Driver Charged In Bicyclist Hit-And-Run

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 ... Full Story
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jk-east hartford

Marlborough, CT

#553 Aug 3, 2008
Does anyone know how it went for mike on the 29th?
North Granby Resident

Granby, CT

#554 Aug 4, 2008
Granby Resident wrote:
Bikers do have rights equivalent to those of cars, HOWEVER, they are much, much slower and are most definitely a risk to drivers, as even when sober and going proper speeds, bikers present a risk as they pedel slowly in the midst of a fast moving highway. Personally I don't think they should have similar rights to cars. I know Mike personally and he is a great kid - it's truly unfortunate - and I am SICKENED by any individual who is posting here that he should "go tojail with Bubba." Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone must take responsibility for them, but ill-wishing anyone like that, let alone someone so young who still has so much to learn, is sick.
I agree. He has a lot to learn. There are two things he did that make me feel he's not going to take personal responsibility or learn from this experience. First, he fled from the accident he caused while two people, needing help, were left to fend for themselves. Quite a moral judgment he made and it tells you something about the person. Second, he pleads not guilty to all counts! He sure is learning, but learning what I ask.
Brian

Ellington, CT

#555 Oct 22, 2008
this clown's court date continues to be pushed back after being on the docket SEVEN TIMES!!!
Activity: Pre-Trial Next Court Date: 12/23/2008 10:00 AM
Guy with the Wooden Eye

Newington, CT

#556 Oct 24, 2008
Will the police please remove these tour-der-france bicycle racers from our roads. Personal transportation is ok, but racing is illegal! Cyclists please race on Albany Ave or Farmington Ave in city and leave us alone. If you put me and my family in a situation by passing me on the left were I am forced to subject my family to a head on collision I will take off the road as I avoid a innocent oncoming traffic!
Tyler

Lithonia, GA

#557 Oct 25, 2008
What are you even talking about?
Guy with the Wooden Eye wrote:
Will the police please remove these tour-der-france bicycle racers from our roads. Personal transportation is ok, but racing is illegal! Cyclists please race on Albany Ave or Farmington Ave in city and leave us alone. If you put me and my family in a situation by passing me on the left were I am forced to subject my family to a head on collision I will take off the road as I avoid a innocent oncoming traffic!
johanna

Bristol, CT

#558 Nov 26, 2008
I am not a Granby resident so I cannot speak to Michael's personality, however I agree that the most important thing is that these two victims are alive and I am sure this will definitely make him rethink his next drink.

It is no surprise that teenage drinking is a rampant problem in our country, not just in Granby, and it is unfortunate that it has taken such a terrible accident to raise awareness.

The posts pertaining to Michael being raped in prison and other such disgusting comments are so unnecessary. I agree with of course condemning the driver for his obviously poor decision making in getting into a car following a night {and morning} of drinking, but leave the other comments out. The most important aspect is that the victims are alive and doing progressively better and that perhaps this will discourage other individuals to rethink drinking and driving the future.

As for Michael, let the court system decide what his punishment ought to be -- not blatantly disrespectful posts by virtual strangers.
Cyclist

Wethersfield, CT

#559 Jun 7, 2009
Look's like Mike's going to get some jail time:

53a-60d* ASSAULT 2ND DEG-MOTOR VEHICLE 1 5/24/2008 Guilty
53a-60d* ASSAULT 2ND DEG-MOTOR VEHICLE 1 5/24/2008 Guilty
14-222 RECKLESS DRIVING 1 5/24/2008 Guilty
14-227a ILL OPN MV UNDER INFL ALC/D 1 5/24/2008 Guilty
14-224(a)* EVADE RESP-DEATH/SERIOUS IN 1 5/24/2008 Guilty
Guy with the Wooden Eye

New Britain, CT

#560 Jun 16, 2009
It is very simple. Racing on public road is illegal and dangerous. Bicycle racing is still racing weather it is in group or against a given time. These Tout-de-France groups choose our quite town instead of Hartford. Let them race in Hartford not subject my family to dangerous situations. When they pass on the right hand side of vehicles and put the driver in a choice of head on accident or taking out the Tour-de-France racers the driver will protect their family and hit those who caused the problem!!!!
The Truth

Wethersfield, CT

#561 Jun 20, 2009
Guy with the Wooden Eye wrote:
It is very simple. Racing on public road is illegal and dangerous. Bicycle racing is still racing weather it is in group or against a given time. These Tout-de-France groups choose our quite town instead of Hartford. Let them race in Hartford not subject my family to dangerous situations. When they pass on the right hand side of vehicles and put the driver in a choice of head on accident or taking out the Tour-de-France racers the driver will protect their family and hit those who caused the problem!!!!
So everyone riding on the road is racing? You are indeed an idiot!
North Granby Resident

Granby, CT

#562 Jul 5, 2009
I know the situation better than most of the people discussing this conversation. I know the kid that hit the cyclist and the one in N. Granby lives in my neighborhood.

The fact is the kid was illegally drinking at another kids house, illegally driving under the influence, and he was driving another kid's mom's car out of convenience. The situation is about as ugly as it can get. 3 families + the 2 cyclists families are involved in this mess.

There are a lot of bikers in Granby. I have heard that the roads are great to bike on from advanced cyclists. I have seen time and time again cyclists do stupid things, thinking cars will get out of their way all the time. Blowing through intersections with red lights seems popular too. They need to abide by the laws too.

In the situation of the drunk kid hitting the cyclists, the cyclists WERE NOT breaking the law, the kid was. Taking a right hand turn he overturned into the lane of oncoming traffic and hit the cyclists head on. It's his fault. HE IS RESPONSIBLE. He's going to get in trouble for it. End of Story.

I never thought I'd see this kid in such a horrible situation and I legitimately feel sorry for him. He needs to pay the price of his actions though. It's as simple as that.
The Truth

Wethersfield, CT

#563 Aug 8, 2009
Regardless, he has two years to sit in a cell and think about it.
Simsres

Hamden, CT

#564 Sep 22, 2009
Such juvenile nonsense in many posts here.
The kid is standing criminal charges, as he should.No doubt his attorney and his insurance company are telling him not to speak ab out this. We live in a litigious society. That does NOT mean that a person who doesn't reach out to victims is selfish...it means we are ALL selfish!!!

Simsbury has a well developed network of bike paths...yet at least twice per week I pass a bicyclist on rt 10. riding along NEXT to the bike path. But for this, I would make the suggestion that Granby develop bike paths as well.
Do Not Believe Ignorance

West Hartford, CT

#565 Feb 27, 2010
Guy with the Wooden Eye wrote:
It is very simple. Racing on public road is illegal and dangerous. Bicycle racing is still racing weather it is in group or against a given time. These Tout-de-France groups choose our quite town instead of Hartford. Let them race in Hartford not subject my family to dangerous situations. When they pass on the right hand side of vehicles and put the driver in a choice of head on accident or taking out the Tour-de-France racers the driver will protect their family and hit those who caused the problem!!!!
Define 'Risk'... 3000+++ pounds of protective cage, and a Driver's License that 'PROVES' you Know and Understand the Legal Uses of the Road (by motorist, cyclists, pedestrians, pachyderm, military vehicles, etc.) shows ME that you have NO CONCEPT of 'Danger' or Risk'...
Cyclist do NOT knowingly "Subject Your family to 'Dangerous' situations"...
These cyclist, unknowingly, subject themselves to the Dangerous Situation of YOU!!!
Almost EVERY Cyclist YOU Curse at has driven (and probably still does drive) an automobile...
They KNOW Your Point of View {even though they may not have used your shoes while driving... ;-P}!!!
Some may have even been occassionally impatient with other cyclists while they were driving.{OMG!}
But that does not give them the right, a reason, or an excuse to make a gross error and pit vehicle against person, 3000+# vs. 200#... With these odds, you are not just Wrong! You are over 15x Wrong!!!(In such a situation, Penalties should be 15x a personal hand-to-hand assault, right?)
You, obviously Do NOT Know, or seem even willing to try to understand, Their PoV...
Even if you, and your vehicle, are in perfect working order,
They probably still do not understand yours, either...
Stupid is as stupid does...
My friends and I enjoy riding road bicycles...
But not nearly as much as we enjoy off-road Mountain Biking!
So we DRIVE our bicycles, on our car's bike racks, to some favorable areas where We can Ride our MTBs with plenty of curbs and trees between YOU and US!!!
I would ride my road bike with my mtb attached to a custom and secure rack if I thought I would be able to make it to my destination before someone like you said,'Hey, a two-for-one deal!' and intentionally took me out!!!
(And I used to be someone concerned about 'accidental' car-bike collisions...)
Let me ask you...
Seeing as we both have to share the same air, earth, water, sun, and superior intelligence...
How can you help make certain that; We BOTH Win?!?
I continue to do what I can...
speechless

New Britain, CT

#566 Mar 3, 2010
It's easy to see who bothers to get off their backsides to jump on a bike once in a while. Try seeing things from the other perspective i.e. get on a bike and go for a 20 mile ride and you will see that the rails to trails path is horrible. It is extremely uncomfortable for most bikes, and fails to allow one to ride without stopping every few minutes (yes, to accommodate more roads and more cars).
Without the effort of such experience, you are merely ignoramuses and not people with the right to their own opinion.
Guy with the Wooden Eye

New Britain, CT

#567 Mar 4, 2010
I am still asking the Police to put an end to the Tour-da-France cycling racing on our town roads. Racing is illegal. Police do your job!!! Before some family in a car is hurt or emotionally traumatized by a cycle strike to family car.
Chris in NW Connecticut

Amston, CT

#568 Jul 11, 2010
(hope this isn't posted twice)

*** long post

I generally won't try a case in the media. I don't have the facts, and can offer no opinion except on the *story* I heard.

I ride my cycle often; sometimes on busy roads.

It amazes me how often a driver responds to a head-check followed by a gesture with my left hand, signalling them to pass me (having first acquired them in my mirror, which is mounted on the left handlebar). It's not my favorite move, but seems to work. A lot of them seem hesitant to pass. I figure the gesture at the very least tells them I am fully aware of their presence. I don't like the idea of waving them past; they might obey -- it is a command, in a way. That doesn't seem to be the best thing to be signalling. What I really want to signal is the smile and wave thing, saying simply 'I see you'. But they're too far behind, over my left shoulder, to give them that one, very effectively.

Many drivers will halt their progress on the main road, while I am waiting to enter that road from a side road, and wave me through (which takes my path directly in front of their bumper!) I always refuse. Half the time they get the exasperated look on their face.

But it's the wrong move for me, to accept.

They have the right of way, and also they block my view. There's no way I'm going to enter the main road from a side road, crossing in front of a halted vehicle waving me through. It's not going to happen.

Now add a 2nd motorist approaching from behind me. They see the wave-through, and see that I've not taken it. But they don't know why; they can't read my body language nearly as well as the motorist halted in the main road can.

This for me is bail-out time; I'll tug the bike off the road and onto the sidewalk, as neither motorist is going to understand anything I do next, other than obey the waver (and put myself into jeopardy in the bargain).

An (aircraft) pilot friend of mine calls this scenario 'Yielding your own right of way' to describe what the first motorist did, and explains why it is an error to do so.

He's saying that when you have the right of way, you keep it, if you can. You don't go looking for ways to give it to another vehicle operator -- that just confuses everybody (including operators who have not yet reached the scene, but will, shortly).

'Yield to the other motorist' often means 'yield to the motorist who has taken the right of way *from you*-- somebody who goes out of turn, like in bumper-to-bumper traffic -- the exit ramp off I-84 West, leading to Farmington, comes to mind here; at afternoon rush-hour.

'Letting someone in' is a skill that takes a lot of practice to do well. If they're armored in a 1500 lb (minimum!) vehicle, hey maybe it's a good trade. Makes you feel like the good guy; cuts the other gal a break.

To a cyclist .. not so much.
cambikes

Bloomfield, CT

#569 May 5, 2013
All of the frustrated motorists, cant wait the extra few seconds to safely pass a cyclist, wake up, you, or are anything you are doing isn't more important than another persons life. Chances are you probably should have left 5 minutes earlier to get to where you are going anyhow, dont blame a cyclist.

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