Sunday, June 9, 2013

Legal Panel To Be Held Discussing Death of Chicago Bicyclist

Online communication is a great way to stay informed about what is going on.  However, the internet is often a place where bad information is planted and misunderstandings take root. In the wake of the death of Chicago bicyclist, Bobby Cann, there have been some thoughtful online discussions, but also rank speculation and some plain bad ideas.  A petition is circulating asking that the driver that killed Bobby not be allowed to reach a plea bargain deal in his criminal case.  But would that really be a good idea?  Could a protected bicycle lane on Clybourn Avenue where he died have prevented the collision?  Is it appropriate to contact Bobby's family about erection of a memorial?  Some Chicago cyclists may be wondering, what if something happens to me while I am riding?  What rights do me and my family have?  These questions and more have been asked by many Chicago cyclists since Bobby Cann's death.  It seems like a good time to get together, and talk; you know, like people did back in the day.

On Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30(ish), myself and criminal defense attorney, Ian Kasper, will present a discussion about Cycling, the Law and the Bobby Cann case.  I will talk about ways to reduce your chances getting hit by a car while cycling and what to do if you are.  Ian will talk about the prosecution of drivers who injure bicyclists.  But we will be ready to field questions about about the legal aspects of the case that has been on everyone's mind since May 29th.  We invite anyone and everyone to come with their questions about how the crash happened, how future such incidents may be avoided and what may lie in store for the man who killed Bobby.  We will talk about what we know, and we will tell you honestly what is not yet clear.  First and foremost we intend to provide a forum for thoughtful discussion and reflection.

There is no fee to attend.  Please visit the event listing on The Chainlink for additional details and to RSVP.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your efforts. What can be done to report drivers nearly kill you? If it weren't for my vigilance, I could have been killed many times. Among the worst offenders are those who don't signal turns. The kid who got smeared this month in Evanston was probably a victim of it; most of us assume the worst when we see a left turn signal, that the driver doesn't pay attention to anything smaller than an SUV. And what happens to me if I smash up a shithead's car with the u-lock or worse?


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