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Top SA cyclist killed

2011-01-19 15:27

Cape Town - The South African cycling community has been rocked by the tragic death of one of the country's foremost athletes, Carla Swart.

Swart was killed after being hit by a truck while training in the Free State on Wednesday morning. She was 23.

Swart represented South Africa at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where she finished as the highest-placed SA rider in eighth position in the women's road race.

"Carla was undoubtedly South Africa's leading prospect for a medal at the Olympics," Douglas Ryder, former manager of MTN Qhubekha, told cyclenation.co.za.

"She had achieved great results for us on the World Cup circuit and in the two years with us had improved from 32nd at the World Champs to 10th at the last World Champs. It was clear she was on her way to the top," said Ryder.

"She was an amazing, strong, mature and driven women who was a definite medal hope. She rode her bike to support her family, put herself through university and chased her dreams. The ramifications of today affect not only her family but cycling as a whole in South Africa," said Ryder.

Born in Graaff-Reinet, Swart rode for the HTC-Highroad women's team.

Renowned SA cyclist and SuperSport's Super Cycling host, Andrew Mclean, expressed his shock at the news on his social networking Twitter page, writing: A another Sad Day for SA Cycling: RIP Carla Swart. Condolences to her family and friends.


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Comments
  • mrcnel - 2011-01-19 15:33

    RIP Carla!

      p123 - 2011-01-20 11:52

      Dude, harsh comments and I suppose you are a typical fat Golfer, try play a real sport!!!

      steviet888 - 2011-01-20 12:43

      It sounds like your family won't miss you when you sit in jail.

  • Riaan - 2011-01-19 15:37

    My sincere condolences to her Family and friends. It just makes me want to use obscene profanities when I hear stories like this. Not too long ago cycling legend Bruce Reyneke of Pretoria son was killed in similar fashion, so many other friends and co-cyclists gets run over by idiots in cars that have absolutely no regard for people training. I’m really considering selling my road bike and just to MTB. But then you get mugged!

      Brenton - 2011-01-19 15:47

      This was a tragic accident, I am sure that the guy didn't intentionally run her over.

      Adams - 2011-01-19 15:55

      This is a sad story , dont abuse it to attack motorists, there are many law breaking cyclists on the road as well.

      vonkiedoël - 2011-01-19 16:01

      Riaan please... let me rather not say anything it wont be appropriate.

      alexander.lombard - 2011-01-19 16:04

      This is a sad loss of human life. The problem in general is vehicles are forced to try and inch past cyclists on roads daily. Then there is also recless drivers that by the mere fact that they are recless drivers will have an accedent with a other vecle, padestrian or cyclist. In few caces too cyclest and bikers also behave like Taxi drivers jumping the que and ignoring protocall.

      matlock - 2011-01-19 17:16

      I certainly do not condone cyclists who break the rules of the road, but saying that "vehicles are forced to try and inch past cyclists on roads daily"...and..."riding in bunches or 3 next to each other". Catch a wake up!! If you cannot pass then do not do so until you can do so safely. Cyclists are road users to and entitled to use the roads. Riding 2 or 3 abreast is (usually) done to make themselves more visible to vehicles and so that vehicles do not "try and inch past" but instead exercise some patience and use proper procedures to overtake when the road is clear. The sad truth is that a cyclist will always come off second best........

      bianca.thayer - 2011-01-19 19:17

      I cannot agree more with Matlock! I as a cyclist myself get scared to train on the road because cars pass with just inches to spare when i am already on the yellow line....we have a right to the road too, and I heard someone make a good comment the other day, 2 cyclists riding next to each other to be more visible take up the same space as a motorbike rider who does not have to hug the curb while driving and yet motorbikes are fine....i think there are a few motorists out there who just have a mental block towards cyclists because of the few out there that break the rules....it is frustrating and nerve wrecking for cyclists training and hooting and swerving past is only more dangerous, exercise a little more patience please motorists, we know you are there and try our best to keep out the way as much as possible. RIP Carla

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 19:28

      http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cycling/Fallen-computer-causes-death-20110119 Go read what really happened. She caused her own death. Tragic but not the truck driver's fault.

      brianR - 2011-01-20 08:52

      comparing cyclists to cars and motorcycles is a bit daft... those guys pay road taxes to be on the road and they have a procedure to go through to get their licences...

      Steve Lucking - 2011-01-20 09:14

      @Alexander.lombard Dude. Spell check. Use it.

      Steve Lucking - 2011-01-20 09:22

      @Alexander.lombard Spell check. Use it.

      ayjy - 2011-01-20 09:44

      @Riaan - This incident was her fault you idiot, not the truckdrivers fault, he did everything within his means to avoid her. Let this tragic accident be a lesson and an eye opener to other cyclists. My condolences to her family.

      Nice Guy - 2011-01-20 10:16

      Now we all know it was the cyclists fault and not the truck driver. In fact her companion said there was no way the truck could stop when she swerved in front of it. You stupid cyclists should learn to use the roads properly and not make urselves and menace on the roads before you start complaining about truck drivers

      Steph - 2011-01-20 10:26

      @brianR go check up on your rules of the road dude -- ALL road users , including cyclists need to obey the rules and whether or not you need a licence to operate your vehicle has got nothing to do with whether you have a right to be on the road or not. Or are you also arrogant enough to believe that donkey carts and horses should stay off the roads as well ? I just bet you are the guy that will jump a stop street and then swear at the cyclist that you nearly flatten on the way through your law-breaking adventure . Grow up. Cyclists are road users and have as much right to be there as anyone else.

      Corry - 2011-01-20 10:42

      @ Riaan - dude check the facts first BEFORE making a tit of yourself. The cyclists computer fell and she turned to get it without checking for vehicles. If you do this in a car, you are at fault if an accident happens. Yes motorists should be more considerate. So should cyclists. Fact however, cyclists have no protection and in any incident they are always going to come a distant second. Cyclists should thus take even more precautions as they are in more danger. @ Matlock - No cyclists do NOT have the same rights as motorists. CArs are licensed and every year a fee is paid to keep said car on road. Drivers are also licensed having been required to pass a test to judge competency. Any eedjit can buy a bike and be mobile having no licensing or competency requirements. They are however, required to obey the laws of the road. A mate of mine got a speeding fine for exceeding a 40kph limit on a road. That being said, everyone should be considerate and unfortuantely SA'ffers are the most unconsiderate aggressive drivers in the world.

      brianR - 2011-01-20 11:41

      @ Steph, i was remarking to the writer who said "but motorbikes are fine", and dont jump to conclusions about my driving just because i made a remark you dont agree with as i, in fatc, always stop at stop-signs, regardless of traffic conditions

      matlock - 2011-01-20 12:22

      @Corry...ummm...not sure where I said cyclists have the "same rights" as vehicles. In fact I said nothing about "rights" at all, other than that cyclists are entitled to use the road. But FYI cyclists are considered vehicles in terms of the NRTA. Licensing and competency has nothing to do with it...just ask the taxi drivers....

      Chillepeppa - 2011-01-20 14:53

      Someone here commented on waiting to pass cyclists/runners when it is safe to do so. i.e. if there is a car coming from the front and ALL of us will not fit on the road at the same time. So now my question is this, and this covers what I encounter every morning on my way to work. The cylcists and runners ALWAYS come towards me, on MY side of the road. So now, even if I stop to wait till it is safe, they keep advancing on me. AND they refuse to go single file, even though they can see exactly what kind of situatiuon THEY are creating. What do I do then? Oh, an then I get cussed out by them as well.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:31

      According to an eyewitness, she swerved infront of the truck and the truck driver did everything to avoid the accident. Quick to judge, I notice, even before we get the facts. The article did not blame anyone, it merely reported what happened.

  • Rincewind - 2011-01-19 15:46

    another wasted talent, another tragedy, sadness seeps through my entire being.

  • wernerforevers - 2011-01-19 15:46

    South Africa must learn from this, and make more space for cyclist and runners on the road. Its the only place they can train...

      Thor - 2011-01-19 16:27

      Cyclist must learn from this... ride according to the rules. Respect motorist its the only place they can drive.. Not saying it is the case here but too many cyclist have no regard for the rules or their own safety.

      EjT_1 - 2011-01-19 18:24

      @Thor I agree that many cyclists have no regard for the rules of the road. I cycle, and can honestly say that I do bend the rules from time to time. However, I have seen some incredibly STUPID driving on my training route. People sitting in the yellow lane going round blind bends and rises. Just this Sunday I came within half a meter of having a motorhome clip me as it moved into the yellow lane. Its not just cars and trucks. I was almost hit by a motorbike a few months ago.

  • erilene.lamprecht - 2011-01-19 15:48

    Carla, we will miss you. I've known you since you were only 5 years old. You've lived an awesome life. Love you

  • david.truter - 2011-01-19 15:53

    Very sad news, condolences to her family and friends.

  • Tigerorchid - 2011-01-19 15:53

    What is it with drivers, do they not see cyclist's and bikers, see them, so many senseless deaths could be prevented

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 17:04

      They can prevent cyclists being killed by keeping them off the road - what the hell is it with you - sometimes truck and cars collide with other trucks and cars - it has nothing to do with not seeing them. It has to do with our drivers being incompetent/unlicensed, vehicles being unroadworthy and the poor state of our roads – the traffic authorities say they are addressing this but they go for softer more lucrative targets while sitting under a tree munching doughnuts. Until the cops have a complete mental overhaul from the top down we will never see roads safe enough for cyclists and the fact that cyclist keep going out on the roads just goes to show how dof seemingly intelligent people can be!

      Sage - 2011-01-20 07:16

      @Tigerorchid - I hear what you say but in this case it would appear not to be the truck driver's fault and he did everything to avoid the collision, according to eye witnesses. It was the cyclist who turned in front of the truck, unintentionally, to retrieve a fallen cycling computer. Just a terrible accident. Don't be so quick to pin the blame on the driver, they're not always to blame and every story always has two sides. Do try to remain objective.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:35

      You assume it was the driver's fault, which it was not!!

  • another day - 2011-01-19 15:55

    This is so very sad. All my sympathy goes to her family and friends. Cycling on our roads these days has become so dangerous.

  • Pierre - 2011-01-19 15:55

    Cars are not the only ones at fault here, cyclist have to realise that they should also abide by the traffic law, which is there to protect all road users. If you ride reckless on your little bicycle and get hit by a car, you do the math as to who is going to end off worse!

  • kznsc - 2011-01-19 15:56

    Prosecute that driver for murder! A truck? " for five snakes"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you can see a cyclist better from a truck than from a car, that was no accident.

      Neutedop - 2011-01-19 16:06

      Come on - no one knows what happened - so how can you place the guildt on either of them!

      Colourblind - 2011-01-19 16:10

      Idiot. Are you a truck driver? Do you even know what visibility is like from a truck? Murder? Grow up.

      Mellicins - 2011-01-19 16:24

      Come on dude. Seriously. You really think that truck driver did it on purpose? Who made you Horatio Cane all of a sudden? Do you even know what qualifies as a murder case? Stupid

      huysamen76 - 2011-01-19 16:27

      Eish ... you clearly have never driven a truck or been in one! The article simply says she was hit by a truck! NOT whose fault it was. People should reserve judgement until they know what is going on. Either way it is an enormous tragedy! She was an awesome cyclist, a true South African gem and she will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family.

      Bricktop - 2011-01-19 16:51

      Roads are made for cars and trucks, if you want to cycle,go to a cycling track.

      factsforlive - 2011-01-19 16:59

      A truck needs at least 100m to stop, even more when its loaded and will jack knife when plucked off course or when brakes lockup. Causing an even more dangerous scenario. There isn't much a truck driver can do when at full speed. Condolences to family and friends. May God bless you with comfort and closure.

      factsforlive - 2011-01-19 17:04

      A truck needs at least 100m to stop, even more when its loaded and will jack knife when plucked off course or when brakes lockup. Causing an even more dangerous scenario. There isn't much a truck driver can do when at full speed. Condolences to family and friends. May God bless you with comfort and closure.

      JohannV - 2011-01-19 17:55

      Ummm... let's get all the facts first. But... trucks expand a massive volume of air as the move, witch creates a sideways vortex and can suck a cyclist under its wheels. Ever drove past a truck in a tunnel where there's no external wind? You can feel your car lurch when hit by this vortex. I used to cycle myself, but can say 99% of cyclists are inconsiderate and don't think about vehicles having to pass each other. When there's a cyclist to the left and a truck approaching from the front, I'd rather take out the cyclist. I had to, 16 years ago, but fortunately the guy was only bruised, while his bike was a write-off. Stay off the narrow roads and stick to the wide roads with a yellow line. A sad loss of life, but preventable!

      JohannV - 2011-01-19 17:58

      Ummm... let's get all the facts first. But... trucks expand a massive volume of air as the move, witch creates a sideways vortex and can suck a cyclist under its wheels. Ever drove past a truck in a tunnel where there's no external wind? You can feel your car lurch when hit by this vortex. I used to cycle myself, but can say 99% of cyclists are inconsiderate and don't think about vehicles having to pass each other. When there's a cyclist to the left and a truck approaching from the front, I'd rather take out the cyclist. I had to, 16 years ago, but fortunately the guy was only bruised, while his bike was a write-off. Stay off the narrow roads and stick to the wide roads with a yellow line. A sad loss of life, but preventable!

      Brenton - 2011-01-19 19:11

      So quick to judge, apparently she was at fault, she swerved in front of the truck to retrieve her computer. Now the truck driver has to suffer knowing he killed someone through no fault of his own. And you wanted him prosecuted for murder.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 19:31

      http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cycling/Fallen-computer-causes-death-20110119 Go read what really happened! She caused her own death. Poor truck driver tried his best to avoid the accident and rushed to help her!

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:19

      When are you going to retract ypur comment?

      Perfume - 2011-01-20 08:00

      This time the driver is not at fault, there is an article stating that an eye witness saw exactly what happened

      Perfume - 2011-01-20 08:05

      Please read this article before crucifying the driver http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cycling/Fallen-computer-causes-death-20110119 Go read what really happened!

      ayjy - 2011-01-20 09:53

      @kznsc - This incident was her fault you idiot, not the truckdrivers fault, he did everything within his means to avoid her. Let this tragic accident be a lesson and an eye opener to other cyclists. My condolences to her family.

      Reon - 2011-01-20 15:19

      Maybe she should have looked first before she swerved out! So typical of cyclists, ride first then look. Maybe if they learnt to look first, they might not be killed or injured on the roads! So how is that the truck drivers fault if the cyclist didnt look before she swerved out???

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:42

      Idiotic and uninformed comment. An eyewitnesses claims it was her fault and she swerved infront of the truck to retrieve her cycle computer. Get your facts straight

  • DeonL - 2011-01-19 15:56

    Another tragic death by a truck! I hope this person looses his or her licence.

      vonkiedoël - 2011-01-19 16:03

      Wow thats a huge price to pay for someones life!!! idiot...

      Colourblind - 2011-01-19 16:11

      Don't you think we should find out if the driver was reckless or negligent first?

      Brenton - 2011-01-19 19:01

      So quick to judge, apparently she was at fault, she swerved in front of the truck to retrieve her computer. Now the truck driver has to suffer knowing he killed someone through no fault of his own.

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:19

      I hope you get a brain before the driver loses his licence

      Perfume - 2011-01-20 08:02

      Please read this article before crucifying the driver http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Cycling/Fallen-computer-causes-death-20110119 Go read what really happened!

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:43

      Why?

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-01-19 15:58

    I sometimes want to strangle cyclists, but not even the worst among them deserve to die.

  • Bernard - 2011-01-19 16:01

    When I drove past Bloem on Sunday coming back from holiday, I was stopped by the traffic cops for a routine check on the N1. While having my vehicle scrutinized two cyclists drove past. On the N1. As far as I know that is illegal. It is truly sad to lose people in this way. RIP

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 17:23

      Yes, cycling on a highway is illegal. See it in Johannesburg quite often too. And they think they do not need to stop at red lights or stopstreets and do not see themselves as hazards on the road. Cyclists should be able to drive on the road without being knocked down, but unfortunately many of them tend to forget that they are causing a hazard to other road users just by being there.

      barry.mcbride - 2011-01-19 18:38

      LOL, "two cyclists drove past". Since when do you drive a bicycle?

      barry.mcbride - 2011-01-19 18:42

      "two cyclists drove past"! Since when to you drive a bicycle?

      cindyshzen - 2011-01-19 20:32

      What do they say about " Lead by example " At the last S.A.Track Champs I drove past the Dean Edwards " House of Paint " guys training on the N1 between the Bellville Velodrome and Cape Town . And to think our Youngsters look up to these guys !!

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-01-20 08:55

      You use your legs to power the cycle. This is called "driving". It's maybe not correct linguistically, but it is a technically accurate description.

      Nebula - 2011-01-20 16:37

      Em Vaal Donkie.. its called paddling.. that still makes more sense

  • Jules - 2011-01-19 16:01

    So sad :(

  • Jon - 2011-01-19 16:03

    A disgraceful tragedy. Condolences to her family and team members.

  • Sean - 2011-01-19 16:06

    Cyclist from Cape Town My sincere condolences to her family and friends and to the people that ride like monkeys in this country really think about what you are doing on the road and remember that there are other road users as well.

  • Pleb - 2011-01-19 16:07

    Sincere condolences and shutter island for the driver !

      BlackSwan - 2011-01-19 16:30

      Maybe you should join him - you do not even know what happened A real tragedy, but one waiting to happen on our roads everyday - cyclists thinking they own the road, and driver who do not care

      Brenton - 2011-01-19 19:03

      So quick to judge, apparently she was at fault, she swerved in front of the truck to retrieve her computer. Now the truck driver has to suffer knowing he killed someone through no fault of his own.

      Flee - 2011-01-20 09:36

      Hey Brenton... Great Copy and paste job... But you are right everyone is judging, when even her coach said the driver tried his darnedest to try and avoid the accident... I feel for the driver, he/she must feel torrid and with this verbal abuse it wont help... Again condolences to the family, but guys stop blaming the driver... Really

  • sqc - 2011-01-19 16:14

    What a sad tragedy, so much talent and life still to be had. Best wishes to the family.

  • kilo39 - 2011-01-19 16:15

    Terrible news. Condolences to her family, friends and the cycling community.

  • cromagnon - 2011-01-19 16:18

    rule of thumb - if you cant pass the cyclist, dont pass the cyclist

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:47

      Unless of course, the cyclists simply swerve infront of you, in which case, you should not move to the other lane and engage someone who was not part of the confrontation

  • sarelvdwalt - 2011-01-19 16:18

    How many senseless deaths must South Africans suffer on our roads before government acts against wreck-less driving of public- and goods transport?!?!

      Brenton - 2011-01-19 19:13

      So quick to judge, apparently she was at fault, she swerved in front of the truck to retrieve her computer. Now the truck driver has to suffer knowing he killed someone through no fault of his own. What do you have to say about this now?

  • francois.roux1 - 2011-01-19 16:19

    I'm very sad to hear about this. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Carla!!! However there are many cyclists that simply don't follow the rules with regard to riding in single file. Go drive on the R304 to Stellenbosch and you'll see. Being a cyclist myself I can also say that I've been noticing lately that motorists don't even try to make a gap for you between them and the pavement. I've now had numerous close calls where if I didn't look over my shoulder trucks and buses would have run me over had I not taken evasive action. So please guys, when you ride, ride single file and when you see a cyclist don't try to squeeze by him as close as you can, rather hoot at him/her to get out of the way.

      Shistirrer - 2011-01-19 17:06

      Tried the hooting thing. The cyclist's response (in nearly every case)? I get the finger. This country needs a total mindshift, by motorists, cyclists and bikers alike.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 17:37

      Francois, I know you are saying the right thing and I really am not just trying to argue with you, but I have tried that hooting thing before and the kind of vulgar signs and obscenities that are almost always thrown my way by the very cyclists whom I usually only hoot at if they are causing some serious road hazard, I'd rather just drive over them. As much as I support cycling as a healthy way of living, cyclists need to appreciate that our roads are primarly for use by motor vehicles and they are only supposed to be on roads where it is safe. If it is not safe, they shouldn't be there. Cyclists generally have far too much of an arrogant attitude towards motorists and that is what puts them in harm's way. As Murphy's law goes, cyclists usually swing in towards the road just as you are about to pass them (not always intentionally, as that is one of those things a bicycle does) and then you have to suddenly swerve out of the way to try and avoid hitting them. There is also no way a cyclist should ever be on a highway with a 120km p/h speed limit. A road with a 120km p/h speed limit also has a slow limit namely that no vehicle may travel on that road at less than 40km per hour. Only the best of cyclists can keep up that kind of a speed so by virtue of this road rule alone, cyclists should not be there. In any event, any cyclist who actually goes out onto a 120 km p/h road needs his head checked. He should very well know that he is looking for trouble.

      wartmonger - 2011-01-20 17:41

      hey shit stirrer... mIm

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-01-19 16:21

    Condolences to her family and friends

  • Mellicins - 2011-01-19 16:21

    Come on. This story seriously makes you want to leave SA? It was an accident - not a murder case. Condolences to her family and friends.

  • Joe - 2011-01-19 16:21

    There are a lot of people saying this is sad, BUT the cyclists break the law and should be more careful. Putting that sentiment in different words, they are basically saying that cyclists deserve to get killed... While I do agree that there are (many) cyclists who disobey traffic laws and ride irresponsibly, just think about what you are saying for a moment. Are you really saying that someone who is in essence defenseless should be help completely responsible for their own safety? What about being considerate to life, if not to other people? Are we really living in a society where people seem to think that it is okay to kill someone, as long as it is their fault? Surely, just out of respect for life, motorists (and truck drivers) should be considerate to cyclists, pedestrians, stray dogs, and maybe even other motorists.

      huysamen76 - 2011-01-19 16:37

      Joe, I don't think anybody says cyclists deserve to get killed. Instead I think that most people are trying to point out that it's not always within the power of the driver to avoid hitting them. As the driver should take responsibility for their actions so should the cyclists. Yes in essence they are defenseless, but it's by their own choice. When you drive, you know you might die in a car crash, when you fly, you know the airplane may fall. All things in life has risk involved. It also becomes the responsibility of the cyclists to take special care. I would not wish this situation on my worste enemy.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 17:45

      Nobody wants to see cyclists get killed, why jump to such ridiculous conclusions? We are all agreeing that we all need to be considerate towards each other on the road - that INCLUDING cyclists. We are saying that cyclists need to understand and appreciate what a huge hazard they are on the road and how they need to take special care because it is NOT very easy to avoid hitting them. A motorist can only do so much. Yes, there are many motorists out ther who are also arses and who simply do not seem to give a fly that there are other people on the road, but the same goes for cyclists who pose a danger to other road users just by being on the road. No cyclist should be on a main road or highway anyway. That in itself is dangerous and unacceptable.

  • francois.roux1 - 2011-01-19 16:23

    I'm very sad to hear about this. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Carla!!! However there are many cyclists that simply don't follow the rules with regard to riding in single file. Go drive on the R304 to Stellenbosch and you'll see. Being a cyclist myself I can also say that I've been noticing lately that motorists don't even try to make a gap for you between them and the pavement. I've now had numerous close calls where if I didn't look over my shoulder trucks and buses would have run me over had I not taken evasive action. So please guys, when you ride, ride single file and when you see a cyclist don't try to squeeze by him as close as you can, rather hoot at him/her to get out of the way.

  • cmr.insurance - 2011-01-19 16:24

    Never nice to hear someone so young an talanted passing so soon. Condolences to her all her loved ones

  • Maurice - 2011-01-19 16:28

    From the editor and staff of TopCycle magazine, sincere condolences to her family and friends. RIP South Africa has just lost a great talent. So sorry, Maurice Hall

  • John Seloa - 2011-01-19 16:29

    I like running and there is a 8km stretch from my house that I normally use. Cylcists have no regard for road runners. In my car as well, cyclist at times forget the low IQ that most of SA drivers have. Rest in peace and I hope that most will learn from this.

  • Joe - 2011-01-19 16:31

    There are a lot of people saying this is sad, BUT the cyclists break the law and should be more careful. Putting that sentiment in different words, they are basically saying that cyclists deserve to get killed... While I do agree that there are (many) cyclists who disobey traffic laws and ride irresponsibly, just think about what you are saying for a moment. Are you really saying that someone who is in essence defenseless should be help completely responsible for their own safety? What about being considerate to life, if not to other people? Are we really living in a society where people seem to think that it is okay to kill someone, as long as it is their fault? Surely, just out of respect for life, motorists (and truck drivers) should be considerate to cyclists, pedestrians, stray dogs, and maybe even other motorists.

      Harold - 2011-01-19 16:50

      No Joe. If you don't obey the rules of the road , don't be surprised when things go wrong for you. It's called taking personal responsibility for your actions. Taxi drivers are a case in point, they systematically defy the rules of the road and eventually their actions catch up with them. Sadly they kill innocent victims as well. Cyclists would help their cause if they obeyed the rules of the road and excercised the same consideration they feel is their due.

      Steph - 2011-01-20 10:50

      @Harold - some of us do - just the same as you cannot say that every car is driven by a lawless twat - you cannot generalize about cyclists like that. Cars afford some semblence of protection - THAT"s why cyclists will shout and swear if they think you haven't seen them in an effort to make sure that you do see them - you can't avoid something if you never saw it coming, and no matter whether the driver or the cyclist is at fault , the cyclist will always come off second best if there is an accident.

  • andrepi - 2011-01-19 16:31

    God knows what His plan is. This time he used a truck. Let us realise we are mere mortals. I did not know the deceased, but God knows better than all of us. We will not understand it now! R.I.P.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:49

      Cop out. If god kills as often as this, he is worse than a billion Hitlers

  • Joe - 2011-01-19 16:32

    There are many people saying this is sad, BUT the cyclists break the law and should be more careful. Putting that sentiment into different words, they are basically saying that cyclists deserve to get killed... While I do agree that there are (many) cyclists who disobey traffic laws and ride irresponsibly, just think about what you are saying for a moment. Are you really saying that someone who is in essence defenseless should be help completely responsible for their own safety? What about being considerate to life, if not to other people? Are we really living in a society where people seem to think that it is okay to kill someone, as long as it is their fault? Is death really a fair sentence for breaking traffic laws? If so, I am looking forward to the day when we will be rid of everybody who speeds, changes lanes without indicating, passes on the left and all those other "minor" crimes we consider to be a national pastime. Surely, if only out of respect for life, motorists (and truck drivers) should be considerate to cyclists, pedestrians, stray dogs, and maybe even other motorists.

      Barry M - 2011-01-19 16:58

      Liewe Moer ou! The answer is obvious - the roads are a war zone - stay off it if you are a cyclist! Get a brain man!

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 17:58

      ok, joe, now you are showing us that you are the inconsiderate cyclist by posting the same stuff over and over again. enough already.

  • steviet888 - 2011-01-19 16:32

    A Fast & Fresh truck no.H899 touched me after first missing me by millimeters, he hooted first. It was 6:30 Sunday morning no traffic and he had 2 other lanes. His intentions were obvious. This was in William Nicol Drive near Sloane Bryanston.

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:21

      H touched you after missing you? WTF?

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:51

      This seems improbable, unless you were riding at speeds. When he missed you, you should have taken a hint.

  • Nuvi - 2011-01-19 16:36

    Colourblind - this is not a random incident - more and more cyclists are being killed every year. Look at the stats last year! It is a young, talented life lost doing something she had such passion for. These are professional athletes not fun riders!!! Just like when you driving to work you expect to arrive to work in one piece, these cyclists get paid to ride... its their job and they should be able to do so in a safe environment. I do understand some are arrogant and ride abreast but in most cases they are inside the yellow lines. Unfortunately accidents happen but some can be avoided too. My sincere condolences to Carla's family and friends.

  • Nuvi - 2011-01-19 16:36

    Colourblind - this is not a random incident - more and more cyclists are being killed every year. Look at the stats last year! It is a young, talented life lost doing something she had such passion for. These are professional athletes not fun riders!!! Just like when you driving to work you expect to arrive to work in one piece, these cyclists get paid to ride... its their job and they should be able to do so in a safe environment. I do understand some are arrogant and ride abreast but in most cases they are inside the yellow lines. Unfortunately accidents happen but some can be avoided too. My sincere condolences to Carla's family and friends.

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:52

      Either this was an accident, or it was her fault. I am leaning towards accident since I doubt she meant to kill herself. Truck driver cannot be blamed in this case. Many cyclists deaths are as a result of reckless riding by cyclists and idiotic drivers

  • Expat - 2011-01-19 16:37

    This is sad. Trucks are everywhere in the world yes and it's somewhat unfair to point fingers exlusively to SA (I must confess though that when I read the headline I thought she'd been raped and murdered. The high crime rate is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of reasons why we left SA) Nevertheless here in Munich there are places where trucks are allowed to go, where cyclists are allowed to go, and where pedestrians are allowed to go, etc. etc.

  • Expat - 2011-01-19 16:38

    This is sad. Trucks are everywhere in the world yes and it's somewhat unfair to point fingers exlusively to SA (I must confess though that when I read the headline I thought she'd been raped and murdered. The high crime rate is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of reasons why we left SA) Nevertheless here in Munich there are places where trucks are allowed to go, where cyclists are allowed to go, and where pedestrians are allowed to go, etc. etc.

  • Expat - 2011-01-19 16:39

    This is sad. Trucks are everywhere in the world yes and it's somewhat unfair to point fingers exlusively to SA (I must confess though that when I read the headline I thought she'd been raped and murdered. The high crime rate is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of reasons why we left SA) Nevertheless here in Munich there are places where trucks are allowed to go, where cyclists are allowed to go, and where pedestrians are allowed to go, etc. etc.

  • Expat - 2011-01-19 16:40

    This is sad. Trucks are everywhere in the world yes and it's somewhat unfair to point fingers exlusively to SA (I must confess though that when I read the headline I thought she'd been raped and murdered. The high crime rate is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of reasons why we left SA) Nevertheless here in Munich there are places where trucks are allowed to go, where cyclists are allowed to go, and where pedestrians are allowed to go, etc. etc.

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-01-20 14:08

      Expat....you are one sad individual. Using someone's tragic death to try further your anti-SA crusade. You are worse than scum....

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:53

      Scanning bad news to justify your move?

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-19 16:41

    When will the barbarians in this country treat the road and others on it with respect. Trucks and taxis are the worst, but none are great. Wake up drivers, you don't own the road.

      andrepi - 2011-01-19 16:47

      Vehicle drivers do own the road! They paid for it!!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-01-19 17:05

      Stop being a tool. 99% of cyclists own a car. I mean how many poor, car-less black people do you see cycling to work? Besides, your argument therefore infers pedestrians should be run over as they don't pay for petrol. Cyclists have just as much right to the road as any other citizen. I don't even ride but I see tools driving every day.

      steviet888 - 2011-01-19 17:09

      andrepi A bicycle is a vehicle.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-01-19 17:24

      Don't be a chop, cyclists also drive cars. This isn't a sport for the poor and besides, in your view are pedestrians fair game too? I don't cycle, not my thing, but my point is drivers in SA drive like tossers. Arrogant, aggressive and selfish.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:01

      We do own the roads. We paid for it. Goyoubadthing, you are racist. How do you manage to make the death of a cyclist a colour thing? Should have been you.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-01-19 19:19

      MasterJane is cleary missing medication and the ability to comprehend English. Arrogant and ignorant, like the majority who 'own the road eh chop'

      andrepi - 2011-01-19 21:35

      steviet888, we said drivers! We all know a bicycle is a vehicle. Point is, cyclists can pay for their own roads. No motor vehicles allowed! Stupid to say most cyclists own a car. Then you should also say, for instance, i own a firearm and therefore i can use the facilities at my local shooting range for free. Other sports people have facilities which they paid for. Only runners and cyclists use public roads for that purpose, "because they own a car"! Sorry, not good enough! Otherwise, cyclists should be charged a license fee. Taking into account the risk they pose and the nuisance value. Also the RAF exposure! I suggest a figure of R800 p.a.

      andrepi - 2011-01-19 21:40

      Exactly! Pedestrians should be next to the road or on the pavement! Where do you come from!

      ayjy - 2011-01-20 11:22

      @goyougoodthing - Next time yer get out of yer car & onto yer bicycle, remember to take yer brain with yer. Most cyclists dont think car when they are on their bikes - DON'T THINK BIKE, THINK CAR, THINK TRUCK, THINK TAXI.

  • Nuvi - 2011-01-19 16:44

    Colourblind -this is not a random incident - more and more cyclists are being killed every year. Look at the stats last year! It is a young, talented life lost doing something she had such passion for.These are professional athletes not fun riders!!!Just like when you driving to work you expect to arrive to work in one piece, these cyclists get paid to ride..its their job and they should be able to do so in a safe environment.I do understand some are arrogant and ride abreast but in most cases they are inside the yellow lines.Unfortunately accidents happen but some can be avoided too. My sincere condolences to Carla's family and friends.

  • shuzib - 2011-01-19 16:45

    Jees Wayne, no need to get so aggressive. Yes there are alot of emotions flying around at the moment. But to say that someone deserves to die... a bit harsh perhaps. Maybe leave comments like those for when you have heard the report on the accident and are in a better poition to comment. Very unnecessary!! It is very sad to loose such a talented representative of our country and at such a young age. Our condolences to her family and friends and the cycling community.

  • Superdude - 2011-01-19 16:47

    3,000 cyclist are involved in road accidents annually - something needs to be done! RIP Carla

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:22

      They should get safe places to cycle.

  • psjacobs - 2011-01-19 16:50

    Its sad that a person had to die. But this again goes to show: cyclists should respect the rules of the road, cars and trucks drive there. Stay on the sidewalk where a bicycle is supposed to be and this type thing won't happen. Some cyclists riding next to each other on the road cause havoc with cars and besides it is illegal to ride next to each other. You have to follow each other.

      steviet888 - 2011-01-19 17:11

      Bicycle's have a right to the road. A little education will thus inform you

  • sarel.koen - 2011-01-19 16:50

    MY HART IS BAIE SEER! Dit troos om te weet in die hemel is die paaie altyd effe afdraand en die wind in jou rug.

  • Expat - 2011-01-19 16:51

    This is sad. Trucks are everywhere in the world yes and it's somewhat unfair to point fingers exlusively to SA (I must confess though that when I read the headline I thought she'd been raped and murdered. The high crime rate is just ONE of the HUNDREDS of reasons why we left SA) Nevertheless here in Munich there are places where trucks are allowed to go, where cyclists are allowed to go, and where pedestrians are allowed to go, etc. etc.

  • Barry M - 2011-01-19 16:55

    It is time that cycling was either banned on our roads or the state provides separate lanes for cyclists – and we know those knobs will never do that. I have seen so many arrogant cyclists on our roads who openly ignore the rules of the road and common sense – they can’t hope to win against a motor vehicle but that doesn’t stop them from acting like complete morons, sometimes with devastating consequences. It is therefore for the most part very difficult for me to feel sorry for cyclists who finally meet their maker in this fashion having witnessed their less than favourable behaviour.

      steviet888 - 2011-01-19 17:13

      Generalization. Poor argument.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-01-19 17:44

      It's not even an argument, it's a rant from the kind of tools who should not have cars.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:04

      Agree 100% with Barry M. But won't say that is what happened here as we do not know the facts of how this girl was killed.

  • psjacobs - 2011-01-19 16:57

    Its sad that a person had to die. But this again goes to show: cyclists should respect the rules of the road, cars and trucks drive there. Stay on the sidewalk where a bicycle is supposed to be and this type thing won't happen. Some cyclists riding next to each other on the road cause havoc with cars and besides it is illegal to ride next to each other. You have to follow each other.

  • Itoldyouso - 2011-01-19 17:03

    Our roads are dangerous no matter what mode of transport you use or even if you are on foot. I believe cyclists do come off worst but I find it hard to believe that a driver can be blamed - good and bad on both sides of the windscreen. But you take your life in your own hands, again cyclists even more so. Many even appear to be too stubborn to take traffic patterns, road width and all other sensible considerations into account when deciding on when and where to train. I will probably attacked for my views and yes everyone has "rights" but cyclists are getting killed through stubbornly exercising their rights, and don't forget accidents do happen and there isn't always someone negligent or guilty enough to blame -you've heard of the old saying - wrong place - wrong time.

  • Derek - 2011-01-19 17:12

    Hi Riaan According to Mclean, the truck was in her blind spot, and she unfortunately turned into it. Very sad. RIP Carla.

      masterjane007 - 2011-01-19 18:06

      Ah!! So now we know for sure she was just another arrogant cyclist who drove straight in front of a truck! Blind spot???? You kidding me, right? I've had a bicycle before and I can assure you there is no such thing as a blind spot. YOU LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER BEFORE YOU TURN!!!!!!!!!

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-19 19:22

      Blind spot? Lol!!! Jeez dude. Cyclists have a >180 degree blind spot.

      Allin - 2011-01-19 22:23

      Are you SERIOUS?

      lenand40 - 2011-01-21 08:55

      That must be some blind spot, and was she deaf too?