My wife started crying last night as we watched a news report about Adam Filtz.
The 29-year-old was killed in a crash - Chevy Tahoe vs. moped - Monday afternoon at the intersection of E. Lincoln and S. Kinnickinnic Aves., near our house.
He was a guy from Cudahy who worked in a bank downtown and was riding southbound, heading home when he died. According to the news report, he was also an expectant father.
Somewhat similar to Filtz, I ride through that intersection nearly every day, and recognize that I am sure to lose in a biker vs. Tahoe collision.
On my way to work this morning, I stopped to take pictures of the flowers that had been placed as a memorial to Filtz. A couple blocks later, I passed the ghost bike placed as a memorial to John Harrington, the North Shore Firefighter killed in a crash with a cement truck on May 27, 2004, as he pedaled toward his job in Glendale.
And once in the office, I checked out the medical examiner's report detailing what happened to Adam Filtz.
A camera mounted outside a nearby restaurant captured the crash on video, and it seems both Filtz and the driver of the Tahoe lost a race to beat a yellow light at Lincoln and KK.
The Tahoe, heading northbound, had stopped, then turned left in front of Filtz, heading south. The light and the Tahoe both turned as he approached the intersection.
Filtz suffered severe head injuries, and did not appear to be wearing the helmet found near his body.
On this blog, I've written too often about people being killed as the result of impatience and miscalculation. The scenario detailed in the medical examiner's report suggests that this crash, and Filtz's death, could easily have been avoided.
To get that message across, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin have launched a Share and Be Aware campaign to remind motorists to watch out for pedestrians and people on bikes.
That message should be extended to all users of the road.
The mind-set of motorists, bicyclists and everyone else needs to change from "look out for me" to "I'm looking out for you."
I realized last night that my wife wasn't crying for Adam Filtz, or for me, but for his widow.
And her message was more compelling than Share and Be Aware.
With tears on her cheeks, she said, "I don't know what I'd do if that happened to you."