• Car-nage – Cyclists Assigned Blame In 3 Bike Car Crashes

    by  • August 7, 2010 • Injuries and Fatalities • 0 Comments

    8-1 Bicyclist dies on US 9 near Laurel – The News Journal and Delmarva Now report that 52-year-old Jose Aurturo Moscoso of Laurel was killed after being struck by an SUV on Sunday night.

    According to investigators, Moscoso, a native of Guatemala who had only been in the United States for about a year, was headed east on the shoulder of U.S. 9 near Dukes Farm Road around 9 p.m. Sunday when he veered into the path of a 2003 GMC Envoy driven by Mary Ann Bailey, 39, of Milton. Police suspect that the cyclist was driving under the influence of alcohol. The article does not mention whether the victim was actually tested or not.

    8-3 22 YO Bicyclist Struck by Jolly Trolley in Dewey Beach – A Kevin Green 22 of Olney MD, was severely injured at the intersection of King Charles and Chicago St in Dewey Beach after being hit by a Jolly Trolley shuttle bus. Police believe that the cyclist ran the stop sign on Chicago. At last report he was in stable condition at Christiana Hospital. The report from WGMD includes an interesting statement from the Jolly Trolley.

    8-4 14 YO Cited after being hit by car while crossing Route 40 – From Delmarva Now
    The victim, Kevin Brown was struck by a vehicle while crossing Route 40 at Salem Church Rd in Bear. Brown was charged with improper operation of a bicycle, according to the Delaware State Police. According to the report on WDEL the teen was crossing on the red light. The victim suffered from non-life threatening injuries.

    The crash is less than two miles from another serious crash at Route 40 and Governors Square in July.

    The press couldn’t help themselves by playing the blame the victim game. especially in the Laurel crash. “Not wearing a helmet” was cited in all three cases, it’s unlikely a helmet would have saved Mr. Moscoso’s life, who was hit at a high rate of speed. One article even questioned his immigration status, as if that changes the value of one’s life.

    Rest in Peace Jose.

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