Where to begin with this story, and lessons abound… This is going to be messy – I can see it now. First, this is why cyclists get a bad rap. I’ll do the reporting that the reporters were either too lazy, or inept to do in the first place. Here are the facts as reported:
The cyclist was riding either on or near Telegraph and Northline Roads in Taylor, Michigan – Telegraph, a road that only a complete idiot would try to cycle on or across, especially at speed – having done a fair amount of business in that area and being an avid cyclist myself, I know what the hell I’m talking about. According to reports, and they’re leaving out a bunch of pertinent facts as reports normally do, the cyclist was going straight and a pickup truck turned right – in front of him. According to an eye-witness, the cyclist “ignored a ‘do not cross’ pedestrian sign”. The cyclist, after hitting the pickup, got up and began beating on the driver through the driver side window – he punched the driver upwards of seven times before the driver pulled a legally carried pistol and shot the assailant who later died in surgery. The driver waited on the scene for police to arrive.
So, here’s what they’re missing – and I’ll get to the National AP Report, another report entirely that seemingly purposely misinforms its readers of what happened – because one can’t piece together what actually happened based on the shoddy reporting:
Under every circumstance that I can think of, the cyclist was at fault for the accident. That’s right, way I read this (having not been there, but knowing how to ride the roads) the accident was the cyclist’s fault. All corners of both roads have sidewalks and dedicated right turn only lanes – “dedicated” for the purpose of this post, means if you are in that lane, you must turn right. There are three possible scenarios here. The cyclist was riding on the sidewalk and blew through the pedestrian light – he was foolishly applying road rules to the sidewalk and blew through the pedestrian light hitting a legally turning truck. The second was that the cyclist was on the road, riding in the dedicated right turn lane and continued straight – into the side of the truck. Had the cyclist (who was obviously riding straight through the intersection) been in the proper lane (the right thru lane, not the right turn lane), he wouldn’t have been able to hit the truck. The third scenario has a shared culpability. The cyclist is riding in the right turn lane (the wrong lane) hoping to go straight through the intersection. The driver of the pickup truck overtakes the cyclist in the thru lane and turns right, in front of the cyclist causing the cyclist to run into him.
If you look at the image, the camera would be in the right lane of Northline heading west (I believe, the direction does not matter – the same rules apply for all four corners of the intersection – even though Telegraph is a Boulevard). You’ll see the black car making a right turn from the right turn lane, and ironically enough, a red pickup truck next to turn. In the second image of that same intersection, only facing East on Northline, you can see the marking on the road dedicating it a right turn only lane. So the facts are the facts – the cyclist messed up, and then beat the driver – SEVEN times because of the cyclist’s mistake, before the armed motorist, defending his life, shot the cyclist. It’s a God forsaken shame – meaning at some point in this altercation, God was left sitting on the curb instead of one of those two yahoos bringing him into it – but it is what it is. That cyclist is dead and there ain’t anything bringing him back. Without being there, if I had to make a judgement call with the information I have, I’d have to side with the driver of the pickup though. I would have to say, judging on the facts as presented, and taking into account what I know about that intersection, the cyclist beat an innocent man because of his own ignorance of bicycle safety. Did he deserve to be shot? That’s
a tough one…
Now, to the AP Story that I mentioned at the beginning of the post. Here it is in its entirety:
Police: Driver fatally shoots bicyclist in Mich.
TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — Police say a motorist has fatally shot a bicyclist who caused a traffic accident in suburban Detroit by riding into the driver’s path.
Taylor police say the bicyclist died during surgery following the Wednesday night shooting and the 46-year-old motorist from Taylor was taken into custody.
Police say the pair began arguing after the bicyclist disregarded a “Do Not Cross” signal, causing the motorist to strike him. Witnesses told police the motorist pulled a pistol and fired one round at the bicyclist, striking him in the chest. The motorist stayed at the scene until police arrived.
The bicyclist was identified by police as a man, possibly in his late 30s to early 40s. The motorist was being held pending possible charges from prosecutors.
Now, this report follows the left/liberal narrative – What’s missing? As always (amazingly) is the case, the fact that the cyclist beat the hell out of the motorist before he was shot is completely left out of the story… So all the AP readers (all across the country) have is that a cyclist was shot for arguing with a motorist. This follows a narrative, the idea of which is that guns should not be carried by mere citizens of the United States, so to sway public opinion, any chance they can, they leave the reason for the use of a firearm out of the story. Don’t buy it? When’s the last time you ever heard of a national news story that went too far in justifying a shooting? I’ve never seen that, but you see hackery like this all the time.