Re: Bike Friendly City?
Posted: Jun 08, 2017 8:54 am
http://www.pe.com/2017/06/07/bicyclist- ... nto-crash/
Only a few miles from where we have placed a bid on a house.
Only a few miles from where we have placed a bid on a house.
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A man and woman are both behind bars accused of hitting a group of bicyclists in southeast Austin Saturday morning.
Austin police say the crash happened around 7:30 a.m. at South Pleasant Valley Road and Elmont Drive. A witness told police, as he was sitting at a traffic light, he saw a white Buick strike several bicyclists. According to an arrest affidavit, 25-year-old Devin Rodriguez told police he hit four bicyclists because he had “fallen asleep.” The affidavit also stated that the scattering of injured people and bike parts spread over three blocks.
Kimberlee Anderson, one of the people injured explained that the group of six cyclists had embarked on an 83-mile ride.
“It’s really a miracle we are still here,” she said.
According to court records, when the crash happened, a witness said he jumped out of his Jeep and went to tend to the injured bicyclists. As he was doing so, he saw the driver of the Buick get out of the car and walk over to a woman, later identified as 32-year-old Amanda Florez, and hand her something. The witness said that’s when he saw the woman jump into his Jeep and drive away.
The witness said he ran after his Jeep and managed to catch up to it as a responding officer made it to the scene. Florez was charged with felony theft of property, violation of city ordinances and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities found crystal methamphetamine in her bra during an inspection.
Police discovered Rodriguez was driving the Buick with a suspended license and no insurance.
The injured bicyclists were taken to the hospital with various injuries; one had bleeding inside of her brain.
As of Monday afternoon, two of the cyclists from this crash remained at Dell Seton Medical Center. Terrance Lockett was listed in good condition and his wife Jeanette was listed in fair condition.
Wendy Meyer was the fourth cyclist hit, she explained that the impact forced her on top of the car. Meyer said that Rodriguez continued to drive across the intersection, then parked the car and ran toward the Jeep, not acknowledging her. Meyer said she saw Florez on scene and noted it was suspicious that Florez sped off in the Jeep shortly after Rodrguez went to speak with her
“[Meyer was] on top of the car, and he continues to drive another hundred feet with her on top of the car, and there were so many witnesses standing around there,” said Kimberlee Anderson who watched as Meyer was hit. “I think he was trying to get away then he realized she was on top of the car so he stopped.”
Meyer and Anderson both want the people responsible for this crash charged with at least vehicular assault, they say there need to be strong consequences to deter other people from causing so much harm.
“We thought about this, there was nothing we could have done to avoid this– zero. All the conditions were right, it was quiet, there was plenty of space to go around, we were safe, we had lights on,” Meyer explained.
“This crash illustrates the need for protected bike lanes, especially on major streets like Pleasant Valley Road, to keep everyone out of each other’s way, and out of harm’s way.” said Mercedes Feris, executive director of Bike Austin.
“Moreover, while we understand that the investigation is still under way, we are concerned that the driver was only issued a ticket for driving with an invalid license. When reckless driving is a contributing factor in a crash, more serious charges should be leveled.”
.AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nurses told Austin police a cyclist hit by a random shotgun blast on June 7 might not survive due to pellets that entered his brain stem, causing concern for hospital staff.
According to a police affidavit, the cyclist was found by a citizen who began performing CPR on him around 11:52 p.m. at 6305 East Riverside Dr. Austin-Travis County EMS transported the victim with then unknown injuries to his back, shoulder and head. When officers arrived they found a small puddle of the victim’s blood and a ‘shotgun wad.’
On June 8, detectives working a family violence case informed the officers working the shooting case that their cases might be related. A man had informed police that he was driving around with Merrick Isaacks, 19, who needed to ‘blow off steam’ after assaulting and threatening to shoot his girlfriend with a shotgun. The man also told the family violence investigators that Isaacks fired a shotgun out the window of the vehicle they were in on East Riverside Drive around the same time the cyclist was hit.
During a police interview, the driver said Isaacks first directed him to stop at a red light at the intersection of Montopolis Drive and East Riverside because he “wanted to shoot or kill someone standing at the bus stop.” The witness told police there were several homeless people at the stop so he continued driving through the intersection, telling Isaacks that the light had turned green and they couldn’t stop.
According to the affidavit, the driver passed a Shell station 250 feet down the road from the intersection when they saw a bicycle travelling in the same direction. The driver told police Isaacks didn’t say anything and fired the shotgun one time out the passenger side window.
The driver said that after they left the area Isaacks, who he had only known for about four months, forced him to drive around most of the night as he fired the shotgun several times in different locations.
Isaacks is currently in the Travis County Jail on an Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon charge and is being held on a combined $250,000 bond.
Probably around the same time we tell oblivious and clueless bikers that they can't bike anywhere there are people that could be hit.Chalo wrote:How soon can we stop the madness and say that self-serving callous and oblivious people (i.e. car drivers) don't get to drive cars around other people?
To the nearest approximation, people never get killed when hit by cyclists. But cars?billvon wrote:Probably around the same time we tell oblivious and clueless bikers that they can't bike anywhere there are people that could be hit.Chalo wrote:How soon can we stop the madness and say that self-serving callous and oblivious people (i.e. car drivers) don't get to drive cars around other people?
From the NY Post:Chalo wrote:To the nearest approximation, people never get killed when hit by cyclists.
A straw man is a made up position. I posted an article describing two people killed by bikes, to rebut your claim that that effectively never happened.Chalo wrote:You're perpetuating the pro-car propaganda bullshit when you pull out this sort of straw man.
Well, your countrymen don't. That's why cars cost us more lives than a 9/11 every single month.billvon wrote:People drive cars. As long as they operate them safely, I don't have much of a problem with that. People ride bikes. As long as they operate them safely, I don't have much of a problem with that. Personally, I do both.
Yep. And obesity (caused largely by fast food in the US) kills 300,000 people every year - a lot more than cars do. Is the answer to advocate for a food ban? Or a restaurant ban?Chalo wrote:Well, your countrymen don't. That's why cars cost us more lives than a 9/11 every single month.
Prying lazy, callously indifferent people out of their cars would probably be most effective.billvon wrote:And (perhaps an even more important question) - which will do more to reduce deaths from obesity?
And shooting criminals that attempt such "prying" would be both effective to get them to stop - and perfectly legal in most places. (And would reduce traffic a bit.)Chalo wrote:Prying lazy, callously indifferent people out of their cars would probably be most effective.
What I like to imagine is living in a city that bans cars from its center, so that if lazy useless car drivers want to go there, they have to stand up like human beings. That's the prying action I was talking about, and one possibly effective remedy for poor health.billvon wrote:And shooting criminals that attempt such "prying" would be both effective to get them to stop - and perfectly legal in most places. (And would reduce traffic a bit.)Chalo wrote:Prying lazy, callously indifferent people out of their cars would probably be most effective.
But perhaps avoiding both such outcomes would be a better choice, even if you find it pleasant to imagine such things.
So no recumbents, people in wheelchairs or infants? Seems mean.Chalo wrote:What I like to imagine is living in a city that bans cars from its center, so that if lazy useless car drivers want to go there, they have to stand up like human beings.