Any judge that doesn't throw the case out of court should be unseated.The plaintiff's lawyer — an entirely new subspecies of Ambulance Chaser — should be disbarred! And the woman herself should be made to do 30 hours of community service — as a crash dummy!
About a week into that media circus I turned to Ted & my mom (who, like everyone else) had been hanging on every word) and pointed out that The ONLY Person There NOT-ON-TRIAL Was OJ Simpson!
The cops were being accused mishandling the arrest, forensics was accused of muffing up while gathering the evidence, The lab technicians were accused of fouling up the DNA Evidence, the court was accused of selecting a lop-sided jury, and on and on.
The Bottom Line Was While everyone was left running in circles trying to prove their credentials, qualifications and procedures (trying to wipe the egg off their faces) OJ (remember him?) "got away with bloody murder"!
Everyone was astonished, & I was left LMAO! (toldju I have a weird sensaumma!) since I saw where it was all headed pretty much from the outset.
In this case: I'd subpoena the CELL PHONE LOG and see if she and her POLICEMAN HUSBAND weren't chatting it up during their drive home... ...and from WHERE...btw... were they coming home from @ 1:30AM? a Cocktail Party...? or a BAR? I'd also question people from where they'd been... ...was she distracted while having a phone-tiff?
...and no one questioned that he'd spirited her away (without having had a breathalyzer test... er nuthin'?)
Rainy weather, she going 56 in a 50 mph zone. Husband behind her. Three boys out together all at 1:30 at night.
Lots of questions. In addition to yours. How were the boys riding? How big were those reflectors . They can be awfully small on a rainy night. How was the road? Was it hilly or have curves in it for the vehicles and bikes to skirting around causing the bikes to not be in constant view. Were the bikers heading toward the cars or did the cars come upon them from behind? Could the bikers may have seen them in order to get off the road?
But the suit is ridiculous. In any case
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
Disdain for bicyclists by motorists is universal. There is the perception that cyclists are — on the road — second-class citizens and not to be suffered. Once, when I lived in Boca and occasionally commuted by bike to work in Ft. Lauderdale, as I approached the entrance to a condo complex, a woman who was waiting to pull out onto the road looked directly at me and pulled out just as I was about to pass that entrance. I had to swerve into traffic on a heavily traveled road to avoid landing on her hood like a deer.
I had to hammer to catch her at a red light a few hundred yards up the road and asked her in a loud voice what the hell she was doing. Her reply: Cars have the right of way and I should ride on the sidewalk.
How was the road? Was it hilly or have curves in it for the vehicles and bikes to skirting around causing the bikes to not be in constant view. Were the bikers heading toward the cars or did the cars come upon them from behind?
The article states they were hit from behind, it was a drizzle.
Pretty generous shoulders. Looks like dirt, but the pic in the story shows a cruiser, which would be no problem — even if it was muddy. And a 17 y-o up at 1:30 isn't all that unusual. But who knows the back story.
Nonetheless, the driver suing the dead and injured is just plain crazy. Literally. The woman should be examined by a shrink.
like I said (or at least think I said) The Kid's Brakes will be called into question, the body will be exhumed and tested for drugs, the mother's parenting skills will go on trial ...the only person (much like poor OJ who was put on a "Death Watch" lest he commit suicide) Not-On-Trial, will be the Grieving Driver... ...who'd Left the Scene of the Accident...
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