August 27, 2007
To Whom it May Concern,
Today riding north on Howe Ave as I approached the intersection at Cottage the signal changed from red to green. I looked over my left shoulder and behind me I could see a big truck well behind me. I arrived at the intersection ahead of the truck and was 1/3 of the way across when the trucks air horn went off as the driver made a right turn, missing my back wheel by inches. Cyclists know this as a “Right Hook” and already this month two innocent victims were killed in separate bay area incidents just like this.
I am grateful to be alive, and furious at the reckless way this massive machine is being operated. I followed the driver two blocks up Cottage and confronted him. He acknowledged he had seen me but excused his actions by stating the pedestrian signal was red. The job-site supervisor was present when he made this statement. The truck plate # is 6A76578 and had 681004 on the hood. On 8-7-07 a cyclist was run over and killed by a semi-truck turning right onto Bay towards campus from the westward lane of Mission Street in Santa Cruz and someone took this picture. I hope you will show this letter and picture to every driver as it only takes a moment to change two peopleâ€™s lives forever.