Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ten Days in Jail for Intentionally Striking a Bicyclist

Yesterday, a Chicago man was sentenced to 10 days in jail, followed by probation, for intentionally striking an unlucky bicyclist with his car in Brookfield.  The sentence was handed down by Cook County Judge Carol Kipperman.  The driver and his buddy were intoxicated at the time of the incident and allegedly took turns behind the wheel hunting down cyclists.  The other driver is scheduled to be in court Monday and is also charged with striking a bicyclist.  Neither of the two bicyclists struck in the attacks on May 31, 2009 sustained life-threatening injuries.  This story was reported by chicagobreakingnews.com.

This matter is hard to swallow.  To say that this is a light sentence for what sounds like attempted murder is putting it mildly.  I hope there is more to the story than is being reported.  Otherwise, this is the sort of outcome that may chip away at the public's faith in our courts.

7 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stupid! These two jerks need more then just 10 days, they intentionally went out with the thoughts of hurting someone whether they were drunk or not. If they were to hit another car you can bet your butt they would have been prosecuted as DUI/DWI with manslaughter. This really goes to show that people do not give 2 bits about bicyclist! I mean some bikers need to pay attention and follow the rules of the road but this is just flat out stupid what they did and to get off with a slap on the wrist really p's me off!

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  2. An amazing and discouraging double-standard at play here. Wow.

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  3. 10 days because they were cyclists...

    If they'd been intentionally trying to run over black people, this would be a national story and they'd get 10 years.

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  4. lame.
    very lame.
    I am going to leavea a vm for that judge.
    sounds suspicious to me.

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  5. this is absurd.

    is there contact information for the judge's office? it wasn't immediately google-able. i'd like to call and voice my displeasure.

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