Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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I don't know the particulars, especially whether those who were hit were on the road or not. Even if they were on the road, it doesn't absolve the driver, but at least it makes more sense.
The sad fact is that police and owners of broken down cars are hit and killed on a regular basis when stopped on the sides of roads. It's why people broken down on the side put out flares (even though they're in plain sight). It's also why construction areas use flagmen, advance warning signs, and lit barriers well in advance (and even then there are crashes).
Decades ago, I used to lead day and multi-day trips for an organization. Probably the number one phrase uttered by leaders over a season was "get off the road" because people would stop and bunch up on the roan instead of moving off to the side.
I feel bad for the group, and the families of friends of the victims, but there's a sad object lesson here. We're vulnerable enough when we're moving, there's no reason to be vulnerable when we're stopped.
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