(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times / November 2, 2009)
Road rage assault is not the exclusive domain of neanderthals in pick-up trucks. The convict in the photo above was an emergency room doctor. He faces up to 10 years in prison for assaulting two cyclists who he perceived were in his precious way.
I hope this sends a message. Here are some related articles:
Christopher Thompson, 60, is convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in the crash that injured cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr on Mandeville Canyon Road in 2008…
Los Angeles doctor guilty of slamming brakes on, injuring two…
An emergency room doctor was convicted Monday of assault with a deadly weapon and other charges involving two bicyclists he encountered while driving on a narrow street in Brentwood in July 2008…
Velo News had ongoing trial coverage as well as other news stories about this assault. The link above goes to the start of the trial coverage, the sidebar links to other articles. I think this one shows the testimony that sealed the conviction.
Dan Gutierrez & Brian DeSousa of CyclistView.com made this video shortly after the assault.
The final line of the LA Time article says a lot.
“It’s sad for both sides,” Stoehr said. “I lost a lot of my time and my life, and he’s losing a lot of his.”
Now how important were those few seconds he thought he was losing to pass a couple cyclists? How important would they be if they were minutes, even, compared what this man is now going to lose. The criminal conviction and time served won’t be the end of it. He’s probably going to lose his career and endure a civil suit as well.
Perhaps increasing penalties for acts of violence and stupidity caused by impatience would put things in better perspective. Maybe we should make billboards from the photo of him being hauled off to jail:
Christopher Thompson couldn’t wait a second to resume his speed, now he’s waiting years to resume his life.