In January, a bicyclist was enjoying an afternoon ride when his life was cut short in a deadly accident. A car swerved and struck him, but instead of stopping to call for help, the driver kept on driving. She may have left the scene, but she didn’t escape for long. She’s now been sentenced, but was the punishment enough?
The hit-and-run driver claimed to have suffered from a ‘dizzy spell’ on Interstate 25 right before she swerved and hit the cyclist. In a panic, she fled the scene. First responders found the cyclist critically injured but still alive. However, he would sadly later pass away at a nearby hospital.
The driver has already pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the accident which is a Class 3 felony, as well as careless driving. She and her attorneys placed the blame on Chronic Subjective Dizziness – an ailment brought on by stress.
That reasoning wasn’t enough to keep her from shouldering some responsibility. She will now be serving a year in Larimer County Jail with four years of probation following that. The year could end up being served in a work release program. So she’d be spending the day working and the rest of the time in jail. She’ll also be paying $24,487 to the victim’s family and additional fees to be paid for the research of safe cycling advocacy. In addition, she will also be appearing in public service announcements.
Some have been outraged that her sentencing didn’t include prison time. A medical condition that causes a wreck is one thing, but there’s no excuse for a hit-and-run. What are your thoughts?
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Source. Coloradoan.com, ‘http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/woman-gets-year-jail-fatal-cyclist-hit-run/12113233/,’ Jason Pohl, July 3, 2014.