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Are three hit-and-run bicycle accidents related?

Bicycling can be perilous. Although bicyclists helmets for protection, they have fewer protections in accidents than the unpredictable taxis, cars and trucks that they face on New York streets. Adding to the dangers are careless or distracted drivers. These dangers alone should be enough, but in some cases, bicycle riders must deal with hostile drivers as well.

A city in another state, the police suspect that bicycle riders are facing a threat worse than hostile drivers. They suspect that a series of hit-and-run bicycle accidents are intentional. In the latest bicycle accident, a 29-year-old woman was riding her bike home after working long hours at a brewing company. According to witnesses, a dark vehicle struck her from behind, dragged her for more than a block, and fled the scene.

Neighbors called 911 immediately, but the woman died at a hospital a short time later. It was July 5 of this year.

On June 28 last year, a 31-year-old woman was hit by a dark vehicle in the same area of town. She broke her leg. On July 5, 2010, a 39-year-old woman was hit by a dark vehicle in the same area. She had minor injuries.

The police chief says the cases may be related. The FBI and the state police are now assisting in the investigation.

Meanwhile, friends and family of the woman who was killed say they are not letting anger overshadow their friend. More than 1,500 people turned out for a bicycle procession through the city last week. Her husband of just under a year says he hopes police can prevent someone from being in a similar bike crash. He says the only thing he can do is promote love, because that is how his wife lived her life.

Source: The Detroit News, “Cyclist’s death pulls Traverse City together,” Marney Rich Keenan, July 17, 2013


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