LEFT TURNS KILL, LOOK TWICE!
That’s my LOUD message to drivers today, one week after the tragic death of 43-year-old bicyclist Matthew Miller, a 1989 Elmira Free Academy graduate. Matt was struck head on by a left-turning driver who crossed over a double yellow line while turning into Matt’s path. Sadly, Matt never had a chance….
Having handled hundreds of bicycle collision cases, I have learned that the left-turning vehicle is the cyclist’s greatest nemesis because there is nothing the cyclist can do when a large, fast vehicle suddenly veers into their lawful path.
I am representing Matt’s Estate and I can’t tell you how heartbreaking it is to feel the deep grief experienced by Matt’s family and friends. Matt was a devoted stay-at-home Dad caring for his seven year old son, Holden. Matt’s wife Michele, Holden, and his many friends and family are devastated by Matt’s death but shared many powerful memories of Matt: friendly, laid back, always smiling, lovingly devoted father, passionate friend, fluent in five languages, .
See news reports here and here.
To learn more about Matt, click here.
Matt and Holden were back in the Elmira area last week visiting Matt’s dad Tom (a retired social studies teacher) when Matt was struck by a car making a left turn on state Route 225 (Hendy Hollow Road) in the Town of Southport, according to state troopers in Horseheads.
Matt was struck April 24, was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, and died there the next day, troopers said. A stay-at-home father of 7-year-old Holden, Matt is also survived by his wife, Michele Miller, his parents and a brother.
The car that struck Matt was operated by Keith Stewart of Pine City, troopers said, who was not injured. He was ticketed for Failure to Yield, but is not facing criminal charges, troopers said.
Motorists need to be extra vigilant when making left turns. Turn off the phone, turn down the music and watch the road in front of you. Watch for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcycles, runners and anything else on the move in your field of vision.
Please….please…please. ALWAYS LOOK TWICE WHEN MAKING A LEFT TURN AS YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Bottom line: don’t get distracted, don’t be lazy, slow down and live in the present when you are driving.
Thanks for reading,