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UK driver jailed 12 months for head-on hit of cyclist

Old 03-16-18, 05:15 AM
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UK driver jailed 12 months for head-on hit of cyclist

Conwy driver jailed for head-on crash with cyclist - BBC News
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Old 03-16-18, 05:33 AM
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WTF was the driver doing over there? It's easy to say 'it was deliberate' but you have to wonder if a mobile phone or similar was somehow involved.
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Apparently it wasn't deliberate - the driver fell asleep at the wheel. No excuse though, and would the driver have been given a stronger sentence if he'd hit a pedestrian?

Prison sentence for sleeping driver after horrific crash which sent cyclist somersaulting into air (video) - Cycling Weekly
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Sadly the only right choice the cyclist had was to bail off the road at speed. The cyclist instead choose to brake and make a slight turn just before getting hit.
Not the cyclist fault, but a little more early fear may have helped him get out of the way. Still likely would have ended up with bruises and road rash, but that would have been better than a head on.
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Not much reported on the extent of injury, but sounds like it may be life-changing. This is a real shame since it was directly the result of poor judgment on the part of the driver. 12 months in jail doesn't even the score; however he would have gotten off with a lighter sentence in the US.
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Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
Sadly the only right choice the cyclist had was to bail off the road at speed. The cyclist instead choose to brake and make a slight turn just before getting hit.
Not the cyclist fault, but a little more early fear may have helped him get out of the way. Still likely would have ended up with bruises and road rash, but that would have been better than a head on.
The only right choice was bunny hop. Not that they were at fault, but this isn’t about blaming the victim, we must ALL learn that whatever the victim did, brilliant people wouldn’t have done the same thing.

ps. Maybe FLAP was the other only right choice?

Whatever, this person was wrong, could have avoided the collision, if only they did something different than crashing into a sleeping driver. I know I would have handled this differently, because omniscient.

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There really is no guaranteeing that there is any safe place on the road. And, had the driver not hit the cyclist, it is quite possible that it would have ended up with a head-on collision with a car.

Obviously we're not seeing the cyclist's view, but when something like this happens, it happens fast.

Periodically I'll have a car passing another coming towards me. I'm usually on the road shoulder when it happens, but one second or so after noticing it, and the car is right next to me. I'm not at all convinced that I would have time to hit the ditch if I seriously needed to do that.

Or, perhaps 90% of the time, one would have enough time to react, but there is still that 10% of the time when one could potentially go flying.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
The only right choice was bunny hop. Not that they were at fault, but this isn’t about blaming the victim, we must ALL learn that whatever the victim did, brilliant people wouldn’t have done the same thing.

ps. Maybe FLAP was the other only right choice?

Whatever, this person was wrong, could have avoided the collision, if only they did something different than crashing into a sleeping driver. I know I would have handled this differently, because omniscient.

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Bailing off the road before the point of extremis has kept me out of the hospital more than once. The decision just has to be made and acted on before reaching extremis.
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