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Bicyclist hit by car in Harnett County

Posted April 19, 2009

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— The state Highway Patrol said that a car struck a bicyclist along N.C. Highway 27, west of Coats, Saturday afternoon.

Edwin Garrigo, 37, of Angier, was biking west on N.C. 27, at McLamb Road, around 3:30 p.m. when a westbound Chevrolet Cavalier struck his bike from behind, troopers said.

Garrigo was transported by ambulance to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he underwent surgery. An update on his condition was not available.

The Chevrolet driver, Megan Lee, 18, of Dunn, was expected to be charged, troopers said.

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  • Scubagirl Apr 20, 2009

    I'm guessing texting, makeup or cell phone talking was to blame...Since bicycles are supposed to go w/ the traffic flow it's a little unrealistic to require them to look behind don't ya think?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 20, 2009

    Well, I should have said the only time LAWFUL cycling is dangerous.... Riding at night without lights, riding the wrong way, failing to stop for signs and/or lights, or zipping around on side walks are all dangerous.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 20, 2009

    The only time cycling is dangerous is when other road users fail to look for them or fail to treat them like any other road user.

    It seems to me, punishing the law breaker makes the most sense.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 20, 2009

    The reason behind protecting cyclists' right to the road (and mopeds) is that the right to travel is not restricted to those who can afford cars or are willing to be licensed.

    The reason for a driver's license is that you are operating a dangerous motor vehicle on the public roads with others. For me to ride a bike the danger, for the most part, is to me. Car drivers are more dangerous to others than themselves.

  • Iworkforaliving Apr 20, 2009

    I have the right to walk on the side of the road too but I keep my dumb hiney outta the road.

  • ladyblue Apr 20, 2009

    I hate this person has been hurt and it's a shame we have to go through this again and agan before someone realizes how dangerous it is to mix these thigs with automobiles an transfer truck.

    My personal take on this is I think bicycles should be banned from public highways just like go carts and 4 wheelers. As far as I am concerned get those mopeds off the road too. If you don't have liability insurance should not be on our public highway. i know this hits a hard note for bicyclist, but you are just an accident waiting to happen. Why are bicycles allowd and the others not???

  • ambidextrous cat Apr 20, 2009

    Bicycle lanes would benefit everyone! Cyclists have to cope with rude and aggresive drivers and drivers often can't get around cyclists on the street.

  • boingc Apr 20, 2009

    HM_Stiches:

    A bicyclist is entitled to use the whole lane if they want to. A bicyclist does not have to 'move right' for you. Cyclists try to stay right to help cars pass easier, but they do not have to -- the whole lane is their's if they want it. The girl driving the car is most likely at fault, esp since she hit the cyclist from behind.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 20, 2009

    I got passed last weekend in my neighborhood even though I was being held up by a pick up truck in front of me, we were both doing 20mph in a 25 zone. Just because its a bike, doesn't mean you have to pass.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Apr 20, 2009

    How does that make any sense? So people should just be able to drive without looking and never touch their brakes?

    We are a country ruled by law. We don't just allow the biggest and strongest to do what ever they want. Just because a car out weighs a bike doesn't give them the right to run over anyone in their path.

    Sure, there are possibilities that would make the cyclists at fault. I think it is much more likely the car driver is at fault and at this point the HP seems to agree.

    When you approach a cyclist, just think of it as a compact car that may be going slow; pass when it is safe to do so. Many times this will require that the other lane be clear, some times the lane may be wide enough for a low speed pass in the same lane.

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