Hit and Run … it can happen so fast and, of course, unexpectedly. It happened to me yesterday, June 5th. I was riding a trail which runs alongside of a busy road. I came to an intersection where I had to cross. The crosswalk is very well marked and there are pedestrian signals to help one get across the road. However, it is a very dangerous intersection with traffic turning and many of them pay no attention to the crosswalk. I had sat there patiently waiting for the traffic light to change after pushing the button for the crosswalk. It finally changed and I started across when suddenly I heard a corn horn and saw a white SUV appear cutting me off as he turned the corner. One thing I have learned is that in the state of Indiana crosswalks don’t mean anything to most motorists even though the law requires motorists to stop and yield to anyone who is in the crosswalk. Even the police do not obey this law. Anyway, this SUV cut me off turning right in front of me. My left foot (shoe), pedal and crankarm made solid contact with the side of his vehicle. I was definitely most fortunate to have “angels watching over me”. Basically nothing at all happened to me or my trike. I was surprised that there was no damage to my trike as I ran into the side of his SUV pretty hard. I braked hard but he cut me off causing the contact between vehicles to happen. He kept accelerating and wasn’t about to slow down. He took the right of way even though he didn’t have it. I was kept from having a scene like this one shown below. Again … angels watching over me.
With the impact which occurred I would expect my trike would have at least got tipped over on its side. I can only hope he received about $1000 damage to the side of his vehicle although I have no idea if any damage happened at all. He didn’t even bother to slow up much less stop. It was definitely a matter of hit and run. That is a very dangerous intersection for pedestrians and cyclists, especially going the direction I was going. As you can see in the image below the crosswalk is very well marked. I can’t help but think … what if I or someone else had been walking across that intersection and the motorist pulled that crap … somebody might very well have been killed.
Here is northern Indiana it is extremely rare to have any motorist stop for those in crosswalks.. And if someone does stop one still needs to be very careful as usually other motorists won’t stop. They will just keep on coming from the opposite direction and if they are going the same direction the stopped motorist is going chances are they will go around them. Trying to cross the street/road under these circumstances is very risky. And the worst of it is the police do absolutely nothing. As I said, they are among the worst offenders. Why nothing is done about this I don’t understand. I think the next time I am riding in that area I will “take the lane” on in the road. It is a whole lot safer.
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