The Valley News (out of White River Jct, VT) carried a story in Monday's
paper (5-3-99) about a 73 year "avid" cyclist struck behind and killed on rt
5 between Hartland and North Hartland, about 2 pm Saturday, May 1. The story
indicates that the driver apparently fell asleep and smashed into the
cyclist, and that alcohol was not involved.
From my experience, this section of rt 5 has very little traffic.
It was a horrible thing that happened and we all realize that being out
there as a cyclist or pedestrian increases our chances of being hurt;
apparently nothing could have been done to prevent the accident.
My concern is about a statement by the reporting trooper. The 7th paragraph
quoted VSP trooper DiMauro as saying, "It looked like he was in between the
white fog line and the road edge - right where he was supposed to be."
Probably DiMauro was trying to indicate that the cyclist didn't in any way
cause the accident, but can the BPC educate the the VSP about where a
bicyclist is "supposed to be"?