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DUI pickup driver kills 2 Colorado Cyclist employees

Old 08-11-08, 12:56 AM
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DUI pickup driver kills 2 Colorado Cyclist employees

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Colorado Cyclist Employees Die in Crash

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Two Colorado Cyclist employees were killed on August 6 when a motorist apparently drove her one-ton pickup into a group of cyclists, according to Colorado Springs police and local news accounts.

The two were Edgar "E.J." Juarez, 30, of Chicago, and Jayson Kilroy, 28, of the Detroit area. Both worked in phone sales at Colorado Cyclist, according to sales director Mike Creed Sr.

“It’s been a very tough day,” said Creed, who had to identify Kilroy’s body at the coroner’s office. “Going to identify Jayson’s body last night was something I’ll never get over. These were both great guys. It’s senseless. An absolutely senseless tragedy.”

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Barbara Thomas, 63, was driving up 26th Street in a 1986 Ford F-350 at about 7:40 p.m. when she turned left onto a diagonal side street, Westend Avenue, reportedly striking the two cyclists, who had been in front of another group descending 26th Street as part of a Wednesday-night group ride.

Thomas has been charged with vehicular homicide and investigators say she was under the influence of drugs, most likely prescription medications at the time of the crash.

Police say Thomas was also not wearing corrective lenses and she is required to do so.

The 26th Street climb is a popular out-and-back cycling route that climbs past Fairview Cemetery, dips briefly near the Bear Creek Nature Center and then ascends Gold Camp Road.
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I'd rather read a story where they found a driver like this one guilty and set in jail for a good long time or at least on house arrest for an even longer time. Chances are this driver will get nothing but a slap on the wrists...
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^ You rarely see that story. It happens months later, and gets little or no reporting.
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Anyone who puts in significant miles knows how dangerous it is out there. This is just a reminder.
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I hope the worst for Barbara Thomas.
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What a tragedy, reminds one that your backside is always open and vulnerable, you assume by following the laws and staying as far right as is safe that your going to be okay, but such is not the case.
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Originally Posted by Szczuldo
I'd rather read a story where they found a driver like this one guilty and set in jail for a good long time or at least on house arrest for an even longer time. Chances are this driver will get nothing but a slap on the wrists...
DUI? I don't think she's going to get away that easily..
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god, on another forum a member lost his dad to a biking accident. what a week.
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Sure is a lot of people on the road driving, hanging on to sanity by a fist full of prescriptions.
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It has been quite a week. Locally we just had a guy try and run a cyclist over after some verbal exchange. Fortunately it was okay, but pretty scary. Why are they always in pickups? https://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_10115861

I swear it's never been this bad in the 26 years I've been riding - I don't know whether it's just that I'm more aware of it because of the internet, or whether it's because there's just more bikes on the road, but it really seems to be reaching a boiling point.
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63 year old woman on prescription meds driving without her glasses...

old people need to retake driving tests every year past 50. Period.
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Originally Posted by brianappleby
63 year old woman on prescription meds driving without her glasses...

old people need to retake driving tests every year past 50. Period.
You think people over 50 are 'old'? Yeah, OK. I regularly drop guys in their 20's 30's and 40's, but whatever. Let's ride sometime He-Man.

A) No serious driving expert would ever condone extra driving tests for anyone under age 70 or 75. Even then they're talking every 3-5 years, not annually.

B) You don't want to know how much it would cost or how large motor vehicle depts. would have to be (or the cost to the public it would entail) to implement what you propose. Not workable.

C) This accident wasn't caused by this woman being over 60. It was caused by her drug abuse. PERIOD. And that's generally LESS of a problem with those over 50 than those UNDER 50.

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About the guy almost run over after a verbal exchange, I for one Never have a verbal exchange, grin and bear the comment , insult whatever, their in the vehicle, I am on a bike. No good can come of adding to a drivers anger by responding with anger.
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Originally Posted by brianappleby
63 year old woman on prescription meds driving without her glasses...

old people need to retake driving tests every year past 50. Period.
+1. So do all the drivers under 30.
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I can assure you I was about 100x more of a threat to the public as a driver when I was under 30 than I am today @ 50. God knows how I ever survived. Or half of you for that matter.
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My apologies. I should just keep my mouth shut in such circumstances.

Nobody in this country drives safely. period.
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I'm telling you brian, it wasn't age @ 63. The woman was whacked on meds. Read the story again. Very sad but all too common.
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what a tragic event....my thoughts and prayers are with those involved and their families.
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