This is indeed a tragedy for all of the people involved. I have many times been
driving in the earlier morning hours and by the grace of God and the fact that
periphrial vision is better for seeing movement, missed the jogger in the road
(not on the side of the road), while they were wearing dark clothes, yet 30 feet
farther on, someone wearing reflective clothing and small LED's gives me
plenty of time to move over and give them more than enough room. Please, all of
you who like to jog; make yourselves as visible as possible, I don't know
anyone who is trying to hit joggers.
Sasha, the man was jogging to school. He was tragically hit. He was not going
for a morning run to just anywhere. Entirely different subject.Reading this story really saddened my day yesterday. Just last week this man
celebrates Thanksgiving with his family, and I am sure they were gearing up for
Christmas and in the blink of an eye, he is gone. I believe he is in a better
place, but his departure will sting for his wife, kids, friends and community.
God bless his wife and children, you are in my prayers.
We must all be safety minded.People ride bikes, or jog on busy
roads, and assume they will be seen. Motorist are often talking on a cell phone,
or putting on make-up, and will not see you.This is very sad.
It is a tragedy to lose such a great man. Our prayers are with him and his
family. Sasha, I would probably not use deer as an example as they frequently
leap in front of cars and litter the road up Provo Canyon. Reflective clothing
can be a life saver. It is very unfortunate for all concerned. Our prayers are
with his family.
This is a very tragic event, but unfortunately not the first or the last. I am a
runner myself, and maintain a site for runners. Over the course of 5 years I am
aware of two instances of serious injury that happened in the community of maybe
400 runners due to an accident. Unfortunately our communities are not designed
for running. There are a few places where you can get a trail and go on forever,
but most houses are located in communities built for travelling by car with any
other form of travel being a second-class afterthought. If you are a runner your
choices are a) Live near a trail or b) Learn how a smart deer survives in the
city. There is also treadmill, but I would take the deer option b) over that.
While driving at night and in the morning, I've seen people jogging in road
(the side of the road, but not far enough to the side) wearing dark clothing
and too often didn't see them until I was quite close to them. Had I not
been driving properly, i.e. too close to the side of the road, I would have hit
them.This has reinforced a lesson I already know. To the extent
possible don't let your safety or well being be tied to the hope or
expectation that others will always do everything correctly. In other words
practice risk management.
Tragic for so many. My thoughts are with Mr. Treglow's family and students
and colleagues. But they are certainly with the driver whose car struck him.Let's hope that this is a reminder to all pedestrians and joggers
how hard it can be to see them and how much they need to do to protect
themselves by wearing reflective material and watching carefully as they walk or
jog or ride a bicycle.