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June 17, 2013

69-year-old bicyclist killed in accident near Hume

Cyclists lose a friend
The staff of a Warrenton bicycle shop recalls a good friend.

See related story here.
A 69-year-old bicyclist from Warrenton died Saturday afternoon after a pickup truck struck him on a two-lane road in northern Fauquier, according to state police.

Albert Wayne Caviness, 69, was riding south on Crest Hill Road (Route 647) when a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup hit him from behind, Sgt. Les Tyler said.

A medical helicopter flew Mr. Caviness to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died about two hours later, Sgt. Tyler said.

The accident took place about one-tenth of mile south of Hume Road (Route 635).

Trooper B.R. Boteler continues to investigate and has placed no charge against the pickup driver, Kacie A. Tinnesz, 18, of Marshall.

The staff of The Bike Stop in Warrenton expressed sadness and surprise Monday after learning of a good friend’s death. See related story.

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happytime · June 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Common Sense,
You should be ashamed of yourself. As should for leaving your comment posted.

A mother is without a son, and three children are now without parents, but obviously your selfish, insensitive and frankly disgusting opinion is so important you felt the need to post a comment cutting up on all cyclists.

This article is about a man who lost his life and you want to go on a childish rant because every once in a while you have a minor delay because of a cyclist.
If you hate cyclists so much, why are you reading articles about them anyway?
Cyclists do pay taxes. Should they pay more for having more than one mode of transportation? Would you be willing to pay additional taxes if you owned and operated more than one vehicle?

In the majority of cases, when arrows are painted on the road they are for rides organized for charity. As such, the organizers of these rides must secure and PAY FOR a permit in the municipality or county(ies) that the event takes place. It is always disclosed in the permit application that the road may be painted. The local authorities are not only aware of the painting, but the people doing it are telling the gov't they are doing it. If it bothers you so much, maybe you should be more active in your local gov't and do something about it.

As for the female cyclist, or any other cyclist for that matter, you should have called the police, they can and do have to power cite cyclists for disobeying traffic laws.

A bicycle is not a motor vehicle, so your exhibit I does not apply.

Common Sense · June 23, 2013 at 8:50 am
Bicyclists are a pain. Fist off, if they want to 'share the road', they need to pay their 'share' of the taxes involved in operating on state maintained roads. Back in the day, you had to buy a 'bicycle license'. Second, who gives them the right to spray paint on our nice back roads - little signs to mark their trails? Why can't I then spray paint markers on the roads to remind me how to get around?? Third, they will ride 3 or 4 wide sometimes when they are in packs, never getting over for cars!

Just yesterday, at the stoplight where Freemans Ford Rd intersects with Rt29, we saw a bicyclist disobey the traffic light which was red for her, and cross over the intersection while a truck pulling a horse trailer was turning left on a green light. The bicyclist was looking down at the ground, ran the red light and nearly collided with the truck !!!! Now whose fault would THAT have been?

Going too slow on a road is just as dangerous as going to fast. This is taken from the Virginia Speed Laws:

I. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed
as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
II. A person driving at less than the normal speed of traffic
shall drive in the lane nearest the right edge or right curb of
the highway when such lane is
available for travel.

If it applies to a motor vehicle, and bicyclists want to 'share the road', then they MUST share the laws of the road! Get them off our roads now! Provide them with their own lanes or something, but get them the heck off the roads!
southernbelle671 · June 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm
This kind of thing just breaks my heart. I live in a very busy section of Old Town Alexandria with cyclists crossing my path constantly in nice weather. Honestly, it's stressful for drivers. I'm a careful driver, always stay at or below the 25MPH speed limit and am constantly watching for cyclists who may or may not be watching for me. I agree we need to share the roads as much as possible. Let's also not be so quick to establish blame. If you weren't there, you'll never know the actual facts about what happened.
dalecirillo · June 19, 2013 at 7:18 am
I am so sad to hear of this! God's Blessing and Peace be with this family!
Bikers need to know that these roads can be very narrow and winding. As I drive, I have seen bike riders wearing dark clothes, or having their bright color on the top of their back, but they are leaning forward! Bikers also, in Casanova, have been known to ride 2 or 3 abreast and NOT pull into a single file. These roads are NOT safe! Especially Rogues near Spring Hill Farm and the Castle. Bike groups need to know this and be very cautious! It's beautiful out here, but I think viewing by car is safer.
jhunt48 · June 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I have thought for years that bicycling on these narrow secondary roads is dangerous. This outcome is one example of how dangerous it is.
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