E-man Here is my thoughts after reading the article. One of his close friends said of 1000 places I thought a cyclist would be killed this wouldn't be one of them. Guessing if it's your time to go that's it. I also like Curtis report above have had a few angels watching over me over the years. This is going to be long.
1995 or 96 while training for one of the Colorado week long tours I hit a deer broadside one night while riding 25 mph on the flats in a nasty rain storm. I went endo and slid down the road so far on my back it took the top skin off my helmet. No injuries I think in 1998 while also training for one of the Colorado tours. I was hit by a car's mirror when the guy was driving past me around 55 mph. Lucky for me I had my left elbow out past my handlebars or he probably would have drug me down the road and killed me. It sounded like a gun going off. He stopped and said he had night vision problems. I now have arthritis in that elbow from the trauma the elbow took. I can tell when it's going to rain. Fast forward to Dec. 2016. I was hit by a drunk on a night roadie ride. He stopped also. When I was taking down his info he said I sense you are upset with me. Well yes I am. The only mistake I made was not calling the Cops on him He was that drunk he couldn't talk. He probably will hit somebody else. I was on a 100 mile out and back and still had 35 miles to go and it was just starting to rain. Since I wasn't hurt I decided to ride home. I found out later that there was a guy killed just walking on that road at night. Easter 2017 I spent the whole weekend reading some articles on this site and finding a Corporate discount on Raleigh bikes on bike Forums. I bought my first gravel bike a Raleigh Tamland 1 for $799 + $49 tax direct from Raleigh. I enjoy riding the Roads Less Traveled and my roadie bike is pretty much in moth balls. I no longer will ride the great along the mt. roadie training ride I use to luv to ride. In 2 1/2 years I have only had 1 close encounter with cars. I like those odds and will admit that I don't feel comfortable out riding my roadie bike and cars whizzing by me close. We all have to find out what works for us. Gravel riding/racing works well for me right now. Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman