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Bystanders Aid Bicyclist Hit by Car in Tonawanda (Buffalo)
WBEN 930AM Buffalo NY ^ | 8/22/2013 | wben.com

Posted on 08/22/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT by mikrofon

Bystanders Aid Bicyclist Hit by Car in Tonawanda

Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) A young bicyclist was rescued by a number of onlookers after he was hit by a car at a busy Tonawanda intersection Thursday afternoon.

Angelo tells WBEN's Tom Bauerle he was about to make a turn at Sheridan and Delaware when he saw a car hit a young man on a bicycle. "She says he just came in front of her," says Angelo. He cleared the intersection and jumped into action, and was not alone. "It had to be at least a dozen people, everybody, men, women..." described Angelo. "The kid was screaming to help him. When I stood up, people from all over helped him. When we picked up the car, I screamed for someone to drag him out." Angelo says the boy's leg was "bent in half."

Another witness says he saw people running to the scene to rescue the boy. "Half his body was underneath the car," says the witness. "It appears he may have some fractures, but his head and everything looked pretty good."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bicycling; buffalo; community; heroism
A story of near-tragedy, and heroism & community spirit from the Buffalo area today -- NOTHING to do with Obama's visit & blather much earlier, although it did take place not too far from that venue.

I'd recommend the audio clip on the site with Angelo, who was one of the citizen heroes...

1 posted on 08/22/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT by mikrofon
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To: mikrofon

Nobody should ride bicycles in traffic. They are just a nuisance — they are flat out dangerous.


2 posted on 08/22/2013 6:10:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mikrofon

Bikes should not be on roads. They cause danger for everyone and should be on the sidewalks.


3 posted on 08/22/2013 6:11:31 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: mikrofon
When I stood up, people from all over helped him.

Yep. That's Americans for you.

4 posted on 08/22/2013 6:16:16 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: mikrofon
Tonawanda?

Merrycar has strange placenames

5 posted on 08/22/2013 6:16:44 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Drone strike on Michael Grunwald: you know it makes sense)
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To: Truth2012
Bikes should not be on roads. They cause danger for everyone/b> and should be on the sidewalks.

I have tried to find evidence of cyclists killing any motorists in recent decades. The very few that I have found have almost exclusively been cases where a road rage incident ends with a cyclist delivering a lethal beating to a motorist who stopped and wanted to mix it up.

Recently a San Francisco cyclist pleaded guilty to causing the death of a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

I agree cyclist who are idiots are a danger to themselves, but a danger to motorists? Get over yourself.

6 posted on 08/22/2013 6:28:46 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Oztrich Boy

Near Buffalo and Grand Island. People have to help each other in Tonawanda because they have serious snow, driven by lake-effects. It’s healthy for locals to band together to deal with nature.

Unfortunately they also band together in unions as if employers were a natural enemy.


7 posted on 08/22/2013 6:29:32 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: Truth2012; BenLurkin

There’s a law that anyone over 10-y/o is prohibited from riding a bike on the sidewalk.

The relative merits of bicycles as road vehicles aside, a genuine, heartwarming story in contrast to the vapid hero-worship demonstrated here earlier today...


8 posted on 08/22/2013 6:31:32 PM PDT by mikrofon (Inspirational vs. Uninspiring)
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To: Castlebar

Agreed.

Progressives hate SUVs and we hate bicycles?

Which side do can openers fall on? What’s our position on microwave ovens?


9 posted on 08/22/2013 6:31:33 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: BenLurkin

They are putting all kinds of bike lanes in where I live
while taking regular automobile lanes away.


10 posted on 08/22/2013 6:36:03 PM PDT by funfan
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To: mikrofon

That is a stupid law. Having the bikes on the street is insane and those people are taking their lives into their hands.

Frankly- I could not muster up sympathy for any bicycle rider on a street. I really hope they end up getting forced off the road or charged so much money to use the street and carry insurance, that they have to take themselves out.

Most of them are reckless.

That’s the truth.


11 posted on 08/22/2013 6:39:05 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Oztrich Boy
It's an injun name.

It means fat girl; literally ton of Wanda.

Ok, I made the fat girl part up, but it is an American (Tuscarora) Indian word.

12 posted on 08/22/2013 6:57:31 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Castlebar
I agree cyclist who are idiots are a danger to themselves, but a danger to motorists? Get over yourself.

Obviously you live under a rock.

Elpaso Countyline, a road I have drive to get home.

Bicyclist's are always putting drivers in danger. Will they drive the bike paths provided?

oh NO! they're too good for that, they have to ride the damn road, forcing us to ride behind them at 15 or 20 as they struggle up the hills, or do we cross the center to pass them, risking a head on?

One of these days............

13 posted on 08/22/2013 7:03:29 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

> Bicyclist’s are always putting drivers in danger

Correct, at the very least because cars have to cross double center lines into the opposing lane.


14 posted on 08/22/2013 7:54:42 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Castlebar

What does it do to the life of an innocent car driver who while being careful accidentally splats an arrogant d***head homo middle-finger flashing skinhead spandex clad bicylist?

What does it do to car safety when time after time we have to cross double center lines into opposing traffic.

You are all full of s***.


15 posted on 08/22/2013 7:56:48 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: old-ager

Not to mention your stupid bird-head helmets.


16 posted on 08/23/2013 5:51:10 AM PDT by old-ager
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To: mikrofon
UPDATE: Sorry to report, the young cyclist has succumbed to his injuries-

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/town-of-tonawanda/bicyclist-13-pinned-beneath-car-freed-by-bystanders-2013082

17 posted on 08/23/2013 11:55:02 AM PDT by mikrofon (+ Prayers for the Family & Driver +)
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To: old-ager
What does it do to the life of an innocent car driver who while being careful accidentally splats an arrogant d***head homo middle-finger flashing skinhead spandex clad bicylist?

The cyclist in question was a child, now deceased. You are clearly in the middle of a homosexual panic.

What does it do to car safety when time after time we have to cross double center lines into opposing traffic.

When you do this you are

1. breaking the law, and

2. responsible for any damage or injuries that you inflict as a result.

You should consider cessation of all driving until you are able to bring your driving skills up to the bare minimum standards, and when you do resume driving consider this option:

Start obeying the law.

You are all full of s***.

Classy. Old ager, are you of the age where we read about you mistaking the brakes for the gas and driving through the wall of the Golden Corral?

18 posted on 08/23/2013 6:42:30 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Balding_Eagle
Sure, I guess we could discuss the tens of thousands of motorists killed by cyclists on El Paso County line.

Alternatively, you could sober up take a bite of a reality sandwich, admit that no motorists are being hurt by cyclists, get a real life and get over yourself and deal with the 7 seconds of your life that you once lost slowing down for a cyclist.

Or if you can't handle that much reality, maybe you shouldn't bother sobering up.

But thanks for sharing the road, thanks for obeying the law, and thanks for coming to work today!

19 posted on 08/23/2013 6:52:57 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: mikrofon

I want the bicyclists on the road, not mixed with pedestrians.

I just had surgery 15 days ago, on my shoulder, from being run into on a mixed use pathway.

Fast moving cyclists hits senior citizen, slams him to ground, flees scene.

Shoulder (humoral head)shattered into 3 parts. Now has 12 screws. Just kicked narcotic pain meds, which make me sick.

Keep cyclists off pedestrian walkways!!!


20 posted on 08/23/2013 7:56:28 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Castlebar

> Start obeying the law.

The law isn’t working very well, but in trying not to cross the center line, I am starting to pass these people more closely, which they don’t like (more f*** you and fingers).

You’re not doing a bad job being a pr?ck bicyclist. Your fellow pri?cks will congratulate you, before one or another of you gets cracked on the pavement.


21 posted on 08/23/2013 10:36:16 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Castlebar

> The cyclist in question

no, there are many to choose from. Just thinking there’s a wall around you doesn’t make it so. You’re likely to get your body busted up nicely some time, and I feel very sorry for the motorist who does it to you. But I won’t feel sorry for you, because like your fellow bird-head fools, you’re an arrogant, self deceived pr?ck.


22 posted on 08/23/2013 10:38:54 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Castlebar

> mistaking the brakes for the gas and driving through the wall of the Golden Corral

something to think about when you’re out there
- going at an unsafely low speed
- hard to see
- having no protection around you

dumb$hit


23 posted on 08/23/2013 10:42:05 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: truth_seeker

> Keep cyclists off pedestrian walkways!!!

and roads


24 posted on 08/23/2013 10:46:34 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: Castlebar

I was responding to your assertion that no motorists are being put at risk.

Crossing the yellow line, even though it’s legal, is a risky proposition, which is something motorists have to do daily to deal with bicyclists. If you can do deal with 10 or 20 spread out cyclists in 7 seconds you’re either a better driver than me, or don’t give the cyclists as much courtesy as me.

Or the bicyclist couple who decided to drive north on I-25, I was southbound so I was able to observe rather than be part of the fiasco, they had to have a Highway Patrol escort to prevent them from being driven over (I presume), the backup was over 8 miles.

Those 90% of self absorbed cyclists give the other 10% a bad name.

The conclusion I have come to is that most cyclists are Leftists whose sole mission on their trips is to inflict as much of their belief on others as they can.


25 posted on 08/24/2013 6:25:51 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I was responding to your assertion that no motorists are being put at risk.

Crossing the yellow line, even though it’s legal, is a risky proposition, which is something motorists have to do daily to deal with bicyclists.

So motorists do it daily, it's a constant thing, a jillion times every day, and the number of motorists whose deaths are caused annually by cyclists is......what?

I'll help you with that research. Other than the surprising number of deaths from face-to-face altercations and fistfights (mostly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand) there is ONE case (about 10 years ago in South Georgia) where:

- a cyclist ran a red light, caused a woman motorist to swerve into the path of an oncoming semi. Ultimately, the cyclist was sentenced to two years for manslaughter. I HAVE FOUND NO OTHER CASES; if you can, I'd be happy for you to enlighten me.

Alternatively you could simply make some up from whole cloth, as you do with your imagined motivations of cyclists.

26 posted on 08/24/2013 9:00:41 AM PDT by Castlebar
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To: old-ager
Castelbar wrote: Start obeying the law.

Old-Ager: The law isn’t working very well, but in trying not to cross the center line, I am starting to pass these people more closely, which they don’t like (more f*** you and fingers).

Actually it sounds like the law is just fine; it's just that you're not driving very well.

Old-Ager:something to think about when you’re out there

- going at an unsafely low speed

My speed is fine. I have been riding for decades, very heavily for the last one. No collisions or dangerous spills; it's great!

- hard to see

Wow, you weren't kidding about being an 'old-ager'. Maybe time for new prescription? Or maybe just let the grandkids have the keys. In the meantime, I'll avoid the window seats at the Golden Corral.

- having no protection around you

My protection is my alertness and my firm refusal to do anything illegal or stupid (since cyclist error if the cause of about 5 of every 10 cyclist fatalities.) In the case of the young man (whose death you are so classlessly celebrating) was traveling east-west at the time, he was at fault (if North-South it was the driver's.)

27 posted on 08/24/2013 9:18:58 AM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Castlebar

It is a constant thing.

Now you can go back to your self absorbed cycling.


28 posted on 08/24/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle
It is a constant thing.

What is a constant thing? Cyclist interactions with motorists? That was a given.

Motorist deaths from mean scary cyclists? Ask your doctor about the dosage on your Xanax.

You making up stuff out of whole cloth? I believe you.

29 posted on 08/24/2013 9:24:23 AM PDT by Castlebar
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To: BenLurkin

If they want access to the roads then they should be made to pay for them via license plates at the same cost of our vehicles......


30 posted on 08/24/2013 9:26:10 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Castlebar

Castlebar, like many others, you are lying to yourself.
You have no right to endanger my speed of travel, my safety (yes), or my peace of mind.
BTW I’ve logged thousands of miles on bicycles. But I stayed out of the way of cars, a practice that’s not popular.


31 posted on 08/24/2013 12:17:20 PM PDT by old-ager
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To: funfan

That’s part of a program called “Complete Streets” which in turn is part of Agenda 21. Say that too much in public and you’ll get called a nut or a tin-foil-hatter. So you know it’s spot on. As in, if you’re catching flak, you’re probably over the target.


32 posted on 08/24/2013 12:20:57 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Castlebar
"Ask your doctor about the dosage on your Xanax." "You making up stuff out of whole cloth?"

Those kinds of 'arguments' (Jillions, really?) mean one thing.

You realize you've lost and have only hyperbole to fall back on.

You should try to be be more gracious.

33 posted on 08/24/2013 1:02:22 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: old-ager
Castlebar, like many others, you are lying to yourself.

Wow. Any backup data? Or are you going to stick with the laughable gratuitous assertions?

You have no right to endanger my speed of travel, my safety (yes), or my peace of mind.

Agreed. And I never will.

BTW I’ve logged thousands of miles on bicycles. But I stayed out of the way of cars, a practice that’s not popular.

OK. so were these miles logged on the road, where you say I should be shamed to cycle, or in your hallucinations?

34 posted on 08/24/2013 7:39:37 PM PDT by Castlebar
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To: Balding_Eagle
Obviously you live under a rock. Elpaso Countyline, a road I have drive to get home. You realize you've lost and have only hyperbole to fall back onp>Actually I have asked unambiguous questions which you have dodged like a whining b!tch

Bicyclist's are always putting drivers in danger.

And you have either

(a)provided copious evidence for this, with names motorists killed by cyclist misbehavior,(NOT)

(b) or proven that you are have other neuro-psycho issues going on.

There I no "c".

or do we cross the center to pass them, risking a head on? One of these days............

Threatening to kill someone on the internet? Smart...............

35 posted on 08/24/2013 7:50:00 PM PDT by Castlebar
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