Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A Reassuring Verdict for Cyclists
Yesterday, a Los Angeles jury convicted a doctor on six felony counts and one misdemeanor for assaulting a pair of cyclists when he abruptly stopped his car in front of them on a downhill last year. It was not the first time Dr. Thompson had been accused of intentionally menacing cyclists, but hopefully it will be the last time. The prosecutor opposed bail for the defendant until sentencing in part on grounds that “[i]n terms of public safety, there isn’t a cyclist in Los Angeles who would be comfortable if he were out on the streets.” Velonews.com reports on the verdict here.