The following article is about a crash very similar to the one in Texas that Keri wrote about in this post — cyclists on the shoulder hit by an inattentive driver who was not found to be impaired, texting or on the phone. The difference in this case is the attitude of the county prosecutor’s office. Kudos to Deputy prosecutor David Bustamante!
Be sure to read the comments, too. The public attitude toward negligent driving is the primary reason we so rarely see justice… and why we’ve seen increasing trends toward inattentive and careless driving on our roads.
I guess it’s “just an accident” until it’s your loved one who’s mowed down by a negligent driver.
In the UK, the CTC, a national cyclist organization, has a campaign to stop “SMIDSY”
SMIDSY = Sorry Mate, I didn’t see you.
“Stop SMIDSY aims to address the far too common attitude that simply saying ‘Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You’ somehow erases an act of bad driving. This is not true and it must be stopped.”
We need a similar campaign in the U.S. What should we call ours?
BY JACOB JONES – The Daily World
Thursday, December 24, 2009 2:20 PM PST
After a five-month investigation, the Pacific County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a vehicular homicide charge against a Montesano man for allegedly crashing into two bicyclists and killing one in July.
Deputy prosecutor David Bustamante said he filed a charge for negligent driving against 51-year-old Gregory R. Cedell earlier this month in the death of Carolyn M Girod, 31, of Cambridge, Mass.
A State Patrol report described Cedell’s crime as a type of aggravated negligence, alleging his box van drifted across a Highway 105 fog line and struck the bicyclists on July 8 north of Raymond. MORE