Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

Santa Clara deputy sheriff veers into cyclists killing 2

Notices
Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

Santa Clara deputy sheriff veers into cyclists killing 2

Old 03-09-08, 05:39 PM
  #1  
FriendlyFred
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Physically, CT / Mentally, San Francisco
Posts: 207

Bikes: BMC Team Machine, BMC Road Racer, BMC Streetfire, BMC AlpenChallenge

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Santa Clara deputy sheriff veers into cyclists killing 2

14:37 PDT CUPERTINO -- Two bicyclists were killed, and a third hospitalized with major injuries, after they were struck by a Santa Clara County sheriff's patrol car today on Stevens Canyon Road in Cupertino, the California Highway Patrol said.

The collision happened at 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Ricardo Road, said CHP Officer Tracy Hoover. At least one of the bicyclists was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The names of the dead and injured were withheld, as was the name of the deputy sheriff driving the squad car.

Stevens Canyon Road has been shut down in both directions, from Balboa Road to the Steven Creek reservoir, due to the ongoing investigation, Hoover said. No other details were released.

here's the link, take a look at the comments. If that doesn't scare you, nothing will:
https://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...GTJ1.DTL&tsp=1

btw....latest reports indicate the sheriff was driving on the wrong side of the road and hit them head on.

FF
FriendlyFred is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 05:52 PM
  #2  
CritEastwood
aka Jerome
 
CritEastwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Colorado Again
Posts: 1,080

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
https://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8513728

Sadness.
CritEastwood is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:17 PM
  #3  
grinderbob
coffee bean grinder
 
grinderbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 526
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
hiway cruser hit 3 cyclists, 2 dead, in cupertino, CA

oh no... a hiway patrol cruiser hit 3 cyclists, 2 dead

https://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...cal&id=6009151
grinderbob is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:32 PM
  #4  
Edonis13
Senior Member
 
Edonis13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,711

Bikes: S-Works SL3 Tarmac, Allez E5, Leader 735TT, others

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
thats terrible. i hope the 3rd guy makes it through.

and i know this doesnt mean much to most, but in your post you say it was a highway patrol officer that hit them. it was a sheriffs deputy. big difference in my book.
Edonis13 is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:39 PM
  #5  
halfspeed
Senior Member
 
halfspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: SE Minnesota
Posts: 12,275

Bikes: are better than yours.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Driving on the wrong side of the road and he's on 'paid administrative leave' rather than in the county lockup?
halfspeed is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:40 PM
  #6  
JoeOxfordCT
JoeWolcottCT
 
JoeOxfordCT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Wolcott, CT
Posts: 1,656

Bikes: Cannondale

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You know I bought a Burly Solo a couple years ago to pull my now 3 year old daughter around in...and although most drivers go way out of their way to give me room....my own comfort level with having her with me has dropped to where I no longer feel comfortable taking her with me.....and stories like this only serve to reinforce this fear of mine.... : (

It's one thing if I get myself killed doing something I love...another entirely having that happen to her.....
JoeOxfordCT is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:43 PM
  #7  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1137 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 17 Posts
Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
thats terrible. i hope the 3rd guy makes it through.

and i know this doesnt mean much to most, but in your post you say it was a highway patrol officer that hit them. it was a sheriffs deputy. big difference in my book.
Why isn't this idiot in prison?

Will he even get a traffic ticket?

I bet they promote him.
patentcad is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:48 PM
  #8  
DieselDan
Senior Member
 
DieselDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Posts: 8,521

Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
Driving on the wrong side of the road and he's on 'paid administrative leave' rather than in the county lockup?
Cops don't bust cops. The DA would have to have a warrant issued before one cop ever arrests another.
DieselDan is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:48 PM
  #9  
BigSean
Senior Member
 
BigSean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Nor-Cal Bay Area
Posts: 5,088
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Why isn't this idiot in prison?

Will he even get a traffic ticket?

I bet they promote him.
Unfortunately little to nothing ever happens to the drivers unless they are intoxicated. Until there are some repercussions for careless drivers this kind of thing will happen. On my ride today I had several cars crossing a double yellow line and coming into the lane I was riding in. Where the accident happened its not unusual to see riders riding across the entire lane. Very popular route. I know my team rides this area often.
BigSean is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:51 PM
  #10  
irabidfish
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I grew up in that area. I am not surprised, the SC County Sheriff's are crummy cops (not all, but many). Their rookies especially always have seemed to have something to prove. About 5 years ago on a country road a rookie sheriff passed my friends car at 90mph (a 35 windey road) to try to give him a ticket. This was late at night, and the officers driving was very dangerous. The officer was unable to stop in time to catch my friend, and swerved past him and into oncoming traffic, then waited for him at the next turn.

So Sad...
irabidfish is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:56 PM
  #11  
scotch
purity of essence
 
scotch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: NH
Posts: 2,239

Bikes: 2004 Bianchi Axis, 2007 Torelli Corsa Strada, 2012 Santa Cruz Superlight 29, 2017 Jamis Renegade Exploit

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
"deputy accidentally crossed the center divide and struck three cyclists heading in the opposite direction."

WTF?!? was this guy drunk? did he fall asleep? and he's still getting paid? f-ing jackass.
scotch is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 06:59 PM
  #12  
hammond9705
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: DFW
Posts: 1,552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Liked 595 Times in 103 Posts
More info at:

https://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8513728?nclick_check=1
hammond9705 is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:01 PM
  #13  
snoboard2
County sign fanatic
 
snoboard2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Zanesville, Oh
Posts: 782

Bikes: Masi Gran Criterium (training), looking for the money for a racing bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
standard
snoboard2 is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:03 PM
  #14  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1137 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 17 Posts
Originally Posted by BigSean View Post
Unfortunately nothing whatsoever EVER EVER NEVER happens to the drivers.
Fixed.
patentcad is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:03 PM
  #15  
Nachoman
well hello there
 
Nachoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Point Loma, CA
Posts: 15,212

Bikes: Bill Holland (Road-Ti), Fuji Roubaix Pro (back-up), Bike Friday (folder), Co-Motion (tandem) & Trek 750 (hybrid)

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 435 Post(s)
Liked 176 Times in 112 Posts
I don't care if it was a cop, or a junkie, or for that matter a junkie cop. This situation should not go unpunished.
__________________
.
.

Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Nachoman is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:04 PM
  #16  
Sirrobinofcoxly
Have bike. Will travel.
 
Sirrobinofcoxly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: -=Toronto=-
Posts: 2,157

Bikes: '06 Orbea Orca, '03 Rocky Mountain Vertex 70, '05 Surly Steamroller, '06 Fetish Fixation

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
Your link doesn't work (for me anyhow).
Sirrobinofcoxly is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:05 PM
  #17  
Edonis13
Senior Member
 
Edonis13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,711

Bikes: S-Works SL3 Tarmac, Allez E5, Leader 735TT, others

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Why isn't this idiot in prison?

Will he even get a traffic ticket?

I bet they promote him.
vehicular manslaughter is the most he can be charged with.
Edonis13 is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:06 PM
  #18  
patentcad
Peloton Shelter Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Posts: 90,508

Bikes: 2017 Scott Foil, 2016 Scott Addict SL, 2018 Santa Cruz Blur CC MTB

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1137 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 17 Posts
Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
vehicular manslaughter is the most he can be charged with.
So where are the charges? Is this dude at Club Med now?
patentcad is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:08 PM
  #19  
PeddlingPilgrim
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: people's republic of eugene oregon
Posts: 744
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Sirrobinofcoxly View Post
Your link doesn't work (for me anyhow).
Doesn't work for me either.
PeddlingPilgrim is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:11 PM
  #20  
jaxgtr
Senior Member
 
jaxgtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 5,022

Bikes: Trek Domane SLR 7, Trek Emonda ALR 6, Trek X-Caliber 8

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 167 Post(s)
Liked 329 Times in 209 Posts
Did you see where his car was???? Damn, he had to try to get it up there that far.
__________________
Brian | 2021 Trek Domane SLR 7 | 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2016 Trek X-Caliber 8
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.








jaxgtr is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:14 PM
  #21  
Edonis13
Senior Member
 
Edonis13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 1,711

Bikes: S-Works SL3 Tarmac, Allez E5, Leader 735TT, others

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
So where are the charges? Is this dude at Club Med now?
DA wont file charges until the investigation is complete. his administrative leave is standard procedure until the investigation is complete. i dont see this guy carrying a badge for much longer.
Edonis13 is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:17 PM
  #22  
Beaker
moth -----> flame
 
Beaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 5,916

Bikes: 11 CAAD 10-4, 07 Specialized Roubaix Comp, 98 Peugeot Horizon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT View Post
You know I bought a Burly Solo a couple years ago to pull my now 3 year old daughter around in...and although most drivers go way out of their way to give me room....my own comfort level with having her with me has dropped to where I no longer feel comfortable taking her with me.....and stories like this only serve to reinforce this fear of mine.... : (

It's one thing if I get myself killed doing something I love...another entirely having that happen to her.....
+100
Beaker is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:18 PM
  #23  
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If this guy actually loses his badge, I'll eat my shoe. There's no way that other cops are going to let their buddy be severely punished for being gross negligence. If they did, the universe would collapse upon itself.
bonechilling is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:27 PM
  #24  
gr@sshopper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Claremont, CA
Posts: 898

Bikes: Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
And the other thing that's great: He probably won't be personally liable cause he was on duty at the time.
gr@sshopper is offline  
Old 03-09-08, 07:43 PM
  #25  
robbyracer
(not really a racer)
 
robbyracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Los Osos, CA
Posts: 62

Bikes: 2008 Cannondale Synanpse 7

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Damn, you really have to not be paying attention to what you're doing at the wheel to get that far up the embankment. Wouldn't surprise me if there was a cellphone involved here....

Very sad news indeed...
robbyracer is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.