GPS shows where cyclist was hit; no charges filed against driver

Look closely at the image from Ken Sherman’s GPS unit and you’ll see where a car hit him in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 3, as he was riding his mountain bike.

Point of impact

Point of impact

It’s the spot where the line pointing up (northbound on 44th Street) abruptly turns right.

That was the point of impact, he says. A southbound driver turned left into him and knocked him sideways. Seconds later he was lying at the corner with a broken scapula, broken rib and a bruised lung, among other injuries. (The GPS unit kept moving around because he asked a passer-by to remove it from his bike to make sure it wasn’t lost. It tracks her movements for a time. Sherman added the red line to indicate the route he took before and after he was struck.)

The good news is the 48-year-old cyclist thinks he might be ready for a mountain bike race in Davenport a month from now even though he’ll probably be “a bit slower than I’d like.”

The driver admitted his fault, Sherman says, noting that the driver’s insurance company is covering his medical expenses.

The bad news is the driver was not charged.

A story on KCCI-TV’s website indicated that Sherman isn’t angry with the driver, but I asked him for his opinion of the police decision to not charge the driver with anything. His response:

The police are supposed to enforce the laws and the driver clearly violated the “yield to the right of way when making a left turn” rule. According to the police statement, I’d say the police are playing judge and jury rather than law enforcement. Additionally, until they can prove differently, I’m going to have to start thinking that they think bikes are toys, we don’t belong, add your own adjective.

Sherman said the report on IBC’s blog is accurate except that there was no stoplight at the intersection.

It’s good to hear that Sherman, a triathlete and Cat III road racer, is recovering and training again. (He says he went for a run a couple of days ago and has been spinning and doing some other workouts, despite the pain.)

He’s lucky to be alive.

The driver should face more than higher insurance premiums.

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3 Responses to “GPS shows where cyclist was hit; no charges filed against driver”


  1. 1 GPS shows where cyclist was hit; no charges filed against driver | GPS Equipment Sales March 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

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