Vehicle hits cyclist, then drives off

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 8:05 AM
Last updated 7:48 PM
  • Follow Crime & courts

Richmond County authorities searched today for the motorist whose vehicle hit and injured a bicyclist late Wednesday.

Map View

Javascript is required to view this map.


The victim, 67-year-old David Dunbar, is in critical condition with a head injury at Georgia Regents Medical Center after being hit in the westbound lane of Heard Avenue about 11:30 p.m. A witness told police the vehicle was turning off of Wrightsboro Road onto Heard when the incident occurred.

According to a police statement, the vehicle was described only as a dark-colored sedan.

A traffic reports states the bicyclist was at fault for the crash for riding a bicycle in the westbound lane in close proximity to a pedestrian crosswalk against traffic.

Comments (7) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
corgimom
34064
Points
corgimom 01/09/14 - 09:22 am
6
4
While somebody has the right

While somebody has the right to ride a bicycle down Wrightsboro Rd at 11:30 pm, they are foolish to do so.

Too easy to get hit- just like this.

I hope the cyclist recovers.

augrichgal
319
Points
augrichgal 01/09/14 - 09:51 am
4
2
2 door car, 4 door car, suv?

A little more description of the vehicle would be helpful.

augrichgal
319
Points
augrichgal 01/09/14 - 09:45 am
1
2
2 door car? 4 door car? SUV?

2 door car? 4 door car? SUV?

nocnoc
44930
Points
nocnoc 01/09/14 - 02:13 pm
5
2
Key Fact

1st of all I hope the guy recovers and the person leaving the scene is arrested.

According to the Article.
"...states the bicyclist was at fault for the crash for riding a bicycle in the westbound lane in close proximity to a pedestrian crosswalk against traffic.">/em>

Let me shorten this

Cyclist was using the wrong side of the road.

Well so much for that
"I can see it coming"
counter-argument we heard a repeatedly back in 2013.

oldredneckman96
5115
Points
oldredneckman96 01/09/14 - 03:44 pm
4
0
No one should leave the scene but.
Unpublished

How can we have bicycle only trails, yet bicycles are allowed on roads built for motor vehicles? Just a bit one sided, don’t you think?
How can a bicycle be classed as a vehicle when it has no; brake lights, turn signals, horn, liability insurance, can not maintain posted speed limit, pays no road use taxes, requires no drivers license, tag or registration? The entire highway system in the US has developed around motor vehicles. The posted speeds, weight classifications, head and tail lamp placement as well as bumper height are for the safety of all motor vehicles. Bicycles just do not fit the equation.
Why do the laws state that a pedestrian must walk facing traffic and a bicyclist must turn his back to it? Is there any real valid reason to not face oncoming traffic if you must ride on the roadway? Is it the blindfold at a firing squad thing? Are you afraid that if you see a car coming, your survival instincts may kick in and you will move over to safety? A five mph bicycle can maneuver faster to avoid a wreck than a fifty five mph car, so if you face traffic you will be able to see and avoid a car that does not see you, tell me, why not face the music?
When there are good safe sidewalks, why play in traffic? Just to be politically correct? Would you rather be carried by six than judged by twelve? Are you afraid other cyclist will laugh at you? Who gets the last laugh if you are alive and they are killed in traffic?
When you cause a traffic accident, what insurance do you have to cover the damages? There are more and more cameras everywhere recording your stunts in traffic. You claim to be vehicle but you maneuver through traffic like a squirrel after a nut and then give the finger to the motorist sounding his horn as he tries to dodge your stunts.
Do you enjoy seeing a thief get away? Do you not feel you are stealing when your bicycle does not pay road use taxes? Do you feel safe with your back turned on people who feel you are a thief? Don’t tell me how your car pays road taxes and that covers your bike, or you pay income taxes and that gets the road paved. Why can’t I ride a pogo stick down the road, a skateboard, or any other junk someone will soon enough try?
When you are morning the loss of another bicyclist killed in traffic, do you really think a Styrofoam beer cooler on your head and your mothers girdle on your behind was going to keep a person alive when hit by a car? Have you looked real close at a person hit by a car? Do you want a closed casket funeral?
If you have any honest, rational, logical answers, lets hear them. Face it, there is no reason to play in traffic, even if your parents told you to do so.

Just My Opinion
5866
Points
Just My Opinion 01/09/14 - 05:20 pm
5
0
augrichgal, your comment

augrichgal, your comment reminds me so much of an Andy Griffith Show episode...the one where the new kid in town is riding his bike on the sidewalk and just about sideswipes a lady coming out of the grocery. Barney is trying to get a description and all the lady can say is "Oh, it all just happened so fast!". Barney chastises the lady for not getting a better description, but then acknowledges that regular citizens can't be like him..a law-man trained in memorizing even the smallest detail. A few minutes later, the kid comes barreling back down the sidewalk, knocking Barney down! The lady says she's glad Barney was there when it happened, so he could provide a description. To which Barney exclaims "Gee...I don't know! It all happened so fast!!"!
Okay...sorry for getting off the topic! Just thought it was funny!

nocnoc
44930
Points
nocnoc 01/09/14 - 07:28 pm
4
0
If we are going to widen or add special lanes for slow moving

bikes, to better protect them from cars.

Then they need to start paying road taxes, annual Tag Fees and years ad volurem taxes. Such an expense should not come free, since already TEA payers will have to come up with the $$$$.

BTW:
While many of these bikes run in the $150-$400 range,
some of the bikes I have seen by the local serious riders cost $1,400
to $3,000 each. I have not seen any of 30 speed models running $5,000 to $14,000 yet on the South Side we have way tooooooooooo many pot holes that never get fixed out here.

bubbasauce
22072
Points
bubbasauce 01/10/14 - 09:53 pm
1
0
I'll second that nocnoc on

I'll second that nocnoc on the pot holes. Seems they just ignore the ole poor side of town don't they?

Back to Top

Top headlines

Democrats target turnout for Sunday voting

Registered voters in Augusta-Richmond County can cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Advance Voting Center at Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
Search Augusta jobs