Bike Intelligencer » bike-pickup accident http://bikeintelligencer.com All bike, all the time Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Death on the Tour Divide: Investigation in order? http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/06/death-on-the-tour-divide-investigation-in-order/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/06/death-on-the-tour-divide-investigation-in-order/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:15:22 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=3604 It seems the unlikeliest place of all for a car-bike accident: A days-long, 2,745-mile mountain bike race along the Great Divide on trails, fire roads and rugged back country.

But that’s what happened, and a husband and father is dead.

Dave Blumenthal

Dave Blumenthal of Montpelier VT died June 24th of injuries suffered when he collided with a pickup truck on a remote dirt road. Police say the driver was not at fault, but police usually say that. It remains, and may always remain, a mystery as to how the noise and commotion of an approaching pickup truck would not be enough to warn an experienced cyclist of danger. We would encourage race organizers or a cycling advocacy organization to investigate the circumstances further if warranted — it’s difficult from press accounts to mentally reconstruct this accident.

In the meantime, our thoughts are with Blumenthal’s family. More from the Tour of the Great Divide Web site, and a moving account of Dave’s final days on his own blog.

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