Bike, SUV Collide Fatal VA Beach Crash
Confusion over cycling laws and the right of way may have led to a Virginia Beach cyclist’s death this weekend. The June 2, 2018 accident occurred around 10 AM at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 16th street. Police say the cyclist was heading eastbound to cross over Pacific and 16th when a Kia Sorento struck him while in a crosswalk. Authorities say the cyclist did not have the right of way at the time of the collision. The driver stayed on scene and cooperated with police as they conducted their investigation. EMS took the cyclist to a local hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injuries. There are no charges pending for the driver.
Pedestrians may be used to having the right of way when dealing with many crosswalks, but when cyclists hit the road, they’re required to follow traffic laws. Too often, when a cyclist enters a crosswalk, cars screech to a halt to let them cross. This is not only disobeying the right of way, but it endangers the life of the cyclist and other drivers who may become confused by the law.
This tragic accident need not have happened, had the cyclist and driver been a little more vigilant to one another’s presence. While the driver of the SUV in this case may not be legally culpable, the incident reminds us all to share the road with cyclists, bikers and those on mopeds and scooters. There is no doubt that right of way law can be confusing, particularly when bicycles are involved, but slowing down and being mindful of others on the road is a surefire way to keep everyone safe.
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