Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bicyclist Struck By Distracted Driver in Worcester Twp.

From the Lansdale Reporter:

Bicyclist injured

A 50-year-old Collegeville man on a bicycle was injured in an accident Saturday morning near the intersection of Kriebel Mill Road and Fawn Road in Worcester Township.

According to state police, the biker was heading north on Kriebel Mill Road approaching a stop sign at Fawn Road as William Faulkner, 31, of Collegeville, was driving west on Fawn Road approaching Kriebel Mill in a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Police said Faulkner stopped at the stop sign and made a left turn, but was on his cell phone at the time and dropped it while making the turn.

As he picked up the phone, police said, Faulkner looked up and found himself in the biker’s lane shortly before hitting the biker.

The biker suffered unknown injuries and was transported to Phoenixville Hospital for evaluation. Faulkner suffered no injuries and minor damage to his front fender and door, police said.

No word as to whether charges were being filed, but the rash of recent major crashes involving suspected impaired or distracted drivers makes a very strong case for Pennsylvania and New Jersey to adopt vulnerable road user laws similar to the one just passed in Delaware. Vulnerable road user laws place penalties on any driver convicted of careless or inattentive driving and hits a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, highway road worker etc.

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Anonymous said...

To Whom It May Concern: How many of my fellow cyclist will have to burden the pain and suffering as a result of the negligent drivers who use the PA/NJ roadways without any fear of being charged for a crime. In the city of Philadelphia, the Police automatically assume that is must have been the cyclist at fault, whether injured or especially deceased, I hope that the PA Troopers are more intelligent in their investigation of this incident and the many more to come when drivers neglect their fiducary duty to drive in a respectable and safe manner.

Anonymous said...

What are the results of the police investigation regarding the cyclist who was struck and killed by a person driving an SUV on Umbria St. on Saturday, August 21?

If the driver received a traffic ticket what is the Coalition doing to protest a case of vehicular homicide?

What actions have the Coalition taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again?