I came across this news item on The Chicago Bike Advocate blog and realized it’s the perfect follow-up to “NY Bike Accident Lawyer Angered by So-Called “Joke” “ my recent post about the patently UNFUNNY practice of joking about hitting bicyclists with cars.
I guess drivers won’t think it is so funny when they end up sitting in jail!
“Yesterday, a Chicago man was sentenced to 10 days in jail, followed by probation, for intentionally striking an unlucky bicyclist with his car in Brookfield. The sentence was handed down by Cook County Judge Carol Kipperman. The driver and his buddy were intoxicated at the time of the incident and allegedly took turns behind the wheel hunting down cyclists. The other driver is scheduled to be in court Monday and is also charged with striking a bicyclist. Neither of the two bicyclists struck in the attacks on May 31, 2009 sustained life-threatening injuries. This story was reported by chicagobreakingnews.com.
This matter is hard to swallow. To say that this is a light sentence for what sounds like attempted murder is putting it mildly. I hope there is more to the story than is being reported. Otherwise, this is the sort of outcome that may chip away at the public’s faith in our courts.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Brendan’s sentiments about this case and applaud him for spreading the word about it. Jail time serves the jerk driver right. My only criticism is that the jail sentence should have been MUCH longer.
Thanks for reading and RIDE SAFELY,
James B. Reed, Esq.