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eagle 09-29-2015 05:28 AM

One who didn't make it ....
 
This occurred April 07 of this year to a friend of ours. I decided even though it's been awhile, I should post it..... hoping that it may help someone else avoid it.

4 lane one way street. No other real traffic. Occurred in the afternoon on a sunny nice day. SUV in the far right lane.... bike in the 2nd lane from the left side of the road. Riding nearly even / parallel with each other. 18 yr girl in the SUV , decides to turn left. ..... hits our friend on the bike. He tried to steer away from her, had a helmet on, but only so much you can do in that flash of a second. She hit him and the impact ejected him from the bike. It was said that she may have been on a cell phone.

Making a left turn, from the far right lane of the road on a 4 lane one way street.

He died about 5-6 hrs later in the hospital.

I will point out, this is one reason I NEVER ride along side a vehicle or parallel with them. . They are either in front of me, or I'm in front of them, even if in different lanes. Period. I will slow down, speed up, go down another street or whatever I have to do to avoid that. This is one of the reasons why.

Whiskey 09-29-2015 05:57 AM

Sorry to hear about your friend, that's horrible, but it is a good lesson. You're right about hovering next to a vehicle. I'll even say that if I'm in a situation like rush hour on the interstate and I can't avoid that, I vary my speed. Either pass or be passed, never stay next to them. Thanks for sharing this.

DCinCT 09-29-2015 10:12 AM

sorry to read that about your friend...and yes people do the strangest things...its possible he was in her blind spot...just a reminder to all to be aware that if they can't see you, you're a sitting duck.

scorpion46 09-29-2015 10:30 AM

Tragic story but one people need to learn from. Don't trust anyone on the road with you.

guitarjim 09-29-2015 12:35 PM

Sorry this happened to your friend. That driver could have hit anything, even causing a car passenger to bang a head against door windows which could cause major damage to a person.

Goldenpony 04-04-2016 01:34 PM

Very sorry for the loss of your friend. I try NEVER to ride parallel with another vehicle, for exactly this reason.

desim 04-06-2016 08:31 AM

So sorry to hear!

Sometimes in heavy traffic (not the case here) riding beside a car is unavoidable. Just be very careful and always minimize the dangers.
Riding in Memphis on the slab had a lady force me out of my lane and I do not see how she could not see me as I was looking at her front bumper. Reason I upgraded horn. Had to squeeze between a truck with Huge bumpers and a car, who fell back when he finally realized what was going on.

t-man403 04-07-2016 12:17 AM

Thanks for posting this.
Although tragic, a very good reminder to us all. I try not to ride beside anyone as well, even in heavy traffic. I prefer to be a little bit ahead as opposed to behind. I figure that way I'm out of the blind spot.


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