Cars hitting buildings

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AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Yeah, I’ve got a few questions.

Drunk cyclist riding along a road, wobbles into traffic, is struck and killed by a passing motorist who was not suffering a flip-flop malfunction. Motorist has to live with that the rest of her life. Family and friends of cyclist have to live with the loss of their brother and friend.

Any answers?


Lou M.
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Sounds as if a house on Herron Ave took a hit today as well. Heard it on the scanner.


Pseudacris
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sprite
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@ALMKLM barring drunk zombie cyclists your example can never be a repeat offender. So his upper bound on damage to society is lower than if you put him in a car. Still he should clearly be in the back seat of a cab.


Dom
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Somewhat on topic…I watched a Semi take the roof off its trailer trying to squeeze under an overpass in the west end. There were only two giant orange signs displaying the clearance height!


HiddenVariable
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saw this on facebook. my hometown has made gawker because of all the cars crashing into buildings. 17 cars into storefronts since august!


Pseudacris
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stefb
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I said a big “wtf?!?” this morning when I heard this. I bet the guy was drunk. I also heard on the 6pm news that another car hit another building but not too many details other than the driver was unresponsive.


StuInMcCandless
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Holy crap, I can see the Vocelli sign from my street when the leaves are off the trees. I heard the sirens & wondered what was up.

Edit: That truck would also had to have taken out a sizable piece of the wine & liquor store. I don’t see how the truck could have avoided it, if it went right into the opposite parking lot. That’s gonna cost someone’s insurance a bundle.

I’ll go up in the light of day and have a better look. This is only a quarter mile from my house.


stefb
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I am glad it wasn’t your house. I think I know where this is, but as it was shown on the news, it looks like vocelli sits on the corner and the truck went through diagonally.


StuInMcCandless
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That would be exceedingly difficult to do from driving along Perry Highway, though not impossible. There is a raised divider between the road and the building, though I suppose they could have entered from the far end of the parking lot (StreetView). The front of the pizza shop is about where the front of the white car is. Assuming there were no cars in the lot (I suppose that’s possible at 2am), he would still have to cover 200 feet before clobbering the building.


stefb
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THe owner said that he doesn’t understand how his business was hit, as there is a huge parking lot around the building


sloaps
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Another one, car vs. Washington and Jefferson maintenance building.


Marko82
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Those college buildings are the worst – what’s with their elitist attitudes anyway? They expect the rest of us to just get out of their way or something. I say they should just stay on the sidewalk where they belong, or go use one of those trails or something.


erok
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this is an appropriate place for this one: http://www.wtae.com/video/25397070/detail.html

An oldy but a goody


StuInMcCandless
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I went up by the pizza shop. It doesn’t look that difficult to come flying off Perry Hwy and traverse the lot. And no it didn’t appear to mess up the liquor store. Still, this could not have happened unless he was drunk or asleep.


Marko82
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Noah Mustion
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Given how many people I observe texting while they drive, I would imagine this uptick is because of that… such a culprit is much easier to hide than, say, intoxication


melange396
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@noah as if talking and driving werent bad enough! from what ive witnessed, most people text and drive with the phone in their lap. its like theyre hiding it because of shame or fear of getting ticketed. if they held it up at eye level, they might still be able to see oncoming hazards in their periphery, and they wouldnt be wasting what could be a few very important seconds by tilting their heads up and down. i think this is a super serious problem and it needs immediate attention because it looks like its becoming much more common. :(


rsprake
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I was riding on Liberty this morning next to an older dude who had no qualms about holding up his phone at eye level. He was clearly not really with it as he was driving way under the speed limit. :)


edmonds59
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Don’t know if anyone saw this, via Bike Portland,

http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/17/traffic-accidents-plunged-during-blackberry-outage/


stefb
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You know how there are DUI checkpoints? I almost wish that vehicles were equipped with some sort of serevailence cameras that were able to monitor people while they drove, and there were spot checks to see how people were driving. If people are driving dangerously, they gets their license suspended. But I am sure people would Say that it violates some sort of something or other.


Tabby
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pfft, why just suspend their lisence? while we’re at it we could implant a device into the car that would automatically shut off the car and they would have to walk home. mwahaha. as long as it doesn’t apply to me, of course. ;)


stefb
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Can you imagine if some fully capable people HAD to walk some place?!? I work with someone who lives 0.6 miles from the office, but drives and pays for parking.


erok
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wow


rsprake
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Seriously? Which office? I would love it if I lived that close to work and could walk.


rsprake
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So not really a house crash but my wife had an altercation with someone who fits this description.

She was stopped in her car with her left hand turn signal on at the Braddock and Hutchinson traffic light when she looked back at the woman who was tailing her the entire way down Braddock. The woman who fits the description in the article was screaming at her to move up in traffic, two feet. When the light turned green the woman sped around her and zoomed through the Regent Square business district to tailgate more traffic.

Age, car and location all fit. Strange.


John
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StuInMcCandless
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I knew a woman who lived on/near The Boulevard in Carrick (that’s the name of the street), a block off of Brownsville Road, and worked somewhere around South 8th a block off of East Carson, and drove every day. Her commute was identical to the 51C Carrick bus route. There was every-10-minute peak service on the 51C at the time, easing off to every 30 at night, about 22 hours a day. Her excuse: “I didn’t know the schedule.” I think I had a longer walk from where I parked my car in the Westinghouse lot than she would have had on both ends of her trip combined.

Some people are hopeless.


rsprake
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You don’t need to know the schedule when it comes every ten minutes!


Mick
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Witnesses Chase Down Man Accused Of Running Truck Into Courthouse

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/slideshow/news/29570117/detail.html#ixzz1bif9OjSv


melange396
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> I work with someone who lives 0.6 miles from the office, but drives and pays for parking.

i know a guy who had a 1.6mi round trip walking (or biking or bussing) to/from work vs a 2.3mi round trip driving… and he still drove EVERY day. im not sure if it makes it better or worse that he had an effectively free parking pass (paid for by his employer).


Noah Mustion
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Carjacking suspect runs jacked car into building, has siezure

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11298/1184736-100.stm


Mick
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@noah Carjacking suspect runs jacked car into building, has siezure.

Smart bets are that the tox screen shows high blood levels of cocaine and alcohol.


ejwme
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how to end a car jacking before damage is done – drive a manual transmission. (or, more obviously, ride a bike – I guess clipless pedals are the cycling equivalent of difficult to operate without planning/experience?)


reddan
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@ejwme: One could also set up one’s bike with the backwards-pedaling half of a retro-direct drive, and allow forward pedaling to simply freewheel…I suspect most thieves would not think to pedal backwards to get moving.


Aryn
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I think fixed gear might be more of a cycling equivalent of difficult to operate without planning/experience than clipless pedals, which might be just uncomfortable… It is my understanding, at least, that fixed throws or bewilders a lot of unprepared riders, and they don’t get far. I could be wrong.

backwards-pedaling half of a retro-direct drive sounds very exciting, though.


chemicaldave
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I almost wish that vehicles were equipped with some sort of serevailence cameras that were able to monitor people while they drove, and there were spot checks to see how people were driving. If people are driving dangerously, they gets their license suspended.

Such schemes are already in the works that would involve lower insurance rates in exchange for your insurance company being able to monitor speeding habits. If there’s one thing that people listen to, it’s money.


dmtroyer
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Man crashes truck into mausoleum, runs away

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11298/1184862-100.stm


ejwme
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I don’t know why, but I never expected this thread to be such a consistent source of depraved entertainment. I never realized that, even in this small town of ours, multiple vehicles careen into structures daily. I’m now totally amazed that I haven’t done it myself.

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