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Old 12-03-08, 07:09 AM   #1
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Hit and Run near San Diego

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/m...02hitrun2.html

ALPINE The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 30-year-old bicyclist Tuesday.

The victim was riding in the bike lane on eastbound Alpine Boulevard west of East Victoria Drive when he was struck about 4:50 p.m. by a vehicle also traveling eastbound, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings.

A vehicle traveling at a high speed, described as either a white truck or sport utility vehicle, hit the back of the bike, throwing the victim about 50 feet, Pennings said. The vehicle then ran over the bike and cyclist and the driver accelerated from the scene, leaving the victim in the road, he said.

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The real irony is that a local sheriff harassed a cyclist on a road near this area just a week before...

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OK. This is my first post to this forum after a year of reading the various posts and opinions. But something happened today that I would like to get some feedback on. This morning I am riding down Dehesa Grade in east county, a winding single narrow lane road. I was going around 35mph not too fast but within the speed limit. Now the Speed limit is 50 mph for the whole length but because of the blind turns and safety concerns the yellow speed signs are posted as 30 mph. So I figure that 35 is a fairly safe speed. There are two sections on the down hill side that have enough of a shoulder to pull over. One about 3/4 mile down from Japatul and another about 1/2 mile down from there. There is maybe an average of 3 to 12 inches of shoulder, give or take, on the upper area aproaching the first safe area to pull over. So I hope I've painted a decent general picture of the road. OK back to what happenned. I'm cruising down Dehesa on the narrow winding section and a Sheriff approaches from behind. I am in the road right of center. I have a blinking red tail light. There are two groups of cyclist cimbing up the grade from the other direction. The Sheriff tries to pass into the other lane in front of the oncoming cyclist, which I'm not sure that he can see due to the blind corners. I put my hand out to signal not to pass as I felt his passing was too fast and too close to me and the oncoming cyclists. He did brake and fall back behind. He never had his lights on and I always had him in my mirror. At that point he turned his lights on and started using his loudspeaker to pull over. Which I did but only untill I reached the first section that is wide enough to do so.
Well, to say the least he was more than miffed. And this is what he said.
1. I was impeeding the flow of traffic and I should not ride in the lane unless I was going the speed limit. He said there is a minimum speed allowed on roads. (I did not think to ask him what that was at the time.
2. That I would be liable and charged with manslaughter if some was killed trying to avoid me.
3. That he could arrest me and take my bike for not pulling off the road immediately when he came up from behind.
Just a note. He was not in a hurry or on a call to go anywhere because when I got down to the bottom at Harbison and Dehesa he was sitting in his car hanging out amd when I drove by in my car 30 minutes later he was still there, hanging out.
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Old 12-03-08, 09:07 AM   #2
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It certainly sounds like someone with a beef for cyclist or a very drunk person. My husband rides up that way several times a week and knows several people who live up there. I certainly hope they catch the guy soon and put him/her in prison for a very long long time.
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Old 12-04-08, 10:28 AM   #3
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More on this...
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/m...m4pubsafe.html

The cyclist was in a bike lane and was killed by a speeding truck moving in the same direction.

Apparently there were broken parts of the vehicle left behind.

Also the police are analyzing the video from local security cams to see if they can gain any knowledge of the driver.
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Old 12-04-08, 11:23 AM   #4
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I hope they catch this guy and throw the book at him.
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They have arrested Travis Weber, 44 as a suspect in the hit and run. Relatives and friends of Edward Costa, the man killed were gathered at the spot on Alpine Blvd near East Victoria at 6:15 pm when some of the group saw a white Ford F150 pickup with front end damage drive past and pull into the Liars Club bar parking lot. Weber was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving to the bar and on suspicion of felony manslaughter and hit and run.
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Old 12-05-08, 12:30 PM   #6
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Relatives and friends of Edward Costa, 30, of Alpine were gathered at the spot on Alpine Boulevard near East Victoria Drive where he was killed, California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings said.

About 6:15 p.m., some in the group saw a white Ford F150 pickup with front-end damage drive past and pull into the Liars' Den bar parking lot, Pennings said. He said the witnesses, knowing the CHP was looking for a truck of that description as the hit-and-run vehicle, called the county Sheriff's Department.

Deputies found Travis Weber, 44, in the bar and detained him for the CHP. Pennings said Weber was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving to the bar and on suspicion of felony manslaughter and hit-and-run from Tuesday night's collision.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/m...m5pubsafe.html

What do you think... is drawing and quartering too good for this vermin?
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The man charged with running down and killing a bicyclist last week has a history of drunken-driving convictions in California and New York and he told police he had been drinking that day. Minutes before killing Edward Costa he had rear ended a woman who was in a Volkswagen Jetta stopped at a traffic light but said he had no memory of hitting the Jetta or the cyclist. He was also intoxicated when he was arrested two days later at the Liars Club Tavern and Grill and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14, legal limit is 0.08. He pleaded not guilty. If convicted of all charges he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Weber has been convicted of drunken driving at least once in New York and twice in San Diego County. His bail was raised from $102,500 to $1 million. He is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 23 to determine whether sufficient evidence exists for Weber to stand trial. A security camera on a substation roof recorded the incident. When Weber was arrested he told deputies that before driving to Alpine he bought a pint of vodka at a liquor store in El Cajon and drank it while sitting in his truck. Weber told investigators that he thought he had run into a mailbox. Apparently he lives in his truck and is in the process of getting a divorce.
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Unless there is human evidence on the truck that he hit the cyclist, I wonder how they will prove that the damage is not from the collision with the car.
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Unless there is human evidence on the truck that he hit the cyclist, I wonder how they will prove that the damage is not from the collision with the car.
A security camera on a substation roof recorded the incident.
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And they also found one of the headlights and other parts of the front of the vehicle at the scene where the bicyclist was killed. I'm sure they will have the woman in the Jetta testify that he was drunk as a skunk when they exchanged information when he hit her car.
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This guy is pond scum. I hope the judge holds firm -- even the 15-year maximum prison sentence is too light, particularly since he'll be out on parole in 6 years.
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This guy is pond scum. I hope the judge holds firm -- even the 15-year maximum prison sentence is too light, particularly since he'll be out on parole in 6 years.
I wonder if he can be sentenced to serve consecutive instead of concurrent terms for each conviction? He's got the fatal hit and run, the traffic accident hit and run, and now the drunk driving.
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Not sure how long ago this other incident happened but he had hit a pedestrian also. I'm hoping that they might be able to do the "three strikes" on him.
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It's dangerous out there. Let's all be careful.
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California needs to adopt Texas, DUI laws!
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So only 15 years. If he is guilty.

Why not vehicular homicide? CA has it on the books.

Guy collects and trades porn and gets 18 years
Guy deals drugs and gets 55 years
Man uses gun in crime automatic 20 years
Guy shoves baton up rear end of someone could get 25 years.
Guy runs someone over while drunk and drives away could get 15 years.
Girl runs over the cyclist is in a bike lane while drunk, with a previous DUI, convicted and laughs (caught on tape) about it. Gets 10 years.
DUI no jail time

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I'm going to be watching to see if they take him to trial -- they better!
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California needs to adopt Texas, DUI laws!
Texas executes a lot of people--do "career" DUI's ever "ride the needle?"
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