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Cyclist Shot In Self Defense – For Running INTO A Truck And Beating Driver…

August 2012
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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.

Northline – Heading West thru Telegraph

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 driverSEVEN 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…

Northline, heading east. Notice the markings for the dedicated right turn lane.

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.

Aug. 30, 2012, 5:26 a.m. EDT

AP

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.

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2 Comments

  1. Kieran says:

    Every reading of this story puts the cyclist firmly in the wrong — having caused an accident and then assaulted the pickup driver.

    But what I cannot reconcile is the driver’s decision to shoot the guy. Just picture the scene — there’s this angry cyclist standing outside the guy’s cab, trying hard to punch him through the window, a small opening in an otherwise metal truck body. All I can imagine is angry, ineffectual flailing, with no threat of the driver even being bruised, let alone killed or seriously injured (the threshold for using deadly force in self defence.)

    And it’s really sad, because the driver had tons of options available to him. He could have leaned away from the window, putting himself completely out of range of the cyclist’s fists. He could have grabbed the guy’s arm, and using the huge advantage by not being the one reaching through the window, pinned it. He could have opened the door and slammed it into the cyclist, using his legs for extra force. He could have just put the truck in gear and driven off.

    Unfortunately he chose to use deadly force in response to being punched, probably very ineffectually, in the face. I doubt that this will stand up in court as self defence.

    So I don’t side with either of them. If the driver hadn’t pulled the gun, the cops would likely have gone after the cyclist, charged him for assault, and nobody would be dead. But the driver really screwed up, and is going to have to live with the consequences.

    • bgddyjim says:

      None of that matters. The cyclist is dead and the driver will be a free man very shortly.

      Did the cyclist deserve to be shot? Probably not, but that asshole did absolutely deserve to be beaten within an inch of his life, relegated to eating through a tube for the next year or two.

      Criminals feed on the misplaced decency of a civilization, the people that they rape, beat and murder.

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