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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby jasonc » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:19 am

Lukeyboy wrote:That's something you never want to hear about.


+1. that sucks. make sure his family knows that we care!
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby grantw » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:56 am

Terrible news indeed.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Apple » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:01 am

Very Sad, I am sorry to hear that. :cry:
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby sogood » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:03 am

Dreadful news. Need to find that culprit.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Sydguy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:39 am

Devastated. Is there anything we can do?

Sydney Cyclist forum is saying they will turn off life support today.

Worst news ever, very sobering.

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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Milar » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:44 am

I heard the news while chatting to a couple of audax riders on my ride this morning. Never met the guy but feel shattered to hear he won't make it. Deepest condolences to his friends and family.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Apple » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:24 pm

sogood wrote:Dreadful news. Need to find that culprit.

+1, to think he or she just drove off, Unbelievable unfortunately they often do just take off, is due to fear or waht :? It will be much worse for the person when they are caught and I hope they catch them very soon
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Sydguy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Sadly I think the window has passed where the driver might turn themselves in, it takes only a few days for most drugs to be out of your system or get legal advice.

Think Eugene McGee. Except this time we don't know who the Eugene McGee is.

I am more angry than sad because this criminal may very well get away with killing a stand-up guy. Just devastated for the family, I really need to reconsider a few of my rides, and commuting in the dark.

Footage of the bike in the aftermath clearly showed the lights still on and very bright. Spoke to a guy this morning who rode with Ron and he confirmed that Ron used good lights.

Hopefully a ghost bike can be installed near the site as a reminder to motorists to slow down and to everyone that some low integrity 'person' is hiding out among us.

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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby rotating2 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:44 pm

My thoughts are with his family and mates.
Sad day.

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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby g-boaf » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:44 pm

Sydguy wrote:Devastated. Is there anything we can do?

Sydney Cyclist forum is saying they will turn off life support today.

Worst news ever, very sobering.

JM


That's awful news. :( I hope the friends and family can find some strength in this difficult time.

Where is the media outrage over this? The government should be taking a much bigger stand on this too. How can anyone hit a bike rider and then just drive away? It is unspeakably low.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby birdbrain » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:35 pm

Very sad news.

Thoughts with his family and friends.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby ruscook » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:41 pm

birdbrain wrote:Very sad news.

Thoughts with his family and friends.

+1 just terrible
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby jules21 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:02 pm

horrible news. sorry to hear it. just terrible.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby SmellyTofu » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:32 am

That's just very sad. Very very sad indeed. Condolences to the family and friends.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby wombatK » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:30 pm

Tragic outcome. There's a suggestion on Sydney Cyclist that no car was
involved. Condolences to the family and friends - and a sobering reminder
for all of us to take care out there.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby cavebear2 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:28 pm

Reading this & I'm feeling a bit the same as yesterday as a big group of us rode past the site of the ghost rider memorial at Port Beach (Fremantle, Perth) This is where Tim Anderson was dragged quite some distance under the car of a drunk driver who fled the scene and was apprehended later on. I participated in the inaugural 'Tim's Ride' last November and the ceremony at the memorial site had a big impact on me.

I'm very sad, it gives me a lump in my throat and a tear or 2 and it does make you think the thing through. I hope he didn't suffer too much in the final moments. Condolences to his family who have a life time to deal with it. :cry:
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby sogood » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:34 am

wombatK wrote:Tragic outcome. There's a suggestion on Sydney Cyclist that no car was
involved.

Bob's analysis is sensible on that thread and with his years of being involved in cycling infrastructure, I tend to believe his interpretation. I guess it goes to show how both the cycling and non-cycling communities can all misplace the blame. Ride safe!
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Ozkaban » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:56 am

Thanks for the link Wombat/Sogood. I feel marginally better in humanity after reading that it probably isn't a hit and run. It's still terribly tragic but it removes the callous element. I feel awful for his family who would be devastated.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby il padrone » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:21 am

Yes, looking back at the ABC news report, there seems to be no damage to wheels or frame of the bike, like you would expect from a motor vehicle impact.

If so, just very sad for the family, to lose someone through such a misadventure.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Aushiker » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:35 am

This was posted on the Audax Google group by Howard and Bec.
It is with immense sadness that I inform you that Ron Gehring passed away on Saturday evening.

Ron was cycling home alone after an evening ride with friends on Wednesday when an accident occurred.

Ron sustained serious head injuries and never regained consciousness.

He died in peace, surrounded by his beautifully devoted family, friends and work colleagues.

Generous in death as he was in life; eight people's lives have been improved and possibly saved by his organ donations.

Ron will be repatriated to the USA, but he will be remembered by all of those people whose lives he touched.

Farewell good friend, we'll miss you.


My thoughts are with Ron's family.

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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby gretaboy » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:48 am

Sad time for the family indeed.....just found out Ron worked for the same company as I do...that he was a major instigator for cycling at the office in sydney

too young to go at 47 thats for sure

be safe out there everyone
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby ILMB » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:51 am

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Generous in death as he was in life; eight people's lives have been improved and possibly saved by his organ donations.
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A wonderful offering midst the sadness.

PS: New regulations mean that registering as a donor on one's driving license is no longer recognised. See here for changed regulations http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/organdonation.html
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby Fresh » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:04 am

Very sad news. RIP Ron. Condolences to all of his family and friends.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby grantw » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:36 pm

ILMB wrote:
PS: New regulations mean that registering as a donor on one's driving license is no longer recognised. See here for changed regulations http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/organdonation.html


Thanks for mentioning that, I wasn't aware.
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Re: Hit and Run Sydney North

Postby sogood » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:17 pm

Aushiker wrote:
Generous in death as he was in life; eight people's lives have been improved and possibly saved by his organ donations.

A generous man! RIP.
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