Driver not faulted in Rodney Smith bicycle fatality on Sand Hill Road
Original post made on Jun 28, 2007
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on Jun 28, 2007 at 5:39 pm
How is it possible to know the cyclist was making a u-turn when there were no witnesses (other than the driver -- who, of course, cannot be trusted for obvious reasons)? Also, I find it incredibly strange (unlikely?) that the car was going 35 mph -- the speed zone for that road is 50 isn't it?
on Jun 28, 2007 at 9:55 pm
This doesn't pass the smell test. How could he have been thrown 46 feet plus the stopping distance if the driver was going 35 mph? The speed limit there is 55. Why was all the debris in the bike lane? This just doesn't make any sense at all unless the CHP is just trying to whitewash the situation and be done with it.
on Jun 29, 2007 at 6:29 am
"Concerned"'s comments highlight how poorly the above article informs our community about the conclusive information the CHP report contains regarding this terrible accident. The Almanac staff needs to read and then report from the entire CHP report. Then, an article could provide a fact-based update to our community and hopefully end speculation and assumptions. A thorough article would then serve to educate our cyclists and drivers on lessons learned from this horrible situation and we could try to move on a little wiser.
Because this accident involved two upstanding and deeply rooted members of our community, it would also be wise for the editorial staff and community to be respectful and base comments on the facts instead of assumptions. And importantly, be sensitive to the immense pain and sorrow that this tragedy must be causing everyone involved.