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    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
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67 View Post
    Maybe this had something to do with it:
    reading =/= comprehension

    Doh! Ummm, thanks
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    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.

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    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.

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    Lucky for him it was only a cyclist, he could have got himself into trouble otherwise.
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    That's terrible. The accident I mean, catching him is ok.
    Not too much to say here

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    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.
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    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.

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    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!

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    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.
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    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?

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    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

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    Wow dude, glad to hear you're okay!

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    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.

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    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.
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