Troopers questioning juvenile suspect in fatal hit-and-run accident in Baldwin County
Alabama State Troopers are questioning a teenager who may be responsible for the death of a bicyclist in south Baldwin County last night.
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#1 Oct 15, 2012
I'm getting tired of hearing about bicyclist's getting hit by cars. They are always trying to prove a point and that is that they have as much right to the roads as automobiles. I go to Fairhope and they have spent millions of dollars making a paved walking/bicycling path for the entire length of the "scenic by-way" and yet most bikers are on the road and not on the path. Why should communities go out of their way to make walking and bike paths if these bikers choose to ride in the road and then when they get hit by a car it is always the car driver's fault? Yes, this was a young driver who may have panicked and was afraid to stop and help the victim. I don't know and that is not the point I am making. Cyclists have got to start recognizing that it is dangerous to be riding on roads that were constructed for automobiles and that they are the ones who have to take precautions while on them and not on designated bike paths.
#2 Oct 15, 2012
When I first heard this story I thought that it probably happened in Fairhope. I drive that area myself and see riders on the road all the time even though nobody is on the path. I also ride a bike and wouldn't take the chance of riding on the road when the path is the safest place to ride. That stretch of road is driven buy a lot of tourist that are busy looking at houses and the bay. A bike is no match to a ton or more of steel.
#3 Oct 15, 2012
And especially because it is only a 2-lane road and many times I have to almost come to a complete stop when coming up on a biker because there is a car coming in the opposite lane so that I can't even move over to give the biker a safe distance from me when I pass him. My wife got so frustrated once that she opened her window and yelled at the biker to use the path. These bikers are just asking for trouble and the car driver will get the blame and have the guilt for injuring a biker for the rest of their life. Fairhope needs to pass a law or code that forbids bikers from riding on Scenic 98. Other municipalities have done this so I know that it can be done.
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