West Bend police looking for witness to fatal crash last Tuesday

 

West Bend police seek witnesses to crash that killed bicyclist

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West Bend police investigators are seeking witnesses to a crash that killed a bicyclist near Riverside Park on Nov. 6.

According to the initial police report, a northbound vehicle driven by a 38-year-old West Bend man stuck Marjean Boots, 57, in the intersection of S. Indiana Ave. and S. Kilbourn Ave., about 5:10 p.m.

Read more on Tom Held’s blog The Active Pursuit here.

 

This Google Maps image shows the intersection where Marjean Boots was killed is near many trails.

 

The crash remains under investigation and the West Bend Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the crash. If you were in the area or have any information, we urge you to call them at 262-335-5000.

This is now the 10th person riding a bicycle killed this year. Since 1990, on average, 10 people die as a result of crashes with motor vehicles each year. While the raw number has remained relatively constant, given that the number of people who ride bicycles has increased about 143% over that same period, the fatal crash rate has also gone down. Note by the graph below that the raw number of people injured has decreased, which means the rate if injury has gone down even more than 143%.

Crash information from the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation

This is all good news, and serves to remind us that despite these tragic crashes every year, riding a bicycle in Wisconsin remains a safe, healthy and fund form or recreation and transportation. That said, I see no reason why we should not set a goal of zero innocent people killed riding bicycles.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 11 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave lives with his wife Liz and daughter Frankie in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side.

2 thoughts on “West Bend police looking for witness to fatal crash last Tuesday

  1. “Since 1990, on average, 10 people die as a result of crashes with motor vehicles each year. While the raw number has remained relatively constant, given that the number of people who ride bicycles has increased about 143% over that same period, the fatal crash rate has also gone down.”

    This is a clever way to make a half-empty glass look half-full. ;-)

    • Yeah, I walk a fine line when I report on fatal crashes and bicycle safety. I look closely at these crashes to see if there is something the Bike Fed can advocate for that might reduce the chances of a future crash with similar circumstances. I also want to remind people of the need to give driving their full attention when behind the wheel. But I also want remind people that riding a bike is one of the healthiest, safest forms of recreation and transportation. The death of even one innocent person riding a bicycle is one too many, and we must be sympathetic to the friends and family of the victim, but I don’t want to scare people either. There is already way to much of that going on. Far too many people think riding a bicycle is dangerous, even though many statistics show it to be safer than many other daily activities (like driving a car).

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