guess I would have expected most to have a better handle on the situation. Below is the original post. Some of the replies were absolutely NUTS!
A local man was ran down in the street like a dog.
THAT is journalism at its best. Obviously, it is one of the most forthright and insightful editorial comments of our time. If more writers thought that clearly, this country would be a lot better off.
Cronen was the experienced cyclist who was struck and killed earlier this month on the Second Street Bridge, going from downtown Louisville to Indiana. One of my offices is at the corner of where that bridges is. My office overlooks the site of the murder.
His death came just two days before he was to have met with the mayor’s office to discuss special signage that would have alerted motorists that bicycles are on the roadway.
The day he was killed riding across the bridge, many people asked why a cyclist was even riding on it in the first place. The fact is that it is the only way to travel between Kentucky and Indiana within forty miles for a cyclist. Also, bicycles are considered vehicles by law. They are allowed on any road unless otherwise posted, and they are not allowed up on sidewalks.
This awful event took place just before rush hour. It resulted in the primary bridge from downtown Louisville directly into Indiana being shut down. That bridge comes down directly into the heart of downtown. As a result, traffic was at a stand still. Drivers downtown just mentally overheated and became bigger maniacs than usual. Without regard to the fact that a man had been killed in the street like a dog, they demonstrated a total disregard for others. All they had to do was turn on there radios and head for the interstate, only a few blocks away. How hard should that be for a motorist, (which I am one at times)? I found myself walking home through the crazed streets, dodging traffic as vehicles ran stop lights. That day, I was walking instead of riding my bike. I have been recovering from eye surgery, and have not been biking for a few weeks now. Downtown was a made house. It was like something out the movie, "Escape from New York".
Besides that, I had a similar experience a little over a year ago. While returning to work, a crazed woman ran me down in the street. She broke my arm in multiple places. When I got up and gathered myself self together, she stepped out of her car and said, "what are you doing in the street"? OMG! People that stupid or crazy should NOT be allowed out in public unchained!
I can still feel the pins and plates in arm on certain days. I'm lucky to be alive.
Here is the article describing the rally downtown today to call for felony charges to be filed against the driver.
Here is the video describing the rally downtown today to call for felony charges to be filed against the driver. It may take a moment to buffer up, but it does work.
Another article mentions the lack of a serious attitude.
This is the article in the paper the day following the murderous rampage.
This is a high level view of where it happened. The shot was taken while the bridge was shut down.
Here are several picks of what the mangled bike looked liked after the murderer ran over it.
Here is a picture of the murderer's vehicle.
All of the photos are available at this link.
His obituary :
By law, dogs are to be restrained in public. If one is loose in the street, and resultantly killed, not much is done about it. Hence, the inspiration for subject line...