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Old 05-20-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Six people were hit, and four were taken to a hospital. Their conditions haven't been released.
Driver Hits Bicyclists, Takes Off - News Story - WSOC Charlotte
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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This might not be popular, but when 15 cyclist decide to ride on a long, narrow, single lane, winding, no passing road, they are looking for trouble. Are they really thinking that every motorist will have the patience to drive 15 miles an hour for that long? I'm willing to bet the farm that they were not riding in a single file line either, I don't know how six would be hit if they were. I hope they all recover, and make more responsible choices in the future. Of course the driver is automaticaly guilty for leaving the scene, but the cyclists need to take responsibility as well.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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^ ignorant. People are hurt.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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^ ignorant. People are hurt.

Agreed!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Union County
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I see very large groups of cyclists throughout Marvin/Waxhaw all the time... It must be a large club or something. They ride 2 or 3 abreast essentially taking the entire driving lane and there could easily be 50-60 of them total on a random day.

This is no intention at faulting the bicyclists, as a driver I need to give them the right of way - heck, I'm in a car! No excuses for HITTING them. But, there's definitely an assumption from these people that they own the road.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I can't find out enough about the circumstances to really understand what occurred.

However, I will say this: biking on a narrow road is a bad idea - not likely to have good shoulders to move over onto w/o wrecking the bike.

I am not surprised that the folks got hit, especially if there were oncoming traffic and the person who hit the bikers came upon them suddenly and had nowhere to move on the highway. Plus, they may have been speeding - but even at 55 mph, it might be difficult to stop suddenly in such a situation.

What is shocking is that the person left the scene. That is simply heinous. I am very saddened to hear this. I hope the folks who were injured do not have life-threatening injuries.

Honestly - I think it is usually a good idea for a group of bikers to have a car following them w/ blinkers on when they are riding on a country road in a group.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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If one of them dies that vehicular manslaughter
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Union County
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If one of them dies that vehicular manslaughter
Wha?! People get hit by cars (biking or walking)... It doesn't always mean charges are brought.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Last night a large group of cyclists, including members of GF/Suburu and some from the Pfeiffer University racing team, were on St. Stephen's Road out of Gold Hill heading back to Mt. Pleasant on a routine training ride on an oft-traveled training route.

A car heading toward them suddenly turned right in front of them into a driveway and all but stopped.

The pack slammed into the car at approximately 29mph. One rider went under the car, and one hit the car, followed by another. Yet another rider went over the car! Several others hit the ground, went into ditches, or onto the driveway.

The 21-year-old driver then simply put the vehicle in reverse, running over the bike of the rider who went under the car and nearly hitting him! In backing up, however, a large number of the cyclists there were able to get the tag number.

The driver took off. The highway patrol was given his tag number, and is looking for him to place him under arrest, hopefully with multiple serious charges filed against him.

One of the riders who slammed into the car went home late last night with a broken right collar bone. The rider who went over the car was walking and seems to be better, though reportedly had a concussion. The driver who went under the car is still in the hospital.

The other rider who slammed into the car did not have the broken leg that had been feared, but he does have a bad gash on his left leg. Last night around 12:35am, he was taken to surgery for compartmental bleeding and swelling in his leg. He is in the hospital until Saturday, unless he needs skin grafts, in which case he will stay until Monday.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Im glad I moved out in the country I see one car about every 15 minutes or more.
You cant ride a bike in Charlotte area without traffic unless its a neighborhood.

I was about to sell my scooter because it too dangerous in Charlotte on a two lane road
People will pass with oncoming traffic like there is enough room for the bgoth.
There isnt and you need room to swerve to miss rocks & potholes. Im glad I finally
can enjoy riding without fearing for my life.
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