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#1 2017-03-30 09:23:16

owlman
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Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17

Not much info yet.

Statesman wrote:

A bicyclist died after he was hit by a car in South Austin this evening, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

The man, who is estimated to have been in his 50s, died at the scene of South First and West Mary streets, EMS officials said. Medics got the 911 call at 7:25 p.m.

The driver stayed at the scene after hitting the cyclist, police said.

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#2 2017-03-30 23:35:31

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Re: Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17

Thanks for posting, Owlman.

It's always chilling when the death happens at a location I've biked before.

7:25 -- that's not even dark yet.

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#3 2017-03-31 15:47:28

owlman
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Re: Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17

Wow, the second cyclist fatality this month where the driver was arrested for DWI and police statements put the cyclist at fault.

I mean, it's certainly possible the cyclist's action was the cause of the crash, or that he was even was intoxicated himself, but if the driver was intoxicated I have to wonder about his reaction time and if the crash could have been avoided...

KXAN wrote:

The bicyclist killed Tuesday night on South First Street failed to yield the right of way, Austin police said.

According to the findings of the investigation, Frank Machacek, 47, was hit while attempting to cross east to west in the 1800 block of South First around 7:25 p.m. Police said he crossed the northbound lanes and continued in front of the person who ended up hitting him.

That driver, who was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, stopped and remained on scene after the crash. The driver has not yet been identified by police.

http://kxan.com/2017/03/31/apd-bicyclis … ht-of-way/

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#4 2017-03-31 20:19:00

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Re: Male 50s cyclist killed in collision at South 1st & Mary St, 3/28/17

MichaelBluejay wrote:

It's always chilling when the death happens at a location I've biked before.

7:25 -- that's not even dark yet.

Yeah a pedestrian died on Burnet the other day.  He was crossing at a spot I must have run across 1000 times over the last 11 years.  It is a crappy road with no shoulders or sidewalks and lot's of high speed traffic.  There is a light nearby. It doesn't turn very often, and when it does it doesn't give much time to get across.

7:25 pm is at that crappy time when the sun is low and drivers get blinded as they pass from shadow to light.  I am fortunate in that I have been able to adjust my work schedule so I never have to commute at that time, am or pm.  Not everyone has that luxury, but if it can be avoided, avoid it.

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