The evening of the accident was sunny and warm. The highway in which he was racing was almost void of traffic. The required warning signs were set up along the course and the officials and marshals all wore reflective vests. Cooper's Baddlands Club jersey was also bright yellow. The stretch of road that he was killed on was straight with no obstructions. The sun was not a factor. June 24th was the second longest day of the year with the sun still high in the sky. The two elderly occupants in the car never even saw him until he came crashing onto the windshield. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in this accident.
After a lengthy investigation by the Washington State Patrol, the woman who struck Cooper was given a $250 ticket. End Of Deal!
No one wants to see this woman punished more than she already has been. She has to live with this memory for the rest of her life. What the parents of Cooper Jones want is is to change the law that permits a driver to hit and kill a cyclist / pedestrian and walk away with a $250.00 fine. Is life so cheap? We had expected that the person involved would at least have her license test retaken. But there is no law in this state that requires a retest.. http://www.baddlands.org/cooper_jones/background.htm