Horrible vindictive driver crashed into eight cyclists in Sunnyvale, California today. What can we do to protect ourselves from such crazies?
Sadly, there's no real defense against someone who's determined to do evil.
Life's dangerous get over it or stop leaving your house.
Do some serious repair work on our damaged mental health care system in this country now.
Nothing more or less than pedestrians; church-, synagogue-, or mosque-goers; kids in schools; people in their own home; people at restaurants, etc. can do. This isn't a cycling issue, unfortunately. And there's no defense except the law of averages. And systemic changes to a million things in our country, of course.
What makes you say "vindictive"?
I characterized the crash as 'vindictive' because from bystander reports, the driver accelerated into the group of cyclists and pedestrians. Vindictive is defined as "....intended to cause anguish or hurt..." And that's what it seemed to me. Not merely accidental or reckless at all. Purposeful and intentional driving to maim, hurt and injure.
Further information on the driver is here: http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/sunnyvale-driver-accused-o...
When he was arrested at the scene he was "down on his knees, praising Jesus."
It kinda looks to me that his man either had a psychotic episode, or his accelerator pedal jammed.
Maybe "deranged" "enraged(?)" or "incapacitated" rather than "vindictive."
Ahhh, I was thinking more in the "revenge" sense.
This story describes the driver as an Iraq war veteran with PTSD and other issues and says that he intentionally hit the victims. He's been charged with 8 counts of attempted murder.
Geez...who draws these things? Certainly not an experienced urban cyclist! Comparing cyclists to helpless little bunnies is ridiculous. We're certainly NOT going to restrict our biking to BIKE PATHS COMPLETELY SEPARATED FROM CARS.
I've been biking in Chicago and suburbs for 40 years. Chicago drivers are generally very considerate. It's only the PTSD victims, and deranged who think they're on a mission from GOD, that we have to watch for. Tom A.K. is right. Otherwise, drivers are no more likely to hit a cyclist than a Chevy Spark or Kia Rio....as long as they can SEE us.
STOP THE INSANITY! NO MORE BIKE PATHS!
You left out drunks... we need to watch out for them as well.