|Does anyone watch Oprah?||russw19|
Nov 15, 2003 1:33 AM
|She did a story today about the former Miss America who hit and killed the German woman on her bike. I didn't see it, but it might have been interesting to hear some of the story from the actual woman who was driving.
I am not bringing this up to have to hear how she was guilty just because she drove an SUV, but I am wondering if anyone caught the show and what was said on it.
|I don't watch her but I know.....||divve|
Nov 15, 2003 2:25 AM
|.....you can get a transcript of any of her programs. Perhaps they're even posted on her website?|
|re: Does anyone watch Oprah?||chbarr|
Nov 15, 2003 8:27 AM
|Woman in question is the wife of the lt. govenor of Kentucky (I live right accross the river, so it's been in the news, though I didn't see Oprah).
WoLG had a green--the cyclist went against the light. A couple other things were mentioned ("cyclist not in the crosswalk" and "sun in WOLG's eyes"), which are both wrong (you are responsible to drive and not kill anyone, even if the sun was in your eyes) and irrelevent (I thought I was supposed to NOT ride in the crosswallk).
At the end of the day, it is the risk one takes when you fail to obay traffic signals and signs--be it in a car, bike, or horse-drawn carriage.
|I saw the interview...||Uncle Tim|
Nov 15, 2003 11:34 AM
|I know quite a bit about this incident.
First, it must be said that the driver is just devastated by the results of this event. I don't think anyone can question the contrition shown by her.
Second, the Lieutenant Gov. of KY is generally viewed as a pretty progressive guy. He's a physician (trauma) and is generally seen as pro-health. Activists in the bike racing community have noted that Dr. Henry has been very helpful to them in the past with events and related funding. They are very good people and well liked in the community.
On the afternoon of the accident, the couple was making some sort of public appearance at a local shopping mall. The driver, who's very spiritual/religious, told Oprah that all day her god spoke to her about taking a different route, stopping at a certain store, or generally being more patient in traffic. Her mentality is that if she had listened to that little voice, this incident would have never happened.
The driver said that she saw the lady's face and heard her scream "NO!" just before she was struck. Those images are stuck in her mind.
Again, I don't doubt for a second the sincerity of the driver. It's obvious that she is absolutely devastated by this event. I won't even attempt to address the idea that a deity tried to prevent the accident. The driver did have the green light and the cyclist was crossing against that light (although in a crosswalk designed to make cyclist/pedestrians safe).
We still don't really know why the cyclist tried to cross against the light. She had a companion, but his comments and observations have never been made public.
There are other questions that still linger:
1) Do people need HUGE vehicles for simple commuting trips?
2) Was the driver distracted at the time (cellphone, kids, etc)?
3) If the Sun was blinding, why not slow down?
Again, I have no motivation to slam the driver involved in the incident. They are good people who've done a lot of good over the years. The real issue is how we find ways to keep such an event from recurring.
|Completely Irrelevant Oprah Sighting (but I was on a bike!)||MikeC|
Nov 15, 2003 6:13 PM
|My wife and I were in Johannesburg, South Africa, in late July. We were staying at a small hotel called the Saxon, and we went to the health club early each morning.
One morning my wife and I walked into the club at about 6:30 am, climbed on the stationary bikes, and started sweating. There was just one other person in the club, working on the treadmill behind us. We didn't really pay any attention, and after a while the other person left.
The next morning, the instructor asked us what we thought of working out with Oprah. Apparently she was grateful that we hadn't made a fuss over her, but the truth is that we hadn't noticed. The instructor said that she had been in town for Nelson Mandela's birthday, and had been a regular at the gym.