Andrew Wright, Myers Park HS freshman
Just before 7 a.m. last Tuesday, May 29, Andrew lost control of his bike while attempting to weave around rollout trash bins on a Sharon Lane sidewalk, clipped a trash bin and was thrust into the path of a passing truck. He was on his way to school. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a helmet. No charges were pressed against the motorist. This is the only bicycle death in 2012 on Charlotte streets, but it is one too many. We all mourn the loss of Andrew, and we urge anyone riding a bicycle, regardless of age or skill level, whether on a sidewalk or in the street, to wear a helmet at all times. However, in this particular case, it appears that the issue of trash cans illegally left on urban sidewalks is the larger concern, and CABA hopes that public officials are taking appropriate action to discourage or curtail this practice.
A “ghost bike” has been placed at the scene of the crash, as is customarily done in Charlotte and other cities to commemorate the life and spirit of those who have perished. Media coverage was also provided by several area TV stations. For full article, CLICK: Charlotte Observer.