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RIP Mr. Via....

I came to work today, and one of my coworkers said he was very glad to see me.... I asked him why?

He told me of a fatal accident between a sport bike and a truck, which occurred on my route home, within minutes of my passage through the area. He wasn't sure if I was involved.

Talking about it with my coworker, I realize I almost certainly saw this rider, going the other way (North) on the highway. I know I waved, and he did not respond. I recall the bike being flat black, and the rider wearing dark colored gear. I don't think it had a working headlight.

I go through the intersection where this occurred, every day that I ride to work. it's dangerous enough that I ALWAYS avoid the shoulder lane, as the traffic from the crossing road can and does make the right on red to enter the flow of traffic. the intersection is not at 90°, slanting away from the rider's approach by some amount making it even harder for a driver to look over their shoulder before they enter the travel lane.

The reports I have read indicate that the rider was killed at the scene, and the impact is verbally reported to have been so great as to cause the truck he rear ended to cross through the travel lanes into the median. the bike burned. Significant overtake speed.

The truck's driver is hospitalized.

My condolences to the family of the rider, and to the family of the truck driver.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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Wow,, a senseless death make it worse.

Condolences to everyone involved and there families.
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The Northbound travel is actually nearly West to East at the point where this occurred. The road has a slight bend to the right as you approach that spot, going over the crest of a slight hill. Pretty much, due East. This time of year, the rider was coming almost straight out of the sun as he approached that intersection.

If Mr. Via was running in the shoulder lane, his line of sight to the intersection would have been more compromised than had he been in the inner lane....he wouldn't have seen the truck pull out more than a couple of seconds before he arrived where it was, less if he was going well over the limit at the time. The approach to the intersection is posted at 55 and people routinely do more than that -- less than 50 feet after the intersection it is posted at 45. Farmers here will pull out and to 20 in their farm trucks, like they are trying to prove a point.

Between all of that and the color of the bike, well, I hope someone can gain some insight and avoid a similar circumstance in the future.

"There's this adage that we have 2 ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we talk. Unfortunately with the Internet people have taken this old adage and turned it around. They have two eyes and 10 fingers so they think they need to post 5 times as much as they read. And since they have 10 fingers and one brain, they only have to think 10% of the time! "
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