incredibly reluctant to lay charges against drivers or why charges often just lead to minor convictions. Is is simply car driver bias or is it based on the assumption that the cyclist(s) must have done something wrong to deserve their tragic fate? Hmm.
In any case, it's a pattern I have notices across Canada year after year and it's documented in this Google
Canadian Cycling Fatalities
Unless the issue is being taken very seriously, this will continue.
It's built into the system.
Update: More of the same (Augusta, Georgia): http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-10-04/questions-remain-biking-accident