Posted by: bikenwalk | June 5, 2008

Why “Sharing the Road” is more than just a sign

This article and this tragic event shows why automobiles must respect all bikers, whether in a race or commuting to work. For the driver, a bike may be an annoyance, but for the bike, the car is the possiblity of life-threatening, or life-ending, injury.

One killed in bike race mayhem

The collision near the Mexican-US border, captured on film by a Monterrey city official. One cyclist died and 10 were injured when the car ploughed into riders taking part in a road race.The collision near the Mexican-US border, captured on film by a Monterrey city official. One cyclist died and 10 were injured when the car ploughed into riders taking part in a road race. PICTURE: AP Photo: AP

  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • June 4, 2008

A CAR has ploughed into a bike race along a highway near the US-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others.

The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep when he crashed into the racing cyclists, police investigator Jose Alfredo Rodriguez said.

A photograph taken by a city official showed cyclists and equipment being hurled high into the air by the collision.

Juan Campos was charged with killing Alejandro Alvarez, 37, of Monterrey, Mr Rodriguez said.

Authorities said the crash happened 15 minutes into the 34-kilometre race on Sunday along a highway between Playa Bagdad and Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.

Campos said he was a US citizen living in Brownsville. The US consulate could not immediately confirm that.

“We are looking into the incident in terms of whether American citizens were involved,” consulate spokesman Todd Huizinga said.

AP

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