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A 54-year-old Shrewsbury man died Wednesday night on Belmont Street after a car struck him and his bicycle. Police said it is unclear if the man was on his bicycle or was pushing it up the hill at the time of the accident. The man was struck in the area of Rebecca Avenue. He died from his injuries at scene. The man was heading west on Belmont Street when he was struck by a Volkswagen driven by a 63-year-old Worcester man traveling in the same direction. Police said the bicyclist was about three-feet into the roadway because of snow on the side of the road. The back of the bicycle had a blinking red light that was working at the time of the crash, police said.
Tragic. We’ve seen a lot of people blaming the victim on social media, saying that he shouldn’t have been riding his bike in these conditions. But that’s exactly the point – he should be able to bike in these conditions. A normal city doesn’t have two inches of ice protruding three feet from the curb. A normal, well run city is accessible for bicycle traffic 36 hours after it snowed a little bit. Because not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a car. Maybe this is what this guy does in order to get to work. Who knows? But the bottom line is he should have a right to do it in safety.
This Turtleboy is 110% pro-biking, so long as they follow the rules of the road. And by all accounts, that’s what this guy was doing. He was riding along what was presented in front of him. He had the proper lights on his bike, and he just happened to be riding along a speed trap on a hill. He shouldn’t have to die for that.
Here’s my question – if this doesn’t get Paul Moosey fired as head of the DPW and force the City Council to fire Ed Augustus as City Manager, then what will? A guy literally DIED because of them. In what line of work do you get to keep your job if your gross incompetence gets someone killed? I hope his family sues the shit out of the city.
That’s why today’s column by Dianne Williamson is so disturbing. If you recall, DPW Commission Paul Moosey said that Worcester’s roads were “not slippery,” and “we haven’t really seen accidents or issues.” And he would know so well since he was probably writing that press release from his home in Sturbridge. In Dianne’s column today he literally admits that the most valuable lesson Ed Augustus taught him in the last 24 hours is how to come across as less of an asshole when you screw something up and someone dies because of it:
In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Moosey indicated that he had been schooled in the fine art of owning a screw-up.
“I know people are upset with us and I don’t blame them,” he said. “You never like to say we deserve criticism, but sometimes that’s the case … We could have done better and we should have done better.” He said Augustus told him that his initial comments “could have come across better,” but it wasn’t a real issue.
“I just don’t have his political skills, I guess,” said the DPW commissioner.
“I just don’t have his political skills.” Exactly. Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Ed Augustus is a politician, not a City Manager. Managers run cities efficiently. Politicians figure out ways to word press releases in order to make disasters not seem so bad.
Then again, it’s not really surprising. After all, Ed Augustus was hired by a group of 11 politicians, and the only one who has issued a public statement condemning him is The People’s City Councilor Michael Gaffney, and he wasn’t on the Council when Eddie was hired. Fast Eddie was supposed to be an “interim” City Manager. But the City Council loved the taste of his pork chops so much that they wasted tens of thousands of dollars doing a “national search,” only to ignore the recommendations of the search committee and hire their politician buddy anyway.
Meanwhile, here’s Kate Toomey, whose job as a City Councilor is apparently to make excuses for the DPW:
How useless is Kate Toomey? Seriously, this is the best Worcester can get? An apologist for the City Manager? A freaking Facebook cheerleader? Don’t worry though, she’ll be at the St. Patrick’s Day parade to wave to the crowds. She’ll get up in front of the cameras and talk for 10 minutes straight about nothing. She’ll keep rubber stamping those checks to Mosaic. And morons will keep voting for her.
And what say you Mayor Jumpin’ Joe Petty?
Plenty of time to beg you to come to his inauguration party. Not much time to comment on the fact that Worcester’s roads are death traps and a guy died because of it. Joe’s got a big inauguration coming up that’s WAY more important than safety. Did you vote for Joe Petty? Congratulations, you’re a fucking idiot.
And just for the record, they haven’t sanded jack didley. I can finally see the pavement on my street because it’s 40 degrees outside. At least mother nature does her job. Meanwhile last night we’re still getting photos like this sent to us:
Yea, that looks like a safe way for someone on a bicycle to get to work. Maybe if that poor biker donated $500 to Petty’s campaign he’d still be alive today.
Fire Ed Augustus.
Fire Paul Moosey.
Fire Kate Toomey.
Fire Joe Petty.
Down with the McGovern Crime Family.
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