I got an update on the grim LA road rage incident via email.
Subject: Fwd: charges in la road-rage case
‘course the local hotheads are claimin’ bullshit on felony reckless driving – apparently they don’t like the semantics and would prefer attempted murder or some such, but I for one am pleased to see ‘felony’ as opposed to the usual ‘no charges’ or ‘citation’ next to this case. the charge carries the weight of 7 yrs max in jail and it’s the doc’s second offense (unconfirmed) so we’ll see where it all plays out at sentencing. most likely, his years of service as an ER doc are gonna carry him to probation sooner than the max. meanwhile, there’s been waaaaay too much hostility from both sides of the road – the ‘cars’ community posting over 160 comments on the org. LA Times story calling, basically, for bodily harm to cyclists (or at least that they deserved what they got) and from the pedal power peanut gallery, tons of hopped up ‘cycling advocates’ hassling anyone with the same last name as the perpetrator and generally causing a big ol’ militant and misguided nuisance. same as it never was.
— onward –
A few excerpts from the article linked above:
A Brentwood physician charged Friday with stopping his car suddenly in front of two cyclists was investigated earlier this year in another case of road rage against bicycles, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
He did this before. And what happened?
LAPD Capt. William Eaton described the March collision as a “road rage incident with two cyclists” that had “strong similarities” to the July crash.
In March, two cyclists riding on Mandeville Canyon Road accused Thompson of running them off the road and then shouting at them. Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, which declined to file charges against Thompson.
So he got away with it once. Or, I should say, he got away with it at least one other time. And that got his stones up.
Now look what happened.
Thompson is free on $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 1 at the airport branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court. If convicted on all counts, he will face up to seven years and eight months in state prison.
I hope he rolls himself a seven. He certainly deserves it.by