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Cyclist death today in AA County.  Here are links to 2 articles on the tragic event:

http://edgewater.patch.com/groups/polic … road-crash

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla … 3-20130822,0,4221016.story

Interesting how the Sun article states that "the bicycle she was riding collided with a vehicle, ", while the article from the Patch says, "a car collided with her bicycle."   The Patch article also states,  "Police believe the cause of the crash was driver error."

I pray that cell phone use was not a factor in this accident.

Myslím, že je ?cas, abych se létat.

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Actually, both stories say she collided with the minivan.  So they were both traveling in the same direction and she collided with the vehicle?  She ran into the back of the van and died.  I'm having a problem with this description and how vague it is seems to be the normal for these initial stories.

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Guess I read it wrong...

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The Washington Post reports that the cyclist was struck from behind:

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From the Post article:

As the popular athlete and Annapolis High School track coach neared the shaded top of that hill on her bicycle Wednesday evening, she was hit from behind by a Honda van whose driver was eager to get around the lone cyclist.

Cunningham, 50, was formally pronounced dead at a hospital, but a passing doctor who rushed to try to help her said she died on Riva Road, an Anne Arundel County road southwest of Annapolis that is popular with cyclists.

Police drew a preliminary conclusion that the driver, Whitney Anne Decesaris, 37, of Huntingtown, Md., was at fault. They said that alcohol and speed were not factors. Asked whether distracted driving might have played a role, police said the investigation is continuing.

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From what I read, it looks like she was taking the lane so that the cars WOULDN'T pass her in an unsafe area, and the driver still attempted to pass.    Riva Road isn't that long, what made the driver in such a hurry?  I think this is a good example of an incident that we should make a big deal out of in order to educate the public on the legal law.   What can we do as a club to help the family and the rest of the cycling community?
 
  By: Jeff Hager  WMAR
The accident happened at the peak of a blind hill on the narrow two-lane road with no shoulder, and it's bordered by a 12-foot high dirt embankment.
"It appears the bicyclist was in the travel portion of the road.  This Honda Odyssey was in the rear.  At some point, it attempted to make a pass... potentially an unsafe pass, and that's what investigators are looking have determined,” said Justin Mulcahy of the Anne Arundel County Police, “It looks like this pass did take place and contact was made ultimately leading to this bicyclist being injured and later dying.  It's ongoing at this point, but it appears to be driver error."

Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region … z2cnVG4Qh5

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Why are these incidents termed 'driver error/'   This driver either was not aware of the law or chose to ignore it.  Neither of those is an error.   Drivers licensed in a state are required to know and follow the laws of that state.  Failure to do so is not a mistake.  It is a willful disregard of the law and for the lives of those who use our roads.

We have all been dangerously passed by someone who can't wait 5 or 10 or 30 seconds.  These people care not that you are a father, mother, sister, son, etc.  You are slowing them down and that is not acceptable.   But if their dangerous driving causes serious injury or death, it is termed an error, a mistake.

Sadly, if the driver in this incident is found to have 'erred,' the consequences will likely be a fine of a few hundred dollars and she can go on with her life.   The consequences for Ms. Cunningham are not so minor.

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No criminal charges in bike fatality
From the Capital Gazette: 
An Anne Arundel County grand jury didn’t find probable cause to charge Decesaris with criminally negligent manslaughter.
She faces four pending charges: failure to exercise caution to avoid an accident with a bicyclist, driving left of center and passing when it’s unsafe, negligent driving in a manner endangering a person or property, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision.
Each of the charges could carry up to a $500 fine, making a maximum possible penalty of $2,000. No potential jail time is attached to the charges.

Fellow BBC.  Please Post if you hear about any protest rides or actions associated with this.

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I understand that Decesaris is contesting the charges (and fines) in court.  I also understand that her family is quite prominent in the community - as in the DeCesaris Cancer Institute in the AA Medical Center and etc.  Imagine that.....

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