Friday, October 02, 2009

Center City Bicyclist Struck By Suspected Drunk Driver

From CBS 3:

Female Bicyclist Struck By Car In Center City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― A bicyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Center City Friday evening.

The accident (crash) happened at about 7:30 p.m. at 22nd and Market Streets in downtown Philadelphia.

According to investigators, the driver fled the scene after striking the bicyclist. However, the driver was taken into custody near 22nd Street and Ben Franklin Parkway.

The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is listed in critical condition.

Investigators said the driver is being investigated for a possible DUI.

The incident remains under investigation.

Fox 29 Story

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Later that evening, jst a few blocks away a BCGP member was only slightly injured in a hit and run on 24th St, he got the license number and it was reported to the police. On Thursday night the member also witnessed a bicyclist struck on the Falls Bridge. The driver stopped and the bicyclist that crashed appeared to be bruised.

And of course just a week ago a bicycle officer was intentionally run over and slightly injured by another hit and run driver.

Our society must do better to protect our most vulnerable road users. A good start would be a vulnerable user law similar to Oregon's.


Dan said...

Are there a few missing sentences in the second to last paragraph?

Anonymous said...

As a careful driver and walker, I am amazed at the bicylists who drive the wrong way on one way streets - run red lights - do not look left or right at intersections and get angry when you ask them to observe safe practices on the road. I am not surprised that they are increasing being hit by cars. The Philadelphia Police need to start ticketing careless cyclists and cyclists need to get off their high horse in assuming that they are elite users of the road just because they do the "green" thing. I walk and am often almost hit by them! Lets remember that it is a 2 way street.

John Boyle said...

The last post shows where some people value cyclists on the social scale. A woman is maimed by a suspected DRUNK driver and an anonymous commenter starts ranting about cyclists breaking traffic laws.

InStep Jogging Stroller said...

I was kind of wondering the same thing Dan.