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Laporte Bicyclist Is Killed in Car Accident

Guy DiMartino Oct. 31, 2014

A LaPorte bicyclist is killed in car accident when he is hit by a car.

The News Dispatch reported that Gerald Jacobs died on 1000 north east of Range Road when he was struck by a car driven Gordon Hendricks. Apparently, Hendricks fell asleep at the wheel when driving from his job in Porter County to Three Oaks, Michigan.

Hendricks said he hit his brakes, but it was too late to avoid the collision and after stopping he called 911, according to police. He was booked in the LaPorte county jail and charged with driving with a suspended license causing death.

Car on bike accidents cause serious injury and/or death because cars are seven times bigger than bikes and weigh thousands of pounds. In Indiana, drivers have legal duties to keep a proper lookout and to exercise due care, the sad fact is that many drivers do not observe these duties. The result is that they just don't see cyclists on the road. In fact, that is the number one excuse drivers make when they run into a cyclist is “I didn't see her.”

There is nothing that a cyclist can do to control a driver's behavior. When cycling on Northwest Indiana roads wear a bright yellow or green shirt, which will help visibility and keep a lookout for vehicles.

This is a tragic accident and our sympathy goes out to the Jacobs family.