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(Some Guy)   Driver sentenced to "acts of kindness" for killing motorcyclist   ( divider line
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4427 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Feb 2003 at 7:54 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-18 01:20:07 PM  
I truly believe SUV drivers drive with their eyes closed -- at least when they're on their cell phones (95% of the time). I wonder how the victim's family feels about this light of a sentence.
2003-02-18 01:36:11 PM  
man as a motorcycle rider that is just plain scary.
2003-02-18 01:52:07 PM  
The judge should have sentenced her to be the deceased's family's butler.
2003-02-18 01:58:54 PM  
I hope that if I'm ever killed by someone's negligence that they get sentenced with the same kind of fun whimsy that this judge has shown. That way everyone will know that my life really meant absolutely nothing.
2003-02-18 02:00:13 PM  
Maybe this gal blew the judge???

" Barnes had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. "

Now Come on ....
2003-02-18 02:17:20 PM  
Captain_America, I hear that.

As for SUVs, they are hardly the only four wheelers on the road that don't notice motorcycles. Too many people in their cars seem oblivious to everything around them as well. The only time I was nearly killed while riding was some old dude in his big caddy pulling right out in front of me across two lanes of traffic. Great riding weather in Florida, but dangerous, dangerous roads with all the gray hairs out there.
2003-02-18 02:25:12 PM  
I passed a woman (I use the term loosely) the other day who was driving erratically. In a college town that's not too unusual, but when I pulled up next to her she was talking on a hand held cellphone ANDeating. In traffic. In the middle of the day. I'm pretty sure she was too stupid and busy to be driving.
2003-02-18 02:26:02 PM  
Bad HTML, bad HTML, go lie down...
2003-02-18 02:30:33 PM  

Boy, I'll sleep better now! This woman should be off the road for a very long time!

If I had a dollar for everytime I was almost killed by some assclown who simply wasn't looking I'd be a rich woman.

You drive carfully, you don't speed, you obey the traffic laws and you still get taken out becuse someone just had to make a phone call!

I got hit by one of those assholes a few years back, hit and run to add insult to injury.

2003-02-18 02:37:04 PM  
Light sentencing of motorcycle killers isn't the only problem we face either. Try going into an emergency room or doctors office after breaking a collarbone or a couple of ribs on a motorcycle (dirt bike in my case). You hear comments like "When are you going to give up those death machines?" or "We call motorcylists organ donors". Do the same thing skiing and they tell you "We'll have you back on the slopes in no time". Get paralyzed on a motorcycle you're an idiot, do it on a horse you're a farking hero. Most of the problem revolves around the 1% of bikers that are morons, and therefore the most noticeable. Lately that's been the "stunt" riders doing wheelies down the highways standing on the seats and crap. Harleys (mostly) with straight pipes really impress civilians too.
2003-02-18 02:41:28 PM  

Mytdawg I swear i'm gonna cockpunch the next moron who makes that organ donor comment!

I was sideswiped on the highway on a bike, broke my knee, and that was all! There was a guy in the other room who had broken both arms and both legs in a car! And no one asked him if he'd learned his lesson about riding in cars!

That was the same week Stephen King got hit by a car, and he was really asking for it! He was walking!!! Talk about crazy!

2003-02-18 02:59:11 PM  
AbbyNormal I just learned my lesson about going to emergency rooms. The only thing they could do for me was Percocet (which is kinda fun). I've gone down a couple more times in the dirt and just did my own thing. I heal eventually. Of course I wasn't hit by a car. You know you were at fault (by being on the road on a motorcycle). I've had a couple close calls. I usually just go home and park it for the day if I start feeling like a target. I've been lucky so far about not being a hood ornament. I usually keep to backroads and putt around town when I'm on the road. Hope you and your bike are alright now.
2003-02-18 03:02:04 PM  
Of course most of these people can't see city buses let alone a motorcycle.
2003-02-18 03:26:43 PM  
In the words of Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat, "Otey!!" Judge is an idiot.
2003-02-18 03:34:20 PM  
from the article

"This is just another example of why we need more consistent sentencing laws around the nation for motorists who kill motorcyclists,"

Not exactly. We need more consistent sentencing laws around the nation for motorists who kill ANYONE. Riding a motorcycle should not make one "special".

In this case the SUV driver should have been given a much tougher sentence.

I have seen Motorcyclists do stupid things however, and if one got hit while "stunting", the culpability of the other driver involved should be reduced, or eliminated depending on the circumstances.

Tougher sentencing for killing one group (for example motorcyclists) just makes a subset of that group act more assinine than they normally would, secure in the knowledge thet you "better not hit them" no matter WHAT they do to endanger others.

And yea, biatch was probably talking on her cell phone.
2003-02-18 03:37:44 PM  

I wonder if someone had accidentally shot an SUV-Mommy with a gun, and plead 'negligent homicide', if they'd be given 30 months of 'acts of kindness'.

Somehow, I doubt it.
2003-02-18 04:09:05 PM  
I would rather be an orgasm donor...
Sometimes I just want to get a huge SUV, then pull up behind a normal full size SUV with my lights shining right in their rearview mirror, and see how they like. Then tailgate them . See the humor?
2003-02-18 04:30:39 PM  
I am getting a motorcycle after I get my tax return. Scary is right when it comes to these SUV simpletons who can't just drive and pull over if they get a call, God forbid they miss a call from little Timmy.
2003-02-18 04:32:48 PM  
I got about 4k for a bike, any suggestions?
2003-02-18 05:04:27 PM  
I agree with this sentence. I am also a motorcycle rider ('86 Shadow 1100 V-Twin, among other bikes.) Unfortunately, if this accident involved cars the participants would have blocked traffic for 5 minutes calculating the amount of paint scraped off the bumper. It is an unfortunate reality that a common driving mishap, that each of us have occasionally, is death to a rider.

If you put her in jail for 5 years, are you preventing her from doing it again? Are you rehabilitating her to look more carefully next time she drives? Do readers of the newspaper look at the thumb-sized column on page 8 and see a hard punishment for a driver who didn't see a rider and think "I am learning my lesson through her, to look for motorcycles"? Does the family of the rider deserve the revenge of seeing her in jail?

This woman will be scarred far longer than any sentence can inflict punishment.
2003-02-18 05:24:58 PM  
Yeah, the whole thing sucks, reguardless what the other person was in. No sentence will rehabilitate her, but will such a light sentence make anyone take their responsibility on the road any more seriously? I don't think so. I don't think she should get the chair, but 30 months suspended to 'do good' just sounds like crap.

As for a bike for 4K Blue, well, depends on what you want to ride. If its your first, I'd suggest a standard bike. Something like a Honda Nighthawk 750. May seem a little big at first cc wise, but you'll grow into it quicker than you'd think. They are indestructable and a good all-around bike. If you like crusier style, ie Harleys, I don't think you'll find much for 4k in a real Harley unless you have a good buddy wanting to upgrade from his Sportster. Try a Honda Shadow or Yamaha Virago. 750 or 1100 cc versions would be best, IMHO. If you want a crotch rocket, you'll have trouble finding one in good shape for that money, unless you find one that was owned by an adult and never hot-dogged.
2003-02-18 05:42:13 PM  
Hey, Bluenovaman, what kind of bike? dirt or street?
2003-02-18 05:50:37 PM  
Xaith--Street. I think I am getting a crotch rocket of some sort. I have a buddy who is looking into his old R6 which would be great, but we will have to see. I have taken a look at the honda-davidsons and they just seem cheesy to me. So far if the R6 doesn't materialize, I think I am going with an older Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha. I was looking at the Ducati monster and 900ss, but I'm worried about maintenance/reliability.
2003-02-18 06:32:53 PM  

Bluenovaman: Get something crappy, you are going to drop it. Everyone does, and it's much more heartbreaking when it's a brand new Ducati!

And take the MSF class! I can't stress that enough!! It's a real life saver!

After you have dropped the bike then start shopping for something you really love. Check out the Triumphs, they are sexy and oddly reliable! Not to mention pure sex on wheels, imho! If I could have anything, it'd be a pink speed triple!
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2003-02-18 06:36:12 PM  
I have my license and the MSF course under my belt. Thanks for the advice. I definately like the speed triple, but in lucifer orange.
2003-02-18 06:45:22 PM  
No one liked the pink but me it seems! They only did it for one year. The black is nice too, and wait til you ride one!! There is just nothing like a triple!
2003-02-18 06:48:38 PM  
Abby-At least you are living up to your name. The pink looks alright, but my buddies would never let me live it down!
2003-02-18 06:57:47 PM  
we can call you Pinknovaman
2003-02-18 07:08:20 PM  
Macker-No way man, Abby is the one who has a fondness for pink.
2003-02-18 07:10:41 PM  
It'd match my hair!
2003-02-18 07:21:56 PM  
Definately go with the bike that matches abby's hair.
2003-02-18 07:50:24 PM  
Well, he should get a bike that matches HIS hair! Since colour is the most important factor when buying a bike and all! ;-)
2003-02-18 07:53:37 PM  

Interesting point. Of course, for the SUV to hit the motorcyclist it would have had to have entered roughly the same spot that a pedestrian would be crossing the street, no?
2003-02-18 10:05:52 PM  
Bluenovaman: DO NOT GET A MOTORCYCLE unless you are prepared to face long term debilitation or even permanent maiming or death. So, if you must take the risk, make sure that you are insured up the butt. It would be a real drag for your significant other if suddenly you couldn't work for months on end.
2003-02-18 10:41:07 PM  
We should clone AbbyNormal there needs to be more woman like her out there....I know you're wouldn't have a twin sister would you?

I had an ass hat woman change lanes on me in LA last December and the biatch sued me for breaking her tail light with my knee giving her whiplash.

P.S. The knee and the bike are ok.
2003-02-18 11:12:55 PM  
so that's what "adding insult to injury" means Disco13?
2003-02-18 11:39:25 PM  
The Sammo:

I agree with you, but I would have liked to have seen some sort of suspended license in any case invloving a car and death if someone is judged to be at fault.
2003-02-19 01:05:16 AM  
Bluenova - I had a 94 ZX9 that was a total blast (it was a little heavy) but it was fast as heck, handled well, and was comfy. I'd never ridden street before but my head is on straight and I'm not an idiot so just be careful (ALWAYS ride scared and aggressive - keep ahead of the other idiots). Any 2-4 year old 900 / 750 / 600 should do nicely.
2003-02-19 03:16:44 AM  
this morning on my way to work, i saw a woman DOING HER TAXES WHILE DRIVING! i shiat you now, i was on my motorcycle in the carpool on the 5 north in irvine, ca when i saw a motorist swaying back and forth in the fast lane. this biatch had a 1040 draped over the steering wheel! man, i wish i had a penny handy so i could have thrown it at her window...
2003-02-19 05:51:09 AM  
Hey Bluenovaman...

Dunno if you're into crotch rockets or cruisers or what... but I love my Intruder.
2003-02-19 09:23:19 AM  
Yodayoda Old spark plugs work better, just keep a few in your pockets. :-)
2003-02-19 09:38:33 AM  
TheSammo - I'm really sad for this woman that she's scarred from this incident. I'll bet the riders family wish he was only scarred.
2003-02-19 09:47:42 AM  
Bluenovaman - Check into a used Moto Guzzi. They make some very nice sport bikes. If you've seen "Rush Hour", that's the bike Chris Tucker takes from the guy during a chase scene.
2003-02-19 10:17:16 AM  
This is America:


guess who gets punished and scorned for trying to help the environment.
2003-02-19 04:39:31 PM  
Thanks for the advice folks :)
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