15-year-old bicyclist killed near Man...

15-year-old bicyclist killed near Mankato

There are 10 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 31, 2009, titled 15-year-old bicyclist killed near Mankato. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle in southern Minnesota was struck and killed by an SUV on Saturday.

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picklesnorkie

Scottsdale, AZ

#1 May 31, 2009
Poor kid..wonder what really happened?? Sometimes those younger kids just go across without thinking THEY need to careful of the cars too....it's very hard for 5K of steel to stop on a dime. I worked with a woman that had this happen to her son while we were at work, he was about the same age. Very very sad.:(((
RHS2012

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 31, 2009
R.I.P Dan
Mepps

Roseau, MN

#3 May 31, 2009
I bicycle a lot and have had many close calls over the years. Motorists just aren't looking for us, and it has gotten much, much worse since everyone decided they needed to have a cell phone stuck to their head all the time while "driving". I wonder if that was a factor here?

Very sad, very sorry to hear of this.
Honda owner

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#4 May 31, 2009
David was not struck by an SUV. He was struck by someone operating an SUV, either responsibly or irresponsibly. SUV's, cars, and trucks don't have independent minds, at least not yet. By comparison, we say "so and so was shot by a gunman": although some people use the euphemism "so and so was killed by a bullet", usually followed by "shot by a 3 time convicted and released murderer." Let's stop using ephemisms and say "a 15 year old boy, riding a bicycle, was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an unidentified persoin." Let's also hope we can stop saying any of this kind of thing and force MnDot to practice its so called motto "Safety First" -- meaning safety of people driving 15 mph over the speed limit on long distance trips, and to hell with everyone and everything else. The Governor may battle abortions, but he and MnDot don't value life as a whole.

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 31, 2009
According to the incident report, this young man was going west on a road that runs north and south.

The driver of the SUV was going south, which means this young man had alread crossed the northbound lane before he was hit.

There is no indication of any intersection, so it sounds as if he was trying to cross the road and perhaps didn't see the southbound vehicle.

Some accidents are truly accidents, and I get the impression that perhaps this is the case here. This man and his wife are probably devastated as well knowing this young man was killed.

Not everything has to be blamed on any one person.

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 31, 2009
Mrs R wrote:
<quoted text>
SUVs are evil and should be outlawed, as well as the white suburbanites who drive them.
SUVs are evil? Too funny.

I didn't realize white suburbanites were the only folks who drove them.
other side

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 31, 2009
Honda owner wrote:
David was not struck by an SUV. He was struck by someone operating an SUV, either responsibly or irresponsibly. SUV's, cars, and trucks don't have independent minds, at least not yet. By comparison, we say "so and so was shot by a gunman": although some people use the euphemism "so and so was killed by a bullet", usually followed by "shot by a 3 time convicted and released murderer." Let's stop using ephemisms and say "a 15 year old boy, riding a bicycle, was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an unidentified persoin." Let's also hope we can stop saying any of this kind of thing and force MnDot to practice its so called motto "Safety First" -- meaning safety of people driving 15 mph over the speed limit on long distance trips, and to hell with everyone and everything else. The Governor may battle abortions, but he and MnDot don't value life as a whole.
I don't understand why bicyclist think rules of the road don't pertain to them. When a bicyclist is not following the rules of the roadways the risk of injury or death increases. I see riders blow thru 4 way stops, stray out of the bike lane, think they are entitled to ride in the traffic lane. Its just bizarre cause when flesh meets metal, GUESS WHAT, metal wins almost every time. Don't blame the mv operator cause it could very well be the bicyclist who is at fault. Toxicology tests for both would be a good place to start.
Tired

Hutchinson, KS

#9 Jun 1, 2009
I have to agree with other side, bicyclists ARE subject to the same traffic regulations as any other vehicle. This means that they ARE required to stop at stop signs, yield at yield signs, signal turns, etc. and if law enforcement would ticket enough violaters, maybe bicyclists would get the message. Sorry for the loss of life, but don't always blame the vehicle operator.
Focus

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 1, 2009
other side wrote:
<quoted text>I don't understand why bicyclist think rules of the road don't pertain to them. When a bicyclist is not following the rules of the roadways the risk of injury or death increases. I see riders blow thru 4 way stops, stray out of the bike lane, think they are entitled to ride in the traffic lane. Its just bizarre cause when flesh meets metal, GUESS WHAT, metal wins almost every time. Don't blame the mv operator cause it could very well be the bicyclist who is at fault. Toxicology tests for both would be a good place to start.
There is not enough information yet everyone is so quick to play the blame game. Lets not lose focus on the fact that a young boy lost his life. My daughter and the rest of the 9th grade class at Rosemount HS are are grieving. Instead of passing blame, direst your energy into thoughts and prayers for Davids friends and family.
Devils Advocate

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jun 1, 2009
My condolences to the young mans family.
So Sad and he was way too young.
Not sure what really happened because the story is very sparse in detail.
"They say Peterson was crossing the road when he was hit by the southbound SUV."
Was he at a cross walk? Did he cross traffic to go with the flow of traffic?Did he just cross traffic to ride against traffic?

Either way I am very saddened to hear he lost his life.

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