2 things I do not do:
1. discuss politics
2. hit on women with more appendages than me.
But. . . .
I think this screams for a reason why there should be a mandatory "vulnerable road user" law across the country. In MD, there is one, 3 feet, in NJ, it repeatedly fails to pass. PA, IIRC, was 3 feet and then extended it to 4 feet.
If you think about it, the only time you're really willing to put your life in someone else's hands is out on the road, a mutual understanding among road users. When someone screws up, the penalty should fit the crime, ethics notwithstanding.
The driver probably was doing something stupid, like eating, cell phone, radio, something. I hate to believe he struck/attempted to scare the cyclist on purpose. That being said, someone lost their life and the punishment should be just.
I'd hate to think it'd be a simple fine, basic restitution and maybe a few weeks in jail, knowing that a family lost someone.
While it may take two to tango, I'm putting the onus on the car driver.