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Kansas City bicyclist's death remains under investigation

A man who spent his free time enriching others' lives was killed in an auto-bicycle crash in Kansas City, Kansas. The car accident on Shawnee Drive near 48th Street critically injured the 48-year-old victim, who later died at a local hospital.

Initial reports seem to point to a no-fault collision. A witness said what she heard and saw that weekday afternoon seemed unavoidable. Accident reports simply state that the two vehicles collided. Speeding has been ruled out. Reports failed to state whether a toxicology exam was conducted to rule out the driver's use of alcohol or drugs.

What made headlines for Kansas residents was the generosity the victim showed during his life. People throughout the community praised the man's helpfulness. Apparently, the victim spent time during the week before he died washing loads of clothes for a neighbor whose washing machine stopped working. The locally known "handyman" left a lasting, positive memory for on the people within his neighborhood.

An accident investigation continues to find out if driver carelessness was involved.

While this pedestrian fatality may have been "an accident," many other crashes involving bicyclists are not. Drivers who fail to acknowledge bicycle riders and motorcyclists on the road as valid motorists break traffic laws.

Cellphone users who choose to talk or text instead of paying attention to the cars and trucks around them risk their own lives and the lives of other drivers. The impact of a driving mistake is far reaching. Serious injuries and death can result, forever changing the dynamic of affected families.

Civil courts recognize the economic suffering of accident victims and families who experience a loved one's loss. Compensation is provided for people who suffer needlessly because of another's negligence.

Source: kctv5.com, "Bicyclist dies after struck by car in KCK," Chris Oberholtz, DeAnn Smith and Sandra Olivas, Nov. 8, 2012

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