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Sad News from Denver & San Francisco

This past Sunday, Denver first-grade teacher Lillian Collier was hit by a car while riding her bike. She incurred a serious brain injury and is fighting to regain consciousness. Lily’s family and friends remind everyone to please wear a helmet. For more information or to donate (money or even just kind words) visit www.LillianCollier.org.

We also just heard from Gwadzilla that Kirk Janes, a S.F. bike messenger, died after colliding with an automobile this morning. Our hearts go out to his friends and family. Read more at www.sfgate.com.

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  1. JohnMay 23, 2008 at 5:32 am

    it is indeed sad news

    (but note that a helmet would be way outside it’s parameters in an accident involving a car).

  2. JoshMay 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Not good.

  3. jimmyMay 23, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    shit sucks.

  4. Urban JeffMay 23, 2008 at 7:34 pmAuthor

    I have to say I disagree with the notion that a bike helmet would have done no good in this situation. I can’t say it would have definitely improved the outcome, but I can’t help but think it could have helped lessen the damage.

  5. TerryMay 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Helmet or not, the problem was that apparently a car hit a bicycle. The solution is not a helmet, but a way to keep the cars from hitting bicycles. Protection after the crash is good, but preventing the crash to begin with is better. Even something as small as blinky taillights can help in this matter. More severe penalties for offending automobile drivers would also be good. Since many people don’t care about others on the road, a severe penalty might make them pay more attention because the penalty would affect themselves. In other words, if concern for others won’t work, then fear of a heavy penalty for hurting others just might.

    Those involved have my sympathy in both cases.

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