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    Sedona: rider hit by car on 179 near Yavapai Vista trailhead

    He looked like a roadie, but I didn't see his bike. He wasn't moving when I drove by. Three or four cars had already stopped to attend to him, and a good samaritan was holding up a windshield sunscreen to shade him from the sun, so I continued on to the Yavapai Vista trailhead with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. He was hit 100-200 yards before the Yavapai Vista trailhead entrance as you travel south on 179--where the southbound road is two lanes wide plus a bike lane.

    From the Yavapai Vista trailhead parking lot, I heard the paramedics arrive. After the paramedics left, three police cars escorted the lady who hit the cyclist into the Yavapai Vista trailhead parking lot and stopped adjacent to where I was parked, so I could hear what the cop in charge was saying to the lady.

    The cop told the lady (plate number AHV6513/AZ) that based on the witness statements and the damage to her car's right side, he was citing her for striking a cyclist in the bike lane. I couldn't quite hear her reply, but it was something like, "But I barely hit him." The cop then tried to explain to the lady that when you drive a car at 35mph into a cyclist and barely hit them, you can still kill them.

    She then said, "You should be stopping people coming down this path!", by which I think she meant that the cop should be citing mountain bikers for riding down the mountain bike paths at Yavapai Vista trailhead.

    As far as I could tell, she did not exhibit any remorse, and she was basically telling the cop that cyclists are the problem--not her.

    My best wishes go out to the downed cyclist, and I hope he has a full and speedy recovery.

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    It certainly seems if you ride on the road it's not a question of if you might get hit, but when?

    A few years back, my son's Sunday school teacher got hit and subsequently died while walking home from the gym. The driver apparently found it more important to pay attention to their phone than the road. Sadly, this seems to be normal behavior when I observe other drivers out on the road these days.

    Prayers for the rider's recovery with no permanent effects.
    The only trace I leave behind is tire marks.

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