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Austrailian cyclist dragged 6km in hit and run(7 posts)

Austrailian cyclist dragged 6km in hit and runpeloton
Jun 24, 2001 8:47 PM
Andrew Watkins of South Austraila was killed in a horrific hit and run today. Watkins was hit only 500 meters from his home, and dragged by the car that hit him for 6 kilometers before he became dislodged from beneath the car. Paramedics were unable to save Watkins, who was still alive when found. Police say that there were skid marks on the road where the driver had made attempts to shake Watkins out from underneath the car after the initial accident. The driver knew he was there, and still kept going until he became dislodged when the driver turned on to a dirt road.

The disregard for human life and horror of this astounds me. A man was dragged for 6 kilometers ALIVE, and the @sshole who did it could only think to try to get rid of him by serving the car! If the police find the guy that did this, they should drag him under a car for a few miles, and see how he likes it.

There is more info on this accident (loosely using that term) on www.cyclingnews.com

Watkings was said to have been a responsible cyclist with reflectors and lights on his body and bike. He commuted to work this way.

It's a sick, sad world we live in.
I just read this on cycling news, holy @#$@!!!!!Largo
Jun 24, 2001 9:36 PM
That driver must be one sick MF.
I only hope they catch him/her.
It just goes to show that you must do whatever it takes to survive on the roads, even if it pisses off drivers.
In any car/bike accident, its always the rider who gets the worst of it.
My sympathies goe out to Watkins family.
re: Austrailian cyclist dragged 6km in hit and runDutchy
Jun 25, 2001 1:02 AM
Yes apparently the cyclist Andrew Watkins rode the 35km trip (each way) to work everyday for the past several years. He was married, just celebrated his 12th wedding anniversary last tuesday, and had two children 11 and 8. It is an horrific story and I feel quite sickened by what has happened. The police have found the vehicle, and have taken it for forensic testing. They have also contacted the owner, who has given them the name of a guy who was borrowing the 1 tonne ute. When they found the ute there was a new replacement mirror in the passenger seat still in it's box. To think this monster would hit someone in his car, drag them for 6kms, stop to dislodge his victim, then the next day go out and buy a new mirror. We don't have the death penalty in Australia, so this guy will probably spend the next 20 years behind bars. It is a shock for me, as Adelaide is a very peaceful city, with a HUGE bicycle community, which has a vast network of bicycle lanes and very little agro from drivers. There is no upside to this story, it's all bad. Sorry to be so glum on a Monday morning, but I think it's important for other people to hear about these events, maybe to help stop them in the future. Thanks
re: Austrailian cyclist dragged 6km in hit and runSkip
Jun 25, 2001 11:14 PM
God, this is sick! Was the cyclist on the shoulder/in the lane? Did the driver not see him, or was it an intentional hit and run?
Damn, that must've hurtMade in Taiwan
Jun 25, 2001 3:55 AM
i'm still in shock. the only thing keeping that poor dude alive was prolly the adrelin. some people's behavior just makes me sick
They caught the guy that did thispeloton
Jun 25, 2001 10:59 PM
Austrailian police arrested an unnamed 31 year old man today for the crime that took the life of Andrew Watkins. The man was charged with manslaughter, and several other charges which included driving with a suspended licence, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving with out insurance.

I hear that a manslaughter charge in Austrailia is very serious, and sentences can be almost as long as a murder charge. One can only hope that this jerk rots in a cell for a long, long time.

Watkins was 38, and had two children.
Was the cyclist on the shoulder/in the lane?Dutchy
Jun 26, 2001 12:13 AM
From what I have seen on the news, it was on a "back" road. It was just a country road, no lines for cars or bikes. The cyclist did have a "Blinky" rear light and had reflective strips on his clothing. It happened after 9pm, on a Friday. It wouldn't surprise me if the driver was drunk. CHEERS.