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Will the MADNESS ever end? Another cyclist killed!(4 posts)

Will the MADNESS ever end? Another cyclist killed!Dorf411
Oct 22, 2003 7:07 AM
Just this past Sunday, a very good friend of mine enjoying an early morning solo ride was hit by a careless driver. He was crossing at an intersection and had a green light when the driver of the car ran the red light at 62mph and hit and killed him instantly. We are still waiting for the police report but details so far are that charges will be filed for manslaughter. This is just so devastating as he was such a great guy, a Senior Chief in the Navy, Husband and Father of two.

Is this year a bad year for death of cyclist or are we all just more sensitive and informed?

See details:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/mon/metro/news_1m20fatal.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/uniontrib/wed/metro/news_6m22doug.html
just more sensitiveSteve_0
Oct 22, 2003 7:17 AM
Firstly, I'm sorry about your loss. Your friend and his family will be in our prayers tonight. Also, if the driver is guilty of the offence, I truly hope he is charged.

Having said that, to answer your question, I think we are just senstive because of our known vulnerability.

40,000 people die in cars every year in this country. It is a rate nearly 'accepted' for the convenience in having a car. Nearly every one of these deaths is due to negligence or aggression on the part of at least one driver.

It shouldnt suprise us when one of our own fall into the stats. Doesnt mean I like it, but its gotta be expected, at least until we can convince the public/government that automobile operation is more akin to the operation of heavy machinary, than the current mindset of a modern-day convenience.
just more sensitiveseanf711
Oct 22, 2003 9:52 AM
Also even if he had been in a car he may not have survivied. Being t-boned by a car at over 60 in to the drivers door is probably a situation that you can not walk away from.
just more sensitiveONCE in a life time
Oct 22, 2003 12:11 PM
Reminds me of what Stalin said "Death of one is tragedy but death of thousands are statistic"