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Was fatal car-bike collision on Riva Road a homicide?

Biking in the Metro Areaby Jim Titus, Annapolis Patch

Two years ago Maryland created a new crime of vehicular negligent homicide in Maryland, which allows prosecutors to seek criminal penalties when a sober-but-aggressive driver causes an accident that kills someone. Anne Arundel County prosecutors should be seriously thinking about using this statute in the case of Patricia Cunningham, an Annapolis high school coach who was killed August 21 on Riva Road.
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Aggressive drivers who kill are rarely prosecuted unless they are drunk or leave the scene of the accident. Perhaps because many “respectable people” drive aggressively, it is hard to feel comfortable sending people off to jail when they accidentally kill someone while driving in a way that most people drive. But it is also hard to feel good about the idea that killing someone has no legal consequence. Courts and the Maryland legislature have wrestled with this paradox for decades.
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http://annapolis.patch.com/groups/use-the-full-lane/p/was-fatal-carbike-collision-on-riva-road-a-homicide_d66e038b
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[B' Spokes: This is a very good article and goes into some detail about our laws and how they are supposed to work. I'll add from what I have seen drivers that leave the scene of an accident are rarely prosecuted, sure if they do bring up the charge for a fatality it "helps" to get stiffer penalties. There is a local case where the hit-and-run car was IDed but not the driver so the police took no action against the owner of the car.

I'll also note that Bike Maryland put out an action alert that looks like it has been very effective for this stage of the investigation. If you are inclined to also write to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's office see http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=623 but my main point here is to give a thank you for Bike Maryland in helping rasing awarness of this issue, a job well done.]
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Resurging cities, resurging metros, the impoverished and the Metropolitan Revolution (continued)

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: This bit caught my eye:]
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By Richard Layman, Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

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This reminds me of my brief experience working for Baltimore County Government a couple years ago. I thought Baltimore County wasn't striving--they are mostly content comparing themselves to Baltimore City, which has been on a downward spiral for 50+ years, and thereby judging as wildly successful most any of the County's economic initiatives.

But if local elites instead chose to reference and benchmark the County against the most successful counties in the Baltimore-Washington region and the US more generally, it would be found wanting. Going forward, to be successful on a national basis, Baltimore County and many other communities need to reset their expectations, goals, and standards for achievement.
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http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2013/06/resurging-cities-resurging-metros.html
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Dear bitchy fat lady driving her car on the shoulder...

Biking in the Metro AreaDear bitchy fat lady driving her car on the shoulder,

I really do not need to say more than that, as some outdoor exercise would do your mood and figure a world of good. But to address your statement that the world would be better off with no cyclists... I need to point out the reason why you felt compelled to illegally drive on the shoulder was too many cars in your way, that with an exaggerated sense of self importance that you needed to get to the red light before anyone else no matter whose life endangered. Really, cyclists riding on the shoulder are the problem here, really?
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How bike crash stories are spun locally

Biking in the Metro Area

The accident occurred .... A preliminary investigation indicates that Patricia Cunningham, 50, ... was riding a bicycle when it collided with a 2011 Honda Odyssey, Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

Local reporting from the Capital Gazette

As the popular athlete and Annapolis High School track coach neared the shaded top of that hill on her bicycle Wednesday evening, she was hit from behind by a Honda van whose driver was eager to get around the lone cyclist.

Meanwhile the reporting from the more bike friendly DC region the Washington Post

A Van traveling possibly 40 or so mph saw the female cyclist and decided to pass her as she was going over the hill. As the van went to pass on the other side of the road a vehicle coming the other way appeared. The Van immediately swerved right RIDING OVER the cyclist.

And then from another cyclist
B' Spokes: I am getting rather annoyed with too many of the local cycling crash stories being stated as the bike hit the car when it is rather apparent that it was the other way around.
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Annapolis police nab two alleged bicycle thieves on same day

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: This would be nice if it also happened in Baltimore.]
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By BEN WEATHERS, Capital Gazette

Annapolis police said they charged two men on Wednesday with stealing bicycles in the city.

Myron Jacobs, 26, of Bertina Nick Way in Annapolis, and Rodney Wilson, 53, of Baltimore, have each been charged with theft.

Police said that an officer patrolling in the area of West Washington Street and Northwest Street arrested Jacobs after he was seen riding a bicycle that had been reported stolen late last month from the first block of State Circle.
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http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/annapolis-police-nab-two-alleged-bicycle-thieves-on-same-day/article_df27289c-eed2-5778-b6a2-68c26220f348.html
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Woman Dies After Hit and Run Accident

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: So sad, I am getting the impression that Anne Arundel County is not a good place to bike anymore. I would feel a lot better if there was at least a request for witnesses to come forward or better yet a reward for information about this hit-and-run.

http://www.wbal.com/article/102201/3/template-story/Woman-Dies-After-Hit-and-Run-Accident

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Howard County Police: Bike Registration System

Biking in the Metro AreaRegister your bike with Howard County Police Department. This is a free service for Howard County residents allowing you to manage your bike information and report if stolen. Upon registration, we will mail you an assigned serial number to identify your bike.

http://www.howardcountymd.gov/IframeTemplate.aspx?id=6442467040
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Get outdoors and get moving with Baltimore-area outfitters that rent bikes, canoes, paddleboards and more.

Biking in the Metro AreaNice list of places that rent bikes and or other things in the general Baltimore metro area.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-04-25/news/bs-hs-spring-rental-sports-20130425_1_baltimore-region-shop-havre-de-grace
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Dangerous pothole on Rt. 99 ▶ Open

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: This is why LAB ranks Maryland very high, we have policies that say this should not happen and we have personal in SHA that work to make sure this does not happen but ...

Here we are months after reporting and still nothing. Do we really need to get the statewide advocacy group on this just to get a pot hole patched? Something isn't right here.

Ref: http://seeclickfix.com/issues/220714

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Cyclist hit in Pikesville

Biking in the Metro AreaPolice say charges pending

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

A Pikesville man was seriously injured Friday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling near his home, Baltimore County police said.

Melvin Pachino, 52, of the 2700 block of Waco Court, was riding west on Smith Avenue near Carla Road shortly after 11 a.m. when an eastbound Honda Pilot made a left turn and struck Pachino, according to Julia Hardgrove, a county police spokeswoman. The vehicle was driven by Shunji Watanabe of the 7600 block of Carla Road, she said.
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http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-05-03/news/bs-md-co-bicyclist-struck-20130503_1_pikesville-man-baltimore-county-police-shock-trauma
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