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Michael M. Lewy, 64, of Mayfield was pedaling east on Blowers Road in Mayfield at about 3:51 p.m. Tuesday and didn't stop at the intersection with Route 30, troopers said.

Lewy, who was wearing headphones at the time, entered the intersection directly in the path of a 2002 tri-axle dump truck traveling south on Route 30.
My sympathies to the family. I'll refrain from editorializing.


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djg21 said:
Wouldn't you agree that he would have been more apt to stop[ had he heard the approaching dumptruck?
no idea, what if it were a deaf cyclist? you should always stop and look both ways--most people learned this in kindergarten.
 

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Death by stereo.

Sad.

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Who the hell knows how it happened?

I don't ride in traffic with headphones, because I like to have all my senses available, but for traffic approaching from the front (or for stopsigns -- I've never heard a stopsign) the primary input is the eyes. Maybe he missed the stopsign because he was zoned out listening to his tunes, but who really knows. Maybe he would have done the same thing unplugged.

Maybe it was a suicide. We really don't know.

I was going to wonder if he was wearing a helmet, but if you get squashed by a dumptruck it probably wouldn't matter much.

An unfortunate event for him and his family, surely. Over 100 people die in auto accidents in this country every day. We don't think about it much, most of the time.
 

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I think this might fall in the "Stupidity fatality" area, and the headphones were just an additional symptom.

Weather he was stupidly wearing headphones, or stupidly blew through the stop sign without looking, really doesn't matter. It sounds like he was not being careful.

Without having all the facts, who knows. It sounds to me like the truck wasn't doing anything unpredictable, and the rider was careless.

A good reminder to be extra diligent on the way home today.
 

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How do you know it wasn't his shorts? Maybe they got bunched up and he was concentrating on crack removal and didn't notice the sign.

Quit always blaming wearing shirts for everything. Geesh.
 

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-Agree that it's a tragedy.
-Agree that it's not about the phones, but about getting in front of the BF Truck.
-Agree nonetheless that riding with headphones is generally stupid, though not for any reason apparently illustrated by this situation.

-Will say that when I wear phones in most any situation, I find it easy to 'lose myself', and so subtract some situational awareness that has nothing to do with the ability to hear. Hell, it's the very reason they're popular, so pretending it's not true would be the height of hypocrisy.

-I'm not willing to call that a contributing factor, as it's not an all-the-time thing, even when you'd want it to be. Same time, not having them on is inarguably wiser.

-Disagree? Fine. Just carry a signed liability waiver in your jersey pocket, along with a signed DNR. No reason the rest of us should have to pay for your stupidity.
 

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On my commute home(in the car) I saw a young cyclist moving along, sort of not holding his line. I tried to keep my distance from him because I had a feeling that he was the an inexperience street rider, probably because he blew each and every stop sign he came across. Without slowing down he crossed in front of me and blew the intersection turning left in front of pedestrians and cars. I just thought to myself he'll probably last about a month riding like that. sad.
 

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djg21 said:
Wouldn't you agree that he would have been more apt to stop had he heard the approaching dumptruck?
Totally agree. Yes, sight is your first defense (that and common sense), but there's definitely been a time or two when I've been distracted, forgetful, or just plain dumb, started out into the road or intersection at a bad time or Cali-stopped it, and been saved by my hearing.

Despite what some say, riding with 'phones may well have made the diff... we'll probably never know, since the one guy who does for sure is deceased.


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Pedestrians too...

In related news,
Wednesday, 09 July 2008

A new campaign launched by NSW police to curb pedestrian fatalities and injuries by deterring the use of portable music players while walking on busy streets has borrowed a page from Apple - the manufacturer of the popular iPod music player. Using scenes that resemble the electronics giant’s own ‘iconic’ campaign, the ads depict pedestrians lying dead on public streets, outlined in white by their fallen earphone cables.


 

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I notice when I'm passing someone with headphones, that they flinch a little when they realize I'm beside them. If I were to ride with headphones, I think I'd have a rear view mirror, and not blow through stop signs in front of dump trucks.
 

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djg21 said:
Well, you did editorialize by posting this with the title you picked. Don't be coy darling.

But I can see how you wouldn't want to embarass yourself further by coming right out and saying the headphones caused this guy to be killed. That's just silly and I'm sure you know it.
 
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