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Death of UK cyclist sparks iPod warning

updated 02:10 pm EST, Mon February 13, 2006

Cyclist death iPod related

Cyclists in the UK have been urged not to listen to iPods while riding on the roads after a 32-year-old law student was killed by a large truck. Patricia McMillan was knocked from her bike and thrown under the truck's wheels near her home in Acton, west London, according to The woman was on her way to a part-time job as a waitress in Kensington on February 2nd, according to the report. The victim's best friend, Jacques Poullard, told the Evening Standard that Ms. McMillan might still be alive had she not been listening to the iPod.

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  1. MichaelNH

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wouldn't have choked if I wasn't eating food. WELL DUH! You still need to eat food.... and you need to go on with living. Sometimes freak accidents happen. "Maybe if the driver of the truck was paying more attention..." should be her "friends" line. There are so many varibles in everything we do in life.. I'm sure blaming the ipod in this case is the easiest.. so should I be more afraid to ride a bike in the UK, or listen to my iPod?

  1. Hopa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Brand Voodoo

    This is where having too much brand recognition can be a bad thing. iPods are so popular that the name 'iPod' has become synonymous with 'personal audio player'. (Like 'Kleenex' has come to represent all facial tissue in the US vernacular). By urging people to not play iPods while bicycling, are they saying it is then acceptable to listen to a Creative Zen player, old Sony Walkman or Archos? Is it then also okay to listen to these 'other' players at high volumes ('cause only iPods cause hearing damage you know). Yeesh.

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