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2012-08-02 01:57:12 PM  
Not surprising.

He's there because he couldn't be bothered with stopping at a light.
 
2012-08-02 02:11:01 PM  
Is this the same douchebag that wrote an online obituary for his helmet after the wreck?

*checks article* huh, no mention on there.

*goes to google* YEP, he is the same douchebag that wrote an obituary to his late helmet.

He deserves to rot.
 
2012-08-02 02:55:19 PM  
Oh, man if this guy gets one week in prison, he'll be lucky to live.

"Watcha in for?"

"I killed a guy."

"Really? Shoot him? Stab him?"

"Ran him over with my bike."

{Sound of pants unzipping}
 
2012-08-02 03:00:35 PM  

Aarontology: Not surprising.

He's there because he couldn't be bothered with stopping at a light.


Exactly - he was "too committed to stop", even though the light had turned yellow as he was approaching the intersection. That means he mad a minimum of 3 seconds to stop/slow down before any pedestrians had ever entered the crosswalk. Judging from the other side being "filled with pedestrians" when he came through it, that means the red light had to have flipped on before he ever hit the intersection, unless he's saying that the pedestrians all managed to fill it up moments after the light switched.

So he's either saying that an entire crowd and an elderly man managed to fill a crosswalk from end to end in less than a second, or he's a lying doucher that didn't want to stop, ran a red light and expected all the pedestrians to clear out of his way.
 
2012-08-02 03:07:06 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Is this the same douchebag that wrote an online obituary for his helmet after the wreck?

*checks article* huh, no mention on there.

*goes to google* YEP, he is the same douchebag that wrote an obituary to his late helmet.

He deserves to rot.


THIS!
You will hear absolutely no defense of this piece of shiat from me.

Now I want to be clear, hate on this shiatheel all you want but DO NOT turn it into general cyclist hate.
 
2012-08-02 03:26:30 PM  
If he doesn't want to appear in court, he should be allowed to stay in his cell
 
2012-08-02 03:28:49 PM  
Oh this fellow:

The light turned yellow as I was approaching the intersection, but I was already way too committed to stop. The light turned red as I was cruising through the middle of the intersection and then, almost instantly, the southern crosswalk on Market and Castro filled up with people coming from both directions. I couldn't see a line through the crowd and I couldn't stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least-populated place I could find," he continued.
 
2012-08-02 03:29:47 PM  
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2012-08-02 03:32:42 PM  
He was trying to break his own record, during rush hour, in the middle of the day.

He was going 10 miles over the speed limit.

He saw the light turn YELLOW, but was going too fast to stop.

He plowed through a group of pedestrians.

He then wrote a blog post tribute to his helmet.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-02 03:39:26 PM  
The prosecutor rejected a request by Bucchere's lawyer to exempt him from appearing personally in court.

Is this a trial or a pretrial proceeding? Defendants don't usually appear for pretrial hearings because they're full of lawyer nonsense rather than testimony. At trial the usual rule is a felony defendant must appear and a judge (not prosecutor) can excuse a misdemeanor defendant. Also, if you flee after trial begins the trial can be concluded in absentia.
 
2012-08-02 03:48:16 PM  

Coolfusis: So he's either saying that an entire crowd and an elderly man managed to fill a crosswalk from end to end in less than a second, or he's a lying doucher that didn't want to stop, ran a red light and expected all the pedestrians to clear out of his way.


Yep. Pretty much.

I think more than likely he thought he could beat it. Nothing in his story suggests he had any intention of slowing down at all.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-02 04:03:42 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: scottydoesntknow: Is this the same douchebag that wrote an online obituary for his helmet after the wreck?

*checks article* huh, no mention on there.

*goes to google* YEP, he is the same douchebag that wrote an obituary to his late helmet.

He deserves to rot.

THIS!
You will hear absolutely no defense of this piece of shiat from me.

Now I want to be clear, hate on this shiatheel all you want but DO NOT turn it into general cyclist hate.


That sounds like a challenge.
 
2012-08-02 04:28:55 PM  
Weren't there witnesses to this? Dude sounds like a piece of work.
 
2012-08-02 04:38:52 PM  

vpb: Uchiha_Cycliste: scottydoesntknow: Is this the same douchebag that wrote an online obituary for his helmet after the wreck?

*checks article* huh, no mention on there.

*goes to google* YEP, he is the same douchebag that wrote an obituary to his late helmet.

He deserves to rot.

THIS!
You will hear absolutely no defense of this piece of shiat from me.

Now I want to be clear, hate on this shiatheel all you want but DO NOT turn it into general cyclist hate.

That sounds like a challenge.


1.bp.blogspot.com
My friend, don't be an asshole.
 
2012-08-02 04:58:49 PM  
Why should the prosecutor get to decide? Shouldn't it be up to the judge to decide whether he's got to make every single court appearance?
 
2012-08-02 05:04:32 PM  
Hmm, here in Austin, the elderly man who killed a cyclist didn't even have to go to court; got off scott free.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-02 05:06:12 PM  

Penal Code section 977:

(b)(1)In all cases in which a felony is charged, the accused shall be present at the arraignment, at the time of plea, during the preliminary hearing, during those portions of the trial when evidence is taken before the trier of fact, and at the time of the imposition of sentence. The accused shall be personally present at all other proceedings unless he or she shall, with leave of court, execute in open court, a written waiver of his or her right to be personally present, as provided by paragraph (2). If the accused agrees, the initial court appearance, arraignment, and plea may be by video, as provided by subdivision (c).

(2)The accused may execute a written waiver of his or her right to be personally present, approved by his or her counsel, and the waiver shall be filed with the court. However, the court may specifically direct the defendant to be personally present at any particular proceeding or portion thereof.
If this was an arraignment the prosecutor can insist on the defendant being present long enough to say "100% not guilty." If this was a status conference the prosecutor has no right to compel presence just to be a jerk.
 
2012-08-02 05:26:12 PM  

what_now: He was trying to break his own record, during rush hour, in the middle of the day.

He was going 10 miles over the speed limit.

He saw the light turn YELLOW, but was going too fast to stop.

He plowed through a group of pedestrians.

He then wrote a blog post tribute to his helmet.


Came here to say this.

Thank god idiots will admit to stuff online. They make it so much easier for prosecutors.
 
2012-08-02 07:03:50 PM  
And when he stole the car
Nobody dreamed that he would try to take it so far
He didn't mean to hit the poor man
Who had to go and die
It made the judge cry

Only a lad, he really couldn't help it
Only a lad, he didn't want to do it
Only a lad, he's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused

It's not his fault that he can't behave
Society made him go astray
Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away
Perhaps he'll go away, he'll go away
 
2012-08-02 07:16:55 PM  

Runs_With_Scissors_: Thank god idiots will admit to stuff online. They make it so much easier for prosecutors.


Well, yes. He had to eulogize his helmet. To not do so would be disrespectful and uncivilized.
 
2012-08-02 07:20:03 PM  
The intersection he blew through is farking huge, he had plenty of time to stop. He was being a douche and trying to blow through the pedestrians and ended up hitting one. Hopefully he spends the next 20 years or so in prison.
 
2012-08-02 07:20:19 PM  
When I worked in DC and had to walk a bit from the metro to work, I had to cross a few intersections and I always made sure to only cross when I had a pedestrian signal. It would often be the case that a bike would fly through the intersection on the red, going between the lanes of cars stopped at the light. Because they would be going between cars, it was hard for me to see them and for them to see me. I had some close calls with nearly getting hit more than once, even though I had the right of way to cross at the time. It was scary! I'm lucky that some cyclist didn't run into me and hurt or kill me.

Bikes aren't as big and dangerous as cars, but they can still be dangerous when cyclists don't follow traffic laws. Cars, cyclists, and pedestrians all need to follow the law so we can stay safe.
 
2012-08-02 07:21:25 PM  
Old and busted: Sociopathic motorists

New scourge: Sociopathic bicyclists
 
2012-08-02 07:21:26 PM  

coco ebert: Weren't there witnesses to this? Dude sounds like a piece of work.


Lots, and they all seemed to think he was in the wrong.
 
2012-08-02 07:23:48 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Now I want to be clear, hate on this shiatheel all you want but DO NOT turn it into general cyclist hate.


Don't you farking tell me what to do.
 
2012-08-02 07:23:54 PM  
oh, fark this guy with the rustiest of chainsaws.
 
2012-08-02 07:25:21 PM  
Lock up all cyclists.
 
2012-08-02 07:25:58 PM  
Bicyclists. If you aint one you cant understand
 
2012-08-02 07:25:59 PM  

serial_crusher: Hmm, here in Austin, the elderly man who killed a cyclist didn't even have to go to court; got off scott free.


Good. Austin Cyclist need a farking wake up call, the way they behave in Austin Traffic should be a crime but they get away for it every farking day. Austin Cyclist were given a few inches by way of traffic laws to protect them and bike lanes almost everywhere, they took miles and spit in the face of Austin motorist are demanding more every farking day.

And before you say anything you piece of shiat I ride a bike every farking day, I just dont ride it in the middle of traffic trying to get killed like all the god damn hipsters trying to get run over.
 
2012-08-02 07:26:48 PM  
Read it as "Bicycle who killed an elderly man doesn't want to be bothered with court appearances" at first and was all "lol wut" and then I learned reading comprehension.
 
2012-08-02 07:28:13 PM  

what_now: He was going 10 miles over the speed limit.


Wait, what? I've seen plenty of bicyclists on the road, but I've never seen any manage to break 15 on level ground. Unless I've always lived around the slowest cyclists on the planet or they just like holding up traffic for fun, I'm not seeing how breaking the speed limit for cars is possible.
 
2012-08-02 07:29:49 PM  
Why was he even bothering to wear his dearly departed helmet? It doesn't sound like he has any brains to protect. Another candidate for the lock him up and lose the key treatment.
 
2012-08-02 07:30:33 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Now I want to be clear, hate on this shiatheel all you want but DO NOT turn it into general cyclist hate.


Om with you man. This was the only d'bag cyclist. He's giving cyclists a bad name. everybody else is cool brah.

/fistbump

//SHARE THE ROAD ASSHOLES AND THIS WONT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO YOU

/// Farkwad pedestrians and cage drivers you are now warned!
 
2012-08-02 07:30:51 PM  

Aarontology: Not surprising.

He's there because he couldn't be bothered with stopping at a light.


At Market & Castro, no less. That's a pretty farking busy intersection most of the time.
 
2012-08-02 07:31:39 PM  
Hope he's loaded up on the chamois
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-08-02 07:32:21 PM  
A tour of the Penal Code leads me to believe the sentence for sober felony vehicular manslaughter is 2, 4, or 6 years. Penal Code 193(c)(1). So forget about 20 years to life.

In my area sentences over a year for stupid driving tricks are usually reserved for alcohol involvement or pretty white girl victims.
 
2012-08-02 07:32:34 PM  
The important thing is that the cyclist is all right.
 
2012-08-02 07:34:49 PM  

Last Man on Earth: what_now: He was going 10 miles over the speed limit.

Wait, what? I've seen plenty of bicyclists on the road, but I've never seen any manage to break 15 on level ground. Unless I've always lived around the slowest cyclists on the planet or they just like holding up traffic for fun, I'm not seeing how breaking the speed limit for cars is possible.


Most likely the slowest cyclists on the planet. With a decent tailwind, I can break 30 mph. Even into a moderate headwind, I can break 15 mph pretty easily. I've averaged 18+ mph over 50 mile rides. I'm not even close to being the fastest rider I see.
 
2012-08-02 07:34:51 PM  
Perhaps if the PUDestrian were wearing a helmet he'd be alive today
 
2012-08-02 07:35:21 PM  
I say make him sign up with an organ donor program, then just let him continue to run
red lights on a bicycle in a crowded city. Only he can't wear a helmet....
 
2012-08-02 07:35:30 PM  
So the guy blew though an intersection, kills an old man in the process, and then goes home and writes a obit to his bike helmet.

When exactly did he move to San Francisco from Seattle? Because there's a significant number of bicyclists in Seattle who seem to treat pedestrians as if they were some form of human pinball game.

Don't get me wrong. I like biking, but there's an increasing number of bikenazis screwing it up for everyone else.
 
2012-08-02 07:36:11 PM  
HE TRIED TO SAVE THE GODDAMNED PLANET FROM GLOBAL WARMING OK?
 
2012-08-02 07:37:09 PM  
What I don't understand is why he isn't in jail pending trial. Bail must've been set waaaaay too low. What an a$$.
 
2012-08-02 07:37:19 PM  

Last Man on Earth: what_now: He was going 10 miles over the speed limit.

Wait, what? I've seen plenty of bicyclists on the road, but I've never seen any manage to break 15 on level ground.


The intersection is at the bottom of a steep(ish) hill and he was going as fast as he could, trying to break his own speed time.

Speed limit there is 25 - I can hit that for periods on the flat, though I would never do so on city streets. Seems possible he could hit 35 going downhill.

This is all minor quibbling over major douchebaggery though.
 
2012-08-02 07:38:09 PM  

ZAZ: A tour of the Penal Code leads me to believe the sentence for sober felony vehicular manslaughter is 2, 4, or 6 years. Penal Code 193(c)(1). So forget about 20 years to life.


True in general, but in this particular case, he saw the people there, and made the active decision to plow through a crowd of pedestrians. He didn't just try to stop and fail, he didn't just not see them, he made the choice. The fact that he may not have known that a bicycle could do that kind of damage doesn't change that. As such, a prosecutor wouldn't be wrong in upgrading the charge.
 
2012-08-02 07:38:31 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Is this the same douchebag that wrote an online obituary for his helmet after the wreck?

*checks article* huh, no mention on there.

*goes to google* YEP, he is the same douchebag that wrote an obituary to his late helmet.

He deserves to rot.


:O

...

:O
 
2012-08-02 07:40:20 PM  
As someone who rides a bicycle daily, let him fry. People like him make us all look bad, there's no excuse to ever hit anyone. Watch your speed and cover the brake and always be prepared in case someone does cut in front of you or in your lane.

And if you want to test your speed find some place safe away from people and traffic.
 
2012-08-02 07:40:50 PM  
Leave it to Americans to make bicycling douchey.

/American
 
2012-08-02 07:41:20 PM  

TwilightZone: What I don't understand is why he isn't in jail pending trial. Bail must've been set waaaaay too low. What an a$$.


The fact that he hasn't fled suggests you're quite wrong.
 
2012-08-02 07:42:00 PM  
People are assholes. Film at 11.
 
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