Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-18-08, 06:12 PM   #1
markhr
POWERCRANK addict
Thread Starter
 
markhr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Acton, West London, UK
Bikes:
Posts: 3,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
swift justice?

Makes for some very grim reading.

edit: see Bikepacker67's post and my reply about reading, or my inability to

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmo...8/5327606.html

By TONY BLAIS,

An Edmonton driver has finally owned up to running over a cyclist in 1999 and continuing to drive while the victim was “still trapped and screaming” under his car.
The man – who was driving an uninsured and unregistered car with a stolen licence plate and did not even have a driver’s licence – fled the scene without helping the badly injured victim and then went on the lam while out on bail until his recent arrest.

Michael Darcy Robillard, 28, pleaded guilty today to dangerous driving causing bodily harm and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

According to agreed facts, Robillard was driving a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro west on 87 Avenue about 9:40 p.m. on May 14, 1999, and only had a learner’s permit at the time.

The victim, Chad Arie, was riding his Champion bicycle west along 87 Avenue and had stopped at a red light at 112 Street and was waiting to turn left to go south.

As Arie began turning onto 112 Street, he was hit from behind by the Camaro and witnesses noted Robillard pushed the cyclist along with his car for several metres

Arie was knocked off his bike and became trapped under the Camaro and Robillard accelerated for a short distance with Arie “still trapped and screaming” under the car, said Crown prosecutor Dennis Chronopoulos.

Witnesses also reported Robillard was moving the car back and forth in an attempt to dislodge the bicycle.

Robillard then stopped, exited the Camaro and walked around it, shook his head and began walking away, leaving the car running and still in gear.

Court heard several witnesses saw Robillard run over the cyclist and at least two of them, as well as a University of Alberta campus security guard, pursued him after he fled the scene, but he managed to get away.

Robillard was later nabbed and witnesses identified him as the hit-and-run driver in a photo lineup.

Arie suffered several lacerations to his scalp with total skin loss in some areas, a fractured pelvis, a fractured leg, fractured ribs and burns to his body and needed multiple skin grafts over a three-year period to repair his scalp.

A mechanical inspection of the Camaro revealed the car’s brakes were inadequate, the front tires were mismatched and the right side wheels were worn down to the wear bars, making them also inadequate. It also appeared as though Robillard had been living in the car.

A pre-sentence report and a psychiatric examination were ordered and a sentencing hearing is set for July 2.

Chronopoulos said he would be seeking a jail sentence for Robillard, who remains free on bail.

tony.blais@sunmedia.ca
__________________
shameless POWERCRANK plug
Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
Condor Cycles - quite possibly the best bike shop in London
Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!

Last edited by markhr; 04-18-08 at 06:48 PM.
markhr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 06:38 PM   #2
Bikepacker67
Banned
 
Bikepacker67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ogopogo's shoreline
Bikes: LHT, Kona Smoke
Posts: 4,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by markhr View Post
Any Canadians care to explain why this particular case took such a long time?
Maybe this had something to do with it:

Quote:
Originally Posted by OP
fled the scene without helping the badly injured victim and then went on the lam while out on bail until his recent arrest.
Bikepacker67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 06:46 PM   #3
markhr
POWERCRANK addict
Thread Starter
 
markhr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Acton, West London, UK
Bikes:
Posts: 3,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikepacker67 View Post
Maybe this had something to do with it:
reading =/= comprehension

Doh! Ummm, thanks
__________________
shameless POWERCRANK plug
Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
Condor Cycles - quite possibly the best bike shop in London
Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!
markhr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 06:48 PM   #4
Bikepacker67
Banned
 
Bikepacker67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ogopogo's shoreline
Bikes: LHT, Kona Smoke
Posts: 4,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by markhr View Post
reading =/= comprehension

Doh! Ummm, thanks
No prob.
But truth be told, it seems rather strange that it took over 8 years to recapture the bastahd.
Bikepacker67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 08:21 PM   #5
ferd_miller
Thin mint, anyone?
 
ferd_miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Central VA
Bikes: Trek 1000 road, Trek 720 Multitrack hybrid
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
He jumped bail, was a fugitive for 9 years before capture, and is now free on bail again.

I'm thinking the 2nd bail-granting judge is the one needing a psych eval.
ferd_miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 10:06 PM   #6
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Lucky for him it was only a cyclist, he could have got himself into trouble otherwise.
[/sarcasm]
__________________
There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 10:35 PM   #7
maddyfish
Senior Member
 
maddyfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ky. and FL.
Bikes: KHS steel SS
Posts: 3,944
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's terrible. The accident I mean, catching him is ok.
maddyfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-08, 10:50 PM   #8
pirate
Senior Member
 
pirate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 978
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
WTF is that judge smoking to grant bail to this guy?

God, everytime I read something like this, the take home message I get is if you want to kill someone do it with a car when they are riding a bike, because all that will come of it is traffic violations.
pirate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 05:28 AM   #9
invisiblehand
Part-time epistemologist
 
invisiblehand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Jamis Nova, Bike Friday NWT, STRIDA, Austro Daimler Vent Noir, Haluzak Horizon, Salsa La Raza, Hollands Tourer, Bike Friday tikit
Posts: 5,566
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ferd_miller View Post
He jumped bail, was a fugitive for 9 years before capture, and is now free on bail again.

I'm thinking the 2nd bail-granting judge is the one needing a psych eval.
Hmmmm, are we missing something about Canadian law? Or is the bail really high?

But I agree with other posters that this appears completely ridiculous.
__________________
A narrative on bicycle driving.
invisiblehand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-10, 10:19 PM   #10
sagacitoma
Junior Member
 
sagacitoma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry to revive an old thread. Just thought I'd let people know that I survived and I am doing OK. I don't ride as much as I used to, but I still enjoy the sport. Be sure to wear your helmet out there. Having a stolen Camaro drive over your head really makes you appreciate what a helmet can do for you. I don't hold any malice against the fellow that ran me over, I just hope he gets the help he needs while he is incarcerated. Take care and keep the rubber side down!
sagacitoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-10, 08:11 AM   #11
Bander
Son of Fred
 
Bander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chesapeake, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 122
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, best thread revival ever. sagacitoma, you must have found some serious inner peace. I do not think I would have such a kind attitude towards someone that acted in utter disregard to my life.
Bander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-10, 08:31 AM   #12
cudak888 
www.theheadbadge.com
 
cudak888's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern Florida
Bikes: http://www.theheadbadge.com
Posts: 22,744
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sagacitoma View Post
Having a stolen Camaro drive over your head really makes you appreciate what a helmet can do for you.
Were you wearing one at the time of the accident?

-Kurt
__________________
cudak888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-10, 08:50 AM   #13
phoebeisis
New Orleans
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,581
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Wow, a Camaro-even a 1980 Camaro- doesn't have much street clearance-maybe 6"-'10" once you are fully underneath it.
Pure luck he survived this accident.

You-sagacitoma- must have been pretty slim back then.

Charlie
phoebeisis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-10, 01:23 PM   #14
Pig_Chaser
Senior Member
 
Pig_Chaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Edmonton, AB
Bikes: '07 Giant OCR3
Posts: 1,144
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow dude, glad to hear you're okay!
Pig_Chaser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-10, 12:47 PM   #15
sagacitoma
Junior Member
 
sagacitoma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank you for your replies.

It took some time to get to the point where I did not want to wreak similar vengeance on the fellow that hit me, but life throws you a curve ball. I am just very glad to have survived, the fact that I was hit right next to the U of A Hospital helped a lot. There were also several bystanders who helped to lift the car up while I was trapped under it, I owe these folks a big thanks.

I was wearing a Cratoni helmet when I was hit, the photo of its remains are in my profile pic. The helmet did its job but pretty much disintegrated into chunks of styrofoam. I was alot slimmer back then. I was working as a cycle messenger just before I was hit and was in a lot better physical condition.

The car was low to the ground, I was burned a lot on the exhaust pipe. The broken bones weren't so bad, but all the skin grafts to heal the burns and abrasions were not a lot of fun. It was just bad luck to be hit, Edmonton is a great place to bicycle and I feel a lot safer riding there than in other cities.

Cheers,

Chad.
sagacitoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-10, 12:55 PM   #16
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,360
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
I guess Sylvester Stallone won't be playing you in the movie version of your life, huh?

Glad to hear you're up and around.
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-15, 08:53 PM   #17
sagacitoma
Junior Member
 
sagacitoma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Still doing OK, been riding a bit again lately. Back on the forum again. Hope folks are doing well.
sagacitoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-15, 02:21 AM   #18
Chris516
24-Speed Machine
 
Chris516's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wash. Grove, MD
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
Posts: 6,054
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sagacitoma View Post
Still doing OK, been riding a bit again lately. Back on the forum again. Hope folks are doing well.
Glad that you are back.
Chris516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-15, 09:10 AM   #19
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International
Posts: 1,614
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Welcome back!
BobbyG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-15, 09:55 AM   #20
MMACH 5
Cycle Dallas
 
MMACH 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
Posts: 3,612
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Keep checking in. Even if you don't post anywhere else on the forum, I think we all like hearing about your progress, here.
MMACH 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-15, 06:15 AM   #21
sagacitoma
Junior Member
 
sagacitoma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
Keep checking in. Even if you don't post anywhere else on the forum, I think we all like hearing about your progress, here.
Thanks folks,
I appreciate the encouragement! I thought I would post a picture of my bicycle. It survived for the most part. A few hairline cracks in the frame, but still rideable. I had to build new wheels, I laced up some nice Mavic rims to the original hubs. I have been told the bike is a Benotto by a fellow at Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society because it has a heart shaped cut-out on the bottom of the bottom bracket.
Hope that everyone is having a safe riding season!
Cheers,
Chad.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0828.jpg (42.1 KB, 22 views)
sagacitoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:06 PM.