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Cyclist dies after crashing into police car

TT/Clara Guibourg · 24 Sep 2011, 11:10

Published: 24 Sep 2011 11:10 GMT+02:00

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"The police car apparently had a green light when the cyclist came from the opposite direction and crashed into the car," Catharina Nordin, station officer of the southern Stockholm police force, told daily newspaper Aftonbladet.

Despite resuscitation attempts, the man died on the scene of the accident, according to the paper.

The officers in the car are not under suspicion of any crime. They received counseling during the night.

According to reports in Aftonbladet, the officers were not responding to any emergency at the time of the crash and therefore didn't have their blue lights flashing.

The deceased was not carrying any documents and is yet to be identified. The accident is under investigation, reported the police.

Several people witnessed the crash, and their statements were collected by the police last night.

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"We've initiated an investigation, and have seized both the car and the bicycle. The police officers will be questioned eventually, but first they've got to have crisis counseling," Nordin told the paper.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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11:46 September 24, 2011 by StockholmSam
I'm a cyclist and love biking and bikers. However, too many fly through the streets as if it were a race. I am guessing this guy was flying way too fast and not paying attention. Prolly gawking at a hot chick on the sidewalk instead of looking straight ahead. Sorry to hear about it, though.
12:40 September 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ StockholmSam

Agreed. This is a very sad story. Many do not recignise the fact that bicycles (mopeds too) are vehicles and need to be treated with the exact same set of rules as cars, trucks, motorcycles etc. How sad for this persons family. I feel badly for the officers too. They must feel terrible.
13:10 September 24, 2011 by Opinionfool
Sad though this is if the report is correct that the police vehicle had a green traffic light then the fault full-square is with the cyclist. In England they have traffic signs that say "Think Bike!" that are intended for car/van/lorry drivers but really should be there for motorcycle and bicycle riders. They are the ones who take chances, jumping red lights, riding on pathways rather than on roads or designated cyclelanes, create extra lanes on roads by "overtaking" between two lanes of stationary vehicles. On a visit to England once I saw a TV adertising campaign that put the blame for motorcycle accidents on car drivers, yet it is clear from the road markings visible in an aerial shot that the supposed accident featured would have been the fault of the biker because they are overtaking a car in the marked section of a pedestrian crossing where no overtaking is permitted.

Drivers of 4+ wheeled vehicles can only take so much responsibility for accidents. In this case, police car or not, it would appear that the fault is entirely with the cyclist.
15:10 September 24, 2011 by eppie
If as this article suggests the biker ran a red light, indeed it is his fault. However, all this anti bike whining is just useless.

Swedish traffic users in general don't have a clue.

I as a cyclist (and also owner of a car by the way) regularly email the Swedish police, traffikverket etc. but I have come to understand that road safety is not an issue in Sweden.

I am one of those people that bikes pretty fast through Stockholm and would I have been Swedish I might very well have ended up dead long ago. However, I am a very good biker so I manage to stay safe.

Even though my daily routine is trying to get out of the way of swedish cardrivers that turn without signalling (around 90%). Also in town I daily see arounrd 15 cases of cars, trucks and buses driving through red lights.

And Jacqueleen. If you think a bike is the same as a truck I welcome you to jump in front of a truck that runs a red light and in front of a bike that runs a red light and then tell me if this is the same feeling.

Swedish police refuses to use traffic camera's to be able to fine people that jump red lights, and traffikverket refuses to create an infrastructure that would fit a first world country.
16:03 September 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
Rules of the road need to apply to everyone, whether manouvering a bus, car, truck, bike, moped on on their own two feet. The degree of injury sustained by a collision will, of couse, be directly proportionate to the mass versus thrust ratio of the parties involved in the collision. However, it is up to the individual to be responsible for their own actions to ensure the safety of themselves and others. For this unfortunate cyclist, simply to have been aware of the rules of the road, the lights, signs, vehicles approaching and a gereral focus of attention to what is going on around him/her ,could have saved this persons life.
17:47 September 24, 2011 by Douglas Garner
I'm with you, Jacquelinee. We should all accept responsibility when we are traveling. In the past few days I have had a cyclist texting who would have crashed into the side of my car had I not have been more vigilant, as well as watched through the window of the car in front of me as two young women looked at pictures on a cell phone.

Cyclists pretend to be high speed pedestrians, shooting across crosswalks in front of traffic... is this a death wish? Many times they show limited respect for pedestrians. Young mopedists tend to be even worse. No brains and no fear are a deadly combination. Yet, young male drivers in Sweden are just a crazy as in the states. I had a young man spin-out on a slightly wet rondelo right in front of me a couple of weeks ago.
18:34 September 24, 2011 by eppie
@douglas and Jacquelinee

Of course we should accept responsibility, not matter if we are driving a car, bike or are by foot.

Swedish people in general however have very egocentric behavior in traffic (this opposed to egoistic behavior in e.g. italy). Swedes just don't realize that there are other people in traffic besides themselves.

The fact that in countries like e.g. holland cyclists are protected by law versus car drivers is a logical thing, and I think that also Sweden should adopt this.

If you are a stupid egocentric moron, you should be in traffic, but if you anyway chhose to do so, please use a means of transport that will not hurt others.....and a car will hurt others.

As douglas says a cyclist texting almost crashed against him. How much I agree that this person is stupid and should be fined by the police....if he would have driven in to you, you just had a scratch on your car, and the guy would be in hospital. What I am trying to say is that your responsibility is greater the bigger the tool you use to be in traffic.

In Sweden (at least the Stockholm area) police shows they don't even bother to fine 10 ton trucks, buses or cars that speed through red light. This behavior encourages motorized vehicle drivers to behave even more irresponsible. Causing many accidents with pedestrians or cyclists.

I personally run many red lights while biking.....as long as I have looked good that no cars are coming this often is safer for me because this way there are at least no Swedish car-drivers or other Swedish bikers next to me that behave like irresponsible criminals.
18:50 September 24, 2011 by bri-z
The standard of driving in Sweden (Swedish drivers) is at its best, low. I doubt very much if any of them could pass an English driving test.
19:43 September 24, 2011 by old git
driving behaviour is like so many other things in Sweden, full of baffling contrasts. all of the negative things said above, yet they will usually let you cut into a long queue from an empty lane (try that in France, Belgium, etc and see how long you have to wait...) . they merge traffic alternately, even though so slowly, rarely hit your car when they park, etc. Motor bike riders rarely come zooming up between slow moving traffic lines , kicking your door or smashing off your mirror if you haven't seen them in time and moved out of the way, as is common in Paris, they even respect some of the more ridiculous speedlimits there are here . However exasperating , Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world ...maybe cause they drive generally so slowly in Volvos and Saabs!
03:37 September 25, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
We get cyclists all the time rip-roaring up and down our street, even when little children can be easily seen playing or crossing the street. I have no sympathy for lunatics on motorized bikes who through speeding, and/or moving wrecklessly, careen into another vehicle. My sympathies are more with innocent bystanders and those in a vehicle that gets slammed into while the vehicle's driver obeyed the law.
10:39 September 25, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
Careening? I think you mean careering.
10:56 September 25, 2011 by Kstock

ca·reen (k -r n ). v. ca·reened, ca·reen·ing, ca·reens. v.intr. 1. To lurch or swerve while in motion. 2. To rush headlong or carelessly;


A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation. b. The general course or progression of one's working life or one's professional achievements

or were you just trying to be funny...dead-end job?
11:07 September 25, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
@Kstock: Thank you for defining the two. I perhaps should have chosen a different verb, but then this way they learn.
19:09 September 25, 2011 by Opinionfool
@Pont-y-garreg, @Katok, @sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset

Either word is usable in this context. Google's dictionary feature gives

Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction

as one definition for career. With an example of

- the car careered across the road and went through a hedge

They give the same meaning for careen! And similar example of

- an electric golf cart careened around the corner

The senses of the two words are slightly different though. Being metaphoric usages career would be used if the direction were straight and/or the object careering remained upright. Whereas careen would be used if the movement were altered or the object rolled (like a ship on waves).

In this sad situation I (as an Englishman) would use career to include the meaning that the cyclist was going straight but of the equally sad report of someone being shot dead in a Stockholm carpark previously reported by The Local I would like use careen to show random movement. Either is right; neither is wrong; context is everything.
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