Marietta man killed while riding bike on Powder Springs Street
by Leo Hohmann
November 05, 2013 07:51 PM | 2764 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 49-year-old Marietta man was struck by two cars when he attempted to cross lanes on a bicycle Monday night about 8 p.m. on Powder Springs Street, according to a Marietta Police Department spokesman.

Danny Nation, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The collision occurred when Nation was traveling north bound on Powder Springs Street just south of Chestnut Hill Road.

“We believe he attempted to cross the northbound lane and he was struck by a 1994 Cadillac and then by a 1998 Mitsubishi 3000 sports car,” said Officer David Baldwin. “Both drivers stopped and immediately called 911 and they both tried to render aid to the fallen bicyclist.”

Baldwin said Nation did not have reflectors and was likely not seen by the drivers until it was too late.

“The area he was crossing was dark, he did not have any reflective clothing on nor did he have any reflector or lights on his bike. The incident is still under investigation but it does not appear at this time that any of the drivers will face charges.

“He was wearing dark clothing, crossing lanes, and it was just a tragic circumstance.”

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anonymous
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November 06, 2013
Yee Gads. Take a pill and calm down before you have a stroke.
Bicycler Kast Away
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November 06, 2013
The "tragic circumstance" is that the intersection of Powder SPrings and Chestnut Hill Rd was just rebuilt as part of Marietta's Gateway To The City program on which we are fixing to spend $4 million more on Whitlock Avenue, yet the "area he was crossing was dark" and there are no bicycle lanes.

How do the police even know if the bicycle had reflectors? Did they shut down the area and examine 100 yards in every direction like they do for fatal car crashes? It's not as if reflectors are welded on to bicycles. Impact with any motor vehicle can smash reflectors and send them sailing throug the air, just as the impact did to Mr Nation.

HECK NO they didn't shut down the area for hours looking for reflector bits and HECK NO they won't reenact the crash to determine fault. It was just a bicycler and we all know bicyclers are the new sub-humans. If you count as a person, you use a car for everywhere you go. Even the "Move to Marietta" flyer imagery communicates that message from City Hall.

So why would Mr Nation allegedly cross the street at night despite two oncoming cars? The very obvious question to ask about that is, "Did he just leave Kastaways?" If so, will the owner of Kastaways be brought up on charges for Mr. Nation's death like would happen if Mr. Nation left Kastaways drunk in a car and killed someone? HECK NO, because yet again, it's just a bicycler that is dead. If the bicycler had ANY value as a human being, he would have used a car, right?

We wonder why people don't want to move here. Here's a pro tip: IT AIN'T THE MEXICANS ON FRANKLIN RD. IT'S US. ***WE*** ARE THE REASON NOBODY WILL MOVE HERE

This one, for once, does not sound like the drivers are at fault, but we all sure are at fault for our continued willful negligence in building and rebuilding with the car in mind first before ALL other concerns including our very own lives.
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