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Menlo Park Cycling Accident Settlement

Original post made by Anon., Crescent Park, on Jun 16, 2010

I'd like to apologize in advance if this offends or hurts anyones feelings about this incident. I am very sorry to read about this loss of life and do not intend to undermine in any way the personal loss that this "family" has suffered, although it is also not clear if this was a family or a single individual spouse's loss. In any case I am sorry to hear about the accident.

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Posted by Mario
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm

You should read

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Note the most frustrating fact: the police did not report properly the cause of the accident and blamed without any proof the cyclist:

"Insofar as the accident investigation, the Police traffic collision report attempted to find Deborah at fault in committing this code violation: "no person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided in this chapter in the event any other vehicle may be affected by this movement." The Police depositions confirmed that there was absolutely no evidence to support such a code violation. The obvious Police bias against Deborah in this accident investigation is concerning for all bicyclists."

In general, I find the police reporting in Silicon Valley for bike accidents to be overly in favor of not blaming the motorists but the cyclists. The most notorious case happened on Alpine road where a cyclist was fatally struck from behind by a semi-trailer truck but the police reported fault on the cyclist. It was obvious from how the cyclist was struck that it was from behind but the police ignored the most basic facts. This collision is now being reopened.