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.
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%.
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.