queequeg wrote:RonK wrote:That is a rather simplistic view. Doesn't it occur to you that there is a potential for carnage when a motorist attempts to avoid a drunken pedestrian or a fatigued cyclist who unexpectedly blunders into their path?
Yes, it is a simplistic view, but it's a view based on the fact that the motorist is encased in a steel cage. A driver is not to know what a cyclist or pedestrian is going to, even if they are completely sober and wide awake. It is the requirement of the driver to pass the pedestrian or cyclist at such a distance so as to avoid a collision.
I'd imagine the job of the inquest is to determine if the motorist was at fault or whether MH did something that contributed to the accident. He admitted in the days before his death that he had been hallucinating whilst cycling because he was so tired, for all we know the driver could have given him a wide berth and he swerved out at the last minute. Whatever the outcome, hopefully the organisers of the IPWR will consider the risks of encouraging participants to push themselves to the point of exhaustion in any future events and perhaps enforce sleep breaks.