Tag Archives: Motorist Kills Cyclist

Substitute Victim Impact Statements: Can Bicycle Advocates Speak For The Dead?

Dead cyclists cannot make victim impact statements when they are killed in a hit and run accident. They cannot speak for themselves or represent their own interests in any way. Nonetheless, some people think they can be represented in a … Continue reading

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Must People Die For Existing Laws To Be Reevaluated?

Recently, I wrote about the senseless death of two cyclists who were on an annual group ride in New Hampshire. These cyclists were killed when an unlicensed driver took her eyes off the road, crossed into the opposing traffic lane … Continue reading

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Incidental Justice For Two Dead Cyclists

In America, we like to say that justice is blind. This is a nice idea. And, in a utopian society, it might even hold true. But, in our real and imperfect society, blind justice is a mere cliché, for justice … Continue reading

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When A Reputation Is On The Line, A Video Is Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes people misconstrue things, rather than admitting to what is actually there. This can lead to unintended consequences. For instance, when a cyclist or an anti-cyclist wants to blame a cyclist for his own death, they lose sight of the … Continue reading

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Cycling Advocacy From The Heart

Intellect can only go so far. You can reason with people. You can provide statistics. You can generate elaborate proofs. But in the end, most people believe what they want to believe because that’s the way they feel. Many cycling … Continue reading

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Mental-Peasants and Their Beliefs About Pedal-Nazis

    Online research is unlike any other type of research; it yields unpredictable results, and it uncovers information the researcher would never have thought to look for. Such a situation happened to me recently. I was looking for commentary … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Cyclist’s Negligence Results in Manslaughter Charges

  A combination of the words “cycling” and “manslaughter” is hard to fathom. So rare is it for a bicycle to do any real damage to anything but its rider and itself, that it’s hard to imagine how it could … Continue reading

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When a Cyclist’s Death Doesn’t Count

Previously, I wrote about a local doctor, Stan Sabin, who was killed while riding his bicycle. The  motorist involved blamed a “sneezing fit” for causing her to lose control of her car, which resulted in her striking Dr. Sabin. Atypically, … Continue reading

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Motor Vehicle Homicide Only Applies When a Cyclist is Prominent

The phrase “motor vehicle homicide by a negligent driver” is rarely uttered in the same sentence as “for a cyclist’s death.” Atypically, a recent headline reflecting such an incident read: “Wellesley doctor killed in bicycle accident, driver charged.” This case … Continue reading

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