When a person gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they accept certain responsibilities. By turning the key, drivers attest that they will drive carefully and responsibly, and they will pay close attention to their surroundings. Failure to uphold this responsibility, even for a few seconds, can result in a tragic accident.
This was apparently the case in a recent Ohio car accident, a collision that ended the life of a 21-year-old bicyclist. The victim was riding across the country in support of a multiple sclerosis charity.
She was struck from behind by an SUV as she rode across Ohio. The driver of the SUV, a 49-year-old woman, was adjusting her sun visor at the time of the crash, and apparently failed to spot the bicyclist.
Police say neither speed nor alcohol played a role in the collision; rather, the setting sun seems to have been a factor. Of course, the sun in one's eyes can be an issue in bicycle accidents, but it's generally not an excuse. Like most other weather conditions, drivers are expected to compensate to maintain roadway safety. Police are still investigating the incident; however, they have not yet stated whether they intend to press charges against the driver of the SUV.
Friends of the fallen bicyclist have expressed their condolences. She was a recent college graduate who was doing the charity ride in the name of her grandfather, who has multiple sclerosis. The young bicyclist was herself a cancer survivor, and wished to help anyone fighting a serious disease.
The Boston Globe, "N.H. Driver faces charges in deaths" Peter Schworm, Sep. 24, 2013