Driver Charged In Bicyclist Hit-And-Run

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A driver who hit two bicyclists before fleeing the scene was charged with reckless driving, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility with physical injury and operating while under the ...
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Jeff

Wethersfield, CT

#2 May 24, 2008
It's really not funny. I'm a cyclist and I hope the riders will be okay.

I hope the little pinhead fries for what he did. Not just for hitting them, but for leaving too.

I heard for a few reports that he crossed the center line into the other lane and hit them head on. The damage on the car was on the driver's side.

I'm glad there was somebody that saw the whole thing. Hopefully mommy and daddy can't save him and he spends some time in a cell with Bubba to think about it.
Granby resident

East Granby, CT

#3 May 25, 2008
who do you think you are jeff..why don't you mind your business
Granby Resident

Granby, CT

#5 May 25, 2008
This is a sad situation for everyone involved. My prayers and concerns go out to the cyclists and their families as well as the driver and his. Decisions have consequences and all anyone can hope for is that both cyclists make full recoveries and this young kid learns a valuable life altering lesson. There is also the possibility that this incident serves as an example to teen and adult drivers alike, and future events like this possibly be avoided.
North Granby Resident

Granby, CT

#6 May 25, 2008
No one wants to see bicyclists injured.

I don't want them in the lanes designed AND designated for motor vehicles though either.

Shoulders, sidewalks, bike lanes, bike paths. NOT traffic lanes of public roadways.

Personal property and motor fuel taxes pay for roads - bicyclists pay neither. Motor vehicle drivers sholdn't be put at risk to appease those engaged in the sport of bicycling.

I especially love it when a toot on the horn to get them to move off the roadway results in THE BIRD. Cute.
CT LAW

New Britain, CT

#7 May 25, 2008
Well,North Granby resident, if you read CT state law you will see that people on bicycles in CT are required to use the roads. They are also required to obey each law just like a motor vehicle operator would.
Fellow Cyclist

Windsor, CT

#8 May 25, 2008
My god, the kid had a blood alcohol level 2.5 times the legal limit at 7:19am, crossed over from the other lane and hit two cyclist head on, then impacted 4 guard rails on the opposite side of the road. His side air bags deployed from a BODY hitting the driver side windshield of the vehicle and THEN he left the scene. Not too mention he is only 18 and not legal to drink. Whoever bought the alcohol better get a good lawyer. I can't believe I'm reading someone comparing a persons life to who pays taxes to use the road. Last I checked our bike club consists of doctors, lawyers, business owners, multiple police officers, fathers, mothers and their children living in all parts of Granby, Canton, Avon Simsbury, West Hartford etc. many owning very expensive homes and cars and PAYING LOTS OF TAXES. Why is it if a cyclist gets hit the general reaction is, "We'll the cyclist shouldn't have been on the road". Those guys were out there at 7am trying to avoid drivers like this. What if when he crossed the lanes he hit and killed an entire family in a little car, would it be ok to send him to jail then? This adult broke the law and needs to pay for his crimes.
Granby resident

Granby, CT

#9 May 25, 2008
I think there are 2 separate issues that people are discussing. Obviously the driver made an irreparable error in judgement which resulted in a horrible outcome. Any way you look at that, it's a sad and terrible situation for the victims, as well as the young man who is going to face a lot of consequences for his poor choices.
The 2nd topic is whether or not bicyclists pose a danger to drivers. They do. The road they were hit on has a speed limit of 45 mph; people quite regularly drive 50 - 55 mph. A lot of roads in Granby are like that. Yet, I see people constantly walking, jogging, or cycling on these roads. That's crazy!! Cars are driving speeds approaching those of highway driving. That is not a safe place for pedestrians or bicycles. Nobody would think of riding their bike on the side of I-84 or other highways. Yet, they continually choose to ride their bikes on other roads that are equally as dangerous, if not more dangerous. At least on I-91 or I-84 there is a breakdown lane and room to pass a bicyclist. That is not true of these country highways, where a driver is often forced dangerously into the opposite lane. A lot of these roads are hilly and curvy--you can't always see if someone is coming. It is dangerous to pull into the lane of oncoming traffic in this manner. I don't think a bicyclist deserves to be hit--that's absurd! But, if I had to choose between hitting a bicyclist or placing my family into the line of oncoming traffic I would hit the bicyclist. They're crazy to ride their bikes on these roads and I don't appreciate them jeopordizing my family's safety for their pleasure.
Fellow Cyclist wrote:
My god, the kid had a blood alcohol level 2.5 times the legal limit at 7:19am, crossed over from the other lane and hit two cyclist head on, then impacted 4 guard rails on the opposite side of the road. His side air bags deployed from a BODY hitting the driver side windshield of the vehicle and THEN he left the scene. Not too mention he is only 18 and not legal to drink. Whoever bought the alcohol better get a good lawyer. I can't believe I'm reading someone comparing a persons life to who pays taxes to use the road. Last I checked our bike club consists of doctors, lawyers, business owners, multiple police officers, fathers, mothers and their children living in all parts of Granby, Canton, Avon Simsbury, West Hartford etc. many owning very expensive homes and cars and PAYING LOTS OF TAXES. Why is it if a cyclist gets hit the general reaction is, "We'll the cyclist shouldn't have been on the road". Those guys were out there at 7am trying to avoid drivers like this. What if when he crossed the lanes he hit and killed an entire family in a little car, would it be ok to send him to jail then? This adult broke the law and needs to pay for his crimes.
Granby resident

Granby, CT

#10 May 25, 2008
I totally agree with you--bicyclists are putting drivers and families at risk for a head-on collision when they force a driver into the opposite lane. They don't belong on the roads with vehicles unless there is a clearly defined bike lane which doesn't push cars into the path of on-coming traffic.
granby resident

Granby, CT

#12 May 26, 2008
That's why we have rails to trails for people who want to bike and walk. Bikers using the road for transportation is enough. Bikers that ride in groups are very rude and real road hogs, taking up the whole lane to ride side by side and making the cars wait. The boys made a LARGE judgement error, but we should really think about bikers and the law. Maybe changes should be made. I really hate to come on a road that I to follow or pass bikers.
Granby Resident

East Granby, CT

#13 May 26, 2008
Wow, are you people ever missing the point. This has nothing to do with bicyclists being on the road and everything to do with this person being DUI at 7:19 a.m. It also has to do with taking off after hitting and injuring people. This was not just an accident with car vs bicycle where you can argue whether the cyclists were in error or the car was. This is clearly the car driver's fault. I am not a cyclist and yes, sometimes I get annoyed having to work my way around them on the road but the issue here is DUI. I have no sympathy, he could have killed someone, or a whole family.
Granby resident

Granby, CT

#14 May 26, 2008
He was dui at 7:19 because he was up partying all night with other kids, not because he got up and began drinking in the morning. Not that it's OK...but, that's what happened.

And, the point about bikes...well, they are extremely stupid to ride on a facsimile of a highway. I wouldn't think a cyclist on I-91 deserved to be hit..but, I WOULD ask why in the world anyone with sound mind would ride their bike on a road where cars are travelling over 50 mph. There is some degree of culpability there.
Not a Granby Resident

Ansonia, CT

#15 May 26, 2008
Let's stop splitting hairs here. DUI is DUI. Driving is a priviledge not a right. You parents better stop excusing your adult children. You're screwing with their lives and minds by expecting less of them. Let's see what the judge does with this one.
Granby Resident

Marlborough, CT

#16 May 26, 2008
You people all make me laugh. The issue here is about an 18 year old kid that made a series of bad decisions. He was drunk at 7 AM, hit some bikers, and was too scared to call for help. I can understand his thinking, and unfortunately he will be paying the price for his bad judgement. This is not about whether or not bikers belong on the road or not. I can tell you that there are over 10 million bikers across this country that use the roads every day. Instead of whining about having to wait a few seconds to pass a biker, why don't you just give some courtesy too a fellow citizen!
If you would rather spend the estimated 200 million dollars to create bike lanes across this state, then step up now and put your money where you mouth is!!
Fellow Cyclist

Windsor, CT

#17 May 26, 2008
I'm at a loss for words at the above comments. In one breath, you people admit to speeding and in the next comment about the safety of your family. Did you read what you typed? Are you that ignorant and self centered? Do you stop for pedestrians in the cross walks or is that state law OK for you to break too. Do you pick and choose which laws to follow and which to break? I grew up in Granby and when we were kids rode our bikes all over town, to baseball, soccer, school etc. Are you telling me you would run down your neighbors kids riding to a game before slowing down and waiting for a safe pass and then go around him because "You think" a bicycle shouldn't be on the road as you speed the kids to the soccer game?

It's time you all learned a bit about the laws of driving.
Do the speed limit, it's the law.
If you encounter a cyclists, pedestrians, farm trackers, scooters, mail or delivery truck or anything else that has LEGAL RIGHTS to the roads, it's your job to slow down and wait for a safe pass. If it means following the tractor, scooter or biker for 5 mins it's not the end of the world and it's the LAW. For some reason, you all can't seem to find the break and wait for a safe pass. Try talking to your local mail person and ask them how many close calls a day they see because you won't slow down.
If you see a pedestrian waiting in a cross walk to cross the road, STOP and let them cross the street. It's the Law. The bike path crosses RT 189 and RT 20 in Granby and I have personally waited with several people countless times. No one stops. For some reason, it's just Granby. The bike path goes into Simsbury and Canton and 8 out of 10 times the drivers stop when they seem me. Granby needs to put those "Stop For Pedestrians" signs at all the bike path crossings as reminders. Most other towns have them.

And the CT State Law:
Sec. 14-286b. Operation of bicycles; attaching to moving vehicle prohibited; carrying of passengers, packages, bundles and other articles restricted; at least one hand to be kept on handle bars. Operators of roller skates, sleds, skateboards, coasters and toy vehicles prohibited from attaching to moving vehicle. Penalty.

(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, except when (1) making a left turn pursuant to subsection (b) of section 14-241,(2) overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction,(3) overtaking and passing pedestrians, parked vehicles, animals or obstructions on the right side of the highway, and (4) when the right side of the highway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair.

(b) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast, as provided in this subsection, shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane."
Jeff

Wethersfield, CT

#19 May 26, 2008
I stand by my statement. This kid needs to pay for his actions. What kind of human being strikes two people down and drives away? I don't care how drunk you are. You don't leave people on the side of the road to die.

And to the people that think roads belong to cars:

You should read the Connecticut general statutes that states, "A bicycle has all the rights and privileges of motorized vehicles"

When the speed limit says 45 you should do 45. There are reasons for the limits set on the roads.

Cars should not cross the yellow line when traffic is approaching. Bicycles are required to travel as far to the right "as practical"; which means you should only overtake bicycles when it's safe to do so and there's no oncoming traffic.
Peter Downs

United States

#20 May 26, 2008
I have been hit by a car. News flash, it hurts!

What makes me kind of wonder about all this is how folks kind of miss the point. Maybe if this guy was a bike rider he wouldn't have been up all night drinking. Drunk or sober though I can tell you that cars are friends of bikers. If people would maybe slow down it wouldn't be like that. But when I am out on the road I have to worry about cars and getting hit. What seems the most stressful is all the close calls that I and many other bikers have. If you want to bitch about how bikers shouldn't be on the road just ask yourself how you would feel getting buzzed by a car, or getting stuff thrown at you.
Brian

South Glastonbury, CT

#21 May 26, 2008
This whole thing is really very simple.

Lazy fat people who want to rush around taking their kids to soccer and the McDonalds drive-thru never want to wait 2 seconds for the guy or woman getting exercise on his bike.

Related to this story..

The bottom line is this guy was drunk and ruined 2 peoples lives.
Taxpaying Cyclist

Warren, NJ

#22 May 26, 2008
North Granby Resident wrote:
No one wants to see bicyclists injured.
I don't want them in the lanes designed AND designated for motor vehicles though either.
Shoulders, sidewalks, bike lanes, bike paths. NOT traffic lanes of public roadways.
Personal property and motor fuel taxes pay for roads - bicyclists pay neither. Motor vehicle drivers sholdn't be put at risk to appease those engaged in the sport of bicycling.
I especially love it when a toot on the horn to get them to move off the roadway results in THE BIRD. Cute.
I beg your pardon?! I am a cyclist and have been paying my fair share of real estate, personal property and motor fuel taxes (I also drive a car)in this state for well over 25 years. This entitles me to use the roads for cycling as provided by state law. Motorists need to recognize that cyclists have an equal right (emphasis on the word "equal") to use the road.
Cyclist

Winsted, CT

#23 May 26, 2008
If you think that cyclists are a nusance.... Obviously the PRICE OF GAS IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!! I hope that the oil man keeps squeezing you really really hard!!! And if you are concerned that your safety is compromised because of a bicycle on the road, you are paranoid and you are already dead.
Amazed and dissapointed

United States

#24 May 26, 2008
"Granby Resident" seems to justify their anger/frustration at cyclists by characterizing them as roadkill! Newflash! These people pay taxes just like you. They have just as much right to use the road ways as you do. I hope the general population on Granby isn't represented by morons like you.

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