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Mayday.JP 09-30-13 10:38 PM

Hit by car today. Driver took off.
 
So on my way up to turnbull canyon today, some idiot, instead of waiting for opposing traffic to pass, decided to drive next to me and clipped me with his mirror on my left elbow. His mirror folded in and cracked a little and he just took off. A slew of yelling and cursing to get him to stop was to no avail. He kept moving. couldn't get his license plate as i was too worried not trying to crash into the mountain. Talked to Whittier PD and received an incident number since i didn't have a license or description. Luckily, the officer was a cyclist so he understood and was more concerned with making sure i'm ok (which i am) and explaining to me what steps to take.

So, to anyone riding turnbull during the week around 4:30ish, be on the lookout for a newer model Chevy Colorado, Dark blue, black bumper, tinted windows.

HonestOne 09-30-13 10:45 PM

Arg, stupid drivers! Did you by chance see if he drove by any cameras? Glad you are okay.
- Aaron

jmX 10-01-13 12:28 AM

If I commuted by bike I'd have one of these I think....made right here in Southern California by a bikeforum member: http://rideye.com/

mwandaw 10-01-13 08:23 AM

I'm really glad to read that you're OK!

Rootman 10-01-13 09:09 AM

Glad you're OK, perhaps a camera might be in your future, I know I want one, got tapped a little lighter by some part of a truck while signaling for a left turn and the driver decided to pass me on the left. No harm done but you'd thing a driver would stop to see if something was wrong after hearing a thump.

TrojanHorse 10-01-13 08:21 PM

Was it you that had the issue with the white escalade last year too?

Remind me not to ride with you. :lol:

I'm sorely tempted to get a little camera. This kind of crap is ridiculous. That rideye looks intriguing, especially for only $149. There's another one out there called cerevellum that looks much sharper but it's *#^&$% expensive and it looks like they're trying to replace all your other electronics (no thanks)

marquhar 10-01-13 11:16 PM

If you were on the Turnbull switchbacks (lasts about 2.5 miles) the lane is narrow with very little shoulder. A truck like that will have a V-8 and is easily heard as it approaches. When I ride this area or somthing similar like `Brea Canyon Road` I will not take chances, but give the lane, and sometimes I will unclip the outside foot, stop, and lean away.

I've been out on Turnbull when an F-350 came by towing a 25 ft trailer with speed way over the suggested limit (10-15 MPH). This doesn't happen often, but I could feel the danger long before they got there, and I yielded the road.

There are also regular attempts at `drifting` out on Turnbull. Again, you can hear them coming.

If you crossed the I-5 curtain to go out to Whittier, how did you do it?

Mayday.JP 10-02-13 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 16123475)
Was it you that had the issue with the white escalade last year too?

Remind me not to ride with you. :lol:

I'm sorely tempted to get a little camera. This kind of crap is ridiculous. That rideye looks intriguing, especially for only $149. There's another one out there called cerevellum that looks much sharper but it's *#^&$% expensive and it looks like they're trying to replace all your other electronics (no thanks)

Yes unfortunately that was me with the escalade :lol: maybe i just ride when all the jerks are out!!

TrojanHorse 10-02-13 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by marquhar (Post 16123844)
If you crossed the I-5 curtain to go out to Whittier, how did you do it?

Huh?

CommuteCommando 10-02-13 06:49 AM

Looking at that Rideye cam, I wold suggest one thing. If it's main function is incident recorder, I would prefer a shorter "loop" in exchange for much greater resolution. I run a Contour Roam an licence plates are rarely legible. In the incident described by OP, I doubt my Roam would have gotten the plate #.

Biker395 10-02-13 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by CommuteCommando (Post 16124203)
Looking at that Rideye cam, I wold suggest one thing. If it's main function is incident recorder, I would prefer a shorter "loop" in exchange for much greater resolution. I run a Contour Roam an licence plates are rarely legible. In the incident described by OP, I doubt my Roam would have gotten the plate #.

+1 Add a GPS sensor that FIFOs 10 minutes or so of data, and I'd be sold too.

phoebeisis 10-02-13 12:20 PM

Odd that he hit you hard enough to crack his mirror-despite it being spring loaded and folding
but you aren't hurt.
You could actually see a crack?
Beside the point but it takes pretty hard sharp impact to break a spring loaded mirror-whole point(plus safety) of spring loading it.

You were FRAP?- he did the usual close shave-
If you were left of middle-he would have passed on your right-really can't win
Colorado is a small truck-maybe 80" wide with mirrors-should have been plenty of room-
poor driving skills
He was going to blow past you-didn't matter where you were
Any reason to thing he was texting while passing??

Rick@OCRR 10-02-13 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by marquhar (Post 16123844)
If you crossed the I-5 curtain to go out to Whittier, how did you do it?

Good to hear you're okay and survived the attack with so little damage to your bike and body. I ride that area quite a lot!

Re: I-5 curtain, I cross under the 5 at Rosecrans, ride FRAP and so far no incidents. I've had everything from Semi trucks to motor-scooters block for me (intentionally or not) plus, I've been fortunate at that intersection overall.

Rick / OCRR

Mayday.JP 10-04-13 01:55 PM

Not an expert on all the details and won't try to get into it. Only reason i posted was to inform fellow cyclists who ride that road often to be careful and be on the look out.

TrojanHorse 10-04-13 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phoebeisis (Post 16125369)
Any reason to thing he was texting while passing??

It would be quite challenging to text and drive on that road, it's pretty twisty.

phoebeisis 10-04-13 02:47 PM

Heck-that rarely stops drivers from multitasking-
You can regularly see videos of bus drivers texting-HUGE vehicles heavy traffic kids on board-texting

TrojanHorse 10-04-13 03:14 PM

I haven't quite figured out the new google maps but here's the road:
https://www.google.com/maps/preview#...!2m1!1e3&fid=7

It's far more likely he was tapping into his inner Mario Andretti, crappy truck division.


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