A California appellate court has rejected an appeal by Christopher Thompson, the physician who was convicted in 2009 of assaulting two cyclists by intentionally stopping his car directly in front of them.
Deliberately running into a cyclist is the same as walking up to someone and stabbing them in the heart. They may live they may not. Could really go either way. Politely explained this to a motorist one day and surprisingly he saw where I was coming from ’ oh yeah, hadn’t really thought of it like that’
Just so I’m understanding this correctly- the motorist in this case went in front of the cyclists and braked heavily causing them to crash into him- is that right?
Although a terrible thing to do, perhaps it is slightly less worse than actually driving into a cyclist. Or am I missing something here?
I haven’t read the article but if that is the case i’m surprised the charges stuck. If someone is in front of you and they brake, no matter how heavily or purposefully it is your fault for not allowing enough room in front of you for emergency situations. If he screamed around the cyclist, pulled in front then jamed on the brake then that might be a little easier to have a go at if there’s whitnesses.
Seems like a really weak story and I’m surprised the magistrate bought it.
“As he neared the front of the cycling pack he tried to accelerate, but his car backfired and he moved into the left lane with his hazard lights on, at which point he accidentally pushed the gear into park rather than neutral, which pulled the car to a sudden stop. Then, surrounded by irate cyclists, he felt intimated and made a dash for it.”
I always thought that putting an auto transmission in ‘park’ at any real speed, if it’s even possible, would not cause the wheels to lock up.