Thursday, May 6, 2010

Another Crazy Driver, Another Chicago Area Road Rage Incident

On Tuesday evening CBS 2 Chicago reported on a road rage incident in which a bicyclist, Tim Heath, was intentionally struck by a motorist near 2779 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Apparently, the two had gotten into an argument over lane space before the driver lost it and decided to run the biker down. He was lucky to avoid serious injury. Here is a link to the full story with video. At the end of the piece the reporter, Vince Gerasole, states that the police said that the woman agreed to turn herself in. It is unclear presently whether that has occurred and what charges she may face.

If precedent is any guide, the driver could face jail time. On Sunday I posted a story about a similar incident in which a driver intentionally struck a bicyclist in Naperville. In that matter, the driver reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which she pleaded guilty to felony aggravated battery in a public place. She was sentenced to 42 days in jail (but will serve only half that time for some reason). She is also to pay $3,252 in restitution to the bicyclist and $1,620 in fines and court costs. Let's hope that this most recent road rage incident is aggressively pursued by Chicago police and the Cook County States Attorney's Office. Hopefully CBS will also provide some follow up.

3 comments:

  1. Anyone have an update on this story? I've looked everywhere and I can't seem to find any mention of her turning herself in.

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    Gerasole, Vince R to me
    show details 3:50 PM (27 minutes ago)
    actually I was hoping to do a follow up story next week. I don;t believe the owman was ever caught.


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    Vince,
    I am just wondering if you have considered doing a follow up regarding this crazy story. Was the woman ever caught? Has she been charged with anything?

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/bicyclist.heath.road.2.1675218
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    Maybe you did a follow up but if not I think it would be nice if you did.

    Andy

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  3. TO Andy:
    Thanks for the update on this story. However, I'm concerned that more hasn't been made of this case. This driver need to be caught and prosecuted.

    Feodor

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