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North Carolina woman charged in deaths of 2 bicyclists in S.C.

There are 56 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Nov 16, 2007, titled North Carolina woman charged in deaths of 2 bicyclists in S.C.. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

COLUMBIA, S.C. The driver of a sport utility vehicle that struck and killed two bicyclists riding in a charity event last month has been charged with reckless homicide, authorities said.

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#1 Nov 16, 2007
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#2 Nov 16, 2007
This should be awake call for bicyclists. Every time my husband, and I are on the Parkway, which is all the time the bicyclists totally disregard the law. They are hell bent on staying in the middle of the road, and won't even acknowledge the cars behind them. If they are in groups, most of them will not get in single file.
I don't mind sharing the road with them, but I wish they would follow the rules for their own safety, as well as the safety of those who are driving in the vehicles around them.
Not all of them do this, but the majority do.
Parkway riding

Greenville, SC

#3 Nov 16, 2007
is kamakaze.
I quit after speeding SUVs and Cell Phone heads and
Noisy motorcycles took over the Parkway.
Chief Ranger Phil Francis is not doing his job.
Flat Stanley

Asheville, NC

#4 Nov 16, 2007
Not that it could ever make up for the two lives she took, but I hope this woman goes to jail for a very long time.
Starrlyn

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#5 Nov 16, 2007
I agree. While I feel nothing but sympathy for the loved ones the cyclists left behind, in my experience the cyclists tend to endanger themselves by not moving over. Especially in areas where it's hard to see clearly enough to pass them.

I have no problem with their using the roads, but if doing so they should have to purchase a license tag just like every other vehicle on the road. Help pay for the building/maintenance of our roads, as it were.

“No More Wars!”

Since: Oct 07

Charles City Iowa

#6 Nov 16, 2007
Happy Camper wrote:
This should be awake call for bicyclists. Every time my husband, and I are on the Parkway, which is all the time the bicyclists totally disregard the law. They are hell bent on staying in the middle of the road, and won't even acknowledge the cars behind them. If they are in groups, most of them will not get in single file.
I don't mind sharing the road with them, but I wish they would follow the rules for their own safety, as well as the safety of those who are driving in the vehicles around them.
Not all of them do this, but the majority do.
You are incorrect ... not all riders act the way you describe them. The dangerous people on the road are the ones using cell phones, driving the large SUVs, and not paying attention to the bike riders.

“Man, 2 mo' years...Whew!”

Since: Feb 07

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#7 Nov 16, 2007
Starrlyn wrote:
I agree. While I feel nothing but sympathy for the loved ones the cyclists left behind, in my experience the cyclists tend to endanger themselves by not moving over. Especially in areas where it's hard to see clearly enough to pass them...
Do you routinely pass bicycles, cars, tractors, trucks or anyone on the road "in areas where it's hard to see clearly enough to pass them?"

I've cycled throughout two continents and have NEVER experienced the angst and anger displayed in these parts by drivers. City, suburb or rural roads--doesn't matter. And it ain't the newcomers, either.

Why is this area so angry?

“"We have come too far, ”

Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#8 Nov 16, 2007
Get our country back wrote:
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You are incorrect ... not all riders act the way you describe them. The dangerous people on the road are the ones using cell phones, driving the large SUVs, and not paying attention to the bike riders.
What does driving large SUV's have to do with being dangerous? Perhaps if you said Yuppies in Large SUV's drinking their morning Latte and yakking on the cell phone while TMing the latest stock reports then you would have a valid point.

Of course you could put bikers riding in the middle of the road while listening to their Ipod in one ear and talking on their cellphones stuck in the other ear and you really have a dangerous mix.

Since: Nov 07

United States

#9 Nov 16, 2007
I'm curious as to intent of post #1. Is this person suggesting that people harrass these two individuals?

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Since: Feb 07

Leicester

#10 Nov 16, 2007
reasonable wrote:
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Why is this area so angry?
Dont know, but I wish a lot of them would quit being like that.
Happy Camper

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#11 Nov 16, 2007
Get our country back wrote:
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You are incorrect ... not all riders act the way you describe them. The dangerous people on the road are the ones using cell phones, driving the large SUVs, and not paying attention to the bike riders.
If you read what I wrote, you would have noticed I said NOT all behave this way, so you are incorrect.
Also, what do people driving Suv's have to do with this?
Happy Camper

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#12 Nov 16, 2007
dadoldfart wrote:
I'm curious as to intent of post #1. Is this person suggesting that people harrass these two individuals?
Not at all. I'm writing about the numerous encounters I've had with Cyclist.
To the family of the cyclist,I had no intention of blaming the victims. I am very sorry for their loss.

“No More Wars!”

Since: Oct 07

Charles City Iowa

#13 Nov 16, 2007
Sweetheart, this is what you said:

"This should be awake call for bicyclists. Every time my husband, and I are on the Parkway, which is all the time the bicyclists totally disregard the law."

I can read fine. The SUVs are all over the road and the parkway was not built for them. SUVs should be banned from the parkway ... actually banned from all roads!
Happy Camper

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#14 Nov 16, 2007
Get our country back wrote:
Sweetheart, this is what you said:
"This should be awake call for bicyclists. Every time my husband, and I are on the Parkway, which is all the time the bicyclists totally disregard the law."
I can read fine. The SUVs are all over the road and the parkway was not built for them. SUVs should be banned from the parkway ... actually banned from all roads!
No, Sweetheart you are wrong. The Parkway was built for vehicles, not bicyclist.
Jim Bob

Manteo, NC

#15 Nov 16, 2007
Happy Camper wrote:
This should be awake call for bicyclists.
Cyclists aren't the ones using a vehicle that endangers everyone around them.

And people wonder why so many are rooting for $10 gas.

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Since: Apr 07

Corinth, Texas

#16 Nov 16, 2007
Get our country back wrote:
Sweetheart, this is what you said:
"This should be awake call for bicyclists. Every time my husband, and I are on the Parkway, which is all the time the bicyclists totally disregard the law."
I can read fine. The SUVs are all over the road and the parkway was not built for them. SUVs should be banned from the parkway ... actually banned from all roads!
Why, because you don't drive one , can't afford one, or just can't drive ?
Anna

West Palm Beach, FL

#17 Nov 16, 2007
I trust everyone posting here has never driven a vehicle while talking on a cell phone or sped along over the limit on a winding or narrow road. Cell phones should be banned while driving, period. I don't care if you feel you are a safe driver while doing so....you are not. Either am I. After almost hitting another vehicle, I decided I can wait the FIFTEEN minutes to work to call someone. Besides, who the HECK do you need to phone at 8am??? I have noticed hundreds of people driving terribly while talking on a cell phone. Is causing an accident and death behind the wheel while drunk a bad thing while talking on a cell phone and doing the same not?

I have one word for anyone who feels talking on a cell and driving is safe...WRONG!

As for the parkway, i've yet to see a person on a bike pedal uphill at the same speed as traffic. Either a bike lane is put in or people on a bike should pull over for vehicle traffic. Sorry, you have a right to the road, but not going 5 miles/hour.
ecl1958

Travelers Rest, SC

#18 Nov 16, 2007
Just a word about additional bicycle safety: Please, cyclists, if you are bicycling at night, especially on the darker residential city streets, at the very LEAST have the sense to wear light colors and reflective tape! It's only the fact that I'm careful to pay attention while driving that has saved a number of local cyclists from being hit because I simply can't see them until it's almost too late. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that more nighttime cyclists don't get hit by cars around here, because all too many of them don't make themselves visible enough.
ROBERT

Auburn, AL

#19 Nov 16, 2007
Starrlyn wrote:
I agree. While I feel nothing but sympathy for the loved ones the cyclists left behind, in my experience the cyclists tend to endanger themselves by not moving over. Especially in areas where it's hard to see clearly enough to pass them.
I have no problem with their using the roads, but if doing so they should have to purchase a license tag just like every other vehicle on the road. Help pay for the building/maintenance of our roads, as it were.
perhaps it is unsafe to pass and that is why they have not moved over. Maybe there is a big pothole coming up that could cause damage to the bicycle of cause a crash then they get run over by you.

Proper driving is do not pass anyone when you can not see if it is safe.

Also tags do not go toward road maintaince.

“Man, 2 mo' years...Whew!”

Since: Feb 07

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#20 Nov 16, 2007
ecl1958 wrote:
Just a word about additional bicycle safety: Please, cyclists, if you are bicycling at night, especially on the darker residential city streets, at the very LEAST have the sense to wear light colors and reflective tape! It's only the fact that I'm careful to pay attention while driving that has saved a number of local cyclists from being hit because I simply can't see them until it's almost too late. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that more nighttime cyclists don't get hit by cars around here, because all too many of them don't make themselves visible enough.
Definitely. We sport cyclists are very safety concious and wouldn't dream of risking our butts in the dawn, dusk or dark by not weaaring reflective clothing and lights. The ones I see (actually DON'T see) that are out at night in dark clothing and no lights are, well, I don't know what they are, but they're not sport cyclists.

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