Since the previous August, there have been three pedestrian deaths within the same neighborhood. One was the collision between Bucchere and Hui, another involved a bus driver who didn’t see a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and the third involved a motorist who struck a pedestrian while driving with a cast on his right foot.
And yet, while San Francisco’s bicycle foes pointed to the death of Sutchi Hui as an example of reckless cyclists run amok, there was not a peep of public outrage about reckless drivers when Emily Dunn or William Cox was run down. Why? — Bicycling magazine, Getting The Story Straight
Indeed. Why is there only public outrage when it involves a cyclist?
To bring this back to Pittsburgh when Donald Parker was hit from behind and killed by a teenager who admitted to untangling his flip-flop from the gas pedal there was no outrage. Charges weren’t even filed despite the admission. He is still driving today.
When a 12 year old girl was hit by a driver who ran a red light then drove away after first getting out of his car to see what he did there was no outrage.
When a cyclist was critically injured by a man who hit him with his Jeep and drove away only to be turned in by his own mother there was no public outrage. In fact people even found it in their hearts to critique cyclist behavior in the comments.
I try to keep track of all the carnage in Pittsburgh on my Tumblr page but it’s hard to keep up with. Drivers cause property damage, injuries and death on a daily basis and we accept it as a fact of life. But when it comes to a cyclist we are outraged!