Doctor killed on bicycle in car accident

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A Fort Gordon doctor died Monday after being struck by a car while traveling to work on his bicycle.

Dr. Daniel L. Dickinson, 57, is the second Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center doctor to die from a cycling incident in the past six months.

According to Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay, Dickinson was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Belair and Asbury roads around 6:30 a.m. when a 2003 Buick Regal driven by 76-year-old Charlie Bussey struck him from behind.

Gay said those who knew Dickinson "said he rides his bike from his house off of Walton Way to Fort Gordon a couple of times a week."

Dickinson was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he died of cardiac contusion and hemorrhagic shock at 9:55 a.m. Monday, according to Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald.

Charges have not been filed, pending the outcome of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

"The driver said he never saw the bicyclist," Gay said.

Authorities said Dickinson did have a light on his bike, but they have not been able to determine whether the light was on at the time of the incident.

A team will be on the scene this morning to determine lighting conditions at the location during the time of the crash.

Charges were filed against an Aiken County man who struck about five cyclists along Beech Island Avenue on Oct. 1.

One of the cyclists, Dr. Matthew Burke, was thrown into the air from the impact and was hospitalized with severe head trauma.

Burke, a 38-year-old orthopedic surgeon at Eisenhower, died Feb. 6 from his injuries.

All of the cyclists were wearing helmets and reflective gear at the time of the crash.

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Vito45
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Vito45 08/01/11 - 03:45 pm
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Terry, you are not the person

Terry, you are not the person who rides up around Gibbs Road are you? There is someone who rides after dark in my mother's neighborhood and if one can't see him they are BLIND. It looks like a flashing Xmas tree on wheels.

Just the comments in this thread prove there is a lot to learn from both camps.

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AutumnLeaves 08/01/11 - 03:46 pm
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Nevermind. I thought I

Nevermind. I thought I remembered an Asbury Road (30909) out that way. That's what it was, it's nearly at Jimmie Dyess Parkway, so the above article just misspelled it as Ashbury. Please correct the typo. Might not be important at the moment, but you never know....

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Willow Bailey 08/01/11 - 04:07 pm
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There is really no margin of

There is really no margin of forgiveness for bike accidents. If there is any contact, at any speed, the results are likely to be tragic. Every time, a cyclist (bi or motor), golf cart, walker, runner, horseback rider, takes to the public roads, they run the risk of great injury or death. No laws and no painted lines can supersede the law of gross tonnage.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/01/11 - 04:17 pm
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Terry454, I appreciate your

Terry454, I appreciate your comments and am also aware of the current laws. I believe however that they should in fact be changed. Any roadway where the majority of cyclists can not meet the posted speed limit should be a roadway free of cyclists.

I am not anti-cyclist in any way. But, even with a driver using due regard a cyclist is at a far great risk and disadvantage, especially on fast paced high volume roadways.

You state that..."You cant remove bikes from roads that have posted speeds above 25 mph. The rights of one can not infringe on the right of another." - Like it or not, this is not a true statement. First, their is no such "right" to use the roadways. Second, bicycles and non-motorized vehicles are already banned from many roadways throughout this country. My suggestion is that the band should be extended to roadways where the non-motorized vehicles are unable to reach the posted speed limtis. This is for their safety and well as the safety of others and for the smooth flow of traffic. Our government passes laws each and every day to "keep us safe", many of which I don't agree with. In this case, due to much pressure from special interest groups of cyclists, laws are written in their favor. Although I have no problems with the laws in theory, in reality, they will not stop what has happened in this tragedy and will continue to happen to cyclists often, unfortunately.

Carelesness is NOT a defense, I certainly agree. However, with that being said, there is not a single person posting on this board or anyone who drives a vehicle that can say they have never looked away for a split second to use a turn lane, change a channel, sneeze, etc. - it may not justifiable but it is reality and we should do what we can to stop the problem - best solution is to not allow bikes on unsafe roadways.

Terry454
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Terry454 08/01/11 - 04:36 pm
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Vito45, I now live in

Vito45,

I now live in Stockbridge, but I can assure you UFO sightings have been reported where I ride due to the lights I use!!

Terry454
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Terry454 08/01/11 - 04:57 pm
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Asitisinaug, It is a very

Asitisinaug,

It is a very true statement that the rights of some can't infringe on the rights of others. It is the basis for many of our laws. You have the right to shout fire, but not in a crowded theatre (unless it is on fire). But I agree with you that cyclist do not have the "right" to ride. It is a privilege and so is driving on the roadways. There are people that have their privilege revoked all the time.

I agree that laws need to be changed. First it should be harder to get a license to drive. It should be easier to loose your privilege to drive. There should be a device in all vehicles that scramble cell service while the engine is running. All laws are reactive by nature, so any laws to protect cyclist and others means many have died senselessly. Not since the Decleration of Independance or U.S. Constitution have laws been written proactively. So the lobbying is done by those that have lost loved ones or care about those that have.

I respect your point of view but I see removing cyclist as a cop out to trying to solve the real issue. Cyclist are just the target of todays discussion but I see drivers becoming more distracted every day. More gadgets are installed by the OEM and aftermarket suppliers. How about devices that help avoid collisions instead of hard drives to store music and movies?

And please correct me if I am wrong, but the only roadways that are off limits to non motorized vehicles and pedestrians are Interstates. These also have a MINIMUM speed limit of 40 mph in most cases. The posted speed limits are the MAXIMUM allowed. No one says you have to drive the maximum limit. The limit is there to make sure the vehicles are not operated at a max limit that is unsafe. So I feel the max speed limit behind another car is one that keeps you from rear ending it. The same goes for bikes and pedestrians. Slow down and save a life instead of banning a slower, cleaner, more ecomomical and healthier way to get there or enjoy the road ways. Thanks for listening and debating!!

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david jennings 08/01/11 - 05:02 pm
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This is sad indeed.I just got

This is sad indeed.I just got back to my pc.I hope you all read the letter to the editor today concerning a bicyclist on Wheeler Rd.This guy had a small child on the back of the bike in a child seat on Fri. morning.I couldnt believe my eyes.

trimmy
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trimmy 08/01/11 - 05:09 pm
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It doesn't matter what the
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It doesn't matter what the law reads or who is at fault. When someone rides a bicycle in the kind of traffic we have around here, there is great danger for the cyclist.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 08/01/11 - 05:15 pm
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According to the 2009 Georgia

According to the 2009 Georgia Motor Vehicle Fatality Report, there were over 1,200 motor vehicle fatalities in in Georgia in 2009 in which over 150 were pedestrians. 117 were motorcyclist. Georgia averages 20 additional bicyclist killed in motor vehicle accidents per year (seperate source). 596 of the fatalities resulted from the driver losing control. Approximately 590 of the fatalities were males between the ages of 24 and 54. Yup, makes sense to ban bikes from the road.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 08/01/11 - 07:55 pm
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Wow. Hopefully the police

Wow. Hopefully the police don't jump to conclusions too. Any number of legit reasons to move toward the middle of the road -- dogs, potholes, tree branches, etc... Not many excuses for rear ending a biker if his light was visible and working unless hills or a blind curve was involved.

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corgimom 08/01/11 - 07:56 pm
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A cyclist assumes that every

A cyclist assumes that every driver on the road is a perfect driver and won't be distracted, has perfect vision, and perfect judgment.

Because bike vs car= car wins, every time, and it doesn't matter who is at fault.

IamNewToComputers
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IamNewToComputers 08/01/11 - 08:28 pm
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Dr. Dickinson was one of the

Dr. Dickinson was one of the most accomplished cyclists in the area; even raced across America on a four man relay with only three on his team. He knew the rules of the road and always obeyed the law and utilized the appropriate safety equipment. I do not know the specifics of this incident but typically riders of Dr. Dickinson's calibre ride and/or commute with this type of lighting:

http://store.dinottelighting.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=dinott...

My thoughts and prayers are with a great Doctor's family and friends. We will miss you Dr. Dan.

Jo2011
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Jo2011 08/01/11 - 08:30 pm
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I agree corgimom, the car

I agree corgimom, the car wins every time. Certain roads in the CSRA are dangerously congested anyhow. To think a bicycle can go with the flow or can offer protection in the event of a fender bender, is nuts! And it's not like us car drivers are aiming for you bicyclists. But sometimes you DO ride 3 and 4 abreast. Sometimes you DO dart through stopped traffic, even jump curbs. Sometimes I don't see you until I'm right on top of you because you don't have lights or any reflective wear. Don't blame ME. And, God forbid, if I ever inadvertly hit you as you swerve my way, you owe ME an apology because each and every time I try to pass you I am scared out of my wits!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/01/11 - 08:39 pm
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As clarification to an

As clarification to an earlier post, broadstreetnarrowmind, my comment was not directed towards you, sorry if it seemed that way. My comment was more towards daphane and any other poster who post ugly comments towards another poster concerning something written in an original article and then has been later posted. Most people aren't ignorant enough to say "I hope this guy is okay" when the article has been updated to say he passed, especially when it's the first comment posted. A much nicer comment for daphane to post would have been "Your compassion in hoping this bicyclist is okay is well intended but the article states he has passed" or better yet, before you post a correction, checked the last updated time.

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mojo goat 08/01/11 - 09:03 pm
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Unfortunately because of the

Unfortunately because of the lack of concern for the cyclist's safety by motorists, cyclist sometime have to "block the lane" on blind curves and other areas when it's not safe to pass. This must be done because if it's not, the motorist will try and squeeze into the space between the cyclist and the oncoming traffic. When this happens and the space is insufficent, guess who the motorist will hit?

Also, for your information, the law says you should ride as close to the side of the road as is practical and safe. Holes, glass , and a myriad of other things often cause the cyclists to move to the middle of the lane.

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vene 08/01/11 - 09:16 pm
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I actually witnessed this

I actually witnessed this accident. I was coming in the opposite direction at about 6:30 am coming off of Jimmie Dyess. I vaguely saw his siloutte about 300 feet or so out coming towards me but I didn't see any reflective light. I actually inclined to the right a little because he kind of swerved a bit towards the median but not too much. Then the headlights of a car approached and hit him really hard from the back. I heard the crash and saw the bicyclist hit the windshield and flip and everything right as I passed by. I Immediately slammed my brakes gand pulled over. I got out and ran towards the bicyclist lying on the road with my hand up towards the cars that were quickly approaching waving for them to stop. I stood over him and touched him very firmly on his arm and shouted at him to see if he was responsive as he was bleeding from the back of his head but didn't get any response. I think that if his helmet would've stayed on he would've had a better chance to survive. Bicyclists, please make sure you do everything you can to make yourself visible when driving during low light hours; reflective clothing, reflective lights, anything because I could barely even see the guy with my headlights on. Drivers on road like Belair where it's one lane in either direction with no sidewalk and a high speed limit, please be vigilant of your surroundings and be prepared to slow down. I live right off Belair on Culverton and you better believe I will be more vigilante when I'm on Belair. My condolences to the family.

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Little Lamb 08/01/11 - 09:20 pm
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Thank you for your insightful

Thank you for your insightful post, Vene. But more importantly, thank you for your actions at the scene.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/01/11 - 10:22 pm
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Vene, thank you for being a

Vene, thank you for being a citizen who stops to help and who cares, it is much appreciated by many. Your insight and observations will also be very helpful in assisting law enforcement to determine what happened.

Again, I respect bicyclists but I just don't believe it is possible to make roads with speed limits in excess of around 25mph safe enough for them to ride on. Until such time, I believe strongly in the fact that the laws should prohibit non-motorized vehicles on roadways where speed limits exceed 25mph for their safety as well as others.

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iLove 08/01/11 - 10:28 pm
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Most bike riders are VERY
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Most bike riders are VERY aware of their surroundings

True Story:
While riding up Lumpkin Rd one morning, a white guy in a white 1990-1992 Honda Accord actually swerved toward me...i guess trying to be nothing more than a jerk.

Because this happened in Augusta, Ga, I wasn't TOTALLY shocked.

DHL49
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DHL49 08/01/11 - 11:31 pm
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It is sickening to me read

It is sickening to me read posts from people blaming the cyclist for his death. This is our second area physican run down and killed by a car in less than ten months. When you get behind the wheel of a car you are operating a potentially lethal weapon and are 100% responsible to operate it attentively, safely and carefully. Dr. Dan was struck from behind at 6:40 am (sunrise). The only thing he did to "cause his death" was to get on his bike to ride to work. It is disgusting and disrespectful to Dr. Dan, his widow and his four children to post comments implying cyclists don't belong on our roads.

countyman
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countyman 08/02/11 - 12:11 am
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Belair rd is an two lane roa

Belair rd is an two lane roa with nothing but residential neighborhoods surrounding it.. Another neighborhood(Cushendal) is under construction and I definitely wouldn't suggest riding along the road unless it's daylight outside.. Too many people constantly coming in and out of the diffrent subdivisions.. The city is suppose to widen the street this year from the Belair Hills Estates subdivision to Wrightsboro rd.. Jimmie Dyess Pkwy isn't very good either when it comes to bike safety. Augusta needs to plan a major sidewalk, streetlight(neon around the Medical District and parts of the inner city) and bike lane project... Start on Wrightsboro, Washington, Walton Way, Wheeler, Peach Orchard, Windsor Spring, Gordon Hwy, Deans Bridge, Laney Walker, ad 15th)...

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desertcat6 08/02/11 - 12:14 am
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Amen. Perhaps we should lower

Amen. Perhaps we should lower speed limit on all roads except interstates to 25 mph.

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allhans 08/02/11 - 02:54 am
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After reading some of these

After reading some of these comments one would think that if the speed limit is 45 mph you are required to drive at that speed (or faster).

God save us from selfish drivers.

Wade Teston
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Wade Teston 08/02/11 - 05:11 am
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It matters not how many laws

It matters not how many laws are on the books concerning bicycle riders and their rights on a public highway, because the simple fact is bicycles and cars will never miss. Outlaw bicycles from the highway today, before another life is lost!!

Wade Teston
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Wade Teston 08/02/11 - 05:13 am
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I meant to say "bicycles and

I meant to say "bicycles and cars will never mix."

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jcallaway 08/02/11 - 06:06 am
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I do not understand how we

I do not understand how we can find something to say about a person who just loss their life and loved riding. It does not matter how the incident happened a father and husband is gone. I knew Dr. Dickinson and had the opportunity to work with him. He was a dedicated cyclist who always took proper steps to being safe. He rode to work several times a week. I pray for his wife and his children during this difficult time.

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stillamazed 08/02/11 - 07:22 am
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Vito45, the cyclist you are

Vito45, the cyclist you are talking about lives in my neighborhood off Gibbs Road, he usually rides at night and you are right, you can't miss him, he has lights blinking all over. He is probably alot safer riding at night due to less traffic. jcallaway, I don't think that anyone is trying to be mean or disrespective, to Dr. Dickinson, but discussions like this may actually help to save a life, talking about the pros and cons brings awareness. Until an investigation is complete we will not know who is wrong but the truth is that even the safest rider or the safest driver can have an accident, the whole situation is very sad and I feel bad for all concerned.

Terry454
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Terry454 08/02/11 - 08:28 am
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Here are some things of which

Here are some things of which we can be sure.

Cyclists will loose when in a collision with a car, so drivers take more care and cyclist be easier to see.

Cyclling is growing! I grew up in Washington County, Ga. I started cycling after moving to the Atlanta area 11 years ago. When I first started riding when visiting home I was the only bike on the road. On October 1 st I plan to ride the Second Annual Kaolin Century. Last year I saw many frinds from highschool at the ride. This year there will be 30% of my high school class riding. So in the 11 years since I have been riding, cycling has grown so that a small town like Sandersville has a successful century ride and many new cyclist have been inspired. There is no way to put the genie back in the bottle. Cycling is growing and more bike will be on the roadways.

Some drivers think only cars are allowed on the roads or should be allowed. This is simply closed minded and not true. We have to SHARE the road.

A speed limit is the MAXIMUM you are allowed to SAFELY travel. I want to get there sooner too but saftey of others is more inportant than arriving a few minutes sooner. If there is a train across the tracks will you ram it cause it is going to make you late? Will you rear end a 18 wheeler since he is going 65 on the interstate? NO? Then please slow down and be courteous to a cyclist for the 30 secs it will take to safely pass them.

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augusta3508 08/02/11 - 08:56 am
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As an Army employee in

As an Army employee in Germany who formerly lived in Martinez and worked downtown at the National Science Center - the US and the Army lost a valued and trusted person supporting the troops. Traffic rules and drive defensively - but wait this doesn't apply in Georgia. I have frequently observed vehicle drivers and bicyclist's driving through red lights and not using turn signals. From the eyewitness post earlier, it appears the bicycle rider didn't have lights or high visibility clothing. If you want to ride a bike, light yourself up like a Christmas tree and even then, the car will always win....

desertcat6
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desertcat6 08/02/11 - 09:07 am
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Next time you drive, count

Next time you drive, count the number of unsafe drivers you see. Speeding, no signals, running red lights and stop signs, crossing multiple lanes to turn, pulling out into on coming traffic, texting, eating, drinking, crossing solid yellow lines, and running off the edge of the road are so common its sickening. Granted, there are a few cyclist that do some of the same. If you don't like bikes on the road, advocate and try to change the law. Until then, drive safely.

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