These posts are never easy. But this one is real, real bad. I’ve gotten a few emails about it today. I copied the text and photo below from a flickr post.
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico (Monday June-2-2008) Seven competitors from yesterday cyclist race were severely injured after being hit by a drunk driver, one of them died and other three were hospitalized. The drunk driver was arrested after the rest of the participants tried to lynch him.
30 year old Alejandro Alvarez, from Brownsville,Texas, was pronounced dead on the scene, while Alejandro Salvador Tamez, 18, Juan Machaita, 38, and Guadalupe Martinez,, 16, were severely injured.
Cyclists were participating in a race from Matamoros to Bagdad Beach, when drunk driver Jesse Campos, a Brownsville, Texas resident, in his Ford Grand Marquis, license 659-FKF from Texas, impacted seven cyclists, even as they were being escorted by Local Transit Officials.
News Source: Periodico El Bravo
Pictures Taken By: Fidelino Vera
I had to think about whether or not I wanted to post the picture below. It is fucking awful. Especially when I remember I was once that poor bastard flying through the air after getting dinked off a windshield like a golf ball off a 9 iron.
This image is absolutely unreal in its brutality.
My God that is hard to look at.
I really considered not using that image, just linking to another site that had already posted it. But, you know what? This is our reality. This is what happens when cars hit cyclists. It is not pretty, it is not nice. But it is real.
This is why we fight for bicycle advocacy. This is why we fight for the rights of cyclists.
Keep the rubber side down out there, folks.
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