Stories like this always hard to read. I have reread the article several times... it seems clear no negligence on the rider as the article states he was in the bike lane at the time of the accident. That indicates to me that the driver drifted into the lane. I would be surprised if that is denied at any point. It does appear to be just a tragic accident. Not something that should be criminally prosecuted but clearly something that should be addressed in a civil lawsuit. Still, doesn't bring back the dead. I would like to see the tragedy used as an example of driving distracted and the potential result (I assume the driver has his eyes on something other than the road...).
Here is a memorial to Milt that I came across on another site that I frequent:
Not bike related, just moving. RIP
I noticed on one report that a ghost bike was already in place.
I will also say he was an extremely experience rider!
No one mentioned that the impact was dead center in the windshield. If the rider was in the bike lane then the patrol car was way over to the right.
Photo Guy Dutton
Be careful out there people.
My sincerest condolences for the family and friends. As one fellow stated it could have been anyone of us riding that day.
They need to ID the officer.
There comes a point where there is only so much roadway design can do to make us safer. At the very least, intensive diver, and rider, education is the next logical step. Enforcement of distracted driving laws, and holding LEO accountable for same too.Quote:
Originally Posted by TheAcorn dot com
IMO, we are our own worst enemies too often. How many times have I been dropped from a group ride or had to chase back on because everyone ran a light or stop sign? And then flipped off drivers who complained? It's arrogant and self-centered. And very visible.
How many times have I seen drivers texting, talking on the phone, distracted, just being a$$holes? Plenty.
This is so sad.
I am not defending the sheriff and if he drifted into the lane he should be fined and I assume will be sued. **** happens to everyone including peace officers... the rider it appears did nothing wrong and I assume that will come out in the investigation. It's never a good thing to speculate and suppose things without a proper investigation and final conclusion... won't bring back the rider, won't help the family to jump to conclusions and the officer, a human being like us all, should be given the benefit of the doubt until the investigation is finalized.
I get everyone is suspicious of peace officer nowadays but jeez, don't think this happened on purpose. Unless you all know something i don't... it's a sad tragic accident. A life was loss - let's focus in on that instead...
One other thing I want to add... hopefully NONE OF YOU have ever looked at, called or text in the car... if you think something bad won't happen to you if you do, thnk again. I see people everyday using their phones or being otherwise distracted while driving (say using a GPS)... roads just aren't as safe anymore - REALITY - we have to accept the fact - SO CAL roads are dangerous.
I agree with Dunbar on the traffic island creating a hazard--too often things get done to our roads w/o considering possible effect on cyclists...
About five-six years ago a young deputy killed two racers on a training ride in the Cupertino hills when he dozed off in his cruiser, crossed into the opposing lane and took out the riders.
I'm not sure what the out of court settlement was to the families. I wrote the Sherriff and told her while I thought there was little point to criminally charging the deputy, I thought the least she could do was to fire him as this was an epic job failure and he should try to redeem himself by going into another line of work. However, she strangely didn't take my advice and reassigned him to a desk job in the department.
point is, remember this can happen to any one of us or someone we know. ride cautiously and don't take any risk...