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Tragic bicycle accident takes two lives

Given that the majority of California bicycle enthusiasts understand the dangers of riding on public roads, many are especially cautious. That’s partially why so many are drawn to professional bicycle events; organized rides allow cyclists to follow a predetermined route that is typically barricaded or otherwise distinguished from mainstream traffic. However, only so much can be done to protect bicycle riders from the recklessness and negligence of other motorists. A recent event ended in tragedy when a car struck four bicycles during one such event.

The deadly bicycle accident occurred in New Hampshire, which is estimated to have a high fatality rate for bicycle riders. The incident took place during the Tri-State Seacoast Century ride, an annual event that spans three states and boasts a route 100 miles long. It’s noted that an increased law enforcement presence was employed for the race and that organizers prioritize safety. Although, the extended length of the ride did mean that participants were forced to ride among regular traffic.

Four riders were 15 miles into the event when they were struck head-on by an oncoming car. It’s alleged that the car involved in the accident hit the cyclists after crossing into their lane. Two of the riders sadly died and two sustained injuries.

As the accident investigation continues, authorities are apparently looking at a number of factors that may have contributed to the collision. Police allegedly took evidence from the driver of the car, including a blood sample, her cell phone and car. It’s still not stated, however, whether she may be charged for her involvement in the incident.

Source: The Boston Globe, “Bicyclists in deadly N. H. crash shared bond,” Jeremy C. Fox, Sep. 23, 2013

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