Judge's gavel - verdict deliveredAs a follow-up to my recent post, “New York Bicycle Accident Lawyer Discusses California Car-vs-Bike Road Rage Trial,” I am very pleased to report that the California jury returned a GUILTY verdict on all counts against the doctor who intentionally slammed on his brakes, causing a bicyclist to crash into the back of his car. Here are some excerpts from the excellent VeloNews coverage of the trial:

  • A Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Monday found Dr. Christopher Thomas Thompson guilty of assaulting cyclists by abruptly stopping his car in front of them on a hilly Los Angeles County road last year.
  • Thompson, a former emergency room doctor, was found guilty of six felonies and one misdemeanor and could face as much as five years in prison. He was remanded and ordered held without bail until sentencing. He was handcuffed in the courtroom after the verdict was read.
  • In the July 4 incident, the two cyclists hit the rear of Thompson’s car; one slammed through the rear window, the other catapulted over the car into the road. In the earlier incident, the cyclists said they narrowly avoided hitting the rear of Thompson’s car.

As I said to my bike-riding buddies on our club listserv, “I celebrate this verdict and I hope the judge hangs this driver HIGH when he sentences him.” One of my buddies responded that hanging him high is letting him off too easy — he suggested a more painful sentence which I can’t repeat on this family-friendly blog, but suffice it to say that the cycling community is relieved that justice was served in this case.

Follow the link to the Velo News story, “Dr. Thompson is found guilty of all counts in LA road rage trial”

Thanks for reading and RIDE SAFELY,

James B. Reed, Esq.
NY & PA Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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