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(SFGate)   Tesla driver involved in fatal crash tries the old "new car smell" defense   ( divider line
    More: Followup, new car smell, bus drivers, Santa Cruz County, vehicular manslaughter, Santa Cruz Sentinel, UC Santa Cruz  
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6480 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Feb 2014 at 8:44 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-02-08 10:50:24 AM  
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snocone: Two words: stationary bike

OK, some more, in the living room with a nice view, cool, clear water, and a nice fan

For some people, bicycling is a mode of transportation.
2014-02-08 10:01:58 AM  
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dugitman: doglover: a UC Santa Cruz librarian biking on Highway 1.

In most state, someone riding a bike on the highway and being hit by a car would be considered death by natural causes. To wit, if you're on a highway and not in a vehicle, naturally you're going to be run over. There's even minimum speed limits around 45 mph in 55 zones and higher in 65 and 70.

I looked into it a little. The sleeping driver hit the biker head-on so speed difference wasn't a factor. Here's the approximate spot of the crash. I probably wouldnt bike on it(i'm a frady cat from a bad wreck), but that's a pretty wide open highway with an ample safety lane. Here in Indiana, "highways" are often glorified county roads with middle-striping so we see cyclists using them often in nice weather. Freeways and interstates have signs prohibiting non-motorized vehicles.

As the first Santa Cruz native in this thread, apparently, I will tell you that you are unequivocally incorrect in this matter. It happens that the area of highway referenced is the only road out of town in that direction, and thus if the cyclist lived out that way, it would have been that, or highway 9 with a more dangerous, extremely challenging to bicycle 10 mile extra drive (and some likely time on Hwy 1 anyway) or highway 17 with a more dangerous, extremely challenging to bicycle extra drive (and time on highways 9 and 1) or Graham Hill Road with a more dangerous, extremely challenging to bicycle extra drive (which is a six-mile thirty degree uphill slope, and additional time on Highways 9 and 1). Highway 1 in Santa Cruz and north of Santa Cruz is, in fact, a normal road in Santa Cruz and, again, the  ONLY road to get out of Santa Cruz going north, without taking a ludicrous, dangerous detour if you are on a bike.

Just a heads-up. I think it's insane to be even hinting at blaming the bicyclist killed by this idiot, but maybe I'm just crazy that way.
2014-02-08 09:22:12 AM  
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brimed03: Turfshoe: FTFA: "The family of the librarian, Joshua Alper, named Tesla in a lawsuit filed against Jain, according to the Sentinel."

I'm glad that the idiot reason for the accident didn't stop the lawyer from naming Tesla in the lawsuit.

It's standard to name everyone involved in an incident when you sue, regardless of actual culpability. That gets sorted out in court.

That was a shiat line to include in TFA without explanation. Poor journalism. Being named in a suit does not mean the complainant believes you're actually responsible.

it's also a good way to get all of the defendants to blow holes in each other stories, thus doing a lot of the work for the plaintiff.
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