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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

More Biking News

From http://www.cbc.ca/ottawa/story/ot-driver20060531.html

Sentencing delayed in bicycle hit-run

The sentencing hearing for a man accused of injuring a group bicyclists after clipping one with his pickup truck has been postponed for two months. Richard Martin was found guilty in April of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and for failing to remain at the scene of an accident after the incident in June 2004. A dozen Ottawa Bicycle Club members were cycling down Riverside Drive when Martin drove by the group in his truck, slowed down and then clipped the lead rider, court heard. The lead rider suffered two broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder, and four others were injured in the resulting pileup. During the trial, court was told that Martin, whose son was with him in the truck, laughed about the incident all the way home. On Wednesday, Martin's lawyer, Kimberley Pegg, argued her client had "no malevolence" when he sideswiped the rider. Pegg admitted her client had some responsibility for the incident, but argued it is "on the low end of bad driving."

The hearing has been postponed to Aug. 9.

This story was also on the radio this morning with an interview from the President of the Ottawa Bicycle Club.

I was shocked at how minimal the convictions were considering the impact described - the guy that was "clipped" broke bones and many others on that ride ended up falling in a chain reaction.

Isn't using a vehicle to injure people more like assault than dangerous driving?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depends on the circumstances and the lawyer, it could have been assualt with a deadly weapon as well, or assault with intent to injure or kill.

While I do not agree with all that bicycle riders often do, I do not agree to intentionally cutting them off and running them off the road like this guy "may" have done (after all still up in the court)

If he is found guilty I hope he gets a stiff fine and/or sentence, but somehow I don't see that happening, it will depend on how well the crown can argue it's case.

8:19 PM

Anonymous naomi said...

he was already convicted.

this story is about the sentencing - which has been delayed until august.

the judge ruled that nothing the cycling group did was illegal, and called the man in the truck's actions "callous".

This was reported on the radio this morning.

10:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry must have missed that. Hope he gets the works. On top of that if the biker is smart he will sue the guy for as much as he can.

10:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Isn't using a vehicle to injure people more like assault than dangerous driving?"

I believe that to convict on assault they would have needed to prove his intent. I've been nearly nailed by enough of the "dangerous drivers" that it can't be an accident, but that doesn't make it easy to prove in court.

12:35 AM


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