Daily Archives: December 12, 2008

Good news on the assaulted cyclists front, plus a buncha other stuff

Well, we had good news on the assaulted cyclists front as the man driving the car that ambushed a cyclist with a shotgun and killed him got a stiff prison sentence (but not enough) and LA CA is going to try that “doctor” that used his Infiniti as a weapon against 4 cyclists in Mandeville Canyon on 2 separate occasions. We also have news about the typical “stuff” that goes on with cars and cyclists. You might also want to check yesterday’s late reports on Glenda Rumsey (I mis-spelled it yesterday as Ramsey) being convicted of manslaughter for killing Jose Rincon on the gravel shoulder more than 8 feet from the road surface while she was more than 3 times the legal limit for BAC at .249, .08 is the legal limit and .30 is the point where most people go into a coma. Glenda should have been taken off the roads long before this point but she slipped through the cracks in the system. Anyway, I went into that in a whole lot more detail in yesterday’s blog post, check it out.

Getting back to today’s news, we have 2 reports on the “good doctor” from Mandeville Canyon being bound over for trial on charges he assaulted cyclists near his home. Christopher Thompson to be tried in confrontations with cyclists and Mandeville Canyon Road Rage Case Moves Forward I’m going to be the voice of reason here shock. I say give him a modified form of deferred adjudication here, ban him from ever driving a motor vehicle except in a life or death emergency for the rest of his life, and if he’s caught driving, or even sitting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, then he has to do the maximum sentence for all the charges he’s facing, consecutively. Unlike normal deferred adjudication this will not have an expiration date, and serving the sentences will not get him out of further punishment should he drive again after getting out of prison. If he gets caught driving after he gets out of prison then the previous terms are wiped out and he has to do the whole string all over again from the beginning. If he stays out from behind the wheel then he gets to live his life relatively unencumbered by his previous actions. it’s a win-win situation, we don’t have to pay to feed and clothe him for an extended period and he is removed from control over his weapon of choice, a motor vehicle. Also in this manner he will be able to work and pay his debts to the cyclists he injured, for their medical expenses and loss of pay from being forced to take time off from their work.

From KC MO hunting down and killing a cyclist because you’re bored apparently is only a minor crime. Man sentenced to 15 years for killing KC bicyclist Apparently murder was off the slate when they did the plea bargain, and the judge was too gutless to ignore the plea bargain and sentence appropriately. This was not manslaughter, this was cold blooded murder for fun. I’m disgusted with this, all the way around. The only thing I can do is to hope that someone who was related to the victim is already on the inside and “prison justice” is served, because 15 years is a totally inappropriate sentence for what was committed.

My only other report we have from North America is about kids falling and injuring themselves, and of course bicycles are a major source of minor injuries due to falls, and also about 8000 deaths and serious injuries were as a result of interactions with motor vehicles. Falls cause kids 2.8M injuries every year Most injuries due to falls and bicycle wrecks that did not involve motor vehicles were minor or at the worst non-life threatening. The exception to that was of course falling from trees and other high places.

A rare report from the UK where it was actually possible to come up with an at-fault from the description of the wreck. Cyclist injured in Blackpool crash If you read the article with US sensibilities it looks like the cyclist is at fault, but they drive on the wrong side of the roads in Jolly Olde so the truck driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and therefore was at fault. This would be the UK equivalent of a left cross, i.e. a right cross.

And from Oz is a story on a hit-and-run wreck that injured a cyclist and destroyed his bike (I’m assuming that tangled lump of wreckage in the photographs accompanying the article was the bicycle, we know it wasn’t the car). Cyclist in hospital after hit and run accident hit from behind, how do you avoid becoming a victim of this rare but deadly road wreck? Keep your head on a swivel, and have and use rear view mirrors like these Beer View Mirrors. By adjusting the bends in the spoke you can use these with glasses or attach them to your helmet so that you are never without a rear view mirror when you’re on your bike. If you can find some really rare brands of bottle caps you can get a unique accessory for your cycling ensemble. I’m building 2 for my helmet visor so when I’m in one of the inside lanes as I have to do to get to church every Sunday I can see who is coming up on the right as well as the left. I know it looks really geeky, but better to look geeky and be alive than to be cool in a coffin. You can be cool somewhere else that when you’re riding your bike.

And that’s all I have so far today. As the little girl said about her chest, “Watch this space for further developments!”

Billed @$.02, Opus

The Late Feed Pt. MYXPKLYX

That blog title was supposed to be the name of one of Superman’s foes but I couldn’t remember how to spell a name with all consonants.

The late Feed had a couple of reports on the same wreck in Seattle, a typical left cross wreck with an experienced and well lighted cyclist. Bicyclist killed in Renton crash with comments (for what they’re worth) and Bicyclist struck by car, dies in morning traffic collision without the comments. What can I tell you about the left cross? Some idiot waits until there’s no way for you to avoid getting hit and then turns in front of you, or waits a little longer and turns into you directly. There’s no way to avoid this, except be extra vigilant with your head on the swivel. You might try a helmet cam on a 1 hour recording loop to catch the wreck as it happens so your survivors have a video record to use as evidence in your wrongful death trial.

And in the good news but really bad news department they convicted that woman that was 3 times over the legal limit for intoxication when she killed Jose Rincon in Tucson over 8 feet from the road pavement surface on the gravel shoulder. Tucson woman convicted in crash that killed teen bicyclist Yes, this is another no-win situation. Sure we got a dangerous drunk driver off the roads, but we lost a really great kid in the process. In the long run we lost, big time. What would have been better was a law that would have kept Glenda Ramsey from getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle a few ounces of alcohol short of a coma and attempting to drive that motor vehicle. The only way this could be a winner would be to pass a law that prevents drunks like Glenda Ramsey from getting behind the wheel of a multi-ton killing machine. Not that just makes driving drunk illegal, because we already have a law like that and Jose can tell you it doesn’t do diddly, drunks don’t care that they’re drunk and might kill someone. I don’t know what to do that will still pass Constitutional muster, I’m not a lawyer. But I do know that something has to be done to keep habitual drunks like Glenda Ramsey from getting behind the wheel.

And in another farce, a man who was driving on a suspended license (which means you aren’t supposed to be driving a car) gets 30 days in jail for killing a cyclist. Man who hit and killed bicyclist with car gets 30 days in jail Thirty days in jail! You get more for killing a dog than you do for killing a cyclist. Where’s the humanity, where’s the justice? TANJ!

Keep an ocular peeled in this direction, something may happen.

Billed @$.02, Opus