11350Re: Two takes on "green" cars
- May 1, 2009Sorry to hear about your friend, but this seems like an accident borne of a careless driver rather than a silent car.
Any time I see a car stopped at an intersection I think it's safe to cross, as did your friend. Since cars generally are bigger and faster than pedestrians and cyclists, you don't have much time, if any, to react to a car that decides to enter the intersection you're already in, even if you do hear an engine revving.
--- In email@example.com, Jason Meggs <jmeggs@...> wrote:
> Glad to hear the "silent" car hazard is being studied.
> A friend of mine who is pregnant was recently struck by a prius while riding
> her bicycle, injuring her sacrum and complicating her pregnancy with severe
> pain from the injury.
> The prius was stopped, evidently the driver was talking on the phone. My
> friend, an experienced cyclist, rode out into the intersection to cross and
> was suddenly on the driver's hood, then the street, didn't hear the car
> coming. Brings the "gun with a silencer" concern home, personally.
> The police still have not issued a report, months later, and I have to fear
> based on experience that it will be unfairly disfavorable to her.
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