I am sorry. You died last night.
Pamela Day

While the outpouring of emotion is understandable and heartwarming, what I cannot understand is how little concern is shown about the way in which she was killed. It all seems a little bit too inevitable, too accepting as a part of the universe’s background noise. While, in reality, somebody did a lot of wrong and, at least in the immediate aftermath of the accident, did not even own his or her responsibility.

Pam did her part to help Kate and I cannot judge the situation if maybe some CPR would have been more adequate; you wrote there was no pulse, which at least means the situation was serious and you tried to judge it on medical grounds, and maybe you do not know CPR, or did not feel up to it, or thought it would have been useless — it’s all in a moment and hard to decide even when one is part of the situation.

What I do know is that most traffic victims do not have to become victims. A car is s two-plus-ton of responsibility that, once out of control, is almost impossible to handle for the average person. Road infrastructure in the huge majority of countries is still built for those who least need the protection, aka the drivers of cars. And cars do not only kill directly by hitting people, but also by being part of the myth of personal freedom and mobility that pollutes the atmosphere and binds bazillions in cash flow that could be applied a lot better to infrastructural improvements and alternative transport (of which bikes are just a small part).
Maybe a little bit less acceptance of all those senseless victims, a little bit more outrage about the criminal nature of what has happened would improve the chances of other people just like Kate, to live and see another day.

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