Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bicyclist Causes Own Death

Saw a news article on AZ Central about a bicyclist who was killed last night:

Phoenix bicyclist struck by cars, dies

It has been a while since I've seen a news report on a bicyclist killed in an accident.

"The bicyclist, 58, whose name was not released, was riding his mountain bike about 7:15 p.m. in a northeast direction across 7th Street from Purdue when he was struck by a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 46-year-old woman, whose name was not released. The Nissan was headed north."

For those unfamiliar with Phoenix, 7th Street runs north and south, and Purdue Avenue comes from the west and T's into 7th Street. The bike rider was riding at an angle, in a northeast direction, crossing 7th Street and was hit from behind by the Nissan headed north in one of the three northbound lanes; or maybe the driver was coming up in the center, left-turn only lane.

"The victim landed in front of a 2005 Ford Escape, also traveling north, driven by a 33-year-old man, whose name was not released.

The bicyclist was dragged under the Ford until the driver stopped. The victim received fatal injuries."

Yeow, so I envision the bicyclist struck from behind, and because his wheels are headed northeast he is boosted, rolling, into the next lane over where he is run over and dragged.

"Police said neither driver was impaired and no citations were issued."

Huh. So neither driver was impaired, and they weren't doing anything wrong because neither of them were cited. And the cops didn't cite the dead bicyclist, either!

I wonder what caused this accident? (Scratching my head)

AHA! There it is! In the last sentence of the article! The REASON this bicyclist was killed:

"The bicycle rider was not wearing a helmet."

There you have it, Kids! Wear your helmet and YOU may be able to survive a pair of SUV's tag-teaming you on a busy street!

( Author's disclaimer: BluesCat is a BIG fan of bicycle helmets, for practical reasons --- he has rearview mirrors on all of his --- as well as safety reasons. He is NOT a big fan of "journalists" who include such information in their articles because he feels it redirects attention from the REAL issues of bicycle safety. )

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