Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 53617
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2010/1/8-29 [Transportation/Bicycle] UID:53617 Activity:nil
        Car driver gets 5 years for assualting bicylists with car.
        \_ How many years do cyclists get when they run red lights?  I almost
           hit one last week when a cyclist ran a red light in front of me
           while I was about to start moving on my green light in Fremont.
           \_ How many years do motorists get when they run red lights? I
              almost got hit by one last week when a motorist ran a red light
              in front of me while I was about to start moving on my green
              light. (true, btw, not just a tongue-in-cheek copy of the pp)
              \_ True, but most people would (correctly) assume that it's
                 the driver's fault if you did get hit.
           \_ How many years do car drivers get for speeding? As far as I
              can tell, every car driver breaks the law. And speeding kills
              far more people than cyclists running red lights. The real
              difference here is that a cyclist running a red endangers
              himself, car drivers endanger everyone. Don't get me wrong
              though, I think both cyclists and car drivers should obey
              the law. But the penalty for running a red light or speeding
              should be much less than for deliberately assaulting someone
              with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm.
              \_ But the problem is that when a speeding driver hits
                 someone/something, people naturally assume that
                 it's the speeding driver's fault; whereas when a driver hits
                 a red-light-running cyclists, people naturally assume that
                 it's the driver's fault given the current politics unless the
                 driver can prove that the cyclist ran the red light which is
                 hard to do unless there is a witness or a camera at the
                 intersection.  -- PP
                 \_ Man, what city do you live in? Here in San Francisco car
                    drivers who hit cyclists are almost never even cited, even
                    when there are multiple witnesses to them being at fault.
           for many examples.
                    \_ Fremont.  -- PP
                    \_ I've been hit on my bicycle by cars 3 times and all 3
                       times it was the drivers fault.  All three times they
                       didn't even bother to get out of the car.  The last
                       one hit me from behind, launching me over the car in
                       front.  The woman driving, yelled "your fault", turned
                       up her stereo and drove off.  We've created a society
                       where people are too afraid to be concerned.
                       \_ I'm Spike Bike.  I hate cars.
                       \_ Too afraid? It sounds like too selfish to me.
                          Did you get a license plate any of those times?
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Doctor sentenced to 5 years in prison for assaulting bicyclists in Brentwood January 8, 2010 | 11:05 am _S1G1212 A doctor convicted of assaulting two bicyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on a narrow Brentwood road was sentenced today to five years in prison. Christopher Thompson, wearing dark blue jail scrubs, wept as he apologized to the injured cyclists shortly before he was sentenced. "I would like to apologize deeply, profoundly from the bottom of my heart," he told them, his right hand cuffed to a court chair. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott T Millington called the case a "wake-up call" to motorists and cyclists and urged local government to provide riders with more bike lanes. He said he believed that Thompson had shown a lack of remorse during the case and that the victims were particularly vulnerable while riding their bicycles. The case against Thompson, 60, has drawn close scrutiny from bicycle riders around the country, many of whom viewed the outcome as a test of the justice system's commitment to protecting cyclists. Millington said he did not take into account more than 270 e-mails and letters from cyclists that were filed with the court urging a tough sentence. The July 4, 2008, crash also highlighted simmering tensions between cyclists and residents along Mandeville Canyon Road, the winding five-mile residential street where the crash took place. One cyclist was flung face-first into the rear window of Thompson's red Infiniti, breaking his front teeth and nose and cutting his face. The other cyclist slammed into the sidewalk and suffered a separated shoulder. At his sentencing hearing at the county's airport branch court, Thompson cited the Bible in urging cyclists and residents of Mandeville Canyon to try to resolve their differences peacefully. "If my incident shows anything it's that confrontation leads to an escalation of hostilities," Thompson said. Thompson, a former emergency room physician who described the crash as a terrible accident, testified during his trial last year that he and other Mandeville Canyon residents were upset that some cyclists rode dangerously and acted disrespectfully toward residents and motorists along the street, a popular route for bike riders. On the day of the crash, Thompson said he was driving down the road on his way to work when several cyclists swore at him and flipped him off as he called on them to ride single file. He said he stopped his car to take a photo to identify the riders and never intended to hurt anyone. But the cyclists said the doctor was acting aggressively from the start. They said he honked loudly from behind them and passed by dangerously close as they moved to ride single file before he pulled in front and braked hard. A police officer told jurors that shortly after the crash that Thompson said he slammed on his brakes in front of the riders to "teach them a lesson." Prosecutors said Thompson had a history of run-ins with bike riders, including a similar episode four months before the crash when two cyclists told police that the doctor tried to run them off the road and braked suddenly in front of them. Comments: Preview Post Comments (68) I agree that the guy was wrong, but 5 years is insanity. If someone brakes too quickly on the highway and you ram into them, it's your fault. Society would have been much better served if the doctor was sentenced to five years of working for the uninsured. January 08, 2010 at 11:19 AM A 5 year sentence is a good start, but he also needs to have his drivers and medical licenses permanently revoked and anger management as part of the terms of his parole. January 08, 2010 at 11:37 AM I hope that Dr Thomson has learned his lesson if not I am sure he will learn about vulnerability while in prison. This whole event has expended too much emotion energy to be good for either side. I am just grateful that the cyclist in this case where able to supply enough evidence that the local constables where unable to rationalize this unfortunate and illegal activity in their usual fashion to just an accident. He shouldn't have done that to them but they also should be more considerate. I have almost hit them so many times coming around corners at the speed limit and they are 4 and 5 a brest going 5 miles an hour. It scares me to death, they don't deserve all this attention they are as much to blame as he is. They make mororists go 5 miles an hour, refusing to go single file. So here's a new rule to make they can't ride buddy system they should ride single file always avoiding this problem. The driver should never have done what he did but neither should theyAnd to take down a good man a doctor and throw him in jail for this, you should all be ashamed of yourselves, totally and completely. What he did was not civilized but what you did wasn't either. January 08, 2010 at 11:41 AM This case is a "wake-up call". The time has come to give them full and equal rights on the road. Bike lanes, bike infrastructure and enough space to ride safely and expediently on the roads. We need to make it a crime to harass, threaten or willingly injure a bicyclist due to intolerance and hate. January 08, 2010 at 11:42 AM Thank you Judge Millington, with this verdict the bicycle riders out on the road stand a bit of a chance at getting some protection. Just about every rider I know had their share of aggressive drivers. These riders in this case were lucky in that everything fell in place correctly and that there were no "problems" with them. So many of my friends are not so lucky and drivers, if they even manage to stop, are seldom charged with an infraction. January 08, 2010 at 11:47 AM A good day for cycling advocates and for justice. I hope Mayor Villaraigosa hears the Judge's plea for more bike lanes and education. Let's all slow down and be safe, and give safety to those around us. January 08, 2010 at 11:49 AM The thing that is the most revolting is the story made up by the doctor's attorney: that the doctor was only stopping to take a photograph. The attorney also produced an "expert" who said that there was enough time for the riders to stop. Why are attorneys allowed to tell lies for a living and get paid vast amounts of money for it? to swear in court that up is down, black is white and day is night. that seems a lot but then his pattern of aggression and his clear intention to injure (apparently) would set a terrible precedent for other motorists if not given a stiff punishment. as a cyclist myself, LA drivers need every incentive possible to become more considerate of those who choose to get around on 2 wheels. January 08, 2010 at 11:52 AM It's unfortunate that Mr Thompson didn't express his remorse in the years prior to being sentenced. Just goes to show that people get sorry when the get caught. another freakin' obstacle in the road because you know, people driving crazy, not obeying the signs and rules and running red lights is just not enough to deal with. January 08, 2010 at 12:13 PM Los Angeles has a long way to go before it becomes a safe place for cyclists. Never before have I experienced such vitriol as when I rode my bike (respectfully) around the city. Drivers would cut me off, flip me off, and scream obscenities at me for no good reason. I hope this can be a wake up call to motorists to share the road. January 08, 2010 at 12:56 PM Congratulations, and thanks to the district attorney's office for pursuing this with the enthusiasm this case deserved. I've read far too many accounts from other states that fail to file charges of any kind. January 08, 2010 at 01:04 PM This sentence is outrageous and doesn't fit the crime. Real criminals have served less time for rape, child abuse and even manslaughter. January 08, 2010 at 01:06 PM ALL motorists need to take head: In the age of the cell phone camera, every one of your road rages gets captured. If you cause an accident, everyone you ever cut off will come out of the woodwork and send you to prison. That's what happened here and, frankly, it may be deserved. 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