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Bicyclist fatally struck by vehicle in Highland Village PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2013 17:05

A 64-year-old Denton man died after he was struck on his bicycle by an SUV on FM 2499 Monday afternoon.

The bicyclist, identified as Bob Pfarr, was taken by CareFlite medical helicopter to Medical Center of Plano. He was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

Highland Village police said the accident occurred just after 4 p.m. on FM 2499 just north of Harlington Drive. Both the SUV and bicycle were headed southbound in the right lane when the collision occurred.

The 19-year-old female driver from Highland Village was not injured.

Pfarr was an avid cyclist, and it ran in his family. His father was an Olympian bike racer and was inducted into the Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.

 

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+4 #66 Xaminmo 2013-05-13 22:41
His option was Copper Canyon, but it has narrower streets and construction. FM2499 has no sidewalks or bike lanes up there.

DPS reported the cyclist didn't violate any traffic ordinances. The driver wasn't speeding or using her cellphone. No one else was in the car. The section of road had good visibility, without a curve, hill, and the pavement was dry.

Driver Inattention was reported as the only factor. The charge would have been Negligent Homicide, but as of 2013-05-13, the DA hasn't filed charges.

So what all of this says is, regardless of who does what, accidents STILL happen. Liability doesn't dictate survivability. Each of us as drivers need to try to be more aware. As cyclists, we need to be more visible. Safety orange, brighter flashing lights, and reflective tape all can help.
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-31 #65 Lance 2013-01-23 22:27
Idiot shouldnt of been riding a bike in rush hour on a road that busy....
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+1 #64 NotthatJr 2013-01-23 21:09
Any news on whether or not charges were filed against the driver?
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+15 #63 becky 2013-01-14 00:03
Please....Let's give this young girl the benefit of the doubt. I have driven south on 2499 at around 4 P.M. and the sun is so in your eyes. She might not have seen this guy on the bike! It happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if it was the same man. It could have happened to me and I wasn't texting. And it's not the best road to ride your bike on. No bike lanes. Give this young lady a break before you give her a life sentence!!!!
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+18 #62 Malcolm XXL 2013-01-12 11:09
Cyclists have the legal right to take their bikes on this road as well as other busy roads. But when it comes down to bicycle vs. motor vehicle, the laws of physics trump the laws of the land. It is ultimately a selfish decision for a cyclist to ride on these types of roads because they put themselves needlessly at risk and their loved ones, especially their dependents, suffer terribly. Stick to the back roads and the trails, for the sake of your family.
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+17 #61 Valerie 2013-01-11 21:26
I was also at this accident seconds after it happened, I live just around the corner and I have to say that this is all very unfortunate..My oldest son 24 passed away 2 months ago in a roll over accident and this was extremely difficult to see. I know the young lady and she has a lifetime of regret to live with. My heart goes out to both families and I'm so sorry to the family that has lost Bob Pfarr. He seems like a wonderful person and lived a good life.He & my son are in a better place and I hope they are all resting in peace.There accidents were tragic and unfortunate But I will say this, Highland Village needs to make this section of 2499 a safer place to ride bicycles.It's dangerous, where this accident occurred there are no bike paths, there are no sidewalks, each and every person is at there own risk to make it to a safe riding place and it's on a hill with a blind spot.While these cyclist generally use the roads I still think it should be noted that something must be done.
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+3 #60 notthatJR 2013-01-11 18:20
http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2013/jan/10/fatal-crash-involving-cyclist-highland-village-sti/

Information from Sgt. Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Texas Highway Patrol.
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-18 #59 cycling chick 2013-01-11 18:10
No one should feel ashamed of hoping this girl is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. She took a wonderful man out, a guy who had the same right to be on that road as anyone else. If that were to happen to me I can only hope my family would pursue every avenue of the law to make sure the careless person was given an appropriate sentence for manslaughter. I wish gas prices would triple to keep some of these selfish people off the road.
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+4 #58 Editor 2013-01-11 17:25
correction: The funeral has been changed to St. Mark Catholic Church, 2800 Pennsylvania Drive, Denton 10am Saturday.
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-6 #57 Opus the Poet 2013-01-11 16:24
Moll96 what you describe is a violation of at least 2 TX laws, following too close and the Basic Speed law that requires driving no fast than the driver can stop in the distance that can be seen clearly. Had the driver of the weapon vehicle been driving a little further back from the lead vehicle that swerved she could have seen the cyclist and changed lanes as well, conversely had the driver of the weapon vehicle been driving at a speed wher she could have stopped in the distance between her and the lead vehicle, she would have avoided hitting Mr. Pfar. Either way this wreck was 100% the fault of the driver of the weapon vehicle, and zero fault for the cyclist Mr. Pfarr. The driver needs to lose her driving privileges for life for killing with her motor vehicle, at a bare minimum.
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