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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m from michigan

United States

#21 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.
Bite your tongue please as I am an SUV driver and I have almost been hit by many vehicles and my husband was in my old SUV and got rear ended by a semi. Not my husband's fault as the truck driver got cited but there are plenty of car drivers out there too that are just as bad. There are many stupid drivers out there but we don't know all of the circumstances in this accident and that is what was the sun like if it was too bright then the driver may not have seen the bike rider and sunglasses are not always an option. Also as others have posted many bike riders and even pedestrians seem to believe that they own the world and those with cars are allowed to live in it. I too have seen many bikes and pedestrians walk/ride down even the middle of the road and look back see someone coming in a car and yet the don't move over they stay and you can't get around them.
ohplease

Bellaire, MI

#22 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.
Hey you SUV and truck hater. Stop spamming random threads with the same thing, it's getting pretty pathetic. Can't come up with something a bit more brilliant? You bummed because you can't afford one or the other? What is your beef? People can own SUV's and trucks and never have a ticket or be in an accident. So get off the horse.

Why don't we put you in jail for being such a troll?

“O__o ?”

Since: May 08

Grandville

#23 Mar 20, 2009
Wyoming wrote:
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.
But......some kids ride their bikes to school and some adults ride their bikes to work. They have to be on the roads. Just slow down and go around them, it won't hurt you. We can share the roads together.

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#24 Mar 20, 2009
crazy wrote:
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Please. The bigger the vehicle, the worse the driver.
LMAO! Then can you explain the drive of the smart car that almost became a greese spot when it ran the stop sign and turned in front of me when I had the right of way in my minivan?

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#25 Mar 20, 2009
It's the time of year where EVERYONE needs to be alert and mindful of each other on the road. Country roads really do have a speed limit, they are not the Autoban. And at the same time, bike riders don't need to take up a whole lane.

This is just a generalization as we don't know the whole story.
cynical

United States

#26 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.
Of all the bitter, small minded comments I've read, this might be the most impressive. I actually think you're serious.
heartbroken

Great Falls, VA

#27 Mar 20, 2009
To anyone who is not involved personally, this is just another fast new story, but to those affected personally, this event will change their lives forever. My heart bleeds for this young boy and his family.
Concerned Parent

Norridgewock, ME

#28 Mar 21, 2009
Since it seems that few of the comments on here are from people who were there or know anything about the incident, let's try to keep generalizations and assumptions to a minimum.
First, why does anyone except those directly involved in the incident need to know the names of the people involved? Are you planning on attacking those people (in print of physically)? I fault the news media here. The public at large has no legal or moral right to know anything about anyone's business if they are not directly involved.

Second. If you look at another news listing (Channel 3 out of Kalamazoo) you will see that officials stated that the evidence is showing that the boy swerved into the lane. I've passed the area where it took place. From the marks on the road, the impact took place at almost the centerline of the road. Could it be that the driver was not at fault in this incident? Is it possible that the boy didn't see the vehicle that was passing him properly as the vehicle should?

The best thing to do in this situation is for everyone to keep the boy and his family in your prayers for a fast and complete recovery. Also keep the driver and the driver's family in your prayers. Think of how you would feel if you had been the driver.

There seem to be lessons to learn all around in this situation.
Concerned Parent

Norridgewock, ME

#29 Mar 21, 2009
Marti from Michigan wrote:
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But......some kids ride their bikes to school and some adults ride their bikes to work. They have to be on the roads. Just slow down and go around them, it won't hurt you. We can share the roads together.
It's not all on the driver either. As a bicyclist I must be aware of the traffic around me and assume that the drivers DO NOT see me. No one is teaching the hand signals to bike riders anymore. As mortorists we can get ticketed for failing to signal. When is the last time anyone you know was ticketed for failure to signal?

“Go MSU Spartans!”

Since: Oct 08

Kalamazoo, MI

#30 Mar 21, 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 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.
So what part of my post would someone disagree with? And if it is "angry" to point out a seious safety hazzard, then I guess I am angry. When one of these idiots gets killed, who will be angry then?
Grant

Owosso, MI

#31 Mar 21, 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.
Exactly!!! Same thing here in Holland, although we have spent a small fortune on bike paths throughout the area, you are always going to get some dip $h(t riding on the main drag, usually two abreast decked out like it was the second coming with helmets and rearview mirrors and spandex and talking to each other and not paying the least bit of attention to whats going on around them. This of course has resulted in several tragic accidents which of course was the vehicles fault for driving on the road.....while they were biking.

“otr trucker”

Since: Feb 09

ionia mi

#32 Mar 22, 2009
grant of holland. Gotta share the road, i ride right down the middle of chicago dr , least you WILL see me , about time i make another insurance claim , been a few yrs since someone hit me, $$ about to runout
Cindy

United States

#33 Mar 24, 2009
accidents happen. Hickory road, where the accident happened is a busy road. It is hilly. We have lived on by Hickory road and Brooklodge road for 30 years, we have seen a few major accidents in that same area. I let my children ride their bikes in that direction only once. What happened could have been my children. It was an accident. It is a tradgedy. My children have done dumb things on there bike, like turn into the road a bit. 12 year olds are not mature. They try to be grown up. eighteen year olds are not mature either. their thinking isn't as mature as someone with 20 years of driving expereince. This was an accident by two kids. It was an accident

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