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Old 10-07-09, 11:06 AM   #1
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300 riders show up for memorial of couple killed on tandem

300 riders show up for memorial of couple killed on tandem

Pic on Valero Racing's blog

TV clip on KENS site



more on the story here
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Old 10-07-09, 11:18 AM   #2
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that is so sad
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that poor girl
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That picture breaks my heart. How about if we all email that picture to Governor Perry's office and ask him if he still thinks cyclists are adequately protected under existing law now that two parents are dead and the driver is facing no charges.
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Old 10-07-09, 02:43 PM   #6
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How about if we all email that picture to Governor Perry's office and ask him if he still thinks cyclists are adequately protected under existing law now that two parents are dead and the driver is facing no charges.
That would be premature. According to the article, an investigation is ongoing and the DA has yet to determine whether to charge the driver with involuntary manslaughter. All TX cyclists will be watching the outcome of this one, for sure.
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Old 10-07-09, 03:03 PM   #7
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That would be premature. According to the article, an investigation is ongoing and the DA has yet to determine whether to charge the driver with involuntary manslaughter. All TX cyclists will be watching the outcome of this one, for sure.
It does say that the investigation is ongoing, however, it also says this in the article: "Bexar County sheriff's spokesman Ino Badillo said it appeared to be an accident and that he didn't think the driver would face charges."

I'd be really surprised if this person even gets a slap on the wrist.
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Found this with google in regards to texas vehicular manslaughter.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...8224617AABxNH2
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That little girl made me tear up.
That is just heart braking.
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Old 10-07-09, 06:37 PM   #10
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With two kids, it was all I could do not to cry looking at her.
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This has been a tough month for Texas cyclists.
First Larry McQuien in Fort Worth, then this couple, and then on Saturday Todd Martin died on a club ride. No details yet on what caused his death, but he was NOT hit my a negligent driver.
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That picture breaks my heart. How about if we all email that picture to Governor Perry's office and ask him if he still thinks cyclists are adequately protected under existing law now that two parents are dead and the driver is facing no charges.
Actually, I don't see anything that could've avoided this. Either the person was truly out of control... after swerving for some reason, or simply wasn't paying attention which led to the swerving... either way, nothing short of a concrete barrier could've prevented it.

I'd like to hear what you think would have "protected" the cyclists.

EDIT: On second thought, maybe you simply mean vengeance/payback... which is still entirely possible, and depending on further investigation, hopeful.
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I heard of this story when I first saw the title posted on BF but I never read any more about it. Today I figured I'll read some but I never got round to it. I just saw that first picture at the top of this page. Their little daughter. And tears started.

They can do what they need to do the driver. It wont change a thing for Kylie. Something drastic needs to change.
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Actually, I don't see anything that could've avoided this. Either the person was truly out of control... after swerving for some reason, or simply wasn't paying attention which led to the swerving... either way, nothing short of a concrete barrier could've prevented it.

I'd like to hear what you think would have "protected" the cyclists.

EDIT: On second thought, maybe you simply mean vengeance/payback... which is still entirely possible, and depending on further investigation, hopeful.
I never said it would have prevented it. But right now, they are stuck with an investigation wondering what (if anything) they can charge the guy with. If there was a law that said you have to give cyclists 3 feet, then if somebody hits them, they have clearly violated that law, regardless of why it happened (texting, drunk, etc). Look at what has happened with the officers on the shoulder. People will do the unthinkable in Texas now...hit the brakes...to move over a lane and avoid flying by a cop on the side of the road too closely. All because of a new law. If the same law covered cyclists, people would have a reason to slow down or move over and it would raise their awareness of cyclists when they saw them.

The problem we have right now in Texas is that people don't pat any attention to us...and if they bump us, run us off the road, or even mow us down and kill us, there are no consequences. If you have somebody you really hate in Texas, teach them to ride a bike, then mow them down with your car and tell the cop it was an accident. You will never spend a day in jail. People won't start paying attention to cyclists and won't give us room unless there are laws that provide consequences for failing to do so.

And FWIW, I don't want "vengeance" or "payback". If it was truly an accident, then the guy is probably really torn up over it. But if he had accidently swerved into another car on the road and killed somebody, he would pay a price for it and would likely do jail time (or at least get probation), regardless of how upset he was about it. The only reason he isn't already charged with something is because it was a cyclist he killed instead of another driver.
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Old 10-08-09, 08:43 PM   #15
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Sickening, Im on this road 2-3 times a week. NOT AN ACCIDENT, A CRASH; SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND LIABLE.

Better link with Video;
http://www.kens5.com/news/stories/KE...1d4b65ab1.html

On Tuesday, 300 cyclist showed up for a 2 mile ride to the Memorial service, it was touching.


http://www.mysanantonio.com/Cyclists..._Service_.html
http://saridelikeagirl.wordpress.com...greg-bruehler/


I went out to the accident scene today and its absolutely bone chilling. I have a ghost bike drying outside as I type, will be putting up on Sunday 11th. Id love to get some more flowers at the scene.




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Old 10-11-09, 09:27 PM   #16
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very touching, It is incredibly sad. my wife read the story and she wants me to stop riding.
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Old 10-13-09, 10:54 AM   #17
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The problem we have right now in Texas is that people don't pat any attention to us...and if they bump us, run us off the road, or even mow us down and kill us, there are no consequences. If you have somebody you really hate in Texas, teach them to ride a bike, then mow them down with your car and tell the cop it was an accident. You will never spend a day in jail. People won't start paying attention to cyclists and won't give us room unless there are laws that provide consequences for failing to do so."
exactly my thoughts right after this happened , that poor poor girl
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