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Driver Charged in Wreck That Killed Cyclist

Posted July 10, 2007

— A Raleigh woman was charged Monday in connection with a June 25 wreck that killed a bicyclist, police said.

Patricia Anne Tyson, 65, of 190 Fieldspring Lane, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Tyson was turning onto Buck Jones Road from Farm Gate Road shortly before 5 p.m. on June 25 and crossed in front of Emily Sue Rosen, who was riding a bike southbound on Buck Jones Road, police said.

Rosen, 49, of 4705 Deerwood Drive, collided with the car and was thrown from her bike, police said. She died July 5 from her injuries.

Rosen was the director of visitor services at the North Carolina Museum of Art.


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  • sggoodri Jul 12, 2007

    Important transportation by bicycle will often involve use of important roads that serve important destinations.

    The idea that useful bicycle transportation can be planned primarily around use of unpopular, inconvenient, unimportant routes is completely unrealistic.

    Some people who get upset when existing roads limit their convenience given the traffic that uses them choose to blame those people whose travel mode is different from theirs. They wish to limit the travel of those "other" people to improve their own conveneince. But this prejudicial approach is at odds with fundamental American values of liberty, i.e. the right to travel to the destinations and at the times of one's choice, as well as fair and equitable use of public space. If the public facility is inadequate to meet popular demand, a more prudent approach would be to focus on improving the facility.

  • usnn Jul 11, 2007

    There's one reason motorists behave aggressively toward cyclists.
    It's pure cowardice.

  • human Jul 11, 2007

    Pinklady .......
    ...why are you slamming on brakes for cyclists.....you are not reading the road ahead.
    Dear lady the fact is cyclists are here and the law allows them to share the road.........you must follow the law and
    drive with care please.

  • norskagent Jul 11, 2007

    I am guilty of passing just enough stopped cars at a red light to ensure I make the light - I don't post up at the very front, just where I know I'll make it. Other than that, I ride like I drive, as legal as I can manage.

  • slugolicious Jul 11, 2007

    Regarding biking clothes, that's a personal preference. For those that don't bike, you may not understand the need for certain types of fabric and such. I buy the inexpensive, non-logo stuff from Performance bike because it's affordable. I don't wear it for looks but for comfort. Actually, some of it I do wear for looks because it's high visibility yellow and I want people to see me. Hopefully this accident will help make other drivers more aware of bikes on the road, whether you approve of bikes on the road or not.

  • slugolicious Jul 11, 2007

    (Ooops, got truncated)

    I don't ride in turn lanes if I'm not going to turn, etc. I'd say the majority of commuter bikers do the same. Yes, you'll get cyclists that don't follow the rules just as you'll get car drivers that don't follow the rules, and that spoils it for both sides.

    In a way, I look forward to gas reaching $6 or more per gallon. That'll help us think more seriously about the vehicle we use for commuting (a bike is considered a 'vehicle' by the DOT) and how we build roads. I'm not anti-vehicle. I have a gas-guzzling Suburban because we have 7 in the family and we fit in that size vehicle. My other vehicle is a Dodge Ram pickup and it gets worse mileage than the Suburban, but that's one of the reasons I commute by bike.

  • slugolicious Jul 11, 2007

    It's nice to see this discussion has become more civilized than it was yesterday. A lot of the comments assumed people ride bikes for enjoyment/exercise and that they should do it in parks or during non-rush hour. When I ride for pleasure, I try to do just that. However, I also commute by bike and I come to work and leave work about the same time everyone else does so there's no avoiding the time constraints. With the ever growing cul-de-sac mentality, there are fewer and fewer "through" roads that a bike can take to avoid congested areas. I always chuckle when I see the "bike friendly community" signs in Cary. Sure, Cary has a nice greenway system and I've ridden my bike on them, but that was for pleasure. For commuting, I'd say no awards are warranted.

    When I commute, I treat my bike like I'm driving a car. I don't pass other vehicles at red lights - I wait behind them in the order I arrived. I stop for stop signs. I signal when I'm turning. I don't ride in turn lanes i

  • Chrisatunc Jul 11, 2007

    Good to see that folks are pointing out that:

    -many people ride bikes on the roads for their commute to work, NOT just for recreation.

    -someone's decision to commute by bike is NOT necessarily for exercise - they might be making a conscience effort to not use gasoline (which, if they already own a bike, saves them money immediately and makes a small gesture towards a cleaner environment)

    -some cyclists spend time on websites/forums trying to plan routes that avoid busy roads when possible. Often there are no secondary roads and the cyclist doesn't want to be on that road any more than some of the drivers want them there!

    -riding a bike in the center of the lane through intersections/on narrow roads and, though not necessarily related, not riding on sidewalks, are both actions that the cyclist will do for safety, NOT for the sole purpose of annoying drivers or because the alternatives are 'equal but not preferred'.

  • Rolling Along Jul 11, 2007

    Depends on the stretch some of it is very narrow two lane some is 6+ I was just using it as a local example of how roads change over time with no consideration for something other than the motorized vehicle. If developers and planning boards would take the big picture under consideration instead of just blinding developing any empty land that comes along it would be an improvement. Unfortunately it is all about the money and nothing else.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 11, 2007

    I've only been cycling for a few months, but rarely have anyone behind me. I've found that one of the safest places to bike is on a main 4 lane road, because the lane is wide enough for people to pass easily and the wide shoulder gives me a safety margin. When I bike on New Bern from K-dale, the 440 interchange is the only place I hold up any traffic and that's just while I get out of the right lane which becomes a ramp to 440. I have been amazed by how friendly most people are when my intentions are clear.

    My weekend excercise routes are rural, but sometimes have a fair amount of traffic, but even there I've never backed up more than two and not even for a minute. Is it worth killing me over less than a minute?

    Sadly, none of this matters in this situation. Assuming the driver did not see her, there should still be consequences, although less severe than if she did see her.