|Rhonda was lodged under the car, miraculously |
she suffered minor injuries and is already home and resting
Photo: Neil Hein, VP R.A.G.E.
From eyewitness accounts, Rhonda Cwynar and a friend were riding when this incident took place, not stationary!
Rhonda was impacted by the drivers side bumper, pushed almost up to her riding companion's position and then the SUV climbed over the bike. Rhonda was trapped underneath the SUV, still on her bike.
Allegedly the driver of the SUV was IMPAIRED AND TEXTING at the time.
Allegedly she never looked up and never hit the brakes.
Rhonda is lucky to be alive and as unscathed as she is.
Rhonda is one of many volunteers working hard to keep Saskatchewan's riders as safe as is possible and protecting their pocket books at the same time. R.A.G.E. is all about holding government accountable and "lobbying" for equitable treatment of riders.
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Their government insurance, SGI, needs to address bad drivers and the fines, demerits and penalties.
It is something the entire R.A.G.E. team and their strategist Don Fuller have been working hard at.
Rhonda Cwynar, she is a wonderful woman who is deeply passionate about working for fair treatment of the riding community.
There will be some sliver linings that come out of this crash - I always look to find the silver lining...
(You have to otherwise you'd go nuts.)
Because this crash happened to a person who sits on the Motorcycle Review Board at the SGI round tables, Rhonda is going to be able to chronicle everything that happens as you move throughout the system and call them on stuff that you or the rider down the road would never get to.
She is going to be able to lobby to change the bad driver laws in an even more powerful way than before. (Saskatchewan's fines for chronic bad drivers are a joke). Nothing like first hand experience to give you that"edge".
She is going to be able to lobby to really change the texting and driving laws and driver awareness and education.
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I am deeply thankful that this woman is still alive to be able to do this work.
She truly had a guardian angel on her shoulder.
And, if the riders from Saskatchewan get behind R.A.G.E and start lobbying for change in their own communities, start really lifting their voices together, you in Sasktechewan are the best hope for the rest of the country - to see massive change in DRIVER education and awareness happen.
In other news, Liane Langlois of M.O.D.E.L reports that the Edmonton Noise Bylaw is being challenged. Join the Edmonton Motorcycle Club Facebook page to find out more on what to do if you have a ticket.
Please visit the M.O.D.E.L. blog for information on the bylaw and how to contact M.O.D.E.L.
Have a great day everyone, I'll update you more on Rhonda's condition and the information on her crash as more info becomes available.
UPDATE: From CJME
The 40-year-old woman allegedly driving the SUV, Tanja Hinks, is being charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving while exceeding 0.08.
Update from Rhonda herself: I have a broken ankle, broken collar bone and tissue trauma but I am in one piece thanks to wearing good gear in part and a guardian angel who had other plans for me.
I want to thank all my well wishers, it means so much to see the support and comments. You have no idea how much.
I'll keep you up to date through our VP Neil Hein and Belt Drive Betty. Thanks again folks, I am one grateful woman today, sore but grateful.
PLEASE ride like everyone around you is blind and cannot see you, and please consider wearing good gear.
Belt Drive Betty,
Editor & Rider