Two Women Are Fatally Hit by TaxisNo charges?! Are you fucking kidding me?! How about speeding? How about reckless driving? I think it's safe to say that any time you hit a pedestrian you're being reckless!
"This one taxi tried to beat the light," Mr. Medrano said. "He hit the first girl. She flew up and into oncoming traffic. He ran over the second girl."
Both taxis stayed at the scene, and the police said no charges had been filed against either driver.
The basic problem is that the car is never at fault as long as the other party was also doing something wrong. And that counts jaywalking as wrong, which isn't the case in NYC.
How about this for a law: any time a car hits a pedestrian or bike in New York City, the car is at fault. Period. That's the law in Amsterdam. It's a great law. It makes cars slow down. It saves lives.
Yes, that's right, you can be riding swerving drunk, at night, no lights, the wrong way down a one-way street, and running a red light (though they usually turn them off at night). You go right in a car's way. Bam! The car was minding its own business. The car is at fault. Always.
Here is New York City?
Bike hits pedestrian? Bike at fault. Bad bike.
Car hits bike? Bike at fault. Bad bike.
Car hits pedestrian? Oops. Sorry. Accidents happen. You're dead.
So if you're one of those namby-pamby people who bitches about bikes running lights, get some perspective and stop friggin' whining.
Or if you think that the public will love you because you're a "good" rider and wear a bike helmet and smile when you come to a complete stop at stop signs... Yeah, fat fucking chance.
If you think it's wrong for me to advocate that bikes rationally (and courteously) ignore most traffic laws, you have a Teutonic sense of moral order that would make Rudy Giuliani proud.
And if you think that "following rules" and being "in the right" is protection against being killed, don't frown. You must live in Big Rock Candy City where the cars are cushioned with marshmallows and the curbs overstuffed with down.
It's a big city and every now and then a bike will hit a pedestrian. Sorry. If the bike is at fault, give the bike a ticket and move on. In the meantime, get a fucking grip and bitch about what's really killing you and me: Cars. That's why I hate them.