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Early this morning, we learned from philly.com the tragic news that another cyclists was struck and killed in Bucks County. Details are very preliminary, but the cyclist, subsequently identified as Kevin Williams, was apparently struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who was traveling north on Rt 13 in Bristol Borough. Mr. Williams is the third killed in Bucks County in recent months. In September, Matthew Petzel was killed in Southampton Township. In August, 14 year old Josh Goldinger was killed in Lower Makefield Township. 

The crash involved a silver Mercedes, which should have significant front end damage. We will post more information on this tragic event as details become clear. Those with information on the crash are encouraged to contact Bristol Police at 215-788-7813.

Unfortunately, Bucks County is not alone in suburban tragedies involving cyclists and pedestrians this year. In Montgomery County, 14 year old pedestrian Kelly Williams was struck and critically injured by a speeding driver who has subsequently been charged with assault. Kelly was initially blamed for the crash by local TV media coverage. Also in MontCo, a cyclist was critically injured by a hit-and-run motorist in KoP. In June, an unidentified woman was struck and killed in Camden.

I joined the staff at the Bicycle Coalition because I want to change the perception that these deaths (and 100+ motorist deaths in our region this year) are merely a cost of modern transportation, that nothing can be done to avoid them.

Not one death is acceptable, and a lot can be done to avoid them. This message is being heard in Philadelphia. If you want to know what you can do to help begin to change suburban perceptions of traffic deaths, reach out to me. Leonard@bicyclecoaliton.org

Leonard Bonarek

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In 2016, Leonard entered his third career: city planning. Previous to joining Bicycle Coalition, he had 7 years’ experience working in social services, and 10 years’ hard labor in the maritime industry, in addition to several years of intern and volunteer experience with our organization and Neighborhood Bike Works.

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