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Old 06-29-11, 02:10 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-29-11, 06:32 PM   #2
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sorry to hear that cranky. always sad news. be careful out there guys.
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Old 06-29-11, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing. Tough!! on everyone.
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Old 06-29-11, 06:42 PM   #4
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A sad day for everyone. I pray that all involved will be comforted.
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Old 06-29-11, 07:49 PM   #6
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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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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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I don't think there's nearly enough information in the newspaper article to assess fault.
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Old 06-30-11, 11:52 PM   #15
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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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