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Bicyclist killed in collision was former CFO of Amazon

Original post made on Sep 19, 2013

Joy Covey, a former CFO of Amazon and a Woodside resident, was killed Wednesday, Sept. 18, when the bicycle she was riding collided with a van on Skyline Boulevard.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 19, 2013, 3:29 PM

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Posted by Tom
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Bless you.

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Posted by Another Mom
a resident of Green Acres
on Sep 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

This is so incredibly tragic. We are the same age, with only children. My heart is breaking for her little boy.

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Posted by George
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 19, 2013 at 5:46 pm

So sorry to hear this horrible news and so sorry for the family's loss.

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Posted by Editing Please
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

She graduated from FSU in 2003? After graduating from in Harvard and being Amazon CFO 1996-1999?

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Posted by Akua
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

This was so sad to here, I'm 40 and I was riding a bike this summer for one day for about 30 miles and I said to myself this is dangerous and that I would never do it again, such a wake up call to here about this intelligent women, God leave her and her son and family in prayer, one day your here and the next day your gone. I looked at my bible on the floor and maybe today I need to thank God that I'm here to see another day thank you God, thank you lord. My the lord take care of here family.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Met Joy @ many HBS alumna events

She will be missed

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Posted by 52
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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Posted by Bikes2work
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I feel very sad for her family. Tragic. I'm not looking forward to seeing the inevitable white "ghost" bike at this location. It does need to be placed, however. I will now think of her every time I ride by this spot in the future.

According to Strava, her top speed on this segment previously was about 34mph. I've hit 45mph on this segment, so she wasn't riding dangerously.

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Posted by Look Harder
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

You don't have to be an aggressive jerk in your car to kill just need to be inattentive for a brief moment and it can happen. Be careful and attentive when you're driving, ALWAYS.

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Posted by Floyd
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Very sad and tragic. I stopped riding at age 84 at request of my family. I found that downhill on a highway was the most uncomfortable and dangerous for me. Exhilarating, yes but things happen too quickly even when not in close proximity of car traffic.

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Posted by Sad
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Living near Page Mill Road, I see bicyclists going up and down every day, and especially on weekends. I'm sometimes amazed, and frankly frightened for these folks. PM is narrow winding road sheer cliffs at several points. As a driver on PM, I often worry that a momentary distraction could send me into a bicyclist. Also, on east-west segments of this and other roads in the bay area, the sun can be completely blinding, especially if the car windshield is dusty -- as they often are in our climate.

Bicyclists, beware! As a person above said, it is not just bad drivers or mean-spirited drivers who might get you. A perfectly innocent driver could also get you some day.

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Posted by Safety in Deliveries
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

The proliferation of the web-dispatched delivery vehicles may be a broader root cause to be examined. The business mantra is to get the package fast and cheap. The delivery infrastructure is leveraged by the Internet, and likely this is coming into the driver's cab. Amazon and others sponsors needs to reinforce with their delivery suppliers the importance of safety over speed. One can imagine the driver in search of a delivery address aided by mapping systems that remove attention from the road, or perhaps scheming the next drop. Add to this the pressure, as reported by the NYT, that On-Trac used a young contract worker. On-Trac outbid UPS for the work to Amazon, so likely do what they must to be solvent with their bid pricing.

I hope that in this tragedy that lessons and discussions can grow around safety in the delivery business. My interests are selfish as being one who rides this stretch and also affected by the sadness for this family's loss.

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Posted by Laura
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I wonder if her bike had a headlight or reflector in front. Shadows are abundant on Skyline and the more advanced riders are confident with speed. I don't have a light, but I'm going to install one now.

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I do not believe the bicycle rider was at fault in this accident! After looking at the street scape on google it is clear that she was riding on a straight downhill section
of the road without any curves. If the van driver was looking at the road in front of him he would have seen her and let the bike (who had the right of way) pass before turning left on to the small road. There is no stop sign at that left turn so the van could have just slowed down without his turning light on and made the turn and she would not know he was going to turn. We do not know what happened but it is the duty of the car to look what is up ahead before turning. If the bike was going 35mph that is still slower than your average car. We need to stop blaming bike riders and charge reckless drivers. A beautiful woman and mother is now dead, RIP.

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