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What's to Investigate?


On my local news this week, they had a news item "A Bicyclist was killed when he and his 2 friends tried to ride their bikes around a
railroad crossing gate as a train was approaching. Eyewitnesses state that the gate was down and working properly. AUTHORITIES ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT"
What's to investigate? The cause was a stupid individual trying to beat a train and losing!! Am I missing something here?
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Re: What's to Investigate?


The investigation is probably to see how high in the Darwin Awards this act gets.

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Re: What's to Investigate?


quote:

doggone wrote:

On my local news this week, they had a news item "A Bicyclist was killed when he and his 2 friends tried to ride their bikes around a
railroad crossing gate as a train was approaching. Eyewitnesses state that the gate was down and working properly. AUTHORITIES ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT"
What's to investigate? The cause was a stupid individual trying to beat a train and losing!! Am I missing something here?



It´s quite obviously the fault of the train driver. He should have forseen the events, and should have braked. He didn´t, thus carelessly killing a innocent bicyclist.
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Re: What's to Investigate?


I'll bet some lawyer is already filing a lawsuit against the train. emoticon
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OK - whenever someone dies in unusual circumstances there's an enquiry as to the cause of death. Who's to say those cyclist didn't commit suicide, or where given the signal to cross by someone else? Er.... maybe that's why they have enquiries?
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They have to do it. The most important reason is to eliminate (no pun intended) the possibility of crime - e.g. was the guy pushed under the train. In comparison, a man jumps from high building to his death. Even if the police find a suicide note from his house, they still have to consider the possibility of crime (was the note written by the jumper? Is there someone who saw the guy up there and was the jumper alone? Etc, etc).
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