KSTP.com - Mpls. woman dies after being hit by dump truck
Okay so the authorities are trying to figure out how this happened....I can give them three ideas:
(a)she was crossing against the light--we've got a stupid pedestrian law that says if someone steps off the curb you are supposed to stop...it makes no allowances for distance/speed/size of vehicle and most liberals in the state think everyone knows about the law.
(b)the driver was already committed to the turn when she stepped off the curb, her thinking that he was going to go into one lane (not realizing that trucks need to make a bigger swing) when he was really coming into the closer lane
(c)because of the height differential between where the driver sits and trying to watch traffic around him (for purposes of this post, I will assume the driver is male) that he didn't see her in his blind-spot...if you ever get the chance to sit in a dump truck, be sure to check out their blind spot--it is HUGE. That's why if you have a small car you should get out from beside them ASAP.
I'm not sure this is anyone's fault, per say....I think it was a tragic combination of incidences that occurred at the same time...only way to avoid it would be to block off the streets to the public---which simply isn't practical.
meanwhile, I still sit a wait for the news story about the rash of accidents we have had by the high school--so far it seems to be getting the cold shoulder from the news room....I may be forced to change stations if they don't help call this to the forefront.
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