Austrian bicyclist dies in Kingman Crash

4/5/2018 11:05am  Bicyclist Stefan Ganster was struck from behind by the driver of a pickup in the 1200 block of W. Beale Street, Kingman, which is a.k.a. US-93, part of the S.H.S.  He was seriously injured and died of his injuries several days later. A couple of odd remarks from the news story:

He was riding westbound on Beale Street in the curb lane. The pickup driver, also westbound in the inside lane, changed lanes and crashed into the bicyclist.
Vision obstruction and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

News Reports

Austrian bicyclist dies from Beale Street crash
KINGMAN – The Austrian tourist who was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle on West Beale Street April 5 has died from his injuries, Kingman Police Department reported Tuesday (april 10).
Stefan Ganster, 40, of Austria, was seriously injured in the 1200 block of West Beale Street when a 2000 Dodge pickup driven by a 59-year-old Chloride man struck the bicyclist, causing him to be thrown from the bike. The driver’s identity was not released by police.
Ganster was immediately flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas with life-threatening injuries.
He was riding westbound on Beale Street in the curb lane. The pickup driver, also westbound in the inside lane, changed lanes and crashed into the bicyclist.
Vision obstruction and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.
The bicyclist was touring the United States on his bicycle. No citation has been issued while the investigation is ongoing.
– Information provided by Kingman Police Department

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Two German Tourists Killed

In a similar circumstance, two German bicycle/tourists were killed while touring just a few weeks after the above incident. Driver, victims in fatal Cherokee County crash identified a minivan driver “hit two cyclists from behind while all were traveling westbound in the right lane of Route 66 a little after 11 a.m. Tuesday (May 8)…Trooper Tyler Alley, the incident’s primary investigator, has previously said that state law permitted the men to be cycling in the lanes they were in at the time they were hit”. It was not mentioned whether the cyclists were riding two-abreast or single-file; or where in the lane they were riding. Any position would likely be legal there; abreast riding makes bicyclists more visible to overtaking motorists.

The road in that vicinity, ~ 2 miles west of Galena (sample location), appears to be a 4-lane divided, with paved shoulders and rumble strips just to the right of an edge line. There are intersections and driveway along the road. (it’s not a controlled-access “highway”)

These two Arizona cyclists were killed in a similar state highway scenario while riding single-file at the edge line; in that instance, the driver suddenly swerved due to distraction inside the vehicle.

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