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Old 08-17-08, 04:50 PM   #1
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how fragile life is

sorry for the repeat (also posted in the road forum) but as many of you don't wander in there I wanted to share with my dear foosters.

Yesterday I received word that a dear friend of a member of my cycling club was hit by a truck while on a ride and died on the scene.

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This morning I received a heart-breaking message from a fellow college alumnae that his mom was killed friday in a cycling accident with a truck- not a coincidence, of course-- As it turns out I had met his mom briefly on a ride we crossed paths on but did not know they were connected.

My heart goes out to their family during this time- but also to all my fellow cyclists, a word of caution. Just one story like this is one too many.


I don't know the details of the accident, but it brought to mind:
I've ridden with a few different clubs- take this information for what it is worth, but one is very strict about not calling out "clear" at an intersection, believing it gives followers a false sense of security that there will still be no traffic by the time they proceed through.

Another club I ride with does yell "clear"-- with that group a few riders at the back of the line had a near-miss with a semi truck one evening.
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Old 08-17-08, 05:10 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that arti. That's some sad news.
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He'd tagged me in a note about it on facebook with the funeral arrangements which was strange in that there weren't really any others I recognized from our college on there, I'm not clear if he realized we'd met or not.

I don't really feel like it is my place to be at the funeral considering I have only occasionally been in touch with her son (via facebook and such) for the past few years, but I did reach out that he should give me a ring for anything, no doubt the upcoming weeks will be helpful if he has things to do.

Its all a very strange coincidence and so, so sad.
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This is very sad. It has not been a good week indeed.
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wow! so sorry to hear that.

you bring up a good point about how different groups will have different rules, etc.
always good to get that straight when you go for a ride with new people.
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Wow. That sucks, Arti. It sure brings a bit of a shudder to me whenever I hear something like this. Condolences.
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Sorry to hear that...its always sad when someone is taken before there time. 2 months ago I was working on a mans Lotus Elise and he picked it up for the weekend wich also happened to be his 50th birthday. Was speeding down route 110 in farmingdale on a saturday night (the next day) and hit an escalade so hard that it flipped over on top of his lotus, turns out I worked on the escalade 1 year ago...what are the chances of that?
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I'm so sorry to hear about that, Artifice. Send me a pm if you need to talk or anything.
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Dang, sorry to hear this. Too much bad news going around Foo right now.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family and friends of the riders.
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sorry for the repeat (also posted in the road forum) but as many of you don't wander in there I wanted to share with my dear foosters.

Yesterday I received word that a dear friend of a member of my cycling club was hit by a truck while on a ride and died on the scene.

Kare 11 News story

This morning I received a heart-breaking message from a fellow college alumnae that his mom was killed friday in a cycling accident with a truck- not a coincidence, of course-- As it turns out I had met his mom briefly on a ride we crossed paths on but did not know they were connected.

My heart goes out to their family during this time- but also to all my fellow cyclists, a word of caution. Just one story like this is one too many.


I don't know the details of the accident, but it brought to mind:
I've ridden with a few different clubs- take this information for what it is worth, but one is very strict about not calling out "clear" at an intersection, believing it gives followers a false sense of security that there will still be no traffic by the time they proceed through.

Another club I ride with does yell "clear"-- with that group a few riders at the back of the line had a near-miss with a semi truck one evening.
The one group I ride with occasionally is very animate about NOT calling clear, because sure as hell someone isn't going to look. I took that bit of knowledge and applied to the club rides I lead - and had this over zealous guy - who informed me he leads rides too (well la de da) and he started kinda leading my ride (it's a Sweep ride - I ride in the back) and he's talking about adding another couple miles to this ride, etc ---- and I'm getting a little steamed - and that's when I noticed him at the lead doing the "Clear" thing.

Went and told him the pros and cons of doing that and to stop, oh and by the way - my ride.


(btw - I hate when this happens .... sorry)
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sorry for the repeat (also posted in the road forum) but as many of you don't wander in there I wanted to share with my dear foosters.

Yesterday I received word that a dear friend of a member of my cycling club was hit by a truck while on a ride and died on the scene.

Kare 11 News story

This morning I received a heart-breaking message from a fellow college alumnae that his mom was killed friday in a cycling accident with a truck- not a coincidence, of course-- As it turns out I had met his mom briefly on a ride we crossed paths on but did not know they were connected.

My heart goes out to their family during this time- but also to all my fellow cyclists, a word of caution. Just one story like this is one too many.


I don't know the details of the accident, but it brought to mind:
I've ridden with a few different clubs- take this information for what it is worth, but one is very strict about not calling out "clear" at an intersection, believing it gives followers a false sense of security that there will still be no traffic by the time they proceed through.

Another club I ride with does yell "clear"-- with that group a few riders at the back of the line had a near-miss with a semi truck one evening.

Sad news, indeed.

It really doesn't matter if a group yells 'clear' or anything else...your safety is your responsibility. What is more important...getting across the intersection as part of the group, or getting across the intersection alive?
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bummer

Yeah, I just assume I am responsible for getting across, I would never call 'clear', nor would I accept such as clearance to cross.
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It really doesn't matter if a group yells 'clear' or anything else...your safety is your responsibility.
well said.

I still will point out broken glass and what not but yeah, everybody needs to be alert. I always flip when I see people riding with earbuds in.....
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just wanted to give a quick update. My cycling coach wasn't on our ride tonight-- she had another friend of the family pass away. The mood was still pretty somber, and we were all a little whacked out by semis-- and intersections in general tonight.

I'm not clear on how the accident happened, but the recap I heard tonight is that they were going through an intersection (had the right of way) The woman who was hit was in the front and I THINK what happened was a semi turning right wiped her out. Completely a freak accident.

also heard back from the son of the woman who was hit, I wanted to share because its truly outstanding - 1,000 people at a funeral? You always hear if you're able to touch just one life...

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I am so glad that you wrote me. I apoligize for not getting back to you sooner, but our house has been a bit of a mess. the past few days I have been hearing similar stories to this and it just reminds me how connect we all are.

My mother's funeral was yesterday. I can it was the saddest and happiest day of my life. It was difficult to say goodbye to my mother and hear all the stories about her. It was also the happiest because I got to see all the poeple she affected. There was eaisly over 1,000+ people at the funeral! All of them conisdered my mom thier best friend. It was just amazing. [my cycling coach] and her sister sang in the memorial. I easiy laughted more then I cried.

It was just amazing. I just really want to say thank you for writing me. It does mean a lot.

Thank you so much,
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That's always wild when so many people show up at someone's funeral...sad that it takes a funeral to bring them all together, but still pretty amazing.

Hopefully the bad luck cloud is going away now!
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