Man on bike hit by SUV

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Comments on Topix forums : asheville A bicyclist suffered injuries after he was struck late Friday evening by a large SUV while crossing Patton Avenue on South French Broad Avenue.
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Since: Sep 08

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#106
Sep 27, 2008
 
hooker jones wrote:
To many crazy white people in this world.
So you're white now???

Since: May 07

Casar, NC

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#107
Sep 27, 2008
 
hooker jones wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks too you
Oh, Hooker!
A stamey

Hendersonville, NC

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#108
Sep 27, 2008
 
Folks, this was a 17 yr. old KID ridding this bicycle late at night. This was NOT a seasoned bike rider. This boy is someone's child that is now in the neuro unit of the hospital. It just terrifies me to think there are people in my hometown that want to intentionally inflict injury to innocent human beings who ride a bicycle.
Fiona

Hendersonville, NC

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#109
Sep 27, 2008
 
old candler man wrote:
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I have lived in Candler for 72 years, and ride a bike. I used to ride my motorcycle, but way too dangerous. I love riding my bicycle and just enjoying Gods country. Its is too bad that so many people are too absorbed with what their lives revolve around and cannot respect the lives of others. I would never hit you with my truck.
Thank you for representing us natives with some intelligence!
orz

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#110
Sep 27, 2008
 
You know, every time there's a story about an accident involving a cyclist, we get a chorus of folks on here saying:
"Serves Mr. Sissy shorts right"
"Bet it was the cyclist's fault, hope he had insurance"
"This is why cyclists should have to be licensed"
"Cyclists should stay of the road and stick to the parks"
"My SUV vs. Your bicycle, I WIN!!"

Thing all these obviously very wise folks are missing is that almost every time, and in fact every single time in recent memory, the accident is the driver's fault. In this particular case it sounds like this guy was beyond drunk, belligerent with the cops and not remorseful at all. Hope he doesn't show up on his written promise, that way they can track him down and slap him with a much worse sentence.

And I hope he gets extra time for driving a stupid Escalade, man those things are stupid.
il couco

Jacksonville, NC

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#111
Sep 27, 2008
 
hey dumb azz you can get a citation for riding on a sideWALK. WALK WALK comprende puto. Don't even think it I'm American. It is easier to tell you what you really are in spanish.
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Well guess what? Their are sidewalks on both sides of the street in area where biker got hit.
il couco

Jacksonville, NC

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#112
Sep 27, 2008
 
We never really hear the end of the story. If the cyclist lives, the driver (you in this case) ends up getting sued, loses everything and living on the street getting run over by the next drunk driver like yourself. End of story!
orz wrote:
You know, every time there's a story about an accident involving a cyclist, we get a chorus of folks on here saying:
"Serves Mr. Sissy shorts right"
"Bet it was the cyclist's fault, hope he had insurance"
"This is why cyclists should have to be licensed"
"Cyclists should stay of the road and stick to the parks"
"My SUV vs. Your bicycle, I WIN!!"
Thing all these obviously very wise folks are missing is that almost every time, and in fact every single time in recent memory, the accident is the driver's fault. In this particular case it sounds like this guy was beyond drunk, belligerent with the cops and not remorseful at all. Hope he doesn't show up on his written promise, that way they can track him down and slap him with a much worse sentence.
And I hope he gets extra time for driving a stupid Escalade, man those things are stupid.
George

Lincolnton, NC

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#113
Sep 28, 2008
 
orz wrote:
Thing all these obviously very wise folks are missing is that almost every time, and in fact every single time in recent memory, the accident is the driver's fault..
That isn't true. The last two or maybe three accidents were caused by the bicycler. There was one on Merrimon where the bike ran into the side of a truck and another off Tunnel Rd. where the bicycler ran a red light and was killed. It isn't safe to be a bicycler on these roads to start with but to run stop signs and lights will have a bad ending for the bicycler.
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Lincolnton, NC

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#114
Sep 28, 2008
 
Then why don't people try to make it safe. It's not some moral imperative that you own a car. Just seems to me that we would try to create a situation where people without cars could travel to work safely, but somehow those on this board who have cars manage to elevate themselves to a higher level among those mere mortals who must walk or ride a bike. I am just wondering when it was that car ownership started making people higher beings.
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That isn't true. The last two or maybe three accidents were caused by the bicycler. There was one on Merrimon where the bike ran into the side of a truck and another off Tunnel Rd. where the bicycler ran a red light and was killed. It isn't safe to be a bicycler on these roads to start with but to run stop signs and lights will have a bad ending for the bicycler.
avl bike commuter

Lincolnton, NC

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#115
Sep 28, 2008
 
There are two kinds of cyclists: those who have crashed and those who will crash. It's naive to think otherwise. Eventually, if you ride a bike, no matter how careful you are, your number will come up. Someone is aways in the wrong. Don't let it be you, because the cyclist always holds the losing number anyway.

Since: Nov 07

Barnesville, OH

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#116
Sep 28, 2008
 
This AM I was driving on Bat Cave Rd South of Old Fort. There was some sort of Bicyle rally and one of the riders pulled out of of a store and he stopped right in front of me in the middle of the road and looked back for his buddies, didn't seem to be too concerned for the Ford Expedition bearing down on his azz.
l8rsooner

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#117
Sep 28, 2008
 
OK we all drive on PUBLIC highways, now on certain highways such as the interstate bicycles are not allowed, but others they are allowed. And we are on PUBLIC highways, that means they belong to all, bicycles included. dadoldfart if someone did that they were wrong, I find most try to yeild to cars, of course you can find those that can give any group a bad impression. Don't judge them all by what one fool did.
Maybe he had some shine from Bat Cave Road in his water bottle and was BWI. Biking while impaired.
a_hinson

Mauldin, SC

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#118
Sep 29, 2008
 
we love you brand.
Izzy Bloefeld

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#119
Sep 29, 2008
 
a_hinson wrote:
we love you brand.
All well and good, but if one of my kids, nephews, or cousins hits a bicyclist while intoxicated and flees the scene and then fights with the officers who stop him, he's in for some big-time punishment, love or no love.

Sounds to me like he has poor character traits. Sounds to me like he's a spoilt brat.

“It's The Constitution, dummy”

Since: Mar 08

Asheville, NC

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#120
Sep 29, 2008
 
I find several thing interesting in this thread.

1) The title is "Man on Bike Hit by SUV", rather than "Man on Bike Hit by Alledged Drunk Driver"

2) Some folks are automatically assuming that the cyclist had somehow violated traffic law. I understand that sentiment, since I see bicyclists violate traffic laws in Asheville daily. However, without factual evidence, I hesitate to presume anything about the cyclist's behavior... the driver's either for that matter.

3) Other folks are assuming that riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is appropriate. Actually, according to North Carolina law, a bicycle is a vehicle and is prohibited from riding on the sidewalk. Bicycles are also supposed to operate to the right side of the traffic lane (unless a bike path is available) and follow all traffic laws just like a car.

My experience is that bicyclists violate traffic laws in high numbers. Riding sidewalks, jumping curbs to avoid traffic, running redlights, passing stopped cars at redlights, and riding side by side causing slow downs.

I also find drunk drivers abhorrent.

My hope is that the injured guy is ok and that whoever is guilty (by factual evidence) is punished appropriately.
Izzy Bloefeld

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Sep 29, 2008
 

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What Would Jefferson Do wrote:
I find several thing interesting in this thread.
1) The title is "Man on Bike Hit by SUV", rather than "Man on Bike Hit by Alledged Drunk Driver"
2) Some folks are automatically assuming that the cyclist had somehow violated traffic law. I understand that sentiment, since I see bicyclists violate traffic laws in Asheville daily. However, without factual evidence, I hesitate to presume anything about the cyclist's behavior... the driver's either for that matter.
3) Other folks are assuming that riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is appropriate. Actually, according to North Carolina law, a bicycle is a vehicle and is prohibited from riding on the sidewalk. Bicycles are also supposed to operate to the right side of the traffic lane (unless a bike path is available) and follow all traffic laws just like a car.
My experience is that bicyclists violate traffic laws in high numbers. Riding sidewalks, jumping curbs to avoid traffic, running redlights, passing stopped cars at redlights, and riding side by side causing slow downs.
I also find drunk drivers abhorrent.
My hope is that the injured guy is ok and that whoever is guilty (by factual evidence) is punished appropriately.
We're not in court. We're out her opining. The driver of the Cadillac SUV is an Azz, a jerk, a hit-and-run driver, and a police assailant. Those are indisputable facts.

BTW, check out the rule on last clear chance. Drunk drivers are not very good at it.

May Brandon roast in peace, li'l SOB.
Carol

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#122
Sep 29, 2008
 
It speaks volumes that the driver of the vehicle ran from the scene of the accident. It speaks somewhat to guilt/innocence, it speaks to character and it speaks to cowardice. If nothing else he is guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident. Loser.
Keith former Gun-bunny

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#123
Sep 29, 2008
 
hooker jones wrote:
To many crazy white people in this world.
They are coming to get us, he he ha ha. They are coming to get us and take us away, he he ha ha.
Keith former Gun-bunny

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#124
Sep 29, 2008
 
hooker jones wrote:
<quoted text> No Hooker went to Asheville High
LOL. It shows.

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