On Thursday, May 16, 2013 a cyclist was struck in Philadelphia by a tractor-trailer dump truck. The victim was hit so hard they were taken to the hospital in critical condition and the bicycle shattered into multiple pieces. As seen in this newscast. Safe for the office, click here for link.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reported this on its blog and let everyone know that “We will provide updates when they become available”. 28 days later, nothing.
If you are a bicycling advocacy organization and you post about cyclists hurt in accidents it would really help if you follow up. Especially when the cyclist is taken to the hospital in critical condition. One would hope that the BCGP would have sufficient contacts within the Philadelphia Police Department and other agencies to get detailed information.
Here are some of the questions that I, and hopefully others would like to see answered:
Was the driver of the vehicle ticketed or charged and if not, why?
Does the cyclist have medical insurance and if not is there a fund I can donate to?
Does the cyclist need money to help bills because they are unable to work due to the extensive injuries and where can I donate?
Is there any type of community awareness ride being planned to set a marker warning people what happened?
If the BCGP reports bad news it would be nice if they could follow up with some good news and tell everyone how they can help. Inquiring minds want to know.