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2006-06-25 4:36 PM

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Subject: Biker killed, distracted driver
Just saw this on the news. I'll post more when I know more.

Bicyclist hit, killed in Canandaigua

Gary McLendon
Staff writer

(June 25, 2006) — CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK — A bicyclist was killed after being struck by an SUV, after the driver was distracted by falling papers, according to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office.

Ralph E. Miller Jr., 47, was driving east on Grimble Road in Canandaigua at 3:14 p.m. Saturday, when his 1997 Ford Explorer stuck Gerald S. Silkiewicz, 54, of 3428 Hopkins Road.

Silkiewicz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Miller, of 6096 State Route 64 told deputies some papers fell on the floor of his vehicle, distracting him, and when he looked back up to the roadway Silkiewicz was directly in front of him.

The collision happened about a half-mile from Hopkins Road.

The accident was is under investigation.

2006-06-25 5:10 PM
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Not another one!  My thoughts and prayers are with the riders family
2006-06-25 9:41 PM
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I've ridden that road.  Its pretty tight.  The guy may have been walking his bike.  Hopefully they will bring some kind of charges.  At least involuntary manslaughter. 

The guy is responsible for his vehicle while on the rode and he didin't control it.  As a result a family man is dead. 

Ridgelake sig. line says it all.  The only one watching you is you.   This guy was hit from behind so listen, look and be aware.  

Train safe.

2006-06-26 9:45 AM
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I thought I was very perceptive of traffic around me on the bike, but I almost got hit on Saturday.  I'm always looking out for cars behind, coming out of side roads, etc.  But I almost got a head on collision by a car passing coming the OTHER way.

There was only 2 of us and I came off from pulling.  Luckily, I knew the rider behind me and didn't pull over but about 2'.  Next thing I know a red car screams by me and I could see the whites of the drivers eyes.  She had NO idea we were there.  She was too concerned about passing the car in front of her.  So unfortunately, another place to look out for Danger.

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