Deaths Shot Up Even As Car Safety Improves For Drivers: Cyclists And Pedestrians, Beware
A distracted sheriff's deputy on patrol accidentally slammed his cruiser into Olin's bike from behind, sending him crashing into the car's windshield. Olin died at the scene.
It's the kind of nightmare scenario that haunts anyone who bikes or runs on public roads, and the latest government figures show the carnage is getting worse.
The number of bicyclists killed last year shot up 10% to what probably will be the highest level since 1988, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Pedestrian deaths rose 4%. Based on that percentage, they are likely to have hit the highest level since 1990.