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Watched a cyclist die last night.

Old 03-04-08, 09:28 AM
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Watched a cyclist die last night.

A cyclist was hit last night at a crossing of one of our bike trails and a busy road. I was riding the path about a minute behind when the man was hit. Witnesses say his bike was thrown 30 feet into the air. The man was so mangled. It kind of ****ed me up. Ride safe today.
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Old 03-04-08, 09:34 AM
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Thanks for sharing. This is sad. We all just need to be so careful. Ride safe.
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Old 03-04-08, 09:35 AM
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dude!
where?


look both ways before crossing the street!
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Originally Posted by sniks View Post

look both ways before crossing the street!
+1 !!
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Old 03-04-08, 09:39 AM
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Oof. Sorry to hear about it all. Condolences to friends and family.

Manly hug and commiseratory beer for you. There are some things no one needs to see...
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Old 03-04-08, 09:40 AM
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lots of people do say riding on the sidewalk is dangerous. you say he was crossing a street which makes me think he was riding on the sidewalk. jeez. that's crazy.
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lorok

so sad

sorry it happened to you and to him

i think any direct encounter with death is a good thing

insofar as it is an opportunity to appreciate how fragile and fleeting life is

ride safe and be kind

might not have another chance
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serious. there's no competition between 20lbs and 2000lbs of metal. i hope everyone rides safely, even if it means having to give the road to a few ass drivers.
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Old 03-04-08, 09:58 AM
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Yeah bummer dude sorry you had to see it.. I know it would f*** my head for a long time

condolences to the poor guys family and friends whoever they may be
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Originally Posted by piwonka View Post
lots of people do say riding on the sidewalk is dangerous. you say he was crossing a street which makes me think he was riding on the sidewalk. jeez. that's crazy.
read the op again.

very sad news.
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Old 03-04-08, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Judge_Posner View Post
read the op again.

very sad news.
yeah, i reread it. either way. crossing the street from a bike path or at an intersection and riding on the sidewalk are both places that drivers don't look for cyclists to shoot out from.
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Originally Posted by sniks View Post
dude!
where?


look both ways before crossing the street!
It was at Comanche and the arroyo trail. The driver didn't stop, but came back about a half hour later as I was leaving once the ambulance left. I felt so helpless. I haven't been able to find out his name yet, but there is a little quip on the channel 13 news site.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
A cyclist was hit last night at a crossing of one of our bike trails and a busy road. I was riding the path about a minute behind when the man was hit. Witnesses say his bike was thrown 30 feet into the air. The man was so mangled. It kind of ****ed me up. Ride safe today.
The wording of your post sounds like you didn't actually *see* it, rather you were just in the temporal proximity.
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man, i'd be glad if i didn't see that.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
The wording of your post sounds like you didn't actually *see* it, rather you were just in the temporal proximity.
Yeah, that's what I said. I just watched him die on the side of the road. Thanks for argueing semantics, *******.

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Originally Posted by doofo View Post
lorok

so sad

sorry it happened to you and to him

i think any direct encounter with death is a good thing

insofar as it is an opportunity to appreciate how fragile and fleeting life is

ride safe and be kind

might not have another chance
My mom saw a pedestrian get runover and mangled under a car.
She was in therapy a long time to try to get over that.
Her direct encounter with death was a bad thing.
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It's always very sad to hear things like this and assigning blame really doesn't change the fact that someone else family will have to be dealing with a great sense of loss.

I was riding home last fall and although I wasn't looking in the direction of the accident I heard the screech of the tires and the sound of a body hitting the vehicle... it's same dull thunk that deer make when you hit them.

I was less than a block off and when I came on to the scene I saw an older woman lying in the middle of the road with a van some 40 feet from where she was lying. Folks were already working to help her and there was a doctor on the scene as he had been following the van that hit her. I directed traffic to speed the rubberneckers through and allow the emergency vehicles access.

After the paramedics put her in the ambulance they were in no hurry to leave and I realized that I had just watch this woman die... it was impossible not to see how badly injured she was but I will not get into the gory details.

I was really disturbed by this as besides witnessing a tragic death, it made me think that I have come very close to being in that same place after experiencing many close calls while riding. I also stopped riding down that street for some time afterwards as when I did, my mind would hit the rewind button and play everything over again..

Take care of yourself man... stuff like this can mess you up.
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Sorry. I've seen a couple people die violent deaths. . .
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everyone ride safe
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Sorry. I've seen a couple people die violent deaths. . .





me, too and it changes you forever that's for sure.

My condolences to her friends and family...

RIP
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
The driver didn't stop, but came back about a half hour later as I was leaving once the ambulance left.
wtf?
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I'm really sorry for what you experienced. Find someone to talk to about this if you are having a hard time with it. Teh internets aren't very good at listening.

I've seen two cyclists get hit and it's a very scary experience. Both cyclists were riding on quiet side streets, both were hit by maniac drivers. I think both of the guys I assisted made it, though both left the scene incoherent and seriously injured. Even that messed with my head for a while, so I can only imagine with this must be like.
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jesus. this past couple weeks iv been reminded every day in different ways of how necessary helmets are. whether its my friends talking about how they were hit or my gramma dying and seeing the effects on my family or this thread. please people be safe. and wear a helmet.
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LoRoK, If you need someone to talk to for free, you've got us. I'm so sorry that the world changed for you in such a horrible way. I wish you peace of mind.
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