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    Santa Clara deputy sheriff veers into cyclists killing 2

    14:37 PDT CUPERTINO -- Two bicyclists were killed, and a third hospitalized with major injuries, after they were struck by a Santa Clara County sheriff's patrol car today on Stevens Canyon Road in Cupertino, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The collision happened at 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Ricardo Road, said CHP Officer Tracy Hoover. At least one of the bicyclists was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The names of the dead and injured were withheld, as was the name of the deputy sheriff driving the squad car.

    Stevens Canyon Road has been shut down in both directions, from Balboa Road to the Steven Creek reservoir, due to the ongoing investigation, Hoover said. No other details were released.

    here's the link, take a look at the comments. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will:
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...GTJ1.DTL&tsp=1

    btw....latest reports indicate the sheriff was driving on the wrong side of the road and hit them head on.

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    hiway cruser hit 3 cyclists, 2 dead, in cupertino, CA

    oh no... a hiway patrol cruiser hit 3 cyclists, 2 dead

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...cal&id=6009151

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    thats terrible. i hope the 3rd guy makes it through.

    and i know this doesnt mean much to most, but in your post you say it was a highway patrol officer that hit them. it was a sheriffs deputy. big difference in my book.

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    Driving on the wrong side of the road and he's on 'paid administrative leave' rather than in the county lockup?

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    You know I bought a Burly Solo a couple years ago to pull my now 3 year old daughter around in...and although most drivers go way out of their way to give me room....my own comfort level with having her with me has dropped to where I no longer feel comfortable taking her with me.....and stories like this only serve to reinforce this fear of mine.... : (

    It's one thing if I get myself killed doing something I love...another entirely having that happen to her.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
    thats terrible. i hope the 3rd guy makes it through.

    and i know this doesnt mean much to most, but in your post you say it was a highway patrol officer that hit them. it was a sheriffs deputy. big difference in my book.
    Why isn't this idiot in prison?

    Will he even get a traffic ticket?

    I bet they promote him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
    Driving on the wrong side of the road and he's on 'paid administrative leave' rather than in the county lockup?
    Cops don't bust cops. The DA would have to have a warrant issued before one cop ever arrests another.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Why isn't this idiot in prison?

    Will he even get a traffic ticket?

    I bet they promote him.
    Unfortunately little to nothing ever happens to the drivers unless they are intoxicated. Until there are some repercussions for careless drivers this kind of thing will happen. On my ride today I had several cars crossing a double yellow line and coming into the lane I was riding in. Where the accident happened its not unusual to see riders riding across the entire lane. Very popular route. I know my team rides this area often.

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    I grew up in that area. I am not surprised, the SC County Sheriff's are crummy cops (not all, but many). Their rookies especially always have seemed to have something to prove. About 5 years ago on a country road a rookie sheriff passed my friends car at 90mph (a 35 windey road) to try to give him a ticket. This was late at night, and the officers driving was very dangerous. The officer was unable to stop in time to catch my friend, and swerved past him and into oncoming traffic, then waited for him at the next turn.

    So Sad...

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    "deputy accidentally crossed the center divide and struck three cyclists heading in the opposite direction."

    WTF?!? was this guy drunk? did he fall asleep? and he's still getting paid? f-ing jackass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean View Post
    Unfortunately nothing whatsoever EVER EVER NEVER happens to the drivers.
    Fixed.

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    I don't care if it was a cop, or a junkie, or for that matter a junkie cop. This situation should not go unpunished.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
    Your link doesn't work (for me anyhow).

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Why isn't this idiot in prison?

    Will he even get a traffic ticket?

    I bet they promote him.
    vehicular manslaughter is the most he can be charged with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
    vehicular manslaughter is the most he can be charged with.
    So where are the charges? Is this dude at Club Med now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirrobinofcoxly View Post
    Your link doesn't work (for me anyhow).
    Doesn't work for me either.

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    Did you see where his car was???? Damn, he had to try to get it up there that far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    So where are the charges? Is this dude at Club Med now?
    DA wont file charges until the investigation is complete. his administrative leave is standard procedure until the investigation is complete. i dont see this guy carrying a badge for much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT View Post
    You know I bought a Burly Solo a couple years ago to pull my now 3 year old daughter around in...and although most drivers go way out of their way to give me room....my own comfort level with having her with me has dropped to where I no longer feel comfortable taking her with me.....and stories like this only serve to reinforce this fear of mine.... : (

    It's one thing if I get myself killed doing something I love...another entirely having that happen to her.....
    +100

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    If this guy actually loses his badge, I'll eat my shoe. There's no way that other cops are going to let their buddy be severely punished for being gross negligence. If they did, the universe would collapse upon itself.
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    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    And the other thing that's great: He probably won't be personally liable cause he was on duty at the time.

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    Damn, you really have to not be paying attention to what you're doing at the wheel to get that far up the embankment. Wouldn't surprise me if there was a cellphone involved here....

    Very sad news indeed...
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