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to translate
1141 amulance requested
1144 = fatal

1039 = enroute

Incident: 1775 Type: Possible Fatality Location: TASSAJARA RD AT SHADOW HILL DR ThomasBrothers: 694 1E info as of: 6/26/2009 8:07:50 PM
ADDITIONAL DETAILS
7:46PM RDWY WILL BE SHUT DOWN FOR A LITTLE WHILE
7:17PM 1039 DUB PD LINE 31
7:15PM LNS NOW OPEN
6:57PM ETA 30 MIN FOR OPENING RDWY
6:43PM REQ SAVE TOW ETA
5:53PM ADVISE TMC APPROX 30 MINUTES FOR LANE OPENING
5:42PM 1039 CORONER
5:41PM LL CORONER
5:31PM 1039 SAVE TOW ENRT W/ 2 FLATBEDS AND A REGULAR RIG
5:27PM ALSO HAVE SAVE TOW ROLL W/ REGULAR RIG TO LIFT VEH
5:25PM ROLL 2 FLATBEDS FROM SAVE TOW
5:13PM 1039 1141
5:11PM MALE TRAPPED UNDER VEH
5:11PM BLKNG RDWY
5:11PM SIL HOND VS BICYLIST
RESPONDING OFFICERS STATUS
5:26PM CHP Unit On Scene
7:25PM CHP Unit On Scene
7:50PM CHP Unit On Scene
7:59PM CHP Unit On Scene
 

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ugh - awful news - bad way to go ...

rip
 

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Disturbing

CC Times

"Some people, anxious to get through the crash site, kicked pieces of the victim's bicycle out of the way as they passed, [Witness John] Kincaid said."

Tragic. :madmax:
 

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i love how losing control of a car is just something excusable that just happens to people. its never distraction, lack of ability, being stupid, or any of the real reasons. its basically ok to kill someone as long as you do it with an automobile.
 

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This occurred pretty close to my house. I could hear all the sirens going by on Tassajara & I looked it up on the traffic web site @ 5:15. I've been sitting at home the last couple days recovering from shoulder surgery feeling bummed I can't ride for a while and the summer is gonna be crappy. This sure puts things into perspective quickly.

RIP : Thoughts & prayers for the family.
 

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Man..thoughts go out to the family..horrible news

This is a couple of miles from my house. It's part of one of my standard training rides that I have done 100's of times. That much scarier when it's so close to home.
 

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Sounds like a very unfortunate accident to me. There is always a risk if you are on the road, whether you are in a car or bicycle.

If anyone should go to jail, I say send the people kicking pieces of the bike out of the way.
 

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I've seen the crazies on my commute 'over the hill' every day - people go into 'crazy mode' on Friday at 5pm. all care and common sense goes flying out the window, ... it's got to be the worst possible time to be on a bike (or a pedestrian too!)

just awful ...

sadly, my tag line reeks of 'truthiness' tonight ...
 

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Felton_Flyer is right - I try to stay off my road bike between ~ 3:00 to sundown on Fridays - at least on busy roads or routes that people are in "commute" mode. Even regular weekdays, I don't like to ride the road much after about 3:00 or so if I am off work. Some of us do a Friday evening ride out of Livermore and head out Mines Rd for a couple hours ride. We even drive part way to Del Valle to start as we miss that traffic on N. Livermore and part of Mines Rd. Once we get "out there" there are only a few cars that pass us - but even one or two of them are kinda a$$holes. I hope the guy went out fast and quickly. What a sad thing. That stretch of road can be scary in the middle of the day on a weekend...
 

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the lady in the car deserves to die as well
i felt the same way when i first read this, but i feel justice would be better served if she spent the rest of her life in a wheel chair. i just hope that poor guy was dead before he got dragged under the car. :madmax:
 

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If anyone should go to jail, I say send the people kicking pieces of the bike out of the way.
Agreed. You better have a good reason to be in such a hurry to be that disrespectful to the victim. Damn mindless commutig drones.
 

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I read this last night and was horrified by the description of the accident and the callousness of the people kicking the bike pieces out of the way.

I just found out that the rider was my manager. He leaves behind his wife and two young children.

RIP John
 

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Committee-X said:
Agreed. You better have a good reason to be in such a hurry to be that disrespectful to the victim. Damn mindless commutig drones.
The a-hole factor is high in that area around commute time. I have been yelled at to "get the Fu%^ off the road" on Highland rd which is right off Tassajara just a little north of where this accident occured. I won't ride Highland anymore during commute hours since these incidents, but I have continued to ride Tassajara. There isn't much of a shoulder on a good portion of Tassajara and cars do sometimes blaze past at a good clip.
 

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trail surgeon said:
I read this last night and was horrified by the description of the accident and the callousness of the people kicking the bike pieces out of the way.

I just found out that the rider was my manager. He leaves behind his wife and two young children.

RIP John
now i am really mad. :madman: my thought's go out to his family. please send them my condolences.
 

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"Walnut Creek financial services branch manager is mourned after he was killed in bicycle accident
By Theresa Harrington
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 06/28/2009 08:47:25 PM PDT
WALNUT CREEK - Friends and family are mourning the death of John Greaves, who was killed Friday evening after he was hit by a car while bicycling on Camino Tassajara Road near Dublin."
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_12710494
 

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Thanks for posting that. The name sounds very familiar, but not sure if I have met him.

As an experienced cyclist, I like to think that my odds are better. And I still believe that they are better than the average person cruising around on a bike. But obviously, accidents can happen to anyone.

Still, I wouldn't change my lifestyle out of fear that I could end up being run over. That could happen on the way to the trail, riding to work, or whatever. I saw some quote by the scientist in Antarctica that finally succumbed to cancer last week that said "it isn't how or when you die, but if or how you were alive".

John Greaves sounds like a person I would have wanted to know. I don't think he would have changed his riding habits, and either will I.
 
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