Salt Lake City, 21 September 2013 – Driving toward downtown this warm September afternoon we were stuck in traffic for a few minutes on 700 East near Liberty Park. Usually, the traffic is moving at about 40 miles an hour here. Up ahead at the traffic light we could see a police car blocking the road at the scene of an accident. As we turned at the corner I saw a car stopped in the middle of the intersection. And in front of the car was a newer mountain bike laying haphazardly in the middle of road. Sneakers, a pile of clothes (maybe a jacket) and, thank G_d, a helmet were strewn across the road either blown there at the time of impact or thrown there as rescuers worked on the unfortunate rider.
So many bicyclists in Salt Lake City these days ride without helmets; its a shame they don’t seem to understand they’ll most likely never know when something like this will happen. At least with a helmet you might have a slightly better chance of surviving with your head in one piece.
I didn’t notice the cyclist, but saw a man and woman dressed in their Sunday best speaking with a police officer off to the side.
I hope the cyclist survives.