Saturday, October 10, 2009

011009 Tragedy in Putrajaya & Texas

Tom Reed - Express News

That's a photograph of seven year old Kylie Bruehler, left without a mother and father. She is at a funeral service to bury her parents, Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler who were run down and killed while riding their tandem on the shoulder of the road in Bexar County, Texas, US. A driver veered onto the shoulder and mowed his pickup truck into them & dragged them for almost 200 feet.

The local news reports that “The driver looked off, he was looking at something else and realized the curve in the road came a lot faster than what he anticipated”. He got away scot-free...investigators say there are no charges on the driver. They believe this was an accident and that somehow the driver lost control of his truck.

What's the point in having laws if there's no accountability?

3 years ago my friend, Dee - got killed & she juz bought the bike a few days before. On the fateful day, CIOCC's Clan rendezvoused with Admiral Alauddin & his gang near the Masjid Putrajaya & went for a loop.

An hour earlier riding together, an hour later she's dead.

Hajjah Alia rang a ding me & we went over to the morgue in Putrajaya Hospital. I was in denial, disbelief, shell shocked, dumbfounded, amazed, astonished, flabbergasted, stupefied, thunderstruck, perplexed & damn angry. She got hit near Putrajaya, on a humongous six lane highway... by a young lad. Al Fatihah for Dee.
I don’t know how many times I’ve almost been killed while riding my bike.
I don’t know how many times drivers have intentionally tried to run me off the road.
I don’t know how many times I’ve been honked at yelled at and blamed for dumb crap just because I’m on a bike or waiting at a red light or trying to make a left turn on a multi-lane street. People are more kind to the cycling grass cutters than they are to full attired cyclists. Can’t go for a nice bike ride without fearing for my life. It almost makes me want to give up riding sometimes.

The incident sent shivers down my spine. People who drive OVER other people don’t belong on the road. Cyclists on the road are treated no better than a chicken.

I thought they are a lot of learned folks around here since UKM, UPM & Uniten is just a stone throw away. I'm wrong. You'll come across a lot of dumb asses with skulls full of mud in Bandar Baru Bangi too. Syarul Hulk turned green & nearly bashed one idiotic moron a couple of months back.
“Bicycling is the future. It has to be, coz there’s something wrong with a society that drives a guzzler to workout in the gym.”

"May God Bless His & Her Soul, MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE"


Tan Kien Boon said...

nicely said..touching..

shuk~ dan eton said...

Al Fatihah,

Tapi perjuangan harus di teruskan...

It has to be....
It has to be.

zackgrafik said...

Apa nak buat...

Kita still riding sbb kita BERANI!!!

Man CIOCC said...

Dear all,
Perjuangan & keberanian perlu utk menunjukkan kpd komuniti bahawa cyclistlah penyelamat dunia.

Tanpa awareness pada public, niat kita akan terkubur bukan kerna org tidak memahami, tetapi ada yang masih sengaja tidak mahu memahami.

Jadi sokongan & perpaduan rider2 sekalian amat penting utk mengeducate yg baghal & yg bodoh.

Lagi susah kalau sengaja buat2 bodoh. Keldai kalau diupah karet, pandai gak dia berlari.

bola2api said...

last night hubby said to me, can you please stop riding coz it's dangerous?

I told him off, Can you please stop driving coz it's dangerous, too?

Eff laa.. just give me a better reason for stop cycling. Don't be like a broken record.