Finally a judge who didn't fall for the "I didn't see them" excuse:
Man convicted in orange rabbit pedicab hit-and-run
Friday, October 30, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Mercedes driver testified he didn't see the 6-foot-tall orange rabbit driving a pedicab because he was fumbling for a dropped cell phone.
Pedicab driver Kate Altermatt tells The Oregonian she finds that hard to believe, noting she was wearing a bright orange bunny suit _ for Easter _ and her Cascadia Pedicab was lit up with reflectors and a blinking red light. She says the crash sent her flying and totaled the pedicab.
She confronted the driver Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
After a daylong trial, Judge Karin Immergut found Edward Cespedes-Rodriguez guilty of hit and run driving for leaving the scene of the crash last April 12.
But Immergut cleared the 34-year-old Portland man of recklessly endangering another person.
Lesson: Wear a 6' orange rabbit outfit and you could very well still get hit...