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Old 11-23-08, 10:46 AM   #1
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Driver hits 10 cyclists in Arizona, then leaves scene

http://www.azstarnet.com/sports/268536

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The driver got out of his car and observed the damage to the vehicle and the bicyclists before getting back into his car and fleeing.
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Old 11-23-08, 03:22 PM   #2
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Must have been pretty shaken up to not get the license plate immediately. I hope they all heal up quickly and totally.
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Old 11-23-08, 04:27 PM   #3
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Well...time to take Granpa's license away. If they find him.
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I rode through that scene not long after - aid cars everywhere, cyclists on backboards with IVs in.

It was really not a good scene...
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This article can't be entirely accurate. Out of the "60" cyclists 10 were apparently involved. What were the other 50 doing when they should have been getting the license plate number? I understand being pretty shook up... but seriously.

I hope everyone hurt is going to be OK. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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Old 11-24-08, 03:58 AM   #6
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This article can't be entirely accurate. Out of the "60" cyclists 10 were apparently involved. What were the other 50 doing when they should have been getting the license plate number? I understand being pretty shook up... but seriously.

I hope everyone hurt is going to be OK. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
they were probably split into groups, just a thought.
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No mention of whether anyone was wearing helmets.

May be the Tour Director should brush up on his empathy skills though:

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The accidents did not cause delays in the race, Guerrero said. "It didn't affect it too much. People just go around it. They kind of shake their head, but they carry on."
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No mention of whether anyone was wearing helmets.
Although I cannot be dogmatic, there's a good chance they were: helmets are required by all El Tour participants. Most (if not all) of the participants don't want to run afoul of the organizers.
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What were the other 50 doing when they should have been getting the license plate number?
Racing?
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Racing?
That was my fear.

"Oh... I gotta get my time, I gotta get the best time possible. I don't have time to worry about the fellow cyclists who were just plowed over".

If I hear from anyone that the reason they didn't stop was because they were "Racing" I'm going to drive to Tucson and punch them in their face.
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May be the Tour Director should brush up on his empathy skills though:
notice the plural, 'accidents,' and remember this line that came slightly before it..

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there were other accidents, IE, bike on bike. those are probably the accidents he's referring to.
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Everyone was wearing helmets - you won't get started on El Tour without one. I saw people violate other rules (aero bars, ear buds in both ears) but not that one.

I saw three accident sites - all three already had EMS personnel there so I followed the directions of the cops and went on by. I saw some other people who looked like they had some issues and made sure to get a thumb up before cruising on (heck, I'm a clyde and was only working toward 4:30 in the 80. . . ) but nothing other than that. LOTS of flats, though. . .I was a bit shocked.
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Everyone was wearing helmets - you won't get started on El Tour without one. I saw people violate other rules (aero bars, ear buds in both ears) but not that one.

I saw three accident sites - all three already had EMS personnel there so I followed the directions of the cops and went on by. I saw some other people who looked like they had some issues and made sure to get a thumb up before cruising on (heck, I'm a clyde and was only working toward 4:30 in the 80. . . ) but nothing other than that. LOTS of flats, though. . .I was a bit shocked.
A lot of people underestimate the stuff out here that'll flat you out...

Update on the story, a driver was ID'd but not yet arrested.
http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/269001.php

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A man who authorities said was driving the car involved in a collision with a group of 10 bicyclists Saturday during El Tour de Tucson has been identified.

The man's name has not been released because he has not been arrested and the investigation of the collision is ongoing, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
The man was identified through an attorney, she said.

About 60 bicyclists were westbound on East Ina Road, near the Westward Look Resort, when an eastbound car collided with 10 of them when the driver made a left turn into the resort.
Five people were taken to hospitals with injuries, including one man in critical condition.

Gary Stuebe, 41, of Surprise, was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix and is still in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

His family could not be reached for comment.

Another person was listed in serious condition Saturday, while three other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said the man got out of his car after the collision to observe the damage to the vehicle and the bicyclists before getting back into his car and driving away.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff's Department released two close-up photos of the car it says was involved in the crash. They show serious damage to the front bumper.
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Old 11-27-08, 12:18 PM   #14
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"Witnesses said".?????????????????????? None of them got his info? Have we really become such a "sheltered" populace that people stand around dumbfounded when something bad happens?
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Old 12-05-08, 08:52 PM   #15
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I got hit and run this year and didn't get knocked out and was able to get the bums plate #. The passenger in the car got out looked @ me on the street and told the driver to get outa here. He was caught and get this he got NO ticket for nothing. His insurace company did pay my home owners insurance back and they sent me my $500.00 deductible I am ok my knee is little goofed up I duno what these low life are thinking when they just drive off. I suspect the guy that hit me who ran a stop sign was drinking. But he was sober when he finaly went to the police station. How could u plow a pile a folks on bicycles and. Just drive off its aamazing to me or even just hit 1 person and drive off
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Hit-and-run should be prosecuted as a presumed DUI.
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How old was the gentleman who hit you?
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