We’ve been storing up a few of these “cyclist down” stories here at Drunkcyclist over the past few weeks. I started cataloging these stories many years ago as a way to advocate for cyclist safety and awareness of bicycles on the roadway. At least I felt so at the time. It has become a rather grim task of reading horrible stories about horrible things happening to real people for no discernible reason.
For example, this man was shot with a stun while riding a bicycle.
A 61-year-old Halifax County man died Tuesday, a day after police shocked him with a stun gun while he was riding his bike, family members said.
Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said they received a call Monday night about a man who fell off of his bicycle and injured himself in the parking lot of the BB&T bank, 1001 Main St. The caller was concerned that the man was drunk.
When Officer John Turner arrived, he saw Roger Anthony pedaling away along 10th Street. He followed Anthony in his patrol car, briefly put on his sirens and lights and yelled out of the window for him to stop, but Anthony continued to ride away, police said.
Williams said Turner then saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. At that time, Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.
Anthony was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he was declared brain dead, his sister Gladys Freeman said. He was taken off of life support on Tuesday.
The article leaves several questions unanswered. Am I to assume the man died of head injuries sustained when he fell from his bicycle after being hit with the Officer’s stun gun? It would seem a reasonable inference to make.
At 7:17 p.m. Friday, Taylor was crossing the road in front of 2039 S. Erie Highway when he was struck by vehicle traveling north on Erie Highway, according to the Hamilton police.
. . . The incident was not a hit-and-run, according to Officer Kristy Collins, Hamilton police spokeswoman. “The person stopped and waited for emergency crews,” she said. “It is still under investigation.”
There are far too many tales where actions by one party which lead to the death of a cyclist are, what’s the phrase I’m looking for, “there’s really no criminal charge.”
An 18-year-old driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in July won’t face charges in connection with the man’s death — only a $42 fine for changing lanes unsafely.
. . . John Przychodzen was riding his bike home from work when he was struck on July 22.
“His nickname was Mr. Safety,” said Chris Davis, an attorney for Przychodzen’s family.
Davis said Przychodzen was hit twice by the 18-year-old driver of a pickup truck when the driver veered sharply onto the shoulder of Juanita Drive. Przychodzen was riding on the shoulder, and was run-over from behind.
“In fact, one of the witnesses claims after he was hit, he immediately yelled out, ‘What the’ — before the truck struck him again and then ran over him,” Davis said.
After months of investigation, King County prosecutors decided there was no reason to charge the driver with vehicular homicide. Police decided the driver would face a $42 fine for changing lanes unsafely.
“Unfortunately, unless a person’s driving recklessly, they’re intoxicated, (on) drugs or alcohol, then there’s really no criminal charge on this,” said Detective Allan O’Neill of the Kirkland Police Department.
“Clearly, he was distracted,” said Davis. “And it is consistent in my experience, with a driver using a cell phone.”
It took a jury less than eight hours to find an Ottawa man who plowed through five cyclists as they rode single file in a bike lane guilty of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of the collision.
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Luangpakham testified at trial that he must have fallen asleep after spending all night at a friend’s house. He said he never saw the cyclists and thought he had hit a small post after waking up to the wind hitting him in the face from his caved-in windshield. He said he didn’t have a single drink before the crash.
He said it wasn’t until after he noticed a blond hair embedded in the shattered windshield that he realized he might have hit someone. Luangpakham said he never noticed blood from three of the cyclists that stained his van.
Keep it safe out there folks.by