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    This ride will never be the same...

    Tragedy struck on one of my frequent loops and within a mile of my house.

    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/...news|text|Home

    This occured at the bottom of a nice long downhill (off ramp from a draw bridge). I often hit well over 30mph on this smooth stretch of road which gives me a nice boost to climb the following rise.

    I'll not attempt to reconstruct this accident nor try to place any blame. Other than the helmet part, I can easily envision myself inadvertantly getting caught in the same situation. It's easy to slip up and put yourself or another in harms way.

    I have no idea how fast either party was going or what may have contributed to this horrific accident. I feel terribly sorry for the driver and for both families involved.

    I am certain, however, that we all need to be vigilant out there for our own safety and for the safety of those around us.

    Every time I ride that section of road I'll be thinking of that young lady, the driver, and their families and freinds who have been so tragically affected by this accident.

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    sorry to hear that cranky. always sad news. be careful out there guys.
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    Thanks for sharing. Tough!! on everyone.
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    A sad day for everyone. I pray that all involved will be comforted.
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    Yes, very tragic. The writeup reads as though the cyclist was clearly at fault -- am I missing something?
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    That sucks for all involved. Helments are a must. Sad story, I pray for their families.
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    Very sad
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    Like Lenny, I've rode that route hundreds of times on bike and in the car. At that time of day on a Sunday it should have been jammed with cars. Damn shame.

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    The only way I can think of that it would *not* be the cyclist's fault would be if it was a 'right hook' where the motorist just barely cleared the bicycle but didn't leave enough buffer before pulling back over and braking for the turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    The only way I can think of that it would *not* be the cyclist's fault would be if it was a 'right hook' where the motorist just barely cleared the bicycle but didn't leave enough buffer before pulling back over and braking for the turn.
    I don't think there's nearly enough information in the newspaper article to assess fault.

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    Sad news heard way too often. Sorry to hear it Cranky.
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    A sad day for us all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    I don't think there's nearly enough information in the newspaper article to assess fault.
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    Too bad, and a pity. I will still go helmetless. I don't like the way they feel-horrible. I know, I know, a smashed head feels worse. I will try to be vigilant though.

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