Biker Down

From: Craig B.
Subject: Seven cyclists hit in Ottawa in one week
Hey Jonny,

unbelievable – un-fucking believable . . . . .

five hit last weekend, two more (separate incidents) this week. so far one dead.

what’s it going to take before things change?

– Sympatico – CBC

The article reads as follows:

A 22-year-old cyclist struck while riding on Ogilvie Road Tuesday night has died of his injuries.

The man was riding west on Ogilvie near Blair Road when he was struck from behind by a westbound car. Police have said he was not wearing a helmet.

The man died in hospital overnight, police said Friday morning.

No charges will be laid in the crash, Ottawa police Const. Alain Boucher said Friday.

Investigators determined that the cyclist drifted out of the bike lane into the roadway around the time of the collision, and that alcohol was a factor in the collision on the part of the cyclist, he said.

Ottawa police collision investigators are continuing their investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Fay Zouroudis at 613-236-1222, ext 2481, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

The death marked a grim week for city cyclists. Five riders who were struck Sunday on March Road are still in hospital, one of them in critical condition. On Thursday, the driver of the van that allegedly hit the riders, Sommit Luangpakham, 45, was released on a $55,000 cash bond and several strict conditions, including not to operate a motor vehicle and to surrender his passport and other travel documents.

On Wednesday morning, a man believed to be in his 20s was struck by a car in Gatineau.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

2 thoughts on “Biker Down

  1. Drunk and helmetless is no way to go through life on a bike. This is one time, maybe the only time, I have little sympathy for the cyclist involved. I say this with trepidation knowing where I am writing, but we all have to take some responsibility when we ride, don’t we? If he was a drunk pedestrian who wandered into traffic and got his brains smashed out, I’d feel exactly the same.

  2. Always wondered about the love affair with alcholic excess on this site. Surely you are not asking for a knee jerk “cyclists rights” here? Drunk and riding at night? Any lights? Hit by a car? No shit? Really?