Archive for August, 2010
The late Edwin Gardner, formerly of Nashville, has been cleared of blame in the collision in which he was bicycling and was struck last month by an SUV in Charleston, S.C., police say. Gardner, a long-time bicycler and bicycling advocate, had been listed as the cause of the July 21 collision in the original Charleston Police Department report.
An outcry from the bicycling community had brought additional scrutiny after the wreck that resulted in his death. Police say the first report had been made with limited information and that the department’s Fatal Collision Team has now examined the scene, the vehicle and the bicycle.
Charlotte White, 21, of Sumter, S.C., the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, was re-interviewed along with an original witness. Several other witnesses were also located and talked with.
“After careful consideration of the additional evidence obtained, the facts now reveal that Mr. Gardner was in fact not a contributor to this collision,” a press release from the Charleston Police Department says.
White will be charged with “following too closely,” it says. Bicyclists in South Carolina and elsewhere have advocated for years for officials not to determine fault before interviewing the bicycler or carefully evaluating a scene in terms of a bicycler’s rights to the road.
The situation involving Gardner focused new attention on the topic.
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Dispatchers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirm that all lanes of I-75 have now been reopened after a tanker accident early Tuesday morning.
A state trooper on the scene of the tanker accident at I-75 says as of 10:30 am, one northbound lane is now open. They hope to have both lanes re-opened within the hour.
He also released the name of the truck driver who was injured in the accident. John Estep of Gate City, Virginia, was taken by helicopter to UT Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
Interstate 75 North in Anderson County and north Knox County will be closed for several more hours according to a THP trooper. A diesel fuel truck hit a car earlier overturning and leaking fuel onto the road and into the creeks near mile marker 121. Traffic is being diverted off the interstate at the Callahan Rd. exit.
Sometime after 6:00 am, the driver of a 2000 Pontiac was traveling north when his tire blew. He tried to move the car out of traffic, but it remained in the left lane. A THP trooper says that the driver saw a truck coming towards him and tried to flag him down but could not get the trucker’s attention in time.
The 2007 International Tractor Trailer from Frazier and Mann out of Virginia hit the car and flipped puncturing the tank which was carrying around 7400 gallons of diesel full. The driver of the tanker was transported by Lifestar to UT Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
A Knoxville man is dead after an accident on Burnett Station Road Monday morning.
According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Michael David Pace, 48, was driving south on Burnett Station Road close to 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.
As he tried to turn his car, the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, came back on and then went off the left side of the roadway and traveled down an embankment before hitting a large tree.
Pace was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Another victim of a a red-light runner in Knoxville, Tennessee. She apparently missed several days of work and her car was totaled.
Red-light runners are motorists who believe stopping at red lights is something other people do. That stopping at red lights is required by law means nothing to them. Neither does the damage they cause. They kill hundreds of people yearly, injure and maim thousands, and damage millions of dollars worth of property. Although a young woman in her early 20s, this red-light runner already has a bad traffic history with numerous violations on her record, according to police, which is consistent with national statistics. She insisted she had the green light despite two independent witnesses telling police she ran the red.
Red-light running is so rampant in this country that police cannot keep up with the constant widespread violations. That’s why more than 450 cities and counties from coast to coast have installed cameras to catch and ticket these public-safety menaces.
Every victim of red-light runners that I know supports red-light cameras and wants more, not fewer. The question is, will these red-light cameras prevent or deter more reckless driving?