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A fantastic article about two very different philosophies when someone is is killed on a bicycle.

The driver who hit Burgess Hu never saw him.

She was making a right turn, and the police assume she was looking left. In other words, she wasn’t looking where she was going.

As he biked into the driveway of Excelsior Middle School in Byron, California, 12-year-old Burgess was knocked down and dragged some 60 feet before the driver came to a stop. He never made it to school that day. Instead, as the school day began, Burgess lay dead under the wheels of the black GMC Yukon.

In this country, “I didn’t see the cyclist” is the negligent driver’s universal get-out-of-jail free card. It shouldn’t be. If you say you were driving and didn’t see somebody, it’s almost always because you weren’t paying attention. Maybe you were reaching for something in the front seat, or maybe even the back seat. Maybe you were daydreaming. And then suddenly, there’s a cyclist who “came out of nowhere,” smashing into your car.

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Full article:  There’s Another Way | Road Rights | Bicycling.com.

  • Dingos

    I always assumed that the very purpose of hit-and-run laws (among other things) was to hold people accountable regardless of whether they realized they hit someone, and that the fact that they hit someone and were absolutely unaware of it necessarily implied that they were driving dangerously.

    It turns out I was dead wrong. “I was driving dangerously (read: paying no attention whatsoever to my surroundings)” is apparently a rock-solid defense to a manslaughter charge.

  • jessica farrell

    she killed someone, that is vehicular manslaughter. If she was a black woman who run over a white kid, she would be in jail.


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