Cyclist injured in crash dies

Cyclist injured in crash dies

There are 44 comments on the KAIT-TV story from Jul 4, 2013, titled Cyclist injured in crash dies. In it, KAIT-TV reports that:

JONESBORO, AR -- An 18-year-old Massachusetts woman critically injured when a car slammed into a group of bicyclists in Woodruff County has died.

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Ewe Too

State University, AR

#1 Jul 9, 2013
Wanna bet either the driver was texting and driving or the bikers were hogging the road and impeding traffic. Bikers out there, you might have the right of way but a nice biker shares the road instead of trying to assert their ownership of it. It really ticks me off to get behind a group of them that won't allow you to pass on a curvy road.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#2 Jul 9, 2013
Ewe Too wrote:
Wanna bet either the driver was texting and driving or the bikers were hogging the road and impeding traffic. Bikers out there, you might have the right of way but a nice biker shares the road instead of trying to assert their ownership of it. It really ticks me off to get behind a group of them that won't allow you to pass on a curvy road.
I hear you they are arrogant snobs and hog the road. They think are better than you they have a 10,000 Bike.
Donnie Ray Don

Van Buren, AR

#3 Jul 9, 2013
No comment from me but here is the crash report.

http://www.asp.state.ar.us/fatal/index.php...
really

United States

#4 Jul 10, 2013
You should be ashame of urself what if that was ur child? They was doing Nothing wrong! Years!
Cyclist

Jonesboro, AR

#5 Jul 10, 2013
Guest wrote:
<quoted text> I hear you they are arrogant snobs and hog the road. They think are better than you they have a 10,000 Bike.
Are you out of your mind? What makes you think cyclists think we are better than you because we have a nice bike? I am a cyclist. And first of all my bike was about a thousand dollars, certainly not 10 grand (although those do exist). I don't think I am better than anyone, and whether you like it or not, cyclists have the legal right to be on the road just like you, as long as we obey traffic laws. Most other cyclists I see around here do get as far to the right as they can, but seriously, how much of a hurry are you in if you cannot wait two seconds to get around us? Here has been my experiences as a cyclist in Jonesboro, and mind you, I DO obey all traffic laws; I DO wear a helmet; I DO wear flourescent clothing so you can see me; and I DO get as far to the right of the road as I can.

1)I have had people nearly hit me because they were distracted playing with their phone.
2)I have had people shout at me when they pass me--that is dangerous--it could cause me to fall into the road and get hit.
3)In the winter, I had someone throw a giant Sonic coke all over me--including my hands. It was very cold that day, and the drink soaked through my cycling gloves and numbed my hands.
4)I had someone through an apple at my head. I DID fall off that time, but luckily did not get hit.

Yes, I do know there are cyclists around here that don't obey traffic laws, etc; but most of us do. Perhaps what you are really trying to say is you feel intimidated by the fact that we are fit and healthy and enjoy exercise and you are probably a fatass that sits around licking cheeto crumbs off your hands whining about your fatness.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#6 Jul 10, 2013
Cyclist wrote:
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Are you out of your mind? What makes you think cyclists think we are better than you because we have a nice bike? I am a cyclist. And first of all my bike was about a thousand dollars, certainly not 10 grand (although those do exist). I don't think I am better than anyone, and whether you like it or not, cyclists have the legal right to be on the road just like you, as long as we obey traffic laws. Most other cyclists I see around here do get as far to the right as they can, but seriously, how much of a hurry are you in if you cannot wait two seconds to get around us? Here has been my experiences as a cyclist in Jonesboro, and mind you, I DO obey all traffic laws; I DO wear a helmet; I DO wear flourescent clothing so you can see me; and I DO get as far to the right of the road as I can.
1)I have had people nearly hit me because they were distracted playing with their phone.
2)I have had people shout at me when they pass me--that is dangerous--it could cause me to fall into the road and get hit.
3)In the winter, I had someone throw a giant Sonic coke all over me--including my hands. It was very cold that day, and the drink soaked through my cycling gloves and numbed my hands.
4)I had someone through an apple at my head. I DID fall off that time, but luckily did not get hit.
Yes, I do know there are cyclists around here that don't obey traffic laws, etc; but most of us do. Perhaps what you are really trying to say is you feel intimidated by the fact that we are fit and healthy and enjoy exercise and you are probably a fatass that sits around licking cheeto crumbs off your hands whining about your fatness.
You had me till the last. Then you demonstrated why so many hate you. I am actually extremely fit. I keep in shape by eating healthy and staying active in sports and with family. None of my fitness activities cause people trying to get to work to be slowed to a crawl. I have a great bike that I love to ride. On bike trails. Most of the people I know aren't complaining about one guy who they have to get around. It's when you get in large groups and decide the road is yours. If me and 4 of my friends got in our cars and went 10 down Parker rd we'd be called jerks and ticketed. So how is it that if you're on a bike and choose to spread out blocking the lane and slowing tragic you're above the law? You can be "fit" and still be an inconsiderate jerk.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#7 Jul 10, 2013
First off, if you "hate" a group of people based on the fact they might slow you down for a few minutes on the way to work or Walmart you should probably examine your anger issues. A girl died in the last week riding a bicycle legally down the road in a group crossing the freaking country as a summer trip in high school. She died because, most likely, someone was operating a motor vehicle while distracted or impaired. This is the take away from this story, not that cyclists are arrogant pricks or people that bitch about them are fat, rednecks.

To answer the questions about the speed, traffic laws regarding cycling speed states that cyclist must be going a speed reasonable and consistent with their mode of transportation. On a bicycle 15-20mph is dang fast, 10-15 is more common. It also states they should stay as far to the right of center as reasonably safe. This doesn't mean riding on the shoulder of the road and definitely not on a sidewalk.

Courteous experienced cyclists, even in a group, will form a single file line of riders on the far right when presented with a car behind needing to pass. The only time the experienced cyclist will not do so is if you are driving down a four lane road or if it a long straight portion of road where it is clearly visible there is no oncoming traffic to impede passing legally (not closer than 3 feet). What is not OK is to pass the cyclist, even if on the far right of the road, in a blind curve or traveling up a hill where oncoming traffic cannot be seen.

There are exceptions to every rule and always an asshole in each subset of people to mess it up. Don't be that asshole.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#8 Jul 10, 2013
Guest wrote:
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You had me till the last. Then you demonstrated why so many hate you. I am actually extremely fit. I keep in shape by eating healthy and staying active in sports and with family. None of my fitness activities cause people trying to get to work to be slowed to a crawl. I have a great bike that I love to ride. On bike trails. Most of the people I know aren't complaining about one guy who they have to get around. It's when you get in large groups and decide the road is yours. If me and 4 of my friends got in our cars and went 10 down Parker rd we'd be called jerks and ticketed. So how is it that if you're on a bike and choose to spread out blocking the lane and slowing tragic you're above the law? You can be "fit" and still be an inconsiderate jerk.
you nailed it. A big group taking up the road. And I don't mean to seconds either. They know your there but won't look, or move over. Put it to that guy like this. I know he has driven down a street, and there are a group of blacks walking down the middle of the street, which do and refuse to move,just to be difficult you ever gotten agitated ? I've waited in a many lines of cyclist, and I say cyclist, because Bikers are more courteous, that wouldn't pull over even the though they have room, the people walking down the street,as well as bikers who won't move is arrogance.
Dont know

Cabot, AR

#9 Jul 10, 2013
Im going to tell u something u jerk, these people were n a single file line all the way to the right of the highway going with the traffic and since ur such a smartass they were not hoggn up the highway and for ur info there is no damn shoulder on this highway so my advise to u if u dont know what the hell ur talkn about u might want to shut ur piehole
Curious

Jonesboro, AR

#10 Jul 10, 2013
What I wanna know is, why are we spending all this money for bike trails, side walks, and nice areas for cyclists when I still see them up and down Kait road all the time? MOST of the cyclists I see are very courteous and do scoot over. Although they have a right to be on the road, I do think they should have to scoot over when possible. And if there is no shoulder or place to scoot over, maybe it isn't a safe idea to ride your bike on that road. Having rights and ensuring your own safety are two different issues. It is frustrating however when I'm in my car and in a hurry but are forced to drive 10 because the cyclist can't or won't move over.
Curious

Jonesboro, AR

#11 Jul 10, 2013
However, it is very sad that the person got injured. I feel for their family and may they rest in peace
Marty

United States

#12 Jul 10, 2013
Why is the person that hit them name being kept a secret?
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#13 Jul 10, 2013
Because they have money and good legal representation. The bikers should've known not to come thru this illiterate backwoods crap state.
Wonderng

Harrisburg, AR

#14 Jul 10, 2013
First, how in the heck does a driver not see 16 bicycles with orange flags?
Second, why are they still saying they haven't decided if charges will be filed?
hey you

Jonesboro, AR

#15 Jul 10, 2013
Marty wrote:
Why is the person that hit them name being kept a secret?
It's Not!.... It's been posted at least twice that I have seen. Do your research before posting about something that is not true.
Hieronymus Bosch

Lake Forest, CA

#16 Jul 11, 2013
The driver must have been distracted somehow. Either by sunlight in her eyes or texting. If she was texting the police would have found this out immediately and placed under arrest. Since she hasn't been arrested yet there must have been some other distraction that caused her not to see the bikers. This is a sad and unfortunate accident!
Ewe Too

State University, AR

#17 Jul 11, 2013
I see cyclist on sidewalks, in the street, riding thru intersections without stopping or signalling, riding thru pedestrian traffic, cutting corners, going thru gas stations and back out into the streets, riding thru pedestrian crossings, EVERY DAY. Don't try and convince me how respectable and law abiding cyclist are. When was the last time you actually stopped at a STOP sign or gave a hand signal? Your motto is "Share the road" but what you really mean is "Obnoxious Cyclers' Road". If you want respect from me you need to show some.
Guest

Jonesboro, AR

#18 Jul 11, 2013
Dont know wrote:
Im going to tell u something u jerk, these people were n a single file line all the way to the right of the highway going with the traffic and since ur such a smartass they were not hoggn up the highway and for ur info there is no damn shoulder on this highway so my advise to u if u dont know what the hell ur talkn about u might want to shut ur piehole
hey jerk if there isn't a shoulder don't ride there. They should establish minimum speed limits for all roads.
Dont know

Cabot, AR

#19 Jul 11, 2013
Hey jerk u not heard of respect o sorry u must b a dickhead and not had any raising i probably should feel sorry for u but owell i dont get a life and grow up
justme

Oklahoma City, OK

#20 Jul 11, 2013
Ewe Too wrote:
I see cyclist on sidewalks, in the street, riding thru intersections without stopping or signalling, riding thru pedestrian traffic, cutting corners, going thru gas stations and back out into the streets, riding thru pedestrian crossings, EVERY DAY. Don't try and convince me how respectable and law abiding cyclist are. When was the last time you actually stopped at a STOP sign or gave a hand signal? Your motto is "Share the road" but what you really mean is "Obnoxious Cyclers' Road". If you want respect from me you need to show some.
I also see cars run stop signs, red lights, pulling out in front of others, changing lanes without using signals, etc. So under your logic people in cars aren't law abiding citizens. All this has nothing to do with the biker that was hit in this incident.

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