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    Another roadie hit and run fatality in San Diego

    I hate these stories. Just happened the last hour. I hope the scumbag driver gets hung:

    Bicyclist killed in Solana Beach

    A bicyclist was killed today in Solana Beach in a hit-and-run accident that happened just before noon. The person was riding on North Highway 101 at Solana Vista Drive when he was hit by what witnesses described as an older red Toyota 4Runner that has front-end damage and is missing a headlight, sheriff's officials said.

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    Update: Hope they nabbed the right guy:

    Arrest in hit-and-run death

    Escondido Police have arrested someone in connection with the hit-and-run accident that killed a bicylist just before noon in Solana Beach.

    Sheriff's deputies are meeting with Escondido police officers to question the driver suspected in the crash, a sheriff's deputy said. News of the arrest came while investigators were still at the crash site on North Highway 101 at Solana Vista Drive.

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    I am glad that they caught him at least. It is always sad to see someone lose their life to someone who isn't paying attention.
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    That's a real bummer. Sympathies to the cyclist's family and friends.

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    very sad

    I stopped riding on the asphalt after my kids were born. They need me. Someone probably needed that poor roadie too. Someone may even need the person that killed the roadie too.
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    Geez, more details:

    SOLANA BEACH – A 40-year-old woman riding a bicycle along the coast highway late Friday morning was hit and killed by an SUV whose driver failed to stop.
    Authorities said the driver was arrested at his home in Escondido an hour and a half later.

    The woman, a Solana Beach resident, was riding in the bike lane along the northbound side of North Highway 101 past Solana Vista Drive just before noon when she was struck by the SUV, whose driver veered into the bike lane, sheriff's Sgt. Randy Webb said.

    “He clipped her and did not stop,” Webb said.

    The impact threw the woman against a small tree. Her crushed bicycle ended up on the sidewalk some 70 feet away.

    A doctor who was passing by worked on the woman, but she died minutes after the accident.

    Webb said the crash was witnessed by a senior volunteer with the sheriff's department who followed the driver of the older red Toyota 4-Runner and called in the license number.

    That number led police to a residence on Rock Springs Road in Escondido where the SUV is registered.
    Escondido police officers went to the residence and took a man believed to be the driver into custody about 1:30 p.m., sheriff's Lt. Phil Brust said.

    Authorities have not identified the suspect. Police planned to transfer him to the custody of the sheriff's department, and were waiting Friday afternoon for a tow truck to impound the SUV, which was found at the suspect's home.

    Webb said the woman, whose name has not been released, was well known in the area and frequently went cycling along the highway. He said some of the firefighters summoned to the crash site knew her.

    She lived nearby and her husband came to the crash site.

    Webb said the woman was wearing a helmet.

    Parts of the vehicle were found at the site, including paint chips, a rear view mirror and the lens from the right headlight.

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    *gulp

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    That's very sad.

    They should hang the bastage.

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    Thats too bad. I ride that stretch pretty often, and its scary as hell. Its the drivers scrambing to find parking on the side of the highway, or waiting for parking while waiting in the bike lane!

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    Very sad news.

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    Why does the person have to be a "roadie?" Why not a bicylist? FWIW, she was riding a mountain bike. I saw the front half of the bike and the covered body - pretty much ruined my day thinking about how her husband and family must feel. It also happened on the north bound stretch of road where there are no businesses or parking.

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    My prayers go out to her family. I have no sympathy for the driver!

    Going to step on the soapbox for a second..... LIVE FOR TODAY, YOU HAVE NO GUARANTEE OF TOMORROW!

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    thats very sad news. my condolences to her family. how can the moron that hit her not stop at least? what a real p. o. s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afi823
    thats very sad news. my condolences to her family. how can the moron that hit her not stop at least? what a real p. o. s.
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    The moron will have time to reflect with his "new wife" in the state penetentairy.

    I cringe when I hear of these tragic events, knowing many of my ride friends frequent the blacktop and the dirt. Me, I stay away from "dodge car" and only ride offroad.

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    sad news indeed.
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    sad news indeed
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    Condolences to the family - that really is sad.

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    When I lived in SD I rode that stretch of road a lot in the summer months - when it just got too damn warm to ride inland on the dirt sometimes. Really sad to hear. I still ride the road in NorCal now, as I like the workout, but today traffic was scarier than normal. Feel lucky I got home OK. What a shame.

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    Ride of Silence

    Mark your calendar for May 16th. This one is in Irvine but there are also rides in San Diego and Fullerton.

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    Update: The a-hole driver was drunk

    When will people learn DON'T DRIVE DRUNK!!!

    VISTA – An Escondido man was charged with murder Thursday for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Solana Beach that killed a 40-year-old bicyclist.
    If convicted, Brian Stephen Carnes, 41, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison, prosecutor Brenda Daly said in an interview.


    Carnes was arrested 90 minutes after the March 16 accident on suspicion of causing a hit-and-run accident while intoxicated.
    Daly filed the murder charge based on Carnes' previous drunken-driving conviction and his blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident, which the prosecutor declined to reveal.

    A message left with Carnes' defense attorney was not immediately returned.

    Jeannie Franklin was pedaling north in the bike lane on North Highway 101 near Solana Vista Drive when she was hit by Carnes' SUV when it crossed into her lane, according to authorities. The noon-time collision sent Franklin into a small tree, where the Solana Beach resident died despite quickly getting medical assistance from a doctor.

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    15 years to life... that's not enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Warrior
    15 years to life... that's not enough!
    Nope it isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTP
    Carnes' previous drunken-driving conviction and his blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident
    I've never understood why the courts give people a second (and a third, and a fourth) opportunity to kill. The court's message, "You didn't kill anyone the first time so why don't you give it another shot. Keep trying until you get it right." Now he gets the gift of a maximum of 15 years. He'll never do the full 15.


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    Very very sad...
    Condolences to the family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Now he gets the gift of a maximum of 15 years. He'll never do the full 15.
    And when he gets out what use will he be to the world anyway? Just kill the bastich right now.
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    Did that piece of crap get 15 to life or 15 max?
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    Education instead of just retaliation...

    I come across sad news such as the hit and run accident that killed the cyclist in Solana Beach at least a couple of times a month...It worries me because the situation seems to be getting worse as San Diego county becomes more dense in population, more people ride bikes due to gas prices...
    What I find even more shocking is that the majority of the posts here are filled with hatred and
    revenge; does putting the guy in jail forever prevents another guy (or girl) just like him from hitting another cyclist next week? I'm not so sure about that...
    As much as I believe someone should be held responsible for their crimes, if we don't educate the rest of the population on how to share the roads we are not solving anything.
    I think we would be better served if some of our energy directed here showing our outrage would instead be directed to some cause that educated drivers, cyclists, joggers; we could lobby for better road signs and street signalization that could minimize such accidents.
    I know that we could make our roads safer if we got together and brainstormed the possibilities, aside from "hanging the guilty bastards"...

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    Yup, that'll do it!

    more hugs for drunk drivers and a few more signal lights
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duzitall
    more hugs for drunk drivers and a few more signal lights

    brother...I'm not suggesting that we don't prosecute the bastards! But if we don't do something ELSE other than just throwing people in jail we are not solving jack s____...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnGoose
    brother...I'm not suggesting that we don't prosecute the bastards! But if we don't do something ELSE other than just throwing people in jail we are not solving jack s____...
    It does keep that one person from killing others.

    I agree that something needs to be done about drivers "seeing" peds and cyclists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnGoose
    brother...I'm not suggesting that we don't prosecute the bastards! But if we don't do something ELSE other than just throwing people in jail we are not solving jack s____...

    Here's my take on this, not knowing the others in this thread.

    Education and good infrastructure such as bike lanes are important. But they have limits.

    I've cycled PCH between UCSD and Leucadia dozens, if not hundreds of times. For most of the route, there is a pretty well marked bike lane, there are almost always cyclists using it, and sight lines are good. So all in all, a pretty good place to cycle and cyclists along there should be no surpise to motorists.

    Now, take the case at hand. Someone with prior convictions for DUI hits and kills a cyclist, then flees the scene. I don't know, but suspect, that the driver in this case has had plenty of education on the effects and dnagers of drunk driving, and chose to ignore that experience. So maybe sending them to prison for 15 or 20 years will have an educational effect on others who might not think much about drinking and driving.

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    15 to 20

    15 to 20 years is a long time for vehicular manslaughter and after reading all these posts this guy should be prosecuted to fullest extent because well he has priors and hit an run. I also do believe that more education is needed for drivers in sharing the roads. I know am not perfect but I have driven drunk before and I bet the majority of you guys have driven drunk before. We are lucky because we did not hurt anybody and for myself I have never had a DUI. I look at these stories about people and families being killed by drunk drivers and I feel bad and also I think I could have been the person to take out these loved ones.I bet if any of you guys hit someone and killed them you guys would be getting Johnny Cochran if he was alive today and if you could afford him to save your skin.

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    another fatality 3/30/07 in SD

    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007..._163_30_07.txt

    I know in SF a while back, roadies would ride down market st. the last Friday of the month to let other commuters know they were there. This was as a result of a number of bike messenger deaths caused by cars. I used to see them ride from the pier at the start of Market, causing traffic havoc all the way down. Cars would have to acknowlege them from their numbers alone. Is there anything like this down here? If not is sounds like there should be.

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