Bicyclist hit by allegedly drunk driver in Buckhead
By Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A bicyclist was badly hurt early Wednesday when he was hit by an allegedly drunk driver in the heart of Buckhead.
Christopher Hamer-Hodges was hit around 1 a.m. in the intersection of Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry Road, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones.
Jones said that several witnesses told police that the cyclist had the right of way when he was hit and thrown from the bike.
“The driver of the vehicle did not stop, but was stopped by police a short time later,” Jones told the AJC.
That driver, identified as David Seigel, “was given a breathalyzer test where he blew a .142,” Jones said. Seigel was charged with DUI, reckless driving and following too closely.
Hamer-Hodges was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with a broken leg, broken ribs and possible head trauma, Jones said.
Blogger’s Notes: We here at North Buckhead Driving and DUI School to share the road under normal circumstances. When you’ve had a few too many drinks, we say stay off the road all together.
It’s no secret to either biker of driver that Atlanta’s roads generally aren’t built to accommodate bike and car. There often aren’t any substantial shoulders meaning there’s no place for a bike to move over and let a car pass. I see resentment and frustration from rider and driver alike. What’s the answer? The answer is respect and caution from everyone that’s trying to get from point A to point B. The driver needs to remember that there is an essentially unprotected person moving alongside of their car. The rider needs to be mindful of the time of day, traffic pattern, and road characteristics of their route.
Technically a bike occupies a place in traffic just as if it were another automobile. This means the biker can’t make a lane for his or herself and slide through parked traffic or sneak along the right curb past a line of parked cars.
We here at North Buckhead Driving and DUI School are trying to make the roads a little safer. We have weekly DUI / Risk Reduction Classes as well as Defensive Driving Classes. You can sign up by calling our office at (678) 510-2099 or by visiting our website at https://www.northbuckheaddrivingandduischool.com/ and using our secure registration system
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