Damn if this one didn’t just about ruin my morning.
An 11-year-old girl on a bicycle ride with her family was hit and killed by a teenage driver Tuesday night, according to the Mesa Police Department.
The girl was behind her sister and father on the 3200 block of East Brown Road around 6:30 p.m, said Det. Steve Berry of Mesa police. The family tried to cross the street as two vehicles approached them. The vehicle nearest to the family slowed as the bikers crossed the street, Berry said.
The 16-year-old driving the second vehicle, a Dodge truck, was unaware of the bikers, Berry said, and attempted to pass the slowing vehicle. The teenager hit the girl, according to police.
Police said the teenager was not at fault and is not being charged.
I have a hard time seeing how the driver of the second car is not at fault in this instance. Was the family at an intersection? Were they in a crosswalk? Who had the right of way?
I cannot fathom how you are not responsible for taking reasonable precautions regarding avoiding impact with any object on the roadway in front of you when you pass a slow moving vehicle. If you initiate the passing manover, you take the risk. You cannot assume the vehicle is front of you is slowing for no reason and just gun it, consequences be damned. It is reasonably foreseeable that danger may exist; there may be something in the roadway, such as a box, dog, cat, another vehicle, a fallen tree limb.
In this instance it was an eleven year old girl.by