July 7th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

Australian cycling star killed

An Australian cycling star died Wednesday after being struck by a car while she was riding in Italy, Australian media reported.

Carly Hibberd, 26, was killed on a morning training ride north of Milan, according to the Courier-Mail in Brisbane.

"I'm very, very sorry, I ride that road too," Australian champion Cadel Evans tweeted from the Tour de France, AdelaideNow reported.

Colombian cyclist Diego Tamayo was riding with Hibberd but was not hurt, the Courier-Mail reported.

Hibberd won the women's Cycling Australia National Road Series in 2008 before moving to Italy the following year, according to the Courier-Mail.

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  1. Frank

    People of the World.
    To die in this manner is very sad.Cyclists can not except drivers to give them any right of way.I saw the aftermath of one of the encounters at major high traffic intersection near my home and it was a bloody mess,the cyclist was Dead at the scene.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      "Cyclists can not except drivers to give them any right of way.""

      Well, they should. And in some countries they can.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caiha

      Sorry, but wrong. I was a cyclist for a long time, and even when the law is on your side, EXPECTING cars to obey the laws and rules of the road WILL get you killed. I'm sure as a Pro she was well aware of this, but even when you're careful, even when you take every precaution... all it takes is one texting while driving imbecile (or similar such)... and it's over. Or worse, where I'm from one of the best all time marathoners was hit by a car on a long straight section of road, hit and run, police believe it was some (likely fat) twit who ran him down on purpose... it happens.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    What a shame. I ride a Motorcycle & people just don't look out for cyclists of any kind. The most common reaction from motorists is " I didn't see them".

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Well if these idiot drivers don't use their eyes might as well poke them out. Some of them deliberately try to scare cyclists and in some cases "accidentally" hit them. Cyclists should just arm themselves with U-locks and throw them at offending cars.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doogle

    Been hit twice. I was lucky. One driver was on his mobile phone. Sad some motorists think the roads are just for cars.
    My condolences to her family and friends.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rarian Rakista

    Carry a gun, if a driver road rages at you, shoot him.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eu4ia

    Was hit once in a major thoroughfare by a public utility vehicle. Ended up sprawled on the pavement. Luckily, no major injury. Just scratches (both on my bicycle and myself). Good that I was traveling with my team. They helped in getting medical assistance, controlled traffic, and had the driver booked for reckless driving. Yes, drivers think cyclists do not have the same rights to roads. Sad to think that similar accidents will still happen as long as such ignorance is allowed to continue uncorrected.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen onCape Cod

    Cyclists do not belong on the public roads, bike paths, anyone? I cannot tell you how many times I personally have swerved to avoid a Cyclists riding illegally on a road and not adhering to traffic laws.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Exactly. They expect every motorist to watch out for them, but they have no problem not following the rules of the road themselves. If they're out for a training ride, they certainly don't stop at red lights like they're supposed to. Remember, whining cyclists, it's easier for you to stay out of a car's way than it is for a car to avoid you.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      So it's okay for you to hit them, yes? If you hit them it's their fault huh. There are idiot cyclists and there are idiot drivers. You obviously belong to the latter group.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      In the absence of a bike path on a particular stretch of road, cyclists belong on public roads by law. As a driver you have a duty to avoid contacting other vehicles. If you are swerving, you are not paying attention.

      Most cyclists follow the rules of the road because they value their skin. Some do not, and they are bad people. But it is irresponsible to see a few bad apples and assume all cyclists don't follow the law.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julien Deveraux

      Karen "on Cape Cod" (and obviously not "on" reality); cyclists are vehicles just like cars. They belong on the road becuase it is illegal to ride on the sidewalk in most jurisdictions; I'd suggest reading your state's laws, putting down that scotch and educating yourself


      July 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • chaz

      Eric, "Exactly. They expect every motorist to watch out for them"

      Well yes, when you drive your car, don't you expect every other motorist to watch out for you? It is a requirement of driving. Check the laws, bicycles belong on the road. And in many states, it is legal for bikes and motorcycles to run red lights, after stopping and if the way is clear.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • buck cameron

      It would be nice if there were bike paths going everywhere one wants to go, but there are not. Often bike paths are actually multi-use trails that are shared by children, dog-walkers, strollers and gabbers. Cyclists have a right to share the road and a duty to obey the law. You have a duty to be aware of other road users and to avoid endangering anyone. Most riders and drivers co-exist respectfully -give it a try.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Riley Y.

      what a dunce. legally speaking, bikes are vehicles and have every right to be on public roads. so don't complain karenoncapecod if you're simply too irate to share the road and/or too lazy to get out of your car once and a while and go for a ride. if you did, you might just realize what cycling can do for your waistline, how much concentration proper bike-handling actually demands, how much money you've been wasting on gas, and god-forbid, why public roads are still the best and proper place for cyclists to be.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Common Sense

    Whether or not bicyclists have a right to be there, the fact of the matter is that they are less visible and more subject to being hit by somebody that "didn't see them". I ride bicycles and motorcycles, and the smart thing is to stay the hell out of the way and don't try to prove any points about where you have the "right" to be. 99% of riders can't accelerate to speed, or maintain traffic speed, so it isn't smart to be riding in traffic you can't keep up with.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      Smartest comment made. My brother is an avid cyclist – and very level headed – until he tells me about the "right" he has to the road. The only "right" we have is what is given to us by other people – and some are smart, some are not. Just like any group of humans, there are smart drivers, and ignorant drivers. You suppose they are all ignorant, and you'll never be disappointed, only pleasantly surpirsed, and alive. Most of all Alive.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    Been hit twice. Helmet saved my life in the last accident. Feel terrible for the cyclist and her family.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. RobbD

    Sad story.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Julie

    I don't understand how cyclists are ever able to ride on the road because even sidewalks are dangerous! I've almost hit by a vehicle twice while I was on the sidewalk trying to walk to work! Once a car that bumped over the curb by like two feet making a right turn at an intersection. And once by a liquid nitrogen truck that swerved too close to the shoulder and bumped up onto the sidewalk on a straight road. Ridiculous! You can't even walk on a sidewalk without fearing for your life! And don't even get me started on crosswalks. I think it's safer to just jaywalk then use a crosswalk at an intersection. It doesn't help that pedestrian and cyclist laws are not enforced at all.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LP1998

    Unfortunately, it's not just careless/stupidity that causes automobile drivers to MURDER others on the road. They eat, they drink, they smoke, they read, they talk on cell phones, they chat, they TEXT - and they all think they're more coordinated/talented than every other driver on the road who drifts out of his/her lane every few minutes and thinks everyone ELSE should get out of THEIR way.

    Guess what? If you're one of those people who thinks you are capable of driving safely while phoning/texting/eating/drinking/smoking, you're a MORON. STOP being a MORON.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TheOttomanMan

    On the one hand, cyclists complain that they don't get the same respect as cars and drivers don't understand they have a right to be on the road too.

    On the other hand, every weekend I see Cyclists blowing red lights, stop signs and pretty much riding in a manner that would get you arrested if you did the same thing in a car. If you want respect on the road, then follow the laws like everyone else.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • D20Champ

      you have a point but its tougher pedaling than pressing that gas pedal , thats why were skinny

      July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D20Champ

    wonder what Micheal Smith from ESPN has to tweet about this one..he still needs to be suspended

    July 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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