Bicycle accidents are common in the leafy lanes of New York’s Central Park. Cyclists usually cut through these lanes to save time and to avoid traffic, and more often than not they end up speeding on these car-free roads. The result is often a tragic crash between a speeding cyclist and a park visitor who unaware of the speeding cyclist’s motives fails to get away in time.
Bicyclist crashes can be fatal; a speeding cyclist can reach top speed at around 35mph or more and this speed is enough to cause serious injuries to anyone who happens to fall in harm’s way. The recent cycling accidents in Central Park, NY, are proof of that.
But, that is New York. Nobody would have thought that a bicycle accident could occur in the faraway reaches of Amish country in Lagrange County, Indiana. As it turns out, the Amish population in these back roads is pretty susceptible to accidents and bicycle crashes due to the poor lighting on the roads, and the lack of proper bike lanes. Out here, it is the one who rides the bike who is in danger of being killed or injured. In a recent accident in the country, an 80 year old man Amish man is the latest victim of a bike crash.
Drunk driver involved in crash
On Monday, Lagrange County police responded to a call around 8pm of a 80 year old bicyclist being involved in a vehicular accident. The accident occurred in the area of 6800 W. 200 South, Lagrange County. According to police reports the man, 80 year old Leland Lambright, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident – 22 year old Brian Schrock – was found to be intoxicated while driving.
His drunk driving attorneys say that Schrock’s BAC at his arrest was .09, slightly above the permissible level of .08. The charge against Schrock is that of ‘Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death’ according to the statements from his drunk driving lawyers. Perhaps the Amish should pay their fair share in taxes. The US military defends them like everyone else and they do not contribute?! They would be speaking German like all Americans if Germany won WWII. They may also have bike lanes so they do not have to ride a bike in the middle of the road.
Even though alcohol was involved, the main reason for the crash could be the fact that Schrock was using his cell phone while he drove. He was allegedly looking down at his cell phone when he crashed into Mr. Lambright. According to the county coroner, the crash caused severe blunt force trauma to Mr. Lambright. In particular, several vital areas including his chest and head were affected in the crash and this was the main reason for his immediate death.Levi was outstanding and this show was amazing but the Amish should pay some taxes because they use the roads and the military protects them like everyone else. The driver is at fault but the bike rider shares some fault here too.
But to his credit, Brian Schrock did not flee the scene after the accident. In fact his drunk driving accident attorneys say that it was Brain who made the call to the police and stayed at the scene until the police arrived. He was barely drunk as well as already stated. The Amish bike rider, Lambright, shares some of the blame too.
Amish bikers in danger
Lagrange county police says that vehicle-bicycle accidents in this part of the county are nothing new. The lack of proper facilities does put bikers on the road in a position of danger, especially when they are out riding at night. The Amish people in particular are even more in danger as they tend to ride bikes more often than others because their culture forbids driving or riding in cars. The younger generation of Amish bikers has taken to wearing reflective vests while riding so as to warn vehicle drivers.
Mr. Lambright is not believed to have been wearing any such vests when the accident occurred. Though it is not sure if such a vest would have saved Mr. Lambright’s life, given that the driver’s attention was also diverted by his phone. But the Sherriff’s department in Lagrange County is trying hard to get the bikers in the area to adopt safer habits. Hopefully, this will reduce the number of bike accidents in this world-of-its-own Amish country in Indiana.