Dallas Police: Cyclist "Killed Self" in a Crash With an SUV Near Cityplace Last Night

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Visibility was limited as Alexander Ryan Jones, 19, rode his bike across Weldon Street at 9:35 p.m. It was dark and rainy, and there was a wall in the median where a ramp descends into the Cityplace parking garage.

According to police, neither he nor the person he was riding with spotted the 2005 Nissan Murano SUV traveling northeast down Weldon. The car sideswiped Jones as he entered the roadway, "forcing him to the pavement and pinning him under the vehicle," police said.

Jones was later freed with the help of a fire engine, but the damage was done. An assistant Dallas County medical examiner pronounced him dead at 10 p.m. of "multiple blunt force traumas."

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Weldon Street, just shy of Haskell, where the crash occurred.

Police are treating the crash as accidental and are not pursuing charges against the driver of the SUV. The cops conclude in their incident report that Jones "killed self in motor vehicle accident."

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switchinggearscyclery
switchinggearscyclery

Why has know one mentioned he was using a crosswalk? I've used it a hundred times. It's a dangerous spot. I've notice cars at the last second many times because the wall blocks view of headlights. I think the liability lies on city place for designing a cross walk in a place that has little visibility of passing cars. Why isn't there cross walk paint to warn motorists? Why ins't there a sign to warn them? Why isn't there a sign to warn pedestrians and cyclists of the danger from low visibility? Has anyone researched if anyone else has been hit there? Is there anything that can be done to make this crosswalk safer?

Kglo
Kglo

Reading a lot of these comments has made me ill.  And yes, families to read the comments.  It's nice to see we have so many junior detectives on this site.  At this point blaming this young man or the driver doesn't matter.  A 19 year old boy that I knew died.  He left behind siblings, parents, family and friends that are mourning his loss.  Instead of pointing fingers why don't you say something thoughtful or meaningful.  Better yet if you are on here to be mean you should be ashamed of yourself and find a different kind of forum to share your negativity. The family needs support and love. 

kdbutler2141
kdbutler2141

Could someone please post the funeral information?

kdbutler2141
kdbutler2141

Can someone please post the funeral details?

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

Alex Jones did say he would be martyred in Dallas. 

ravensnation82
ravensnation82

I don't think anyone reading this article understands that a 19 year old's life was ended. Stop saying that it was his fault, as it was not. You're not supposed to ride bicycles on sidewalks and there was no bike lane. I cannot believe that the driver is not having charges pressed against him or her and that they are labeling the death as 'killing himself'. This makes me sick. RIP Alex, you seemed like such a beautiful soul and you will be dearly missed.

Grama
Grama

Your choice of words excuse me but suck.  My grandson did not kill himself.  He has family from the west coast to the east coast that will read this.  He is a christian and they do not kill themselves.  It was a tragic fatal accident ACCIDENT being the key word.  You also use the term sideswipe if that were the case he would have been thrown away from the car not under it.  Maybe when you write you should think about the families and how they will feel with your words.   God took Alexander Ryan Jones on a rainy night in Dallas Texas.may he rest in peace and know that his family does not believe for once second that he "killed self"


daltonj31
daltonj31

This kid was my best friend, I grew up with him. he didn't kill himself. he loved life, yeah he had ups and downs, but we all do. he was like a brother to me and never left my side, even when I was an asshole. love you bro RIP my dear brother Alex Jones. Trevor, Sean, Joey, Adam, Tom, jalyn, Elizabeth, I, and the rest of your family will always cherish your memories we love you man RIP <3

randi.trollop
randi.trollop

Dear bicyclists, it's dangerous to share the road with cars.  Imagine that you are risking your life every time you ride on the street.  Drivers today have more distractions than ever before.  Please consider these things before sharing your outrage because it is your choice that puts you in harm's way.

rhfreeman_sr
rhfreeman_sr

As a cyclist in Dallas I will say that you really need to pay attention to ALL intersections. That said it say that the cyclist "killed self" is really wrong. Accidents do happen and it can be no fault to the driver of the car or the cyclist.


lebowski300
lebowski300

Killed self? God help everyone who comes in contact with the cancer of Dallas Police.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's wrong to blame the whole department.  A better story would say which individual traffic investigator wrote that idiotic report.

Now that he's ruled that the cyclist killed himself, some post-suicide protocols need to be carried out.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

If more people followed the rules of the sea, less of them would end up dead. 

The ultimate rule of sea travel is to avoid a collision. Doesn't matter who was right or who was wrong.

"You might be right but you will be dead wrong."

If you get hit by a car-- IT'S YOUR FAULT. Same thing for the driver. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That corner is even worse for pedestrians.  I hope the new Tower owners do something about a light or a stop sign.  When they built the new Kroger and Cityville they neglected to put in sidewalks on that side of Haskell, as well.  Just an all-around hazardous spot.  No signs, either.  Check out the two lamp posts that have been knocked down by cars crashing at that crosswalk.

DFWTruman
DFWTruman

Some great comments here, City of Hate.

rockforce909
rockforce909

One thing that isn't stated was whether the cyclist was wearing reflective gear or flashers or something. I mean, you would think that with the visibility being that poor that you would take the precautions to make yourself seen if you just absolutely had to go for a bike ride on a night like that. I'm one of the carriage drivers downtown, and I see cyclists get close to getting hit regularly. From running red lights and stop signs, going the wrong way on a road into traffic, even just failing to yield before darting out onto a busy street. Not that those things were present in this instance, but I feel as though most cyclists don't think they have to follow the same rules as the cars, I say this only because of my personal observations. If I have to stop my horse at a stop sign, you should probably stop your bike.

Tom434
Tom434

That's an entrance/exit to Cityplace.  It is not at the intersection with Haskell.  The cyclist was crossing Weldon Street in the middle of the block. 

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

....WALL ALONG THE WELDON ST MEDIAN AND RAINY WEATHER. THE COMPLAINANT FAILED TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY AND DROVE HIS BICYCLE INTO THE PATH OF WITNESS.....


mike.reyher
mike.reyher

If you decide to wield several tons of equipment around other human beings you should do so in a way that does not harm them.  If you don't think you are not up to the task because of visibility, distraction, or you just don't really care that much you should not do it.  Operating a motor vehicle is a licensed privilage that comes with responsibility commensurate with the damage you can create. 

Willie
Willie

@ravensnation82 Unfortunately, your friend tried to dart across the oncoming lane and because it was dark and rainy and there was a low wall, he evidently didn't see the oncoming vehicle.  And no reasonable person would believe the driver of the vehicle saw the cyclist because of the wall or could have anticipated he would do what he did.  Your friend used terrible judgment in even going out riding a bicycle late on a rainy night, much less trying to cut across oncoming traffic.

Kglo
Kglo

@Grama I knew Alex.  He was a lovely, lovely young man and he will be missed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.  Please know that he will continue to be loved forever. 

leftocenter
leftocenter

@Grama

So sorry for your loss.  I have a 19 year old son and the first thing that I noticed in the article was the flippant tone.  The "killed self" phrase was poor judgement by the police as was the writing of this article.  It's all too easy to forget this is about a real person whose life was lost...  and a kid at that. 

dsparker001
dsparker001

@randi.trollop the state of Texas classifies a bicycle as a vehicle moron.  I have as much right to use a city street as anybody in a car.  it is also illegal in most jurisdictions in Texas to ride on a sidewalk h8tr

dropped.on.japan
dropped.on.japan

@randi.trollop I like your view.  Why should the person navigating a multi-thousand pound machine need to pay attention?  And be held liable?  After all, bikes were made to be rode on sidewalks.

firesights
firesights

@NotReallyThanks Unless of course you never see the person who's about to hit you, because they don't have their lights on or they come out of nowhere.  Do you blame victims of firearm homicide for not dodging the bullet, as well?

fightingourfate
fightingourfate

@NotReallyThanks Hi There, I don't know what business you have on commenting on this article, especially with such insensitivity. Has it ever struck you that this boy's family would see the article and read exactly what you wrote. I hope to God for your sake that you never lose someone and then have to hear something like what you just said. "you might be right but you will be dead wrong" - THANK YOU FOR SUCH CLASS. I'm glad you got your little joke in. Sleep easy knowing that a great majority of the people close to this boy have now seen what you have to say. 

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

@NotReallyThanks The following is fake but it illustrates your point.

This is the transcript of a radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a Collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States' Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change your course 15 degrees north, that's one five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call



Tom434
Tom434

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz It did not happen in the intersection it happened right in front of the entrance/exit to Cityplace.  If you believe the police report the cyclist was in the wrong lane and cut across in front of the entrance and was hit by an SUV which was in its correct lane on Weldon.  The traffic on Weldon has a stop sign at the intersection of Haskell. 

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@DFWTruman Yeah it's almost like the hate willed this guy to get killed! Where is superhero BMarvel when we need him?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mike.reyher How close was the SUV when the bike entered its path from a blind spot?  How fast was the SUV travelling?  Do you know how far, on dry pavement, it takes for an average vehicle to stop going just 30 mph? It takes a minimum of about 30yds.  SUV's are larger, so take longer to stop; road was wet, so a lower friction coefficient; night time and sudden appearance bring the reaction time even closer to the point of impact.

You are correct, the driver of a motor vehicle has a responsibility to operate it safely.  The driver is not, however, obligated to defy the laws of physics to do so. 

Daniel
Daniel

@mike.reyher The bicyclist apparently was traveling southeast on Haskell and swooped to the right, across a sight obstacle blindly into a single lane of traffic, going the wrong way. I'm just piecing that together using Google maps. (I also know the immediate area very, very well, as a both a pedestrian and a driver.) 

It's possible I have it wrong, but if not, the guy could have been killed at noon on a sunny day making a damn fool move like that.

Self-righteous twit.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

WOW ok, if the visibility was such that you think this driver should not have operated his several tons of equipment, it wasnt good weather to be fucking riding your bike on a public street either. 

TexMarine
TexMarine

@mike.reyher And operating a bicycle on the roadway is also a responsibility that often times is ignored by the cyclist; which is apparent in this case.  

Kglo
Kglo

@Willie @ravensnation82 Why would you post any of this?  What if he did use bad judgement.  Why in the name of all that is holy would you write something like that about someone that is dead?  What is wrong with you?  Do you make mistakes?  Should they result in the end of your life and if they did should people, strangers make insensitive uninformed comments.?  I'd like to say more but then I'd be as low as you.

Willie
Willie

@dropped.on.japan  Your sarcasm flies in the face of the fact that right or wrong, cars win out over bikes.  While in some cases, and not this one, a cyclist might be right, they are still dead.  

HamerMan
HamerMan

@dropped.on.japan @randi.trollop

"Why should the person navigating a multi-thousand pound machine need to pay attention" If that didn't make you stop and think, then there is a problem. The fact that its a 2 ton car is the very reason why drivers should have to pay more attention. Not less attention. A car will win the fight between a person 99.9999% of the time simply due to the mass that it has. So saying that the driver shouldn't have to pay attention is such bullshit, and goes against everything that a drivers education class. And it is illegal to drive a bike on a sidewalk. There's a bike lane for a reason.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@firesights @NotReallyThanks Cars don't travel at the speed of sound and we are talking about accidents not intentional murder so your comparison is baseless.

Cars also do not come "out of nowhere" either. They certainly do not come out of nowhere on a public street. The default assumption should be: There will be cars travelling on this roadway.

Most people also have functioning ears. 

As a cyclist, pedestrian, driver, motorcyclist, rollerblader, jogger, wheelchair rider or equestrian.. you should operate under the assumption that NO ONE ELSE CAN SEE YOU. It will keep you alive.

Or you can just get killed in an attempt to prove me wrong. I don't think you will care about who's fault it is then though. Best of luck!

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@fightingourfate @NotReallyThanks Do you need a tampon to stop up all that emotion? This is a news article with public comment allowed, not a funeral home memorial. Get over yourself. 

And I didn't make any jokes. My suggestion would save lives. But it's ok, we can all just go on pretending like doing stupid shit won't get you killed.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

be careful, you might not want to lure him out of the dark corner he is in.  He may lecture you on life and how you should think

rockforce909
rockforce909

Fair enough, but just because it's required by law doesn't mean everyone adheres to it. Also, on a drizzly cloudy night, I would think some extra lights and reflectors to make yourself more visible would be a smart idea. I'm not a cyclist, but if I were, I would make sure you could see me.

Daniel
Daniel

@mike.reyher Then again, if the bicycle was traveling straight down Haskell, he had the right of way and it was the SUV that needed to yield. The police report isn't as clear as it should be.

Either way, your sanctimony is why people don't like bicyclists. Or vegans.  You're like Southern Baptists with ironic facial hair. 

unhomed
unhomed

@Willie @dropped.on.japan:  Same physical reasoning applies to victims of nuclear explosions too, right or wrong.  They may have done nothing to harm anybody, but they're radioactive dust.

Who has more power is not the heart of a moral argument.  If it were, I would never have to wait in line behind anybody smaller than me. 

dropped.on.japan
dropped.on.japan

@Willie @dropped.on.japan You act like cyclists do not already act as safe as they can.  When I'm on the road with my bike I take *every* precaution to not get hit and most do.  There are countless videos where a bicyclist is riding safely and gets caught in situation where they can't do anything in time.  Turning right cutting off the bicyclist, turning left at an intersection (trying to speed between cars) are all situations where a safe cyclist will get caught no matter how they handle themselves.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Here's hoping you find something stupid to do...

Willie
Willie

@Daniel @mike.reyher Thanks, doosh, for your insight.  The idiot on the bike cut across Weldon and ran into the flipping car.  Come back when you grow up.

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