Cyclist killed in accident

Old 07-17-10, 06:12 PM
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Cyclist killed in accident

What a shame.

A leader of the local cycling community was killed this morning in an accident south of Canyon.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Gabriel Medrano said Cynthia "Cindy" Whitney, 54, of Amarillo, was riding a bicycle about 8:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 87 near the Hungate Road intersection when she was struck by a 2004 F-250 pickup driven by Thomas Sippy, age unknown, of Canyon. Whitney was pronounced dead at the scene by justice of the peace Jerry Bigham of Canyon. She was wearing a helmet, Medrano said.

Troopers who responded to the accident reported Sippy was southbound on U.S. 287 when he dropped his cell phone and took his eyes off the road to pick it up. His vehicle veered across the highway and hit Whitney, according to the report. Medrano did not know if Sippy was issued a citation. The posted speed limit on that portion of U.S. 287 is 70 mph.

Whitney was a prominent member of the Old Tascosa Cycling club and had served on its board of directors.
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Old 07-17-10, 07:37 PM
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Odd that there is no stated age for Sippy. I bet I could pin it within a year or two.

Such a sad story.
 
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Very sad...happens far too often. People need to be held accountable for their actions...vehicular manslaughter...no exceptions!
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So sad. Its dangerous out there and sometimes theres just nothing a cyclist can do to prepare for other's irresponsibilities.


[QUOTE=thompsonpost;11130549]Odd that there is no stated age for Sippy. I bet I could pin it within a year or two.
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At least try.
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Old 07-20-10, 06:38 AM
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25 or younger.
 
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From googling "Gaige Sippy" (the driver who killed Cindy, it appears that he is also active in the cycling community, in Durango, Co.

Is this the same guy?


(edit: location of Sippy's cycling involvement)

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Old 07-21-10, 09:07 PM
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Update

http://www.amarillo.com/stories/0720...icyclist.shtml

Blame the cyclist first, of course. That seems to be the theme.
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Old 07-22-10, 05:55 AM
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A grand jury will decide whether the 24-year-old Canyon man who struck and killed a bicyclist while driving Saturday morning will face criminal charges.....


You nailed it ThompsonPost. Not only that but it fits the the theme in the safety and advocacy section about trucks being deadly.
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This is so sad. I hope the grand jury steps up and does something.
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Originally Posted by ppena View Post
This is so sad. I hope the grand jury steps up and does something.
Doubtful. Being an idiot driver in Texas is a valid defense for killing a cyclist. Matter of fact, you can run over cyclists anytime you want, as long as you are sober and not face any charges. None. Not any.
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