Another view on the story of Haruhisa Watanabe

Monument Haruhisa Watanabe, who died Dec. 26, 2012 near Kandalaksha installed on 1127 km of highway M-18 “Kola” in Kandalaksha district in September 2013

By Alexandra Goryashko

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I have no illusions about this country, but … Not all Russian drivers go like crazy and break the rules. Here are a few facts to the history of Japanese cyclist deaths.

Driver of the car that hit the cyclist was a man 56 years old with 30 years of driving experience. He immediately called an ambulance and the police.

December 26, the day of the tragedy – one of the darkest days in the Arctic. 2-3 hours of daylight only. At 10 am (the incident time) are complete darkness. No lighting on the highway. It was 30 degrees below zero and a snowstorm that day.

This photo was made ​​in December on the highway near Kandalaksha. Visibility out of the car.

In early September 2013 local residents held a bike ride memory Haruhisa Watanabe and established a memorial in the place of his death. Initiators and sponsors – cyclists of society Nordbike (Murmansk) and the Society of Russian-Japanese friendship “Japan in Murmansk”.

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Another view on the story of Haruhisa Watanabe — 3 Comments

  1. “Not all Russian drivers go like crazy and break the rules.”

    One of the truly horrible things about Russian drivers is that they follow “rules”, not adjust to circumstances. If the sign is 80km/hr they will do 80 no matter what. Following distance is defined by a fixed number of meters and is not adjusted according to speed. In your attempt to defend these maniacs you, Alexandra, exposed them.

    “No lighting on the highway. It was 30 degrees below zero and a snowstorm that day.”

    My numerous attempts to explain that under no circumstances the total stopping distance is to exceed visibility would always fail. 10 meters visibility? 15km/hour seems like a reasonable driving speed. Russians however would appeal to their beloved “rules” fetish, and the rule was 90km/hr. or even 110.

    If you read Russian, see how local drivers react to proposals to impose saner speed limits in urban areas, where it is often 80km/hr. Check out comments to this article as a sample of prevailing attitudes: These are evil invaders from outer space, not people, these descendants of the Huns. Also watch auto accident videos and notice that no effort is usually made to evade the accident. They just blow their horns and bump into each other. Just google “videos of Russian auto accidents” and contemplate. Sensitive souls exercise discretion.

    I’ve seen enough entirely avoidable accidents caused by nothing but aggression to consider giving up on driving altogether. I’m no match for these descendants of Chingiz Khan.

    Thank you, Alexandra, for reinforcing my point.

    • Unfortunately I can’t support the dialogue in English. But our main contradiction formulated simply. All Russian behave like this – Pasha. All people are different – Alexandra.

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