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 08/02/11 - 09:45 am
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Wade Teston, bicycles and

Wade Teston, bicycles and automobiles seem to mix very well in just about every part of the world except the United States.

Vito45
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Vito45 08/02/11 - 09:49 am
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Terry454, I wish all riders

Terry454, I wish all riders and drivers had your common sense. BTW, is 54 your birth year? It is mine and I am from Tennille.

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Terry454 08/02/11 - 10:42 am
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Vito45, I was born in 1969. I

Vito45,
I was born in 1969. I used to drag race and my engine block started as a 454.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1638477561

Vito45
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Vito45 08/02/11 - 11:11 am
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Sent you a message on FB.

Sent you a message on FB. Would like to get more info on the Kaolin ride.

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Wade Teston 08/02/11 - 02:56 pm
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Vito45, you are right about

Vito45, you are right about that. I don't believe American car drivers will ever pay much attention to where they are going as long as distractions are allowed in the car( eating, cell phone use, movies, make-up, reading, etc). I wish bicycles and cars could co-exist on the road, but until stooge car drivers are educated it will remain unsafe for the bicycles.

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PeaceBWithU 08/02/11 - 05:44 pm
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Prayers to family and friends

Prayers to family and friends of both parties. I was fortunate to be a small part of the crew for Dr. Dan and team RAAM-Rod for the Race Across America. He was a fine soul and will be missed. Please folks - Share the road and be nice.

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Craig Spinks 08/02/11 - 06:04 pm
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Wade Teston, THANKS for

Wade Teston,

THANKS for laying it out there. We Americans view our autos as 21st-century analogs to 19th-century cowboys' horses. But horses, not usually noted for their intelligence, did have enough sense to avoid other objects. Until the prices of modern electronics equipment which will steer our cars automatically drops drastically, the determination of the directions in which our cars are driven will depend on each of us. Let's start acting like it does and that we have a duty to ourselves and to one another to operate our autos carefully.

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Asitisinaug 08/02/11 - 06:09 pm
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Sharing the road is a great

Sharing the road is a great slogan. Hoping drivers pay attention is a nice goal. Passing laws in favor of cyclists are done of behalf of special interests.

My point is that all the slogans, nice and lofty goals and laws will NEVER protect a cyclist hit by a motorist.

Just because it is legal does not make it wise.

Bicyclist on roads such as Belair, Washington Road, roads that are curvey with speed limits that are higher, etc. are even further dangerous.

Even "good" drivers get distracted at times for a second or two due to conversation, kids in the car, etc. - While this shouldn't happen and we should always be looking out for others, motorcycles are harder to see than cars and bicycles are harder to see than cars - even with lights and reflective geer - heck, they even added additional brake lights to cars to reduce traffic accidents.

It simply is not a safe practice for non-morotized vehicles to share roadways designed for car use only, especially on roadways where speeds allow drivers to drive 45-55 mph.

You can pick either side of the argument and make valid points for rights, safety, etc. but the bottom line is that a car will always destroy a bike and the cyclist. Therefore, until roadways are re-designed to include bike paths, etc. cyclists should stick to bike paths, neighborhoods, etc. or be fully aware of the major risk they are taking.

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Goodgulf 08/02/11 - 06:15 pm
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Each year, in the USA, there

Each year, in the USA, there are right around the following number of deaths from auto accidents:
35,000 auto passengers
4,000 pedestrians
700 cyclists

The point being, cycling is a very VERY safe activity. The notion that is unsafe compared to other everyday things (Such as walking or driving for instance) is just patently false.

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IamNewToComputers 08/02/11 - 06:29 pm
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PeaceBeWithU may peace be

PeaceBeWithU may peace be with you, your cycling buds, and with Dr Dan, his wife and children. Dan would be on everyone's top ten! Thinks for your comment.

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DrM-G 08/02/11 - 06:22 pm
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@Asitisinaug excellent

@Asitisinaug excellent response- you make a wise point when you state that "Just because it is legal does not make it wise."

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Vito45 08/02/11 - 06:24 pm
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Why can Europeans manage it

Why can Europeans manage it with 1000x the number of bikes in use (per capita) and American drivers can't? Are we that stupid or just that self centered?

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Goodgulf 08/02/11 - 07:06 pm
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@DrM-G - "The gain of 'life

@DrM-G - "The gain of 'life years' through improved fitness among regular cyclists, and thus their increased longevity exceeds the loss of 'life years' in cycle fatalities. (British Medical Association, 1992)

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Terry454 08/02/11 - 10:52 pm
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I have seen some healthy

I have seen some healthy discussions here. I beleive I have even seen a few make a minor shift in thinking based on the comments. We dont HAVE to drive the speed limit. We can go slower when others are enjoying the roadways with something other that a car.

All of us seem to agree cars win over cyclists in a collision. What some may be missing is the fact that we are all wired a little different. A few years ago, I was sure I would meet my end in a car on some drag strip. Then I started cycling and changed that to leaving the earth by an accident on the way down Hogpen gap at 55+ mph. Now that has changed to getting in a tangle with a motor vehicle while enjoying a bike ride. Truth is no one knows how they will leave us.

Fact is some of us refuse to slowly die by sitting on the couch being afraid of living.

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DrM-G 08/02/11 - 11:14 pm
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@Goodgulf, no one is

@Goodgulf, no one is disputing the health benefits of cycling, or any form of exercise for that matter.
I think to assume the car is at fault in all car vs cyclist accidents is short sited. That's not to say the car doesn't win in every case- because obviously it does. But just like the drivers of a car, cyclist can and do get distracted, can and do disregard the laws of the road and can in fact cause the accident. What's tragic is how divisive everyone becomes long before any investigation has been done or before any determination has been made.
Its a tragedy for the family of this well liked/loved man and my heart goes out to his family. My heart goes out to the gentleman driving the car as well as this can't possibly be an easy time for him.
As someone new to the area observing these fights that go on between cyclist and "anti cyclist" it would be so much more productive to stop the fighting and work towards a solution. Certainly it's appropriate to suspend judgement at this point, let the family grieve without the pettiness of the toxic arguments.

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