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Old 05-06-15, 05:29 PM
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Fatal bicycle accident in Danville, Tuesday May 5

My condolences to the family and friends--so very sad.

Cyclist killed in Danville collision with car was school district employee | abc7news.com

Stay safe and alert.
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Old 05-07-15, 07:30 AM
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RIP fellow cyclist. You will be missed at Peets.
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So sad for sure and condolences to all. A lot of unanswered questions from the article...
However a subsequent news search say's he was hit at the intersection.
Very sad.

http://danvillesanramon.com/news/201...illed-in-crash

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Saw this comment which if true states that the driver ran a red light:

Posted by David
a resident of Danville
18 hours ago

Bike wars ? Inconsiderate Cyclists? Stay in the bike lanes? REALLY ?!

This driver ran a RED LIGHT and t-boned the cyclist riding through the GREEN LIGHT ! Whats wrong with you people! ? This is complete driver negligence and you're on a soap box saying how cyclists don't obey laws.

If this young lady had followed the laws of road like you say cyclists never do, this poor man would be alive with his family today. He did nothing wrong ! He waited for a green light and proceeded. Not a bike lane issue, arrogance, or breaking laws. He was crossing the street to go exercise and he was killed by a driver. Period.
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Very sad to read this, I hope the family considers a memorial fund.

Feels very close to home, I suspect I've ridden through that intersection a few dozen times, mostly solo.
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Very sad indeed!
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Originally Posted by SClaraPokeman View Post
Saw this comment which if true states that the driver ran a red light:

Posted by David
a resident of Danville
18 hours ago

Bike wars ? Inconsiderate Cyclists? Stay in the bike lanes? REALLY ?!

If that's the entirety of the comment, I have to wonder if you are misreading it. The question marks, and especially the "REALLY?!", suggest that he's trying to say that that those typical arguments made by motorists cannot explain away this accident.
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Originally Posted by SClaraPokeman View Post
Saw this comment which if true states that the driver ran a red light:

Posted by David
a resident of Danville
18 hours ago

Bike wars ? Inconsiderate Cyclists? Stay in the bike lanes? REALLY ?!

This driver ran a RED LIGHT and t-boned the cyclist riding through the GREEN LIGHT ! Whats wrong with you people! ? This is complete driver negligence and you're on a soap box saying how cyclists don't obey laws.

If this young lady had followed the laws of road like you say cyclists never do, this poor man would be alive with his family today. He did nothing wrong ! He waited for a green light and proceeded. Not a bike lane issue, arrogance, or breaking laws. He was crossing the street to go exercise and he was killed by a driver. Period.
Do we know this to be a fact? I would think there would have been some kind of charges or something more than "no charges have been filed yet" type wording, which is what I am seeing in many of these articles. I would *hope*...probably fruitlessly, that if that was the case, there would have been charges filed. Blatantly running a red light and killing someone? I know everyone (including law enforcement and the criminal justice system) hates cyclists, but man...can you really get away with that blatant of an offense?!

I guess it's time to be even MORE careful riding down Danville Blvd. I already turn my rear flasher on every time I ride that road, maybe I'll have to use my front light now, even in day time.
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Old 05-07-15, 01:32 PM
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Do we know this to be a fact? I would think there would have been some kind of charges or something more than "no charges have been filed yet" type wording, which is what I am seeing in many of these articles. I would *hope*...probably fruitlessly, that if that was the case, there would have been charges filed. Blatantly running a red light and killing someone? I know everyone (including law enforcement and the criminal justice system) hates cyclists, but man...can you really get away with that blatant of an offense?!
I wouldn't take the comment "no charges have been filed yet" as any indication that charges won't be filed once the investigation is complete. AIRC, it was well over a month after the crash before the driver responsible for the death on Foothill Rd. in Pleasanton in 2013 was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter which was then upgraded to a murder charge based on previous acts and statements about his driving. Traffic fatality investigations frequently appear to take an extended period of time before charges are formally filed.
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I'd like to know if the young driver was gunning it to try to make it on a yellow light or simply didn't notice a red light because of whatever distraction(s). I have no idea whether it makes one iota of difference legally. At any rate, based on similar cases I've seen, it's difficult for me to imagine that she'll receive any jail time if she has a prior clean record and is an otherwise sympathetic character.

Unfortunately for the victim's family, the driver is unlikely to possess any assets. Hopefully she at least has auto insurance. If the cyclist has maxed out his un/under insured auto coverage, his heirs could collect $500K--hopefully he has some additional personal life insurance on his own and through work.

I know a couple guys who like to ride, but because they are the sole breadwinners for families, don't feel the risks of riding regularly are acceptable. Incidents like this make me understand the feeling entirely.
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RIP. My condolences to his family and friends.
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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
I wouldn't take the comment "no charges have been filed yet" as any indication that charges won't be filed once the investigation is complete. AIRC, it was well over a month after the crash before the driver responsible for the death on Foothill Rd. in Pleasanton in 2013 was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter which was then upgraded to a murder charge based on previous acts and statements about his driving. Traffic fatality investigations frequently appear to take an extended period of time before charges are formally filed.
I looked it up and that murderer only got 9 years, of which he'll probably serve 2-3. In this case, if it was a young woman who cries a lot and shows remorse (for getting into trouble...not for killing someone), she'll probably get a year probation for "vehicular negligence" or something else extremely soft. Maybe she can just say she was tired because she works a lot (like that police officer that killed 2 cyclists a few years ago), that seems to work. Or, screw it, hit and kill someone and then willfully try to hide it, and then end up with barely a slap on the wrist, like that driver who killed the cyclist on McEwen Road. Am I jaded...yes.
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hit and kill someone and then willfully try to hide it, and then end up with barely a slap on the wrist, like that driver who killed the cyclist on McEwen Road. Am I jaded...yes.
Harold Brown. Pleaded down to "hit and run causing death"; got a two-year sentence in 2011, maybe got out after one.
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