Friday, August 26, 2011

Under Cover Officer hits and kills Cyclist

Friday ///// August 26th, 2011

Bicyclist killed in collision with police officer

"A 51-year-old bicyclist was killed in a collision with a Bakersfield police officer in the 200 block of H Street Friday afternoon.
Samuel Dohn Boyd, of Bakersfield, died at Kern Medical Center about an hour after the 12:46 p.m. crash, a coroner's office news release said.
Bakersfield police reported that Officer Peter Beagley and Boyd were both traveling north on H Street when Boyd turned left into the officer's path. Beagley was unable to stop and collided with the bike.
The collision is being investigated by the BPD's traffic division, and an administrative investigation is also underway, police reported. Beagley, a six-year veteran of the department, has returned to duty.
Ryan Cunningham, an employee at Iger Studio, located near the site of the collision, said that section of H Street is a tight squeeze for cyclists when cars are parked along the curb.
"I ride my bike to work but I stay on side streets as much as possible," Cunningham said. "On this street it seems like drivers get as close to you as they can."
Cynthia Villaleando, a hairdresser at nearby Modéle salon, said there have been six accidents on that section of H Street in the four years she's worked there. She said the street is too narrow for bicycles.
"Cars go through here way too fast," she said.
Jonathan Moo, a Safe Routes to School coordinator for the cycling advocacy group Bike Bakersfield, said every street in the city should be safe for cyclists.
"If everyone, cyclists and motorists, followed the rules of the road, we wouldn't have these fatalities," he said.
Unfortunately, cyclists are the ones who are usually hurt or killed in collisions with motor vehicles, Moo said, so it's critical that drivers in Bakersfield make a commitment to share the road.
"I'm a driver, too," Moo said. "And I know it doesn't take more than five seconds of your time to give a cyclist five feet on your right."
Yielding to a cyclist -- especially one trying to move left for a turn -- might add a few seconds to your commute, Moo said, but it's the right thing and the safe thing, to do.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111."




Deadly crash between BPD and bicyclist

"Some witnesses at the scene say that man's life possibly could have been saved.Fifty-one-year-old Samuel Dohn Boyd is dead after he was struck by a Bakersfield Police vehicle driven by Officer Peter Beagley early Friday afternoon.Authorities say Boyd was riding a bicycle northbound on "H" street when he was struck by an undercover police SUV, after we swerved in front of the vehicle.
Neighbors say police wouldn't let them help the man as he laid motionless in the street.

"We heard a loud crash," said neighbor Tim Oates.
When Oates looked out his window he saw a black SUV, a bicycle and a man lying in the street - the results of an accident between a police vehicle and a bicyclist.
"The officer attempted to stop, was unable to and a collision occurred.  The bicyclist was transported to Kern Medical Center with major injuries," said BPD Sergeant Greg Terry.
Oates says the man laid in the street for ten minutes before the ambulance arrived. Oates says he tried to help the man, but police told him to stay back.
"I wish someone would have tried saving him," said Oates.  "From the point of impact, ten minutes, that's a lot of breath someone could put in someone's lungs."
Sergeant Terry says public safety at an accident scene or the possibility of spinal injuries to a victim are just two reasons why an officer wouldn't give first aid.
"Any officer that's able to administer aid would do so," said Terry.
Terry couldn't explain why the officer told Oates to stay away from the victim, even though Oates is CPR certified.
"I feel like I could have gave it my best," said Oates.
The accident is being investigated by BPD's traffic department and administration.
The driver of the police vehicle, Officer Peter Beagley has returned to duty."


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