Car hits bicyclist while making U-turn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 | 3:27 p.m. CDT; updated 10:24 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 21, 2011

COLUMBIA — A car hit a bicyclist when trying to make an U-turn on Sunday afternoon.

The driver was going north and trying to make an U-turn on Ninth Street near the intersection with University Avenue when he hit a bicyclist on one side of his car, MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said.

John McNail, 21, the bicyclist, was sent to the University Hospital and was released by 2:40 p.m.

The driver, Nicholas Unser, 21, was issued a ticket for improper U-turn.

For McNail's personal account of the accident, read his blog.

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Gregg Bush March 20, 2011 | 5:05 p.m.

As an avid bicyclist, I know that some injuries may not manifest themsleves right away. I hope that the cyclist got insurance information in order to make a claim for medical bills and any damage that the bicycle may have sustained.
Furthermore, I'd like to commend the law enforcement officer for issuing a citation; it is the duty of law enforcement.
City ordinance-Section 14-94 Investigation of accidents and state statute RSMo. § 300.030.
My heartfelt well wishes on a speedy recovery.

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David Sautner March 20, 2011 | 5:38 p.m.

Cyclists hardly ever get a settlement from auto insurance companies it's really sick.

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Daniel Patricks March 21, 2011 | 9:03 a.m.

In this case things were handled properly, but the comments! I'm tired of the cyclists thinking they are always the good guy. Cyclists hadly ever pay for the damages they do to automobiles. In fact they seldom report when they damage a car.

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Mark Foecking March 21, 2011 | 11:10 a.m.

Daniel Patricks wrote:

"In fact they seldom report when they damage a car."

In bike-car collisions, bicycles are typically totalled and the rider goes to the hospital (or morgue). Damage to cars are usually limited to a few scratches. There's usually nothing to report.


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Gregg Bush March 21, 2011 | 2:28 p.m.

"I'm tired of the cyclists thinking they are always the good guy."
We'll try to stay off your lawn, too.

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Kevin Gamble March 21, 2011 | 3:05 p.m.

@Daniel - everyone thinks himself or herself is the good guy. Don't you? It's human nature.

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Gerald Shelnutt March 21, 2011 | 5:06 p.m.

In this town drivers and bikers are equally stupid. Drivers seem to think it is their God given right to make u turns at will, bikers seem to believe they always have the right of way. A pox on the both of them.

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Paul Allaire March 21, 2011 | 6:33 p.m.

Send them to IRAQ!!!

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Gregg Bush March 21, 2011 | 9:10 p.m.

@GS - Hilarious!...and AMEN!

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Ricky Gurley March 21, 2011 | 9:38 p.m.

If bicyclists can't bike 30 in a 30 MPH Zone or 40 in a 40 MPH Zone, they should stay off of the roads! ;o)

Ricky Gurley.

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Tracy Greever-Rice March 22, 2011 | 11:50 a.m.

Ricky, They're speed 'limits', not speed 'minimums'.

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Ricky Gurley March 23, 2011 | 12:19 p.m.

And if you can't bike at least 55 MPH in a 70 MPH Zone, you should stay off of the highways!

I am tired of having to get somewhere in the city of Columbia, only to get behind some some "go green", "lolly gagging", "hug-a-tree", "save-the-whales", "reduce-your-carbon-footprint" Eco-Hippie turning up his bottle of water, and munching on his bag of GORP, while he is enjoying the sites of the nearby gas stations and restaurants!

And YES! I drive a vehicle that leaves a carbon footprint the size of BIGFOOT! I don't wanna hear about how you are saving the world, it seems to be going straight to hell without or without my help just fine!

And "Tracy Gravy and Rice"; the law has just not taken into account that we would have people on bicycles on our roads under the false notion that they have more rights to the roads than vehicles do! IF the law had taken that into account, the people riding bikes would be ticketed 100 times a day:
I. No person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. '304.011.1
However this law does not apply to bicyclists because nobody ever thought that Mayor Darwin "I-ride-a-bike-to-work" Hindman would use his previous influence and position to give anyone that owns a bicycle more rights to the roads in Columbia than anyone that owns a car. But understand that the INTENT of that law applies to people on bikes, someone just needs to replace the "motor vehicle" with "vehicle"!

Now most of this was intended to be my funny rant (not serious and not necessarily my view). But I do occasionally get just a little irritated at not being able to drive the speed limit because of someone on a bicycle. But really, that is not such a big deal to me.

Ricky Gurley.

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Tracy Greever-Rice March 23, 2011 | 1:40 p.m.

I think "Tracy Gravy and Rice" is the most awesome name I've ever been called! Coincidentally, gravy and rice was one my husband's favorite childhood left-over, comfort food dishes - so, the recipe* holds a special place in my heart. We've decided if we ever have a baby, it's name will be 'Wylde'.

As for biking behavior, Ricky, I AGREE with you about the frequency and extent of peddling scofflaws. To give folks the benefit of the doubt, in many cases it's simply ignorance - they're attempting to use their bike for transportation but ride it like they did as a child for recreation. In other cases, it's just willful scofflaws.

One particular incident left me w/ my jaw dropped it was so blatant and 'in your face'. I was driving the first vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection of Broadway and West Blvd, with a canoe on top of the truck, when this silver-headed (silver-headed being code for obviously over 50) guy dressed in full biking regalia on a VERY expensive bike passed me on the right, gave me the 'you're a fat, lazy slug driver' hairy eyeball and sped through the intersection - everybody else in the world be darned. Clearly, this guy knew not to run the red light - imperious, but probably not impervious - he was lucky he didn't end up a Toynbee tile.

OTOH, I've encountered any number of drivers who are seemingly equally irritated by cyclists who obey intersection signals. If you want to know a quick way to really, really irritate frat boys, come to a full and complete stop on your bicycle at every four-way stop & light while riding through downtown. Apparently the idea of fully stopping and waiting a few seconds for cyclists to pick up momentum is sufficient to literally unhinge that particular testosterone-rich demographic.

Also, there seems to be a serious dearth of people still familiar with the proper use of hand signals (it's been a while since you could buy economy models sans turn signals and AC).

It drives me crazy to see bicyclists ignoring traffic signage and signals. I see it all the time. I've been shown the bird downtown by other cyclists for stopping at signals. It's insanity and inanity. Of all the things that bike haters hate, ignoring intersection signals and not using lights at night are really, seriously dangerous - and need to be enforced.

Though we've been having this discussion in CoMo for several years now, seems like there are still quite a few folks unfamiliar with actual Missouri law on bicycle use. Here's a link to Missouri bicycle statutes:

As an aside, Ricky, I don't ride my bike to 'save the earth' or irritate SUV drivers. I ride my bike because it's fun and it makes me feel good.

* Tracy's Gravy & Rice recipe: place rice in bowl, smother in gravy. eat.

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Ricky Gurley March 23, 2011 | 2:19 p.m.

I am glad you have a great sense of humor, Tracy. My "direct, no-boundaries, sense of humor" always seems to "get me into trouble". LOL. I appreciate people that can take my sense of humor in stride. GREAT response!

Perhaps you should consider joining a little "lunch group" that I belong to? It is a group of people that have met here or on the Columbia Tribune, the meetings are non-structured, we have them about once every 3 months, whenever it is convenient for everyone, no regular schedule or anything. We have a Facebook page that we coordinate them on, and we just choose a restaurant we want to eat at and pick a date that is good for everyone. They are loads of fun. I don't think anyone there would have a problem with me inviting you. Let me know if you might be interested? We are having one soon (within the next two weeks).

Take care, Tracy.

Ricky Gurley.

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John Schultz March 23, 2011 | 3:01 p.m.

My favorite irate biker story was at the internal four-way intersection inside the development at Stadium and Forum (I forgot the proper name, but it's the one with BreakTime, Schnuck's, etc.). I'm coming from the west heading into the intersection, the only way with no stop sign. A male biker, probably college age, is coming from the south and yells at me as he runs his stop sign. Luckily my gut kept my jaw from dropping all the way to the gas pedal and nailing the sanctimonious git.

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