Paige Hicks of Chesterfield Missouri Killed

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The driver of the truck, 45-year-old Scott Wenzel of Wessington Springs, was not injured. Full Story
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SD resident

Onida, SD

#43 Jul 22, 2010
linda wrote:
Was the driver of the semi an illegal? I know they drive and do not have the training that others have.
What was the semi doing on the shoulder?
I am a friend of the driver of the semi. And NO he is not an illegal immigrant. In driving nearly 3 million miles in his career, he's maintained a spotless driving record. Some SD highways really don't have any "room" on their shoulders. It sounds as though Paige was just over the crest of the hill. There just wasn't time to react. It resulted in a horrific accident that will affect people for years. The combine was wide and was hanging past the trailer side over the shoulder of the road. There is no one to blame in this matter. My condolences to Paige's friends and family. In reading several stories about her I've found on the internet, I've learned that she was a fascinating young woman with a solid belief that she could bring good to the lives of many people. I hope her friends will continue that ride and raise money for those who need housing.
Brown Mom

Washington, DC

#44 Jul 22, 2010
This should be a place for people to express their condolences. But as with many internet forums these days, you get people who will take every opportunity to express their anger and hatred about life -- like you, Big D. Take your anger somewhere else. A young and vibrant life has been tragically snuffed out, and no one is to blame really. Bicycle riding is good exercise, doesn't burn fuel, is quiet, and let's you stop and smell the roses.
BIG D

Saint Louis, MO

#45 Jul 22, 2010
GOOD CALL ANON--bikes are not licensed and insured--TOTALLY wrong and unfair!!!!!!!!!!
an ole fools opinion

United States

#46 Jul 22, 2010
I see bike riders daily riding through Chester,Il on Route 3.There is no shoulder and the narrow road makes it dangerous for these bike riders when being passed by these half crased trailer truck drivers hauling coal.These truckers have no respect for others in cars and trucks and the suction from the trailers are enough to pull one of the bikers under the rear duels.
I don't know the answer but in our area bikes and automobiles are a very dangerous combination.
Another Teacher in SLPS

Arnold, MO

#47 Jul 22, 2010
First my thoughts and prayers go out to Paige and her family. Such an unfortunate loss.

Now if you read accident reports that involve cars, trucks and tractor-trailers well over the majority will always say the bicyclist was riding on the shoulder of the road, wearing a helmet, essentially doing what they are suppose to do.

Impatient drivers like BigD are the ones who cause these accidents. Doesn't matter if they are on a cell phone they think the road is only for them. Want to watch impatient drivers? Go to any road construction site especially where there are signs trucks entering and leaving the road.

I hope Paige is continuing her ride and is along with other bicyclist who lost their life to an impatient driver watching over us bicyclists who ride the roads for fitness, transportation, and most of all fun.
BIG D

Saint Louis, MO

#48 Jul 23, 2010
hey Teach--I ride my bike EVERYDAY to work!!!!I'm a biker!!!should every driver just drive super slow<>impeding the traffic flow=DANGEROUS!!?15MPH IN A 35-40MPH zone is DANGEROUS!! going around them is DANGEROUS!!use some brain power!!!bikes have low visibility profile!!!smaller!!!not NEARLY as fast!!!stupid for bikes to be on same road as cars....it is illogical!!!
Another Teacher in SLPS

Arnold, MO

#49 Jul 23, 2010
Let me educate you, Big D and a few others, about roads and driving by asking you a few questions.

First what is the first thing you see in the Mo Driver's Manual. That is if you read the driver's manual. Ah heck it say "DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT." Front and back covers.

Next who created the first roads and why? What mode of transportation used these first roads? Hint: It doesn't involve animals or wheels.

Again impatient motor drivers cause accidents not the bicyclists. BTW reread the section about bicycling on the roads. It explains what both cars and bicycles should do while on the road. Unfortunately the impatient driver's don't do their part.

Roads are there for EVERYONE to use not just a select group of motorized drivers. Allow yourself enough time to get to your destination and take in account road construction/maintenance, road conditions, car accidents, and the possibility of other things on the road such as trees, animals and/or pedestrians.

Everyone can SHARE THE ROAD.
BIG D

Saint Louis, MO

#50 Jul 23, 2010
teach, so it's ok for me to drive 15mph in a 40 mph zone???or 10mph in a 35 mph??--roads were created FOR CARS AND TRUCKS---DUH!!!!!
Jane Krause

Saint Louis, MO

#51 Jul 23, 2010
This is so sad a beautiful girl doing something positive with her life. Killed for what.. Someone syupid not watching what the hell they were doing. I hope people get a memorial fund for her that would be the right thing to do and I am sure her family would make sure it goes to the cause that she wass raising money for. My heart and prayers goes out to her family. Another beautiful life lost but not for gotten.
Another Teacher in SLPS

Arnold, MO

#52 Jul 23, 2010
BD it is rather obvious you don't understand the purpose of roads and their use. The purpose of roads was to make transportation between villages and towns. Invented by the Romans and originally used by two feet.

I legally have the same rights to the road as my motorist counterparts. Again as I have said before impatient drivers cause 90% of accidents involving bicycles and in construction zones.

Now your statement about going 15 mph with a 40 mph speed limit. What if someone in a car is going 15 mph? Are they not impeding traffic or "slowing everyone else down. What if this was a tractor, or just a vehicle trying to get to a service station? What about trash trucks and postal carriers who make frequent stops. They are not doing the speed limit and should be off the road right so others like you can speed to your destination.

Now there are some roads that I could very well ride my bicycle on but don't. For example I will not ride on Lindbergh, Manchester, Kingshighway to name a few. There are others but hopefully you get the idea.

So lets recap. Roads were invented by the Romans and first used by two feet. Bicycles have the same rights to rads as cars and trucks (except major interstates). Bicycles are not the only thing that goes 15 mph on the roads. Most important it is impatient drivers who cause well over the majority of accidents.

Even as tragic as Paige's accident was lets use that to make the streets wider for all people equal and safe access to road. It is called the safe streets program making sure all streets have shoulders and/or bike/walking paths. Because around that next blind turn just might be another son or daughter walking to school.

Share the Road and Enjoy the Ride.
sd resident4

Lebanon, SD

#53 Jul 24, 2010
This is a horrible accident. The driver of the truck is a good man I know him. I have been down on the roads where this happened the shoulder on alot of them roads are very small (less than 4 ft)and alot of combines are pushing over 14 ft wide. this was a 2 lane hiway I am sure the truck had all the safety equipment on (wide load sings, flags on load, etc) it because I know the owner of the truck and combine. This is knowbodys fault and this will haunt him for the rest of his life. This is a tragic accident.
a Bike and Build mom

New York, NY

#54 Jul 25, 2010
Set the record straight:
Paige was stopped at the top of a hill to be visible. Her job was 'sweep' that day. Sweep has to go behind the group and check messages to see if anyone has a flat tire, needs help, is lost or ill.
She was a smart responsible girl who met a horrible untimely death.
Additionally, Bike and Build riders do not ride on highways. They all have safety training and are very careful.
I would like to know how it was 'legal' for Scott Wenzel to carry a combine that extended into the shoulder. As someone else pointed out... the shoulder is supposed to be a safe place.
In my state an oversized load goes slower than the speed limit and has an escort...front and back.
He saw her and although he was within the speed limit, he was obviously going too fast. He avoided hitting her with the truck, but his oversized load (a combine extending into the shoulder) hit and killed Paige.
There is a large gap between what is legal speed for an oversized load and common sense.
My daughter was a friend of Paige's and rode across this great country 2X.'There but for the grace of God walk you or I' RIP sweet Paige.
Gerry

Brooklyn, NY

#55 Jul 29, 2010
It brings tears to my eyes to lose someone like Page.
HAP

New York, NY

#56 Sep 19, 2010
I want to cry after reading some of the unimaginably disrespectful, callous, and hurtful comments here. I can't imagine the guilt that the truck driver must feel or the sorrow and pain that Paige's family and friends are enduring. That poor, poor girl. I hope that her loved ones never read the disgusting comments on this page.
karla jo

Wentzville, MO

#57 Sep 21, 2010
Let this Tragedy be a lesson to all. The shoulder of a highway is one of the most dangerous places to be. Ask any officer of the Law.

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