12-year-old bicyclist hit by pickup

12-year-old bicyclist hit by pickup

There are 33 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 19, 2009, titled 12-year-old bicyclist hit by pickup. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A pickup truck hit a 12-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle, according to authorities.

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Emily

Attica, OH

#1 Mar 19, 2009
Since most people don't know the rules for riding bikes anymore and motorists don't remember how to drive around bicyclists, maybe TV8 should run a special report on both those things. Seems like WAY too many bicyclists are being hit these days. A refresher course is sure to help.
TJ Bondy

Delton, MI

#2 Mar 20, 2009
The investigation is over why can't you give us the names?

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#3 Mar 20, 2009
Most bicyclists follow the rules around here. It does annoy me when I encounter them running two abreast outside of the bike lane, but most of the problems lie with vehicle drivers. I have actually been brushed by a side mirror while to the far outside edge of the road in the bike lane. Big surprise- driver was holding one of those objects up to her ear as she went down the road. The other problem that I have encountered is fat people on scooters (not the bike kind either- the 4 wheel variety that go about 3 mph) in the bike lane. I don't know how this can be f-ing legal, but I almost hit one going the wrong way head on that swerved swerved over as I tried to pass on my bike when a car was coming. Then I almost hit one with my car that decided to suddenly cross the road without warning in front of me.
scubaguy49509

Wyoming, MI

#4 Mar 20, 2009
spartanman wrote:
Most bicyclists follow the rules around here. It does annoy me when I encounter them running two abreast outside of the bike lane, but most of the problems lie with vehicle drivers. I have actually been brushed by a side mirror while to the far outside edge of the road in the bike lane. Big surprise- driver was holding one of those objects up to her ear as she went down the road. The other problem that I have encountered is fat people on scooters (not the bike kind either- the 4 wheel variety that go about 3 mph) in the bike lane. I don't know how this can be f-ing legal, but I almost hit one going the wrong way head on that swerved swerved over as I tried to pass on my bike when a car was coming. Then I almost hit one with my car that decided to suddenly cross the road without warning in front of me.
your comment about "fat people" on scooters is a bit mean, just because a person is over=weight they should not be allowed to ride? maybe people like you should be allowed to be hit?
Emergency Medical

Richland, MI

#5 Mar 20, 2009
TJ Bondy wrote:
The investigation is over why can't you give us the names?
The kid is a minor
Broken Hearted

Jackson, MI

#6 Mar 20, 2009
SUVs and P/U truck drivers are selfish, shallow and pushy.

You see a SUV or P/U truck, get their plate number because chances are they'll be involved in an accident in which they hit or injure someone.

Put these SUV and P/U truck drivers in prison were they belong.

Entitled little people with big, big egos.

“Where I came from”

Since: Jan 09

the universe

#7 Mar 20, 2009
I wont comment on this incident heck I wasn't there. But I see lots of people on bicycles and I am not referring here to the guys who dress up in there outfits and wear there cool looking helmets most of them follow the rules with a few exceptions. Its the young kids and the can pickers who just ride around against traffic or cut through traffic to pickup a can, they don't stop for red lights or stop signs. Its like they think the whole world has to watch out for them just because they happen to be on a bike. I now see people on bikes talking on cell phones even roller blades. To many gadgets not enough brains.

“Infinitely Interesting”

Since: Jan 09

Kalamazoo, MI

#8 Mar 20, 2009
scubaguy49509 wrote:
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your comment about "fat people" on scooters is a bit mean, just because a person is over=weight they should not be allowed to ride? maybe people like you should be allowed to be hit?
I think his issue was more about the scooter than the fat person. People are either fat or skinny, makes no difference. People will be people. Short, tall, skinny, fat, what does it matter?
Bummer

United States

#9 Mar 20, 2009
I know that streach of road and there are a number of punks that dont know what a speed limit is. It is no suprise that someone got hurt. People think that road is a super highway. Sorry to hear a kid got hurt. Hopefully they charge the driver. They should put more cops on that road.

“THINK before you speak”

Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#10 Mar 20, 2009
Broken Hearted wrote:
SUVs and P/U truck drivers are selfish, shallow and pushy.
You see a SUV or P/U truck, get their plate number because chances are they'll be involved in an accident in which they hit or injure someone.
Put these SUV and P/U truck drivers in prison were they belong.
Entitled little people with big, big egos.
Or, they are people who don't feel comfortable strapping one or more of their children to the luggage rack when they leave the driveway. Many families need more room than a tin can on wheels affords.
Hickory Corners

Delton, MI

#11 Mar 20, 2009
Broken Hearted wrote:
SUVs and P/U truck drivers are selfish, shallow and pushy.
You see a SUV or P/U truck, get their plate number because chances are they'll be involved in an accident in which they hit or injure someone.
Put these SUV and P/U truck drivers in prison were they belong.
Entitled little people with big, big egos.
The size of the vehicle doesn't have alot to do with the abilities or level of resposibility of the driver. The truck that was involved in this accident was a Ford Ranger, and not a larger truck.
crazy

Carmel, IN

#12 Mar 20, 2009
4boys-1princess wrote:
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Or, they are people who don't feel comfortable strapping one or more of their children to the luggage rack when they leave the driveway. Many families need more room than a tin can on wheels affords.
Please. The bigger the vehicle, the worse the driver.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#13 Mar 20, 2009
The story is sketchy at best, not even mentioning the time this occurred. Lights, or lack thereof, on the bicycle may have been a very important factor.

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#14 Mar 20, 2009
scubaguy49509 wrote:
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your comment about "fat people" on scooters is a bit mean, just because a person is over=weight they should not be allowed to ride? maybe people like you should be allowed to be hit?
My comment was not intended to be nice. The practice is stupid and dangerous. Maybe I'll hit the next the next on that does something like that and give them a taste of Trek aluminum alloy at 28mph. It should be illegal for those things to be on the road-period. If they want to ride they can get a bike or a moped (Especially a 45 mph road like 12th street in Kalamazoo here.)

“Infinitely Interesting”

Since: Jan 09

Kalamazoo, MI

#15 Mar 20, 2009
spartanman wrote:
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My comment was not intended to be nice. The practice is stupid and dangerous. Maybe I'll hit the next the next on that does something like that and give them a taste of Trek aluminum alloy at 28mph. It should be illegal for those things to be on the road-period. If they want to ride they can get a bike or a moped (Especially a 45 mph road like 12th street in Kalamazoo here.)
How do you like your Trek? I went bike shopping last year and got a new Cannondale (recreational). I test rode one Trek, but didn't spend a lot of time on them. It made me feel like I was sitting up tall like the wicked witch of Oz. I am looking to get my son (12, going on 13) a new bike because his older one is somewhat heavy, which really reduces his speed. Let me know thanks.

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#16 Mar 20, 2009
I've got a Hybrid model that I purchased a couple of years ago after I crashed and destroyed my mountain bike in Granny's Garden at Fort Custer. I really love it, and since I quit doing aggresive trail riding and stick mostly to roads and trails, it suits my needs better now. I've got a 13 year old son, but he likes his trick bike and skateboarding more than casual riding.

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#17 Mar 20, 2009
Spring is here with summer closely following - - the kids (and others) are out on their bikes. Watch out for them please.

“THINK before you speak”

Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#18 Mar 20, 2009
crazy wrote:
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Please. The bigger the vehicle, the worse the driver.
How do you figure that?

“otr trucker”

Since: Feb 09

ionia mi

#19 Mar 20, 2009
afternoon, drive 40ft truck for living so i disagree, bigger cars are more unsafe yes. See it everyday in percentages, saw a car on top of a guardrail lastnite in baltimore md, perfect conditions driving wise.
Wyoming

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Mar 20, 2009
Here we go again [ BIKE'S ON THE ROADS ]
We have Millions of dollars into trail's and bike paths and they still have to ride in the roads.
It has NOTHING to do with trucks or suv's [ stupid remark ] It has to do with bikes on the roads with the amount of traffic out there today. It's goining to get worse for the biker's and there goining to loose every time. Good luck young man I wish you well and hope you leanerd something.

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