I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, when I saw this photo I thought, this is exactly why I don't ride on snowy roads in winter - you never know what could be heading your way. Sadly we recently experienced a sad and tragic injustice involving a hit and run between a car and a cyclist in Avon, Colorado (which has me feeling ashamed that the city of Avon was awarded a Stage Start in the upcoming Quiznos Pro Challenge - and I personally think they should CHANGE THAT NOW!).
That horrible incident aside, we have made some headway in cyclist safety in the past year. The hard working folks at Bicycle Colorado recently succeeded in passing a 3 Feet to Pass law. Of course a law is only as good as it's enforcement. Drivers still remain to be educated and penalized when they harm cyclists.
I would like to believe this was a one-off incident, but at this point I'd much rather take my chances with an oncoming bison and grizzly, than with individuals like Erzinger who seem to care so little about others. I certainly have no concern for his future, but I do have a concern about the example this case sets for other drivers.