Cycling in Sydney Australia
It really boggles the mind.
Surely it is the responsibility of drivers not to run into other things on the road.
I wonder what would the police response had it been one of their own.
"Police re-creations showed the bike was "virtually indistinguishable" in the dark, with the rear red light on Hall's bicycle difficult to see."
"Senior Constable Potts said he wouldn't describe the strip as illuminating but agreed the bag had been on the bike."
I wouldn't describe the reflective vest Constable Potts was wearing was illuminating.
Laying no charges effectively sends the message that the driver did nothing wrong. That is a bizarre conclusion considering he drove into and killed another person.
Didn't he have 2 bright rear lights?
Will they look at the lack of a shoulder at this critical point? A cyclists worst dream, car turning right ahead, one narrow through lane with an Armco barrier hard up on the left, and a car bearing down at 100 behind.
Can see it on google maps at the Williamsdale Rd intersection.
You'd have to hope that the coroner will be also be shown this video and that they then question the veracity of the police efforts.
The coroner was shown the video. The police had seen it until preparation for the coronial inquest.
As per Cycle.org:
The first day of the inquest proceeded mostly as expected:
Cycle has some questions – in the public interest – pertaining to the evidence presented. These questions are expected to be addressed in the coming two days, and include the following:
"In the first interview the driver stated that he left his home at 5:30 am."
Perhaps this was changed because it would suggest that he had been speeding to get to the point of impact!
Beginning to wonder whether this is another Canberra nanny case of doing things for mates and keeping schtum instead of doing a thorough investigation.
Did we really expect it to go any other way?
As you know Peter, our colleague David as noted that NSW data is showing that more people win Lotto than get booked for the 1 metre law
There is no explanation other than the motorist was driving too fast for the road/conditions despite not exceeding the speed limit.
You don't drive around a bend in the road that you can't see around, especially in low light conditions, at 100 km/h.
Roadkill and fallen trees can be hard to see, nothing reflective, no flashing red lights...
Complacent, irresponsible and totally unsafe. Still so saddened by this incident and even more so by the inevitable legal outcome :(
You would think the driver would have backed off a bit seeing a car in the right hand turning lane up ahead. Maybe he did, I don’t know. Hope the coroner asks. He admits being distracted by a truck parked somewhere just before the intersection. If he did see Mike Hall it may have been too late to brake, and he couldn’t go around him because of the turning car. We don’t know if Mike Hall was riding in the narrow shoulder or not. If he was the car should have just missed him if it stayed in its lane.
If the shoulder had been wider (Armco barrier placed a few feet further back) Mike Hall might have been well away from the passing car through this squeeze point.