Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday near the MSU campus. Here’s a report from KSMU, including an interview with me.

Here a Google Earth look at the intersection (click for larger image).

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That’s a look from roughly the perspective of the west-bound bicyclist looking toward south-bound traffic. The sight lines are open across the entire intersection. Kimbrough is a 3-lane, 30-mph street. Bear Blvd. is a residential street with a stop sign.

No information is available yet about what exactly happened. Given the conditions at the intersection, it appears to me that a t-bone collision here would require a breakdown of safe driving behavior by one or both of the parties.

I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Police have arrested a suspect, according to the News-Leader:

Police said Shannon R. Smith, 31, was located in Buffalo and arrested Tuesday evening with the help of the Buffalo Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Smith remains in the Greene County Jail and is being held on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, according to a Springfield police news release.

Smith has not been formally charged and police continue to investigate.

Update: According to the News-Leader:

Smith told police, according to documents, she was driving 85 mph when she saw a bicyclist enter the intersection.

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Comments 3

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Regardless of who goofs, we know who gets killed in these. Be careful out there and as that advertisement said when I was a kid, “watch out for the other guy”

    Posted 19 Nov 2013 at 3:43 pm
  2. Steve A wrote:

    Putting what Khal said another way, “ride defensively.”

    Posted 19 Nov 2013 at 9:47 pm
  3. Michael wrote:

    Among the many things that should be asked about this is: should urban environments be built out in a manner that people car reach 85 MPH while driving their cars in them? I’m gonna go ahead and say no to that one. Had that woman hit another car or a house whomever was in that car or house would be just as dead as the cyclist she struck.

    Speed kills and job one should be getting those speeds down. I’ve been though Springfield a couple of times and roads like Glenstone and Sunshine are dangerous as hell and more like racetracks than city streets.

    Posted 06 Dec 2013 at 3:41 pm