Bicycle riders throughout New York State and around the country may understand all too well how vulnerable they are on public roads. When people ride bicycles on their own time, they may feel especially subject to road conditions; that’s why many enjoy partaking in professional rides that provide extra safety and freedom for participants. Sadly, though, being surrounded by fellow riders does not necessarily ensure one’s safety. An entire community is mourning the loss of two bicycle riders that were recently killed in a tragic accident with a car.
Bicycle accidents happen every day across the nation and are increasingly common in some states. In New Hampshire, for example, cyclist fatalities are on the rise, and it’s estimated that the state ranks among the top five for these types of deaths. And while thousands of bicycle riders may be involved in a serious accident with another vehicle, participants of organized rides may not be much safer.
The Tri-State Seacoast Century ride was touched by tragedy recently, when two ride participants died and two others were injured in a collision with a car 15 miles into the ride. Those familiar with the event acknowledge that cyclists are forced to ride among other vehicles because the route is 100 miles long and spans three states. Though, it’s noted that the club sponsoring the ride prioritizes safety and had an increased level of law enforcement present for the event.
Even so, two riders were injured and two others were killed when a car allegedly crossed lanes and struck them head on. The accident investigation is currently underway and it appears that authorities are looking into the medical state of the driver that caused the accident. If she is found to have been under the influence at the time, charges may be filed.
Source: The Boston Globe, “Bicyclists in deadly N. H. crash shared bond,” Jeremy C. Fox, Sep. 23, 2013