Thursday, October 4, 2012

Albuquerque: Another Single Witness Suicide Swerve? Update.

From Jim Devenport on BikeABQ:    "Hate to jump to conclusions again. The same day Miranda Pacheco is slapped on the wrist for killing cyclist David Anderson, another cyclist is killed on Route 66 in Tijeras Canyon, and the Sheriff's Office seems to blame it on the "Cyclist who rode into traffic".
Sigh. No data yet on whether the cyclist had lights, helmet, etc.

SEDILLO HILL, N.M. — Highway 66 just east of Sedillo Hill is back open Thursday morning after a fatal crash. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputies said that's where the cyclist, who family members identified as Mario Maes, rode into traffic and was hit and killed. The driver is not being charged, but the case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for review.

Scant details. But this writeup reminds me too much of that old expression, the "single witness suicide swerve"

Lucky we live in Los Alamos.

From an updated Albuquerque Journal report: Definitely a SWSS...God, I hope someone carefully marked tire tracks and vehicle positions.

UPDATED: Route 66 Reopened After Bicycle Fatality

3:17 p.m. –Police have released more information and identified the victim from an evening bicycle fatality that happened on Highway 66 east of Sedillo Hill.
Mario Maes, 34, was riding his bike east on the highway when he lurched toward the center lane for an unknown reason, police said, into the path of a Ford Explorer. Maes was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver, who was not immediately charged, was not injured. The DA will review the case once the police report is finished.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officers have reopened Route 66 after investigating a bicyclist fatality near Sedillo Hill.
According to the department, the bicyclist rode into traffic and was hit by a Ford Explorer.
The driver of the car has not been charged, but the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review. The identity of the bicyclist is being withheld pending notification of his family.

1 comment:

Steve A said...

Bike Education question on this. How do you "lurch" on a bike?