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Thread: Cyclists injured Leesburg after crash with car. Airlifted to hospital

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    Default Cyclists injured Leesburg after crash with car. Airlifted to hospital

    Police report is all that is available. Happened last night.

    https://patch.com/virginia/leesburg/...-leesburg-lcso

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    Man, that's a sketchy section of road to be riding at almost 10pm.....

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    If I were driving in that time and place, I'd expect I might encounter deer but not a bicyclist.

    What's bizarre is the lack of info about lights/helmet/reflective clothing/etc. Usually that's the first thing we learn when we read stories like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoot View Post
    If I were driving in that time and place, I'd expect I might encounter deer but not a bicyclist.

    What's bizarre is the lack of info about lights/helmet/reflective clothing/etc. Usually that's the first thing we learn when we read stories like this one.
    Wait... You mean for once the media is not victim blaming the cyclist.... But the two cyclists that commented on this thread have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    Wait... You mean for once the media is not victim blaming the cyclist.... But the two cyclists that commented on this thread have...
    Absolutely not my intent.

    Rather, I was making the observation that reports have somehow refrained from impugning the victim yet. Not only have they not blamed the victim; they're also seeking witnesses. Which I thought was noteworthy, given that the few details we do know about this scenario (i.e. high-speed road, after dark) make it sound like it would be especially easy for police and media to just write this one off as another SMIDSY. It's a positive departure from the usual story one reads after an incident like this.

    I apologize if I communicated these thoughts poorly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    Man, that's a sketchy section of road to be riding at almost 10pm.....
    I rode the stretch from Strasburg to Marshall to Purcellville between 9pm and 2am with periods of moderate to heavy rain on a recent 400K and it didn't seem odd to be out in rural/suburban Virginia at all.

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    I've just given up riding roads like that, especially at night. People drive far over the speed limit and there just aren't enough cyclists for drivers to be paying any attention at all. I wish it were different, but it is what it is.

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