I don't get it at all. What's the point of X being killed in a bicycle accident? How does this promote either bicycle advocacy or recognition among non-bikers of safety issues?
Bicycle deaths and injuries are being tracked nationally. Data is being made available on the web. So what's the point of all these threads about deaths? News Flash- we all are going to die, period, no escape. There is enough pointless scare mongering that we don't really need another source of scare mongering.
Do you really want to read 50 threads a month about a cyclist being killed? Are there better things to do with your time. Maybe getting off the computer and on the bike?
Here's real data not sensationalism. [at least the most recent I could find]:
Highest number of Motor Vehicle x Bicycle deaths was in 1995, 833 deaths.
Highest number of Motor Vehicle x Bicycle injuries was in 1993, 68,000 injuries.
Deaths for 2002 were 662, and injuries were 48,000. So even with increased population bike injuries and deaths are down.
See table 1 for more info.