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Another tragedy - tandem in Canada(4 posts)

Another tragedy - tandem in CanadaTypeOne
Jul 17, 2003 11:51 AM
I have seen mention of this on the board already, but I thought I would post the article that appeared in a Seattle newspaper today. I don't know what happened on the road and I know even less about Canadian law, but it sounds like the trucker is getting a slap on the wrist for driving into the shoulder and killing a pair of cyclists. Another sad story...

A Seattle couple who traveled the country and world, often on their tandem bicycle, were remembered yesterday as gentle people who enjoyed outdoor adventure.

Kathy Husband, a longtime school psychologist for Seattle Public Schools, and John Stoltenberg, who worked for two decades in the physics department at the University of Washington, were killed Monday when their tandem bicycle was hit from behind by a semitrailer on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Lake Louise, Alberta.

"They loved to travel," said Joani Kiehn, one of Stoltenberg's two sisters. "Almost every summer they would plan a trip of perhaps several weeks' length because of Kathy having summers off and John having a flexible schedule. They just loved bike touring."

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a Calgary truck driver was charged with careless driving and failing to drive in the center of the traffic lane.

Police said the two vacationers were pedaling northbound on the shoulder of the two-lane road when they were hit from behind in Banff National Park. The speed limit in the area is 70 kilometers an hour, about 43 mph.

"The couple was in the shoulder on a curve on the road and so was the truck driver," Cpl. Scott Stephen said. Accidents on the two-lane stretch of the busiest highway through the Canadian Rockies have claimed 38 lives since 1998, he noted.
Ahh, the benefits of driving motor-vehiclescyclinseth
Jul 17, 2003 12:33 PM
committ mass-murder, get off scott-free.
re: Another tragedy - tandem in Canadagtscottie
Jul 17, 2003 1:50 PM
You are right the driver does look like he is getting a slap on the wrist. I am from the Calgary area and know the road that the accident happened. At that spot the westbound lanes that the driver and bikers were on narrows from 2 lanes to 1 as the road curves to the right. The drive said that he braked quickly for a car just before he hit the bike. My thought on that is that he was cutting in on the shoulder on the inside of the curve and had no time to react when he saw the bikers. The road is in the mountains and the visibility around the curves is quite limited.
Very tragic and In my opinion the drive should get at least a manslaughter charge and that may come as the investigation continues.
re: Another tragedy - tandem in Canadaseamus
Jul 17, 2003 2:08 PM
That totally sucks. When I hear about this sort of stuff, it makes me think a little more carefully when choosing my route. Some roads are just not good for us, and on those, I don't mind getting off the road a bit and taking my time to get through really narrow sections when traffic is heavy.