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Three people riding bicycles — a 17-year-old high school senior, a 45-year-old father of two and a 36-year-old mother of twins — were recently killed in separate bike/car crashes in the region.

On Thursday July 9th Daniel Wilson, 45 was killed in a head-on collision with the 33-year-old driver on a country lane in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, at 6pm. The driver remained at the scene but no word on any pending charges. A GoFundMe site has been set up to pay for his funeral expenses.

Daniel Wilson Crash

Then, on Sunday morning at about 9am, Eileen Marmino, 34 was struck and killed by a 69-year-old woman traveling in the same direction on Church Road in Medford, NJ. Church Rd. has moderate to wide shoulders and a speed limit of 50 mph. While it doesn’t state in the article, Eileen was most likely hit from behind. New Jersey does not have a safe passing or a vulnerable road user law and there is no word on the driver being charged.

 

Church Rd

Just four hours later, Tyrone Alexander Tillman, 17, was struck by a hit-and run driver on North 2nd St near the Hunting Park Ave. overpass. The driver crossed the double yellow line to pass a slower moving vehicle and hit Tyrone. Video surveillance allegedly shows the driver getting out and looking at the victim before taking off. Police however tracked down the vehicle and noted that the suspect also may have attempted to remove her license plate. The driver was taken into custody and released.

As of this writing, no charges have been filed.

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For Philadelphia Tyrone’s death marked the 4th reported bicyclist fatality on City Streets. This is in sharp contrast to 2013 when 0 bicycle fatalities were reported. In a typical year, two-to-four bicyclists are killed by motorists in the city. The most fatal crashes in recent memory occurred back in 2002, when six bicyclists died on Philadelphia streets.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Tillman, Marmino and Wilson Families.

John Boyle

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John has been a commuting cyclist for more than 20 years. In 1994 he began working as a volunteer for the Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley after attending a volunteer night, and later served as a board member in 1997-98. In 1999 John left Philadelphia for Charlottesville, VA, where he helped establish the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), a bicycle and walking advocacy group.

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