From the Wilmington News Journal:
Bicyclist in ‘very serious condition’ after Bear crash
A 28-year-old New Castle man is in “very serious condition” following a bicycle accident on U.S. 40 in Bear this afternoon, state police say.
The accident happened about 2 p.m. near the entrance to the Governors Square shopping center when Shaun Bowyer was riding his bike east in the right westbound lane while attempting to cross the highway. Cpl. Jeffrey Hale said Bowyer’s bike was struck by a Ford Ranger pickup being driven by Horace Springer, 73, of Bear.
Bowyer is being treated at Christiana Hospital for head trauma and a broken leg. Hale said police are still investigating the crash.
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The comments contain the usual battery of cowardly, insensitive rants blaming the victim. However several witnesses posted thoughts and gave some perspective as to what happened. One stated that the cyclist was not going the wrong way but merely trying to get across the intersection, another stated that the driver had the green. Most stated that the driver was visibly upset and that witnesses reacted quickly to render aid. One person claiming to be the sister of the victim posted to the site, but apparently her comments were removed.
Panning around the scene using Google Street View reveals a ginormous intersection, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash, Governor’s Square and most Route 40 intersections were designed move the maximum number of motor vehicles with no provisions (and dozens of conflict points) for bicyclists and pedestrians. There is no margin for error here, and we need to re-imagine road design that allows all road users to travel safely and comfortably.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shaun Bowyer and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.