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I just witnessed a cyclist die after being hit by a car.

Old 01-17-10, 11:48 AM
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I just witnessed a cyclist die after being hit by a car.

Its hard to write this as I'm still somewhat rattled over what I witnessed this morning.

I live in Miami. This morning I was riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is a favorite cycling route on the weekends for hundreds, if not thousands of cyclists. As I approach the Bear Cut bridge, which is two lanes in each direction, with a divider, and a fairly wide break down lane that doubles as a bike lane, I see a group of stopped cyclists waving to cars to move to the left hand lane. As I get closer, there is a cyclist on the right hand edge of the break down lane in a pool of blood, bright red arterial blood mixed with what looks like spinal fluid and some brain matter. He is bleeding out of his ears and mouth.

One or two other cyclists, one of whom is a paramedic are already helping him. He is breathing about 3 or 4 times a minute. They don't detect a pulse in his wrist. The police arrive shortly and they have a hand operted respirator which the paramedic starts to use as another person does chest compressions. It takes almost half an hour for the ambulance to come. I was told by other cyclists later he died at the scene. I salute the cyclist parmedic. He cooly took control of a chaotic scene and did everything he could to save this guys life but his injuries were too great.

The guy that hit him didn't stop, dragging the cyclists bicycle about five miles before it fell off. He was caught by police as he was arriving at his house. A group of us find out where the driver is and head out there. The car, a smaller VW, has the windshield broken and caved in a good ten inches. The windshield frame at the top is pushed back about 8 inches and there is even damage to the sunroof. Based on the damage, the driver had to be going 60mph+ in a 40-45 mph zone. I suspect that since the car hit the cyclist from behind, the back of the cyclists head hit the windshield frame which caused the fatal injury.

The driver is sitting in the back seat of one of the cop cars, but I can't see him because of the tinted windows. He's lucky the cops had him because there was an angry mob of cyclists that wanted revenge.

I just can't fathom how someone can hit another human being and just take off and leave the person on the side of the road like he had hit a dog.
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Old 01-17-10, 12:01 PM
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Ugh that's just terrible.
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My God.
I don't even know what to say.
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That's unfortunate. Every time I read one of these I think about close encounters I have had and thank my lucky stars. It's dangerous out there.
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Old 01-17-10, 12:05 PM
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Old 01-17-10, 12:06 PM
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my god. this is terrible to hear. my best goes out to the family and friends of the cyclist. hopefully the driver won't be on the roads ever again. i just don't understand how accidents like this can happen.
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Old 01-17-10, 12:07 PM
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Awful news.
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Man, what a sad story. I'm really lost for words. God bless the family and everybody else involved.
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Terrible
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Some people are defective and need to be returned to the manufacturer. That lack of humanity should disqualify that lowlife from enjoying any rights, including life. Recycle him back to God, I say.
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it's difficult to see things like this. not everyone will want to hear about it but you should tell a couple of people to help you process it.
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sick to my stomach reading that.
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Horrific. There doesn't seem to be any way to reduce the risk of getting hit from behind. Anywhere, anytime. Just a horrible tragedy all around.
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Very sad for the cyclist and his family. Hopefully the law will prove to be responsible on this situation. If anyone finds a link to the story, could you please post it?
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Very sad for the cyclist and his family. Hopefully the law will prove to be responsible on this situation. If anyone finds a link to the story, could you please post it?
And look at some of the comments.

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Originally Posted by Flash View Post
Horrific. There doesn't seem to be any way to reduce the risk of getting hit from behind. Anywhere, anytime. Just a horrible tragedy all around.
I know it's been argued at length here, but I do find a mirror of some sort helps. I usually only ride on less traveled roads and when I hear a vehicle coming up, I take a look and make sure if they are moving over. I've had a situation where I was sure I would have been nailed if I wouldn't have jump off the road. Luckily I had a place to jump off.
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Very sad we have people in our society that only concern themselves with what cyclist do wrong verses that someone was killed.
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Originally Posted by fmcooper View Post
That's unfortunate. Every time I read one of these I think about close encounters I have had and thank my lucky stars. It's dangerous out there.
The most unfortunate part is that the cops arrived first. It would have been better for society if Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson has made a brief house-call before our useless "slap-them-on-the-wrist-and-let- them-go" courts had a chance to screw it all up.
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Bad news, sucks to hear, but probably much worse for you to see. Gah.

These days, you can pretty much count on the driver leaving the scene of an accident with a bike. I haven't heard of a driver stopping unless their car isn't drivable any more (like a recent tandem hit in San Antonio).
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Terrible news. A sobering reminder that no matter how cautious we are, nothing can protect us absolutely.
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Originally Posted by sibaudio View Post
my god. this is terrible to hear. my best goes out to the family and friends of the cyclist. hopefully the driver won't be on the roads ever again.

Plus one on both accounts.

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i just don't understand how accidents like this can happen.
Dollars to donuts he was drinking or on drugs.

If you're doing nothing illegal and have a traffic accident, your likely punsihment is low to non existent. If you flee from the seen of a fatality, you've now exposed yourself to felony charges and become a much bigger priority to arrest and prosecute.

Hence, its extremely irrational to flee the scene, unless you're engaged inc riminal activity already,.
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Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
sick to my stomach reading that.
+1, that pretty much sums it up. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the cyclist.

I use a mirror, use an obnoxiously bright strobe (even during the day), and wear high-vis stuff just to try to improve my odds, but I'm afraid stuff like this is a numbers game more than anything. Wrong place at the wrong time for the cyclist involved. Very, very sad.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
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Dollars to donuts he was drinking or on drugs.

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How about texting or talking on a cellphone?
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God that's horrible.
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This is terrible; really it makes me sick to hear about this.

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The driver apparently dragged the crumpled bike for four miles. It's unclear if the driver fled the scene.
Does not compute.
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