By James Schugel, WCCO-TV and John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 25-year-old woman is dead after her bicycle collided with a semi-truck Thursday morning. It happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of 4th Street and 15th Avenue Southeast, near the University of Minnesota.

Witnesses said Kimberly Hull of St. Paul was not wearing a helmet and was wearing headphones, and appeared to be biking towards campus when she was hit by the truck.

Police say both Hull and the truck driver where heading south on 15th Avenue. The truck driver then tried to turn west on 4th Street and Hull tried to go straight. That’s when they collided. Hull was thrown from her bike and police believe she died almost immediately.

“We got closer and saw a body on the ground and paramedics tried to revive her for 4 or 5 minutes,” said witness Gabe Stumme.

Stumme and several of his classmates from nearby Pease Academy had been eating breakfast at McDonald’s when they saw the crash. They watched as paramedics tried desperately to revive Kimberly Hull.

Thursday afternoon, they and others brought flowers to the intersection to pay their respects.

“I was just sick to my stomach for a while. I sat in class and wouldn’t say anything for a while. It was an image that wouldn’t leave my head,” said witness Zach Anderson.

The truck driver pulled over immediately after hitting Hull and is cooperating with police. A preliminary breath test showed no indication of alcohol.

One of Hull’s friends, Ben Rozenberg, remembered her.

“It didn’t sink in at first,” he said. “She really loved her work. And she was a just a fun person to be around. We’re trying to remember her for who she was — a really great person.”

The breath test given to the truck driver is standard procedure.

Police continue to investigate this and won’t say right now if the truck driver simply did not see Hull.

Hull’s friends say she was an avid biker and was biking to work when she was hit.

According to the University of Minnesota’s News Service, Hull was a student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. She would have graduated in two weeks. She worked in the Rarig Center.

MnDOT officials expect a continued surge of bicyclists in 2011 and urge caution for those who may be new to bicycle commuting.

Watch John Lauritsen’s Earlier Report

Comments (89)
  1. Cournellia says:

    I saw his body lying dead it was a sad scene rest in peace to him

    1. VC says:

      REST IN PEACE TO HER……. woman it says woman

      1. UofMstudent says:

        Really? You post that comment on an article about a woman who died this morning? You should be ashamed. Have some respect.

        1. Not a UofMstudent says:

          Yes, Really! Nothing wrong with Huck’s comment. Nor is it offensive in any way. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum, dodging cars on my bike just because some twit just has to beat you to the intersection. I’ve also been very angry with how DUMB people on bikes can be. When on a bike, you follow the rules of the road but also need to realize that this type of situation will present itself over and over. This is a wake up call and SHOULD be discussed. Yes, its a terrible thing that she died, but we can all learn from it. UofMstudent…..We’re in trouble.

      2. Jessie says:

        you’re rude. many students at the U bike around campus. 1. there is NO where to park 2. it saves the environment 3. why would you drive a car to a place that is a 5 minute bike ride away. stop being stupid.

        1. Todd W. Olson says:

          Jessie, I’m sick of the smug environmental “holier-than-thou” attitude. Bicyclists are obligated to obey the same traffic laws as motorists, and yet I’m constantly confronted by bicyclists who race through intersections and cut me off in traffic, thereby placing their OWN lives at risks. Should I sound my horn to warn them of impending danger, I’m greeted with the friendly finger and a contemptuous look of anger.

      3. cars kill says:

        Rusty you are seriously rude to make fun of someone in the face of tragedy! Not everyone can afford a car! Maybe someone will make fun of you when you are in your darkest hour of tragedy.

        BTW, it is illegal for bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk. They have to ride on the road. WE NEED TO SHARE THE ROAD!

    2. noah says:

      it was actully a girl that died

    3. Chrissie S. says:

      HER name was Audrey.

  2. Matty says:

    which is why we often have no chance to avoid a bike I’m sorry to say…..
    I’m happy you are aware of this and safe travels to you.

    For those that are not – a car cannot literally flip from left to right or right to left in a nano second like you do. I’m slammed on my brakes and locked them up 3 times already this spring when a bike has shot over 5′-6′ in a split second. I was anticipating it – many don’t as it should not be done. Ever. Practice safety folks – speed and rushing about is not ever a safe thing.

    1. U of M prof says:

      While I agree that bicyclists need to be more defensive when sharing the road, potholes and bikes swerving have nothing to do with this article.

      Since the witness reports that the truck was turning right onto 4th, a likely scenario is that the biker was using the *designated bike lane* on 15th and the truck did not check to see if anyone was in the bike lane. It’s incredibly sad, as this bicyclist was following the rules of the road. Cars need to know that they must yield to bikers using designated bike lanes!

      1. Sean says:

        Remember that some drivers are from out of town or new to the city. They may not know the bike lanes exist. Please, let’s all remind our friends and family of this. Even if you follow the rules, watch out for visiting drivers.

        1. Evin says:

          How about everyone watches out for pedestian and cyclists like any other city? Swivel your head and be aware of your surroundings. Why are we trying to blame he cyclist? She already paid the ultimate sacrifice.

          1. U of M student says:

            While that may be true, she may have had the right of way, bikes come up so fast. If the driver was trying to turn right, he had probably checked but was also looking for an opening in pedestrians crossing the street and just didn’t think to check again. Like I said, bikes can come up out of nowhere. Especially on that intersection because coming up 15th, its only one short block to the next intersection. If she turned right onto 15th then this could just be a really tragic, unfortunate accident. I doubt that he would have seen her coming and turned in front of her. I think that cars and bikes both need to just watch more carefully for the other. We shouldn’t be discussing rules of who should have yielded or not. This girl lost her life. This type of accident is deadly, and with the number of cars and bikers that are on campus, this discussion should really be focused on how careful both parties need to be, because this is a life and death situation.

            1. save it pal says:

              Bikes DO NOT come out of nowhere. CARS and TRUCKS come out of nowhere and KILL cyclists. I don’t recall any bikes killing people in TRUCKS. I peddle past enough ghost bikes to remind me that clueless people like yourself are everywhere.

      2. u of m sux says:

        coming from a “u of m prof” i find the above poor – you see a truck and you’re biking, its best to not assume the driver sees you, this is what happens, start biking defensively and not liberally!!!

        1. U of M prof says:

          You only “find the above poor” because you failed to read the very FIRST thing I said: I agree that bikers must first and foremost be defensive on the road. When I am riding my bike, I always assume that drivers are on their cell phones, texting, or otherwise distracted and I do what is necessary to protect myself. I believe that many pedestrians and cyclists around the University do not take the proper precautions, and today is a reminder of the tragic consequences possible.

          My comments after that were in response to a discussion which implied that this bicyclist was swerving and/or otherwise behaving irresponsibly, which I do not believe to be the case. *Legally*, cars must yield to bikes in the bike lane when they make a right-hand turn. Yes, if the biker had yielded to the truck, she would not have tragically lost her life. But I’m sure the driver of that truck wishes s/he could go back and follow the rules of the road so that this tragedy might have been avoided.

          Side note, Sean: Bike lanes in Minneapolis and St. Paul are clearly marked, both with white lines and drawings of bikes on the pavement and signage on the side of the road. Everyone who is able to see well enough to operate a motor vehicle should be held responsible for seeing bike lanes, no matter where they’re from or how unfamiliar they are with city streets. That aside, you’re right that everyone needs to be more aware of their surroundings and act accordingly — drivers, bikers, and pedestrians.

          1. Huckleberry Joe says:

            Anyone who has driven in the area of U knows full well the frequent dangerous and inappropriate riding by bikers. In the middle of the road, In the left lane, in the right lane, up on the sidewalk, crossing into oncoming lanes, back to the curb, cut through the alley, back into the street, through the red lights and then sit upright to turn around and give all the evil cars the finger. No wonder their is a such a negative view of bikers on campus. As a 12 year veteran of U of M bicycle mayhem I realize both sides of the argument and both bikers and drivers need to watch out for each other. How tragic for all in involved from victim to driver to witnesses to family and friends. All because neither the driver or the biker were doing all they could to avoid colliding.

      3. GTP says:

        Whether the bicyclist was using the bike lane or not, doesn’t mean they were paying attention to the fact that other traffic may not have seen him—blind spots on very big trucks. Some witnesses say the bicyclist was wearing headphones–and people shouted for that person to slow down as they saw that large truck trying to make his turn, and the bicyclist hit the truck-not the other way around. Many(not all) bicyclists on campus zone out and don’t follow traffic rules—they (we all) need to learn to drive defensively in such congested areas. Be alert-pay attention. I feel so sorry for the deceased, the truck driver, and all who may have witnessed this horribly event.

      4. Elise Darling says:

        it is unfortunate that you choose to bash the woman who died based on distant information. I wonder:

        Do you walk around with an iPod?
        Do you drive with your music loud?
        Do you answer your phone while driving?

        What if the truck driver had been doing any of these?

        All individuals commenting know nothing of the situation. Defense or not, people are making assumptions based on a severe lack of information. So out of respect for the dead – keep the snide to yourself.

        1. IslaGirl says:

          To answer your questions: No, No, and No. I do not walk around or ride my bike with my iPod.
          I do not drive with loud music, I work in an Urgent Care, and the last thing I want to hear is noise when I get in my car.
          Anyone who has my cell phone # knows not to call me at times when I would be in my car. If it goes off while I am on the road, it doesn’t get looked at or answered till I am parked, or not in my car.

      5. Saddened by tragedy says:

        The bicyclist was also wearing an IPOD, which likely precluded her from hearing oncoming traffic. I don’t even wear my IPOD when I walk anymore, because it’s too easy to get caught up and lose perspective on your surroundings.

      6. Cyclist says:

        I had that exact thing happen to me many years ago on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
        A school was passing me, and made a righthand turn knocking me off my bike. I went over the handlebars and landed in the gutter next to the curb. Lucky for me I was able to do a quick roll on to the curb to avoid getting run over by the buses dual tires.

      7. shandra says:

        This is incredibly sad. I am a mother and my heart goes out to the family. But we need to remember that listening to an Ipod is NOT following the biking/road laws or safe even if she was in a bike lane. We all need to instill in our children that safety and helmets are a must at all times.

      8. Brian says:

        Blame the victim….classy.

  3. megafrog says:

    My 19 year old son was killed in Hudson last year on St Patrick’s day by a truck making a turn on a red light while my son was walking his bike through the crosswalk (he had the green light and crosswalk light). My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. I absolutely know how you feel.

    1. Iunderstand says:

      I too lost a 10 year old daughter the night of June 10th, 2007 from complications of pain medication following her first night home from the hospital where she had successful surgery. I totally understand the pain of a parent in losing their child. It is my hope the community will rally around this family and support them in their time of grief

  4. U Employee says:

    I work at Donhowe Building at this intersection, and it is notorious for jawwalking, cars and trucks gunning lights, and everyone generally not watching out for each other. It is only going to get worse once Washington Ave closes for the CCLRT. This is horribly tragic, but was bound to happen soon. I sincerely hope U Police step up their presence at this corner.

    1. I graduated says:

      How often does your jaw take a walk?

      1. I dont grajamated says:

        Not as often as the wonderful world of computers messing up spelling. Been there. But my point is……you understood what they meant? Right? Right? Just gotta post something dont you.

  5. SG says:

    I got a chold shiver when I heard about this. I used to bike right by there every day. No matter what our mode of transportaion we all need to be aware of what is around us, for our own safety as well as others.

    Late last night I almost hit a cyclist who was in the middle of the car lane in dark clothing with no reflectors and there was a bike lane avaiable! I barely saw him in time and he seemed completely unaware or unphased by the incident.

  6. Karen says:

    This is chilling to me because I bike through this intersection every afternoon on my way home from work. However, I am always wearing a helmet, obeying the traffic lights, NOT wearing headphones, and assume at all times that no cars can see me and respond appropriately. I am heartbroken that this young girl lost her life. It didn’t have to happy with a few safety measures. Accidents will still occur with or without helmets and the things I described above, but fellow bikers, please use every precaution you can. How awful.

    1. Karen says:

      Not “happy”. I meant to type “have to happen”.

  7. red says:

    This is very sad. This area is going be night mare when the light rail comes. I hope the jay walkers are ticketed so that they are run over by the light rail

  8. IslaGirl says:

    To “Uof M Prof”
    While I am very sorry to hear of this tragic accident, Lets not be so quick to put ALL blame on the driver of the truck. I am sure he or she feels incredible guilt enough. If you read closely, it also states that the bike rider was NOT wearing a helmet, and WAS wearing iPod earphones. Perhaps if she had been wearing a helmet, and had NOT had her hearing impared bythe earphones and music, she might be alive today. There’s always 2 sides, which is why WE who are making our uneducated comments, are not the ones investigating why this happened.

    1. Ned says:

      You think wearing a helmet will help you if you get run over by a dump truck?

    2. Ned says:

      What if the person who got hit was deaf. Would you still blame her?

      1. joelle says:

        For crying out loud ned use your head. A person who is deaf would obviously be paying attention to what is going on around them. Their inability to hear is not a choice but something they live with everyday in every situation. They no longer know what a sound actually is. And yes if the person died because of a head injury a helmet would have helped. Riding a bike doesn’t give you control of the road.

  9. WearThe Helmet says:

    Very sad, but the fact that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet and was probably distracted by the iPod speaks volumes about how we engage in personal safety. Two people died yesterday in a car crash – not wearing seat belts. C’mon people – value your own life please!

    1. megafrog says:

      My son was killed by a recycling truck while walking his bike through an intersection. My son was wearing his helmet. A helmet doesn’t do much when a huge truck like that runs over your head. The police told me that the only thing the helmet did was protect the overall shape of his head and allowed me to have an open casket funeral for my son.

    2. Cyclist says:

      I agree helmets should be worn, but a helmet is no match for a truck.
      Helmets will not prevent a broken neck, about all they are good for is preventing road rash.

  10. hrbekone says:

    Put down the phones, take off the headphones and pay attention. This is not directed at anyone particular just everyone. I drive through/on campus 2-5 times daily. Drivers talking on their phones and stopping for green lights, walkers stepping into a road without looking while talking on a phone and bikers with headphones on not hearing the traffic around them. I see this everyday. Until EVERYONE decides to pay attention to what they are doing at the moment and quits worrying about being “connected” every minute of the day, this type of tragedy will continue to get worse

    1. violet says:

      You are very right! Walkers/Bikers really must pay just as close attention as drivers need to.

      1. mike says:

        no, they need to pay attention, but rarely will their lack of attention lead to death. Drivers are the ones in power, a fender bender to them is death to a pedestrian or cyclist

  11. Victim Du Jour says:

    I feel really sad hearing it is a young woman who lost her life.

  12. red says:

    Of course I meant so they are not run over by the light rail

  13. Kate says:

    While this is such a tragedy, I’m a student and a biker here at the U and I can tell you, bikers are so comfortable with doing whatever they want. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends, but I do hope if anything comes from this that students start paying attention and do NOT assume cars will always give you the right of way—and wear a helmet, don’t have an ipod on. This should be a very sad lesson to just be careful. That intersection is especially notorious for J walking. People shouldn’t jump to conclusion about the driver or the biker, but just realize this can be prevented if everyone paid better attention.

  14. Cyclist says:

    Cyclist have the same rights to the street as an automobile, look it up idiot.

    1. Todd W. Olson says:

      Cyclists are also bound by the same traffic laws, even though they act as if they aren’t .

      1. Steve says:

        Last I checked it was against the law to run over someone with a motorized vehicle. Why don’t motorists feel like they have to follow the laws? Do you know that every 15 minutes someone is killed by a bad driver in the United States. Every 15 minutes a driver in this country breaks the law and kills someone. So what is your big point about cyclists not following the laws? Are they killing people? No they aren’t it’s drivers doing that. If the cyclist and the driver approached the intersection at the same time as witnesses are saying then the driver is at fault because the cyclists had the right away. The driver broke the law.

        1. Todd W. Olson says:

          Here’s the deal, Steve. If you’re on a bicycle and you fail to obey the traffic laws, you place yourself in danger. If, by breaking the law, you put yourself in a situation whereby I, the driver of a motor vehicle, am unable to avoid a collision, there is an excellent possibility that you will be killed. The traffic laws are intended to protect your safety. Failing to obey them is foolish. So, don’t cut off cars in traffic- they may not be able to stop in time. Don’t run through stop signs or traffic signals- there may be an oncoming vehicle with the right of way. Use your light and reflective clothing at night – we can’t see you without it. So much of this is common sense, and yet I see bicyclists fail to heed this simple rules on a daily basis.

      2. Cyclist says:

        You’re absolutely right Todd, but don’t judge every cyclist by those who don’t obey the law.

  15. UofM CONSERVATIVE says:

    Jesus Rusty have some respect. People like you make me sick. Driving on the UofM campus is a terrible idea, and to expect everyone to bring a car on campus is idiotic. There is not enough parking for everyone to have a car, let alone space on the roads. IT’S A COLLEGE CAMPUS, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE OPERATOR OF ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE TO WATCH OUT FOR OTHERS! Both the biker and truck driver are likely at fault, regardless of who had the right-of-way.

  16. Pedestrian/cyclist/driver says:

    I was a couple of minutes after the accident at that intersection. I was riding my bike on 4th St and I saw the truck from maybe 500 m away (any cyclist in the right mind would have known that it was big enough for competing with it and better wait a couple of minutes for clearance), I did not see the bike involved in the accident since she was on the right hand side of the truck and I could only see from the left. By the time I got to the intersection the woman was lying on the ground while a couple of people were checking if she was alive. A third girl was calling 911 and another lady and I were gathering the injured woman’s stuff. Yes, she was listening to an iPod and she was not wearing a helmet. PLEASE WEAR A HELMET while riding your bike and don’t wear headphones, text message or talk on your cell phones, I am not 100% sure but a helmet could have saved her life since there was no obvious external lesion on her, it did not seem the truck went over her, she probably hit her head on the ground. The saddest thing I thought she was going to make it, when the firemen came about 7 min later and started giving her cpr and first help, she opened her eyes for a second but minutes later they stopped and she did not open her eyes again. It was everything for her. It was so sad, that this young woman lost her life when minimum precautions could have save her. I saw her life going away in front of me and I felt so impotent. The thing to learn for us, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, is respect for everyone and for safety norms.

  17. Kevin Tesh says:

    If the driver gets to the intersection before the cyclist and cannot make a right turn safely without cutting off a cyclist then the driver should not make the turn.

    1. Todd W. Olson says:

      Wrong. In this circumstance, the bicyclist would be overtaking on the right, which is illegal in most circumstances. If the motorist, having reached the intersection, has signaled for a right turn at an intersection, he has the right of way over vehicles which have not yet reached the intersection.

      1. Ta-Da says:

        Not really wrong. In response to Todd W. Olson. Though we don’t know the exact circumstance, it’s pretty difficult for a bicycle that remains in the bike lane to be hit by or hit a turning vehicle if the driver follows the law, since the cyclist should be unable to overtake on the right. In any case, regardless of circumstance, it’s tragic for all involved.

        Minn. Stat. § 169.19 Turning, starting, and signaling.
        (g) Whenever it is necessary for the driver of a motor vehicle to cross a bicycle lane adjacent to the driver’s lane of travel to make a turn, the driver shall drive the motor vehicle into the bicycle lane prior to making the turn, and shall make the turn, yielding the right-of-way to any vehicles approaching so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

    2. Mae says:

      I’m sorry but the cyclist should have been paying attention to see if the truck was making a turn. I’m sure she thought the truck saw her but why wouldn’t she wait a few minutes. This is just like those people in cars that go around the bus to make a right turn. The bus has the right of way. I feel said because I know who this is and I just can’t wrap my brain around this at all.

  18. Amy says:

    I completely agree – an iPod can prevent cyclists from hearing what’s going on around them – in fact I encountered one such clueless bicyclist today – seems like a huge distraction and not very smart for someone at an obvious disadvantage.

  19. IrideAbike says:

    Bikes are small, Trucks/Cars are big. As a bicyclist it’s our jobs to not only defend our right to be in traffic and on the roads, but be sure to pay attention to everything and anything around us that could come up.

    Sure, on my bike I’ll do a lot of stuff I won’t do in a car when it comes to traffic signals and laws, however I take full responsibility for my actions and know that if I get in the way I’m going to lose.

    It’s all about paying attention, not being distracted by headphones or music, and knowing where traffic is.

  20. Sanford Hall 2000 says:

    Years ago, I was pulling out of Sanford Hall on to University Avenue. I checked left and right several times and started pulling out. A cyclist was biking against traffic and on the sidewalk ended up colliding with the hood of my car. He rolled over the vehicle and landed on the other side.

    A bit shaken, but no bodily injuries, he stood up and saw my ghost-white face as I got out of the car.

    A group of dorm residents witnessed the accident and called 911. As I was checking to see if he was OK, the police promptly arrived. His bike was totaled and he miraculously had no injuries beyond scrapes (he was wearing a helmet).

    I searched my memory a million times to figure out what I did wrong and I felt horrible.

    To my surprise, the officer didn’t focus his frustration on me, but on the biker instead. He berated the cyclist for riding his bike on the sidewalk AND for riding the wrong way down a one way street.

    I couldn’t believe that this guy who just had his bike destroyed by my car was being made an example of. I offered to help pay for the bike but the officer stopped me and said that I wasn’t in any way at fault. As he was about to write the cyclist a citation, I intervened and asked that he just let it go.

    Although the accident was no fault of my own, the cyclist didn’t deserve to have a citation added on top of what was already turning out to be a bad day for him already.

    The officer let it go. The cyclist dragged his bike away, thanked me for not pressing the issue and I left the scene with a minor scrape on the hood of my POS car.

    To this day, every time I ride my bike through the U of MN campus, I think of the guy that I hit. I think about how he escaped with his life and was almost made an example of for riding irresponsibly. This bike rider in Dinkytown may or may not have been doing everything they could to stay safe, but they certainly didn’t deserve to die as a result.

    No question, both cars and bicyclists can seriously step up their game in the U of M area. I got lucky by facing the issue head on in a situation where it wasn’t even my fault….don’t wait for something like that to happen to you in order to make changes in your own habits.

    1. Erika says:

      I live on 7th Ave and 4th St and ride my bike every day in the area. I always take precautions and ensure that I am following traffic rules, stopping when I’m supposed to, riding on the correct side of the road, etc.

      I’m glad that the officer did not blame you and blamed the cyclist, since it appears that he was the one at fault. While I agree that no on should lose their life, I do think that cyclists who are illegally riding on the wrong side, running red lights, etc. need to be held accountable for their actions. If you do not allow police to hold them accountable, they may be the next victims.

  21. Al says:

    All republicans are jerks.

  22. Hrbekone says:

    “save it pal” – bikes come out of nowhere all the time. I am an employee of the U and drive on campus 3-5 times daily. Making a right turn is very dangerous as a driver on campus because while you are waiting for traffic to open or crosswalks to open a bike that was once 4 cars back has now passed all 4 cars and snuck into the crosswalk. Another example – a biker heading west on a sidewalk reaches a crosswalk and suddenly turns north into the crosswalk. All the while the driver is watching behind him for the bike sneaking up on him. “Cars and trucks come out of nowhere..”? Really? I am an avid biker and most of the time I find it very easy to see the cars and trucks I am sharing the road with. That vision comes with experience which is one thing I don’t think most bikers around the U have. Regardless of who has the right of way, if there is a crash a biker is going to lose every time. When biking in a busy area, bikers need to slow down and understand the traffic and pedestrians around them. I don’t know how many times I have seen a biker crash into a walker. Bikers, how about getting into the turn lane or into the lane that goes straight so you can flow into traffic like you all want. If you decide to pass a bunch of cars waiting to turn and sneak into a blind spot, you are putting yourself into a danger zone, don’t blame the driver. You could have waited your turn just like all the cars did. I believe most of the comments blindly blaming the driver and bashing all car drivers are from the inexperienced bikers, because if you were to talk to any experienced biker they will tell you the most important thing is to share the road safely and know the environment you are riding in. This is no way is blaming the girl who was killed this morning. There is a reason we call these “accidents”. It doesn’t sound like anyone was acting irresponsible. And if they were the police investigation will uncover that. To blame the truck driver is just insane unless he ran a light when he shouldn’t have. These long bed trucks have a LARGE blind spot (again something an experienced biker will learn over time, and learn to never ride into that blind spot) and if she rode into that he would have had no way of seeing her. Instead of everyone thinking they are better than others let’s see the tragedy and learn from it.

  23. Professional Driver says:

    Just one thing: as a professional driver who frequently drives through this intersection, I can say that rampant jaywalking by U of MN students can create confusion as to where drivers need to be watching for pedestrians. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swerved or stopped for jaywalkers, then nearly hit someone who had the right of way. This may seem trivial, but it is an
    Important factor: Your jaywalking and unpredictable use of the roadspace can severely distract a driver. We have one set of eyes, one focus of attention. It is already at work looking for lawful traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists that are where they should be.

  24. Sam says:

    Regardless who is at fault, my heart goes out to the family. Hopefully this incident will either teach us to be better aware of others or make changes to that intersection that forces us to be aware of our surroundings.

  25. Eric says:

    Driving in Dinkytown always makes me nervous. So many pedestrians, so many bikes. When biking or driving a car or walking in Dinkytown, give it 100+ percent of your attention! Wear helmets! (I am going to buy one ASAP and tune up my bike with reflectors)

  26. tuna-free dolphin says:

    Bicycles are very dangerous. They should be illegal. Anyone who rides should be more careful. Cars and trucks are heavier. Environmentalism exacts a heavy toll on its followers.

  27. Hailun Shi says:

    shock me. I walk past there almost every day.

  28. bikingeveryday says:

    there is only one lane + one bike lane on that intersect and yet most drivers heading west just disregard the bike lane and create two lanes on fourth facing south.

  29. races says:

    u know what sad, it that she was gonna graduate soon and live the life u and i always wanted, but she die before that, sad, so sad..

  30. a-hole says:

    This is sad but the bikers need to realize that they don’t own the road. This case may have been an accident and she might very well have not done anything wrong, but bikers in general think they won the road and every car should yeild to them. I went to the U and I had to deal with bikers breaking the law everyday. They run lights ride in the middle of the road everywhere not just down there. This should be a wake up call to all bikers that if they should be the ones watching out for cars because they are the ones who are going to lose in a crash not the driver.

  31. Cityboy left the city for the burbs says:

    First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in today’s incident.

    My thought is that in such a congested area, as the U of M campus is, I really don’t believe cyclists should be allowed to ride on main thoroughfares being Washington, University, 4th etc. Instead they should walk their bikes on the sidewalks along these extremely busy roads or choose a different route. It’s simply too dangerous. Anywhere else on campus, ride all you want. It’s simply too dangerous for cyclists, of any level of experience, to be on the main roads through campus. Toss in a sporting event and some out-of-towners and you have yourself a recipe of disaster for cyclists. So please do everyone a favor dear road sharing cyclists, most importantly yourself, and remove yourself from the road in heavy traffic areas so we can avoid things like this in the future. I really think this would help. Or, just block all the roads off around campus and get rid of the traffic, either way, it works for me.

  32. Terri Mills says:

    I know the driver of the truck he is a kind and decent man. My husband is a truck driver also. We pray everyday about all of the people who do not know what trucks are capable of. Many times cars dart in and around the trucks not realizing that a truck (especially when loaded) takes a long time to stop or slow down. People don’t have the respect or understanding of what the drivers are able to see. The trucks have lots of blind spots. Always assume that a trucker can not see you, on foot, on bike or in any vehicle. There have been jobs where the sidewalk was closed and people walked into the street right in front of moving trucks. The trucks are not nimble, people walk and pull out in front of them all the time. Often a car will dart right in front of them and slam on their brakes to change lanes and turn. Trucks take extra room to turn, be aware, and keep on your guard for you and the drivers. Drivers spend their days trying to insure that no one gets hurt by their trucks. Even the best drivers cannot avoid some accidents. Your life is valuable please consider how you behave around these trucks. I am so sorry for the loss of this woman, my heart and prayers go out to all of those effected. I plead with you to all to be careful out there. God be with you all.

  33. Cyclist Too says:

    What if the truck didn’t turn on its turn signal?

    1. Cyclist says:

      I already mentioned being knocked off my bike on Lake Street by a school bus.
      The bus was passing me as we approached the intersection, but I was in a blind spot far enough back where I couldn’t see the signal on the front fender, but not far enough back to see the rear turn signal. I had not idea the bus was turning until it came at me, and forced me into the curb.

  34. Joy says:

    As a mom I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. Reading the posts from those that have lost children breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this young woman, and anyone who has a lost a child.

  35. Sean Hayford Oleary says:

    “Police say she wasn’t wearing a helmet, but she WAS wearing headphones”

    A helmet is not required in Minnesota, and honestly should not be necessary in a healthy city. Likewise, bicyclists may wear headphones in MN.

    Now granted, there are ways to help avoid these things: if you want to listen to music, but on ear bud only in your right ear (since your left ear will generally be facing traffic). And always keep an eye out for right-turning vehicles.

    But this is unambiguously the trucker’s fault. The cyclist did nothing illegal, and it should always behoove the bigger and more powerful to watch out for the little guy. Drivers failing to yield right of way is the #1 cause of bike-car accidents in Minnesota (DPS statistics) — so let’s focus on driver alertness and education.

    1. aoijrekl says:

      A helmet is also not required for motorcycle drivers in Minnesota but does that mean it’s smart? Let’s be realistic here.

      1. Sean Hayford Oleary says:

        I’m with you when you’re riding a distance on rural roads, going a decent speed — approaching motorcycle speed. But in city traffic, they’re not going significantly faster than a pedestrian. Helmet use is a good thing, but it’s become such an emblem of responsible bicycling that, as reported here, it seems to overshadow the fact that this cyclist was riding legally, and that the DRIVER was at fault.

        Not all good/responsible cyclists wear helmets, and not all helmet-wearers ride responsibly. It should not be the first or only area of focus when an accident occurs — especially when the accident was not the cyclist’s fault.

  36. JKB says:

    This was an accident that is happening all too many times. As motorists, it is OUR responsibility to know what is in front of us,along our sides, and consider bicyclists safety. Blind spots dont help, turning when unsafe ,or to beat the lights, isnt watching out for all. A little patience may help in avoiding more of these senseless injuries and deaths. My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends who have lost someone very precious to them.

  37. karen says:

    This poor woman’s family has just had the worst night of their lives last night. My heart goes out to them because I know what it’s like to live a night like that. Tragic and unexpected death can happen to any of us. Chance is a beast like that. Make sure you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. And please remember that the stranger you pass on the road is also one of the most important people in someone else’s life.

  38. tyler says:

    Denmark has this great thing called “Strict Liability.”

    cars/motor vehicles can kill just the same as a gun can. in fact, driving a car is like walking around with a loaded gun. it is the responsibility of the driver to conduct themselves with the utmost care and defer to all other road users.

  39. Concerned about Recent Accidents in Dktwn says:

    It’s a tragedy that a student has passed as a result of an accident. I think people should focus less on the Ipod. It’s like saying the truck driver was distracted for having the music on in his vehicle. Actually, the biker can hear traffic better even wearing headphones than people in their truck cabins with the windows up. Until someone releases the exact area of the truck in which the victim was struck, it cannot be determined what occurred. If she was riding parallel to front of the truck, he would have no way to see her and she would have no way of seeing his turn signal until he actually started to take the turn. I have biked that path many a time and many people making a right turn do not look right when they start their turn. You can be an experienced bike rider and still be hit. For all the talk of jay-walkers and experienced bikers or distracted bikers, there are just as many distracted drivers. How many times have I hit the hood of a car who was creeping into the crosswalk when I had the right away? or Almost got hit by the car trying to make a quick right turn? I drive through dinkytown but am smart enough driver to talk my time through busy intersections because they are BUSY. Never really hear of an MTC bus hitting a biker and pedestrian, so why is it that cars and trucks are having problems?

  40. Cyclist says:

    Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
    Bicycles are legal vehicles on Minnesota roads and they share the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles.
    Bicycle lanes are designed to separate bicycle traffic from normal vehicle traffic. It is illegal to drive in these lanes except to enter or leave the road or to prepare for a turn. Before crossing a bicycle lane, make sure it is safe to do so. Yield the right-of-way to approaching bicyclists. When the bicycle lane is clear, signal your intention to turn and then move into the bicycle lane before making the turn.
    Use caution when passing a bicyclist. When passing, the law requires at least three feet between the side of your car and the bicyclist.

  41. bike too says:

    You’re right, but those big trucks don’t follow the statute. I’ve seen them turn at that intersection before, and to make the turn many of them appear to turn left and swing way into the middle of road before making a hard right. That enables that back of the truck to clear the curb. If she passed his rear before the driver turned on his turn signal, she wouldn’t have known he was even turning right. And she could have thought she was riding parallel to the truck down 15th St.

  42. Dude says:

    Big Trucking might be at least partially accountable, not just the driver.. I saw a photo of the truck which was driven. That kind of truck often seems to be very bulky and swaying & awkward on the road (as alluded to above), and what’s more it also looks old like it was built in the 1940’s or early 1950’s. I haven’t been able to verify anything, but it turns out the truck IS outdated and/or overly hard to drive, perhaps they can also go after RICH INDUSTRY EXECS and not just the “middleman” individual truck driver. At the very least, more sweeping consideration would certainly give industry legal depts. something to do rather than go into their rat-holes and try to wait out the storm in individual tragedies such as this.

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