Bicyclist hit by truck

No citations
Jessica Cuffman
Jun 28, 2013


Sandusky paramedics tend to bicyclist Fred Bruder, 44, of Sandusky, after he was struck by a Ford F-150 on Thursday afternoon at Rockwell Street and Hayes Avenue. The pickup was driven by Veronica Spigall, 35, of Castalia. Police said Bruder failed to yield before riding through the intersection, although no one was cited. Bruder was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment and then released a few hours later. 




Now the fact that the bicyclist wasn't cited is insanely irritating. When riding on the road with motor vehicles, they are required to abide by the same laws. However, they NEVER stop at stop signs, traffic lights or use signals when turning. This is extremely irritating because had it been the motor vehicle operator's fault, you know perfectly well THEY would have been cited.


Looking at the picture, it looks as though the truck is the one at the stop sign.


... which has left me wondering....


Many bicyclists cycle against the traffic which is very dangerous too.


I was watching a little 5 year old last week and when I had her out on her bike I was really happy to see that even at her young age she already knew how some of the basic bike rules like riding with the flow of traffic and stopping at stop signs. Yeah she was with me but I was happy to see that her parents had started giving her that foundation because your right Mum it is so dangerous to see a bike coming at you. I was driving down Venice Rd just yesterday and a guy - probably in his early 20s - was riding his bike towards me and was weaving back and forth and traffic was pretty heavy and I had to come to a stop before I could get over far enough to where I felt safe enough that I wouldn't hit him when I passed.

Dwight K.

I always see bicyclists going right through stop signs


Agreed, as a cyclist myself it is the responsibility of the cyclist to use hand signals and obey all traffic laws. If he failed to yield he should have been sited. Here is the excerpt on hand signals and a link to bicycle laws:

When required, a signal of intention to turn or move right or left shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle or trackless trolley before turning, except that in the case of a person operating a bicycle, the signal shall be made not less than one time but is not required to be continuous. A bicycle operator is not required to make a signal if the bicycle is in a designated turn lane, and a signal shall not be given when the operator's hands are needed for the safe operation of the bicycle.

Finn Finn

Thanks for the informative post uncommoncents. I believe the "Bike to the Bay" is this weekend?

Finn Finn

I am an avid cyclist (strictly recreational, not competition) and I DO stop at stop signs, take my place in line behind cars stopped at traffic lights and give hand signals when turning (although a lot of folks don't seem to understand the bent left arm signaling a right turn). However, I have seen cyclists who do not do any of these things. But I think I can speak for other cyclists when I say we appreciate SO MUCH when drivers are courteous to us, ie. moving over when they pass us if possible, or slowing down and allowing oncoming traffic to clear so its possible to move over before going around us. Truthfully, there is nothing worse than when there is a cyclist on one side of the road, with a car coming in the opposite direction, and a driver trying to squeeze between the two going 55 miles per hour! (sorry, but in my experience, the worst offenders seem to be women) Unnecessarily dangerous. I could mention texting and talking on the phone as well but I don't think it would do any good. Just wanted to put my two cents in and say that not all bike riders think they own the road. I, for one, am thankful for safe, alert drivers. I try to extend the same courtesy on my bike.


The road was built for motor vehicles, not bicycles. If you want to ride on the road, then get a license and pay the taxes the rest of us do. There is no need to be ON the road if the shoulder is plenty wide for your bicycle.


Well, phroggy, these roads were made well before automobiles were invented. Bicycles are vehicles on the road and should be treated as such (as pointed out by FinnFinn). I pay my taxes and do have a license! I ride my bike as far to the right as safe and practical, but I am entitled to the entire lane! I am not going to ride through gravel and glass along the edge of some roads and jeopardize my $45 tires. I also am not going to weave in and out of traffic to get around cars parked along the side of the road. Ridden properly, a bicycle IS traffic.