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Old 03-17-10, 07:00 PM   #1
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Local Hit and Run Fatality This Morning

One of our local riders was killed this morning commuting to work. While I don't have all the details, this is what I've heard and pieced together. I've heard he was riding to the right of the white line in the shoulder area and the vehicle was traveling at least 60 mph. The vehicle did not stop........ but was stopped soon after a witness reported seeing the incident.

It really kicks you in the gut when you know the person and have ridden with them. He was a very strong rider, rode on race teams, participated in events I've been involved with and was just a terrificly engaging guy. I recall on one ride where he complimented me for hanging on his wheel while others had fallen off after he had picked up the pace. He was 34. He leaves a wife who does not work and two beautiful kids under the age of 5.

Needless to say his teammates are devasted. They had all ridden just the night before on local training ride.

Ride safe.


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Here's a link to an article in the local paper

http://www2.independenttribune.com/c...rd/news-local/
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Old 03-17-10, 07:03 PM   #2
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Hate to hear that.
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Old 03-17-10, 07:20 PM   #3
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Awful.
Impaired driver?
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Very sorry to hear that. It's troubling when it happens so close to home.
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Old 03-17-10, 08:16 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear of this. Puts the reality right back into cycling now that we are getting back on the roads with more frequency.
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Sorry to hear the bad news. I hope they throw the book at the driver.
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Old 03-17-10, 08:41 PM   #7
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Awful.
Impaired driver?
Or distracted?

Very sad news.
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Old 03-17-10, 09:52 PM   #8
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Always very sad to read about. Just seems to happen all to frequently. My daughter rides the roads in St Pete FL and I try to give her the best safety equipment and stress to her that things will make her safer but nothing will make her safe.
May God be with his family.
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Old 03-17-10, 10:35 PM   #9
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Sobering. The sad thing is we can all vow to ride more safely and keep more aware of cars, but it may not be enough.
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Very sad news and freightning as well.
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Sorry to hear it "again" jppe. Drivers seem to be getting worse each year.
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Old 03-18-10, 03:12 AM   #12
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The Shak twitter just tweeted a link to the story - http://twitter.com/TeamTheShack

Super sad, just hate it for his wife and kids. Sounds like a really great guy.
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It's sad to read news like this. RIP my fellow cyclist. My condolence to his family and friends.
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very sorry to hear this. what a tragic loss.
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My condolences to his family and friends. It's so sad that he did everything and more than he was supposed to do and this still happened.
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Sorry to hear about it. My condolences to his wife and kids.
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Major bummer, our condolences to his wife and family, such a waste of what seems a good life, may he rest in peace.
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... Drivers seem to be getting worse each year.
This is what concerns me most. Driving skill may be declining (look at the incidence of rollovers and single-vehicle crashes), but distractions are definitely increasing exponentially. Right drift collisions are common, because the crown of the road can demand continuous subtle corrections by the motorist.

Motorists have become too complacent, too isolated from the road, and many are far too cavalier in their attitude toward driving, which is seen as a multitasking opportunity rather than a high-stakes task demanding one's undivided attention.
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Really sad news. We had a 32 year old cyclist killed at a corner i pass on most of my rides. Its at Shoreline Village, his friends put an old bike there, painted it white with his name and a plea to be aware of cyclists. In Belmont Shore the city put a wide bike lane on 2nd Street, i was riding through when i just went to the right as far as i could with out hitting the parked cars, just a feeling i had. Then a car came up from behind, using the bike lane as the third lane! Would he have hit me? I had a thought that ya, he would have. He just continued on in the bike lane, speeding and passing the traffic.
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Old 03-18-10, 08:44 PM   #21
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Sad day. Condolences to his family.
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It is obvious that the same idiot drives that were on the roads last year are on the roads this year.
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