Another fatality - Near Bendigo

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Another fatality - Near Bendigo

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Fri 22 Dec 2017, 8:53 pm

**** it was Jason Lowndes. A very promising pro rider.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/rider/jason-lowndes

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Fri 22 Dec 2017, 9:47 pm

Cycling Australia is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of member Jason Lowndes today. Jason, a member of the 2016 Australian Team, was struck by a vehicle while training today in regional Victoria. Our thoughts are with family and friends.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Mon 09 Jul 2018, 11:46 am

https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/a ... -mandurang

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives have charged a woman following the death of a cyclist at Mandurang near Bendigo late last year.
The collision occurred on Sedgewick Road when the male cyclist was allegedly struck from behind by a Mazda sedan driven by a 20-year-old Kangaroo Flat woman at 10.15am.
The cyclist, a 23-year-old Strathfieldsaye man, was air-lifted to a Melbourne hospital but died several hours later.
The 20-year-old Kangaroo Flat woman has been charged with dangerous driving causing death, careless driving and using a hand held mobile phone while driving.
She has been bailed to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court on 22 August.

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https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/st ... 80#slide=1

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby fixie » Mon 09 Jul 2018, 6:25 pm

Great that you were/are abreast of this development.

I hope that if she is found guilty of the mobile phone aspect of the charge that it is given due publicity.
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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby parawolf » Tue 10 Jul 2018, 9:18 am

no amount of 1m or 1.5m gap is going to stop a car drive paying attention to their phone rather than the road. :(
Buy a bike, park the car, ride your ass off...

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Tue 26 Feb 2019, 3:24 pm

She's pleading not guilty.

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/st ... e-65947985

A BENDIGO magistrate has determined there is sufficient evidence for the woman accused of dangerous driving causing the death of Bendigo cyclist Jason Lowndes’ to stand trial.
Billie Rodda, 21, appeared before the Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charges of dangerous driving causing death, careless driving, and using a mobile phone while driving in relation to the fatal collision in December, 2017.

The Kangaroo Flat woman will appear before the County Court for a directions hearing on March 12.
A crown prosecutor told the court in September that Ms Rodda was sending text messages to her boyfriend while driving at 10:15 am on December 22, when her car collided with Mr Lowndes on Sedgwick Road, Mandurang.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Daicos Mullets » Wed 27 Feb 2019, 9:37 am

Appalling.

I can only hope that, if she is found guilty, her lack of remorse and not guilty plea are fully taken into account for sentencing.

This casual attitude that it's ok to use your mobile phone when driving disgusts me.

Edit: I think the law should be changed so that mobile phone use is considered an aggravating factor, even if the driver was not using the phone at the actual point of impact, on the basis that it shows the driver has a complete disregard for the road laws and other road users, and therefore the driver does not deserve the benefit of leniency.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 27 Feb 2019, 2:12 pm

Use of a mobile phone should "presume guilt" for these sorts of cases, and it would be up to the defendant to prove innocence. IMO
This should also apply to drunk and drug affected drivers.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Helen » Thu 28 Feb 2019, 8:57 am

Seems girlfriend has failed to lock down her Facebook account.
Pics of her swanning about with an expensive horse at a show. Seems mummy and daddy might have money = expensive barrister.
Plenty of fawning comments too.
Infuriating.
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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Wed 01 May 2019, 12:37 pm

Further court activities.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/victori ... 51ixp.html

A 21-year-old woman who hit and killed an elite Australian cyclist riding on a country road is accused of texting her boyfriend as she drove and sending a message 68 seconds before the fatal collision.
On the morning of December 22, 2017, Billie Rodda was involved in a text message conversation with her boyfriend and sent seven messages and received 10 during a half-hour drive, which ended when she knocked Mr Lowndes from his bicycle in Mandurang, near Bendigo, at 10.15am, prosecutors allege.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Daicos Mullets » Thu 02 May 2019, 8:38 am

Disgusting attempt at victim blaming too.

"The court heard Mr Lowndes could have been about 1.5 metres out from the edge of the road when Ms Rodda's car approached, might have been wearing earphones and was wearing dark cycling gear."

It's completely irrelevant. If she was on her mobile, she wouldn't have been looking at what was up ahead of her anyway. You never see those sorts of statements when drivers who are using their mobiles crash into/kill people in other cars.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Thu 02 May 2019, 10:07 am

Daicos Mullets wrote:Disgusting attempt at victim blaming too.

"The court heard Mr Lowndes could have been about 1.5 metres out from the edge of the road when Ms Rodda's car approached, might have been wearing earphones and was wearing dark cycling gear."

It's completely irrelevant. If she was on her mobile, she wouldn't have been looking at what was up ahead of her anyway. You never see those sorts of statements when drivers who are using their mobiles crash into/kill people in other cars.

It was also 10:15am, perfect daylight. It's complete nonsense.

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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Helen » Fri 03 May 2019, 9:45 am

There wasn't any mention of lights. Most roadies have their lights on 24/7.
These comments also ignore the bike itself. the woman who was recently killed on Beach road had a white bike with lights still visibly flashing as it was leaning on the side of the road. If you can't see a thing that size in flashy colours with flashing lights, how the hell is a pale coloured garment going to make any difference?
although as said above that's irrelevant, it was broad daylight.
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Re: Another fatality - Near Bendigo

Postby Claude Cat » Fri 18 Oct 2019, 9:06 am

Apparently not worthy of a custodial sentence. *rage*
Despite playing with her phone, and killing someone, the "trauma" is enough of a penalty.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-15/ ... t/11605292


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