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Cyclist Killed On Roland Avenue

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There will be a memorial ride on Thursday Jan. 1 at 3:30 pm.
more info here: http://www.bikemore.net/?gclid=CLWnhfj- … 7Aod9RMAug
There was no excuse for this tragedy. It could have been any of us!
Driver did not stop and left the scene for 20-45 min. I would like to know why she was not arrested or tested for drug/alcohol usage. Did not even call 911. No skid marks on roadway. Apparently only returned because someone on a bike went looking for the vehicle and found it.
We all need to be vocal about this issue and get involved in any way we can.
The laws must be inforced and justice served. Life is precious.
I don't think we need to question the cyclist's visibility.

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Organizers have requested that Thursday's ride be one of Memorial and Life Celebration, not of advocacy and protest.
Those themes can be addressed with intensity and frequency based upon further outcome. When and if  substance and/or other distraction have been determined to have played a role, appropriate action should be organized to the degree of verdict and justice.
A recurring theory is that the driver might have disappeared to sanitize the weapon used in the manslaughter.

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You're right, it could have been any one of us. It's tragic events like this that drive home how random life can be. Do we really have control of our lives? Or is our path from cradle to grave dictated largely by forces beyond our control, some seen, others not?

Off topic maybe, but thoughts worth pondering in light of Mr. Palermo's terrible misfortune.   



     

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Folks, as I've already requested once, please keep this thread on topic. If it doesn't involve cycling or bikes, it doesn't belong in a BBC forum. When in doubt, you can always send me an email and we can discuss your proposed post. Thanks for your cooperation.

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My thoughts and prayers to Tom and his family. I live in the 5000 block of Roland Avenue and ride that route nearly everyday. Can't imagine a safer place to ride, but let's show restraint until the facts come out.

Jay

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Edited by: Jay Hedges - Dec-31-14 01:21 pm

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   While we still don't know anything definite about the cause of the accident (what's taking so long?!), I was wondering if sun glare off her windshield could have been a factor. This is especially hazardous if a windshield is dirty.  From a table supplied by the U. S. Naval Observatory, the sun was at 18 degrees altitude and 217 degrees azimuth at 2:40 p.m. EST on the 27th for Baltimore-Towson. Driver and biker were headed due south, so the sun was 37 degrees to their right (almost SW) and 18 degrees high. I have some doubts as to whether it might be a factor.       

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But even if the sun was a factor she should have stopped and gotten help for him. No excuse for leaving the scene. And it looked like she must have been driving pretty fast from how bad the windshield was smashed (shattered), so if the sun was a factor she should have just slowed down.
Jim

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There people go adding excuses for this hit and run driver.  So what if the sun was out? Are bicyclists supposed to wait until it's dark or rainy and foggy to ride? If it had been rainy and foggy, as it was a couple days ago; I'm sure someone would say that bad weather was  a contributing factor.  But riding in mid afternoon on a dry, sunny day, with sunset over 2 hours away?    And why was the driver driving in the bikelane instead of the roadway? 

        Tom Palermo was riding properly, and I hope the police after doing a proper investigation will file criminal charges against the errant motorist Cook.  And lastly, remember that the BBC Website is open to the public.  Although the sun being out is an absurd reason, why give Cook's attorney ideas?
Jeffrey H. Marks 

       

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I find it remarkable that Bishop Cook has yet to be charged with anything. Don't you?

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