Brad Ash, 41, of Dade City was riding east on the right side of two-lane St. Joe Road at 5:39 p.m. Oct. 4 when he was struck by a 2005 GMC also heading east, said Sgt. Larry Kraus of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The SUV hit the bicycle from behind. Ash, who was wearing a helmet and eye protection, was thrown from the bike. He was flown to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he stayed until he died.
The SUV driver, Jennifer Tuttle, 30, of Dade City has not been charged. Reports showed no evidence of alcohol or drug use.
“There was nothing suspicious,” Kraus said.
No. There’s nothing suspicious about slamming into the back of a bicyclist on a straight road on a clear afternoon with the sun at your back. It’s perfectly understandable. Could happen to anyone.
Tuesday, a teenager slammed into the back of local cyclist, Marty Katz, who was waiting at a red light on Horatio. Marty is in critical condition at ORMC.
We’re killing 40,000 Americans a year because we refuse to accept responsibility for piloting 4000lb projectiles. Our system for qualifying drivers is a joke. We pay lip service to inattentive driving, but we have no political will to do anything REAL about it. The system is sending a clear message that exposed humans (pedestrians and bicyclists) should bear the risk they take for operating in a system of unconscious drivers encased in steel. You can see that in the lack of charges for gross negligence as well as the justifications police use for harassing bicycle drivers.
Is this really the world we want to live in? If not, we need to get serious about fixing our dysfunctional traffic justice system.
How? Any ideas? We need some radical movement here.