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Old 10-21-08, 04:20 PM   #1
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Another accident - our news has better priorities

Tragic, but two things that make me happy about our news coverage here.
One: No mention of helmets. They DID mention no reflective gear, which imo is more important here.
Two: Nobody "swerved".
The comments were even pretty good.

Morning strike by SUV leaves bicyclist in critical condition
Anchorage Daily News

Published: October 20th, 2008 11:16 PM
Last Modified: October 20th, 2008 11:16 PM

A bicyclist was in critical condition Monday afternoon after an SUV struck him in a Midtown intersection during the morning commute, according to Anchorage police.

Jonathan Johnson, 19, was in surgery and was listed in critical condition after the crash at about 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of C Street and 40th Avenue, police Lt. Dave Parker said.

Johnson had been traveling westbound on 40th through the intersection when he was hit by a white GMC Yukon driven by Melissa Rabe, 24, traveling south on C.

Traffic police are continuing their investigation of the accident, Parker said. No charges or citations have been issued.

Dark road conditions were likely a factor, Parker said. Johnson was not wearing reflective gear, he said.
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I'd be more interested in whether the cyclist had lights or reflectors. There is no legal requirement to wear reflective clothing -- it sounds like the police are trying to make it the cyclist's fault.
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