(Alternatively, it's the truth, but only in part of the truth - they may not have known that they hit anything because they were drunk out of their mind.)
That said, if evidence was found on the steering wheel that indicates that the person stopped and cleaned up the car and continued, that should blow that claim out of the water. Assuming that the evidence can show that it happened immediately, and that it couldn't have happened the next day.
The fact that he's changed his story should carry meaning.
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Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
I'm probably jinxing myself, but I haven't gotten a traffic citation since 1985. If you are getting 2 a year, that means you are an utter tool and driving with recklessness on a fairly consistent basis
Not only the cost of a ticket, but the added cost to your insurance. That seems pretty outrageous to me, but maybe for people who do long commutes on the highway they consider that the normal cost of driving. Weird to me though.
Remember Carlos Bertonatti? He had gotten 40 violations in 12 years. (He still hasn't had his trial, by the way.)
It's interesting that the perp works for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the victim's mother works for a competing newspaper. One thing's for sure, this will get a lot of coverage in both newspapers. I hope that when the perp is found guilty, he loses his job.
It is inexcusable to get 19 violations in 10 years. It's not hard to drive by the rules.
"Eli Webb told police he was driving the SUV that struck Lanie Kruszewski."
Why am I not surprised...?
What a looooooooooooooooooong strange trip it's been...
Okay, update. Webb has been indicted on felony hit and run charges by a grand jury. The charges carry a sentence of one to ten years. Other charges may be forthcoming; the police investigation continues. Lemond, the police really do appear to be making a real effort on this one. I would reserve judgement on them here (I don't care to reserve judgement on Webb; the title of this thread stands. Maybe he's a nice guy, but he's a tool behind the wheel, and he likes to dodge responsibility).
I went on the memorial ride on Sunday, in a group of about 150 riders. The police intentionally left the ride undisturbed. The group I was with rode with Lanie's boyfriend. It was one of the saddest things I have ever seen; we stopped at her school, where there is a memorial wall, and the site of the accident. Everyone stood in silence as the boyfriend sat at both locations and remembered her. I'm choking up right now. It was an amazing crowd of riders, all ages, sexes, and races. It was beautiful and it was sad. I really do not know how to describe it. It gave me hope and it made me cry. All at once.
Fifteen years ago, I had a friend killed by a right hooking driver. There was no ride like this, no indictment. I have hope for the human race yet.
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Webb is now out on 200,000$ bail. He had to surrender his passport and driver's permit.
Chilling fact: Looks like the cyclist hit his windshield. This makes the deer defence pretty flimsy. Not that it ever wasn't.
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