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Woman Disputes Conclusion In Husband's Death

There are 15 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 11, 2008, titled Woman Disputes Conclusion In Husband's Death. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Betty Sribnik says the injuries sustained by her husband June 25 - which included a fractured skull, nine broken ribs and a punctured lung - were far too severe to be the result of a fall.

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DgD

“Angel of Justice”

Since: Jul 07

military town,usa

#1 Jul 12, 2008
sounds fishy to me, looks file shuffling to me......
Jane

AOL

#2 Jul 12, 2008
Injuries sound a little extreme for having simply fallen off a bicycle.
aol

AOL

#3 Jul 12, 2008
I hope his wife pursues this more. Severe injuries to his head from a simple fall to a curb...with a HELMIT! All the broken bones as well? Granted, bones are more brittle s we age, but something is wrong here! God bless his family.
charlie trailside

Hartford, CT

#4 Jul 12, 2008
I'm truly sorry for your loss. Your husband sounds like a heck of a guy. I live along rt 179 and have seen lots of bicycles in the 3 foot wide lane along the side get passed by large vehicle and have to imagine that even without getting hit, the airsteam from an 18 wheeled truck at 55-60 can be quite forcefull. I hope you find some satisfactory answers. Find help with your friends. God Bless.
simple vent

Newington, CT

#5 Jul 12, 2008
The story is both tragic and suspect.

I'm an avid bike rider, and I can attest to the fact that biking, while enjoyable and good for your health, can be dangerous at times.

I take most precautions, with the exception of wearing a helmet, to ensure a driver has the right-of-way. After all, a vehicle is bigger than a bike and, if we met by accident, I would end up losing that encounter.

I'll bike on paths wherever possible. But, because that's not a popular option for me (my demographics), I bike on streets. Usually against traffic, within the curb and white line (or hints of lines, in some cases), so I'll be aware of what's coming my way. And I usually ride when most people aren't coming from or going to work.

A driver has too many distractions nowadays(cell phone calls/texts, alcohol, crying babies, their appearance in the rearview mirror...), and doesn't always give their full attention to what may lie in front of them.

While driving "with" traffic, I've had some close brushes. This, again, is why I prefer to go against traffic.

I've had drivers throw small objects or, more likely, insults at me. I've had people drive unacceptably close to me; even when there was no traffic coming in the other direction, which would give them more room to navigate around me. This usually only happened to me, in fairness, when I would wear my Yankees memorabilia while biking around Marblehead, MA (15 miles north of Boston). I worked up there for a few years. None the less, they came precariously close.

So I realize this is just my ranting, but I agree: it's hard to believe, given the fact that the gentleman was traveling slightly up hill, that he could have sustained these types of injuries. I didn't read if he ran into a unmovable object like a guardrail, after hitting the curb. Or, possibly, he tumbled down an embankment. These would offer more in explaining things.

Either way, it's hard to fathom he sustained this many injuries, on so many different parts of his body, simply from a fall.

Prayers go out to his surviving family members.
Sheepdog

Winsted, CT

#6 Jul 12, 2008
My only problem is that if it had been a sideswipe that caused the injuries to that extent, he probably would have been knocked down along with the bike and the bike most likely would have paint transfer and more substantial damage.

Could he have had the fall someplace else along the route and he was trying to get home?

My deepest sympathies.
179 Blues

Newington, CT

#7 Jul 14, 2008
I bike ride 179 from Farmington to North Canton and beyond very regularly and its a common occurrence when a vehicle intentionally buzzes me as it passes. It happened Saturday when a gold colored mid 90's Ford Ranger with CB antennas came with 1 foot of my shoulder with nobody else coming in the other direction. After riding about 4000 miles a year, you know when a driver is trying to intimidate.

Lovely St./West Avon Rd. is another bad one. I'm sorry about this fellow UTC employee but I'm very suspicious about the circumstances knowing my experiences on Rt. 179.
Cyclist in Collinsville

Burlington, CT

#8 Jul 14, 2008
I agree with 179 Blues that there are too many aggressive motorists out there. Riding against traffic is not appropriate, however, as it endangers pedestrians. It's also not practical if one is riding at anything more than a leisurely pace. Bicycles are vehicles like any other and if we want to be treated as such we need to obey the rules of the road.
13yearcit

Newington, CT

#9 Jul 15, 2008
Sheepdog wrote:
My only problem is that if it had been a sideswipe that caused the injuries to that extent, he probably would have been knocked down along with the bike and the bike most likely would have paint transfer and more substantial damage.
Could he have had the fall someplace else along the route and he was trying to get home?
My deepest sympathies.
Actually it is possible that if he was sideswiped by a large SUV or truck that his body would have taken the brunt of the hit and not the bicycle. A forceful enough hit like that could have made him fall hard enough to sustain the types of injuries he had. I definately don't buy the story that he just fell and managed to get a skull fracture while wearing a helmet... that just makes absolutely no sense!
X-Enfielder

Broad Brook, CT

#10 Jul 15, 2008
13yearcit wrote:
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Actually it is possible that if he was sideswiped by a large SUV or truck that his body would have taken the brunt of the hit and not the bicycle. A forceful enough hit like that could have made him fall hard enough to sustain the types of injuries he had. I definately don't buy the story that he just fell and managed to get a skull fracture while wearing a helmet... that just makes absolutely no sense!
I agree with you, this makes no sence at all. Maybe the witness did see him slump and fall from his bike. Who's to say 1 minute earlier he hadn't been hit and got on his bike to go home etc. or he never fell off the bike, then the witness saw him fall over.
I would want answers also. I hope this family finds out for their peace of mind. It just sounds like with those kinds of injuries that this man was obviously hit by someone.
Friend from work

Newington, CT

#11 Jul 15, 2008
Fred was always extremely careful and cautious in all he did. I do believe that he was wearing a helmet. He once told me that he knew how to fall from his judo training. He had told me that earlier in his life he had been hit by a vehicle while on a bike and since he instinctively knew how to roll and fall, he sustained only minor injuries and did not break a bone. He considered himself fortunate that he had the training and knew how to fall. Please reopen this case and investigate more.
Hmmmmmmm

Farmington, CT

#12 Jul 16, 2008
simple vent wrote:
I take most precautions, with the exception of wearing a helmet, to ensure a driver has the right-of-way. I bike on streets. Usually against traffic, within the curb and white line (or hints of lines, in some cases), so I'll be aware of what's coming my way.
While driving "with" traffic, I've had some close brushes. This, again, is why I prefer to go against traffic.
I've had drivers throw small objects or, more likely, insults at me.
Are you crazy? You don't wear a helmet? Also, don't you know that it's against the law to ride a bike against the traffic. NO WONDER people throw small objects or insults at you.
I do agree that it's dangerous to ride a bike on the road, and I also am sorry for Mrs. Sribnik's loss. Her husband sounds like a good man who was doing all the right things by wearing a helmet and knowing the rules of the road for biking. It does NOT make sense that he just fell off his bike going uphill.
angry taxpayor

Bolton, CT

#13 Jul 17, 2008
I am sorry for the loss of this man.....and it does not sound like these injuries could have happened this way. maybe the witness ran him down...just a thought?
Susie Q

Palmer, MA

#14 Jul 21, 2008
I'm sorry for the loss of this man, but bikers really should stay off crowded main roads.

They should ride on bike paths; oftentimes, the bikers (many of whom ride over the line) create a problem for themselves and drivers.

Regardless of their 'right' to be on the road, a car vs. a bike typically results in a 'victory' for the car.
ct democrat

Albany, NY

#15 Jul 24, 2008
We are coming to the end of the Petroleum Century. Within the next several years, I anticipate that many more people will be riding bicycles and scooters.
Motorcycles and ultra-small cars will be getting increased use. We are going to have to make our roads more compatible with bike riding. This means relatively wide paved shoulders. We are going to have to be much more civilized in our driving habits. Helmets and high visibility clothing will have to be made mandatory. Courtesy and care will have to become part of our driving and biking and walking habits.

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