Bicyclist killed in Right hook South Tuscon semi crash

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2/16/2017 ~noon. 60-year-old Robert Lucke was killed in what was described as a classic right hook crash with a semi at South Sixth Avenue and East 36th Street, S Tucson. Both were traveling north on South Sixth Avenue in the curb lane when the truck  turned right.

Please see how-to-make-a-right-turn and note that this area has bike lanes. The trouble is bike lanes (striped to the intersection) tend to exacerbate right-turning driver errors, while at the same time potentially lulling bicyclists into a false sense of security.

There have been an alarming number of right-hook bicyclist fatalities in Tuscon in recent years past. This would be, by my count, the fourth Tuscon-area right-hook bicyclist fatality within four years. All involved a bike lane.  (see here for the other three; 2013, 2015, 2016, and now this one in 2017).

Bicyclist killed in crash with semi-truck in South Tucson ID’d

…  Investigators learned Lucke and the semi-truck were traveling north on South Sixth Avenue in the curb lane. As the truck was turning east on 36th Street, the bicyclist collided with the truck, said Gardner.

Crash Reports

I don’t have the ACR but Adot and FARS data are here; I highlighted the fields that are obviously wrong in red.

This is ADOT incident 3222658, and FARS 40131

This appears from the news reports, which were based on info from police, to be an obvious, and classic right-hook involving a large truck turning right and colliding with a bicyclist in a bike lane.

For some reason, ASDM has many, many “UNKNOWNS”; far too many, it has unknowns for items that were released in the news media, such as the lane and direction of the truck and the direction of the cyclist. It has unknown gender and age for the driver; that is only correct/acceptable if the driver can’t be located; “the semi-driver remained at the scene and cooperated…”.

FARS continues the UNKNOWNS, presumably because it’s based on the apparently very incomplete crash report?

ADOT should reject such incomplete reports, particularly for a fatality.

What Cyclists Need to Know about Trucks

There are any number of diagrams and explanations which make clear the right-hook dangers, especially with large trucks, this graphic and accompanying advice from CommuteOrlando are clear and succinct.

One thought on “Bicyclist killed in Right hook South Tuscon semi crash”

  1. I have been the victim of this but not to this degree. I knew Bob personally. I don’t know all the details of speed of travel Etc but though it would seem Bob had the right of way, it’s important to remember that most bikes are not seen by vehicles or are not their concern even though they should be. A good reminder to all of us to stay out of blind spots where possible, but I don’t know if any charges etc were filed in this case.

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