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Old 11-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Driver charged with two misdemeanors

Just another sad ending with some positive results from the courts hopefully.

http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/Driver-charged-in-bicyclist-s-death/-/13549970/17206130/-/13vsqyfz/-/index.html



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Old 11-01-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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Seriously?!?! 2 MISDEMEANOR charges are it?! What kind of penalty do those carry? Couple bucks in fines and a week in jail? Wow. Feels like the authorities are saying cyclist's lives are without value.

What a mighty, staggering...slap on the wrist. I hope the cyclist's family can do better in civil court.

Thanks for the post - this kind of thing needs a lot more attention than it gets. What a tragedy. Be careful out there, all!



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Old 11-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #3
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Hard to pass judgement without knowing the details of how and why this occurred. Driver must have been doing something wrong for the authorities to pursue a conviction of some sort, but I did not see in the article what the driver may have done.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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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.

RIP.

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