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a little more info from http://ocregister.com/local/bike00701cci1.shtml:
Police said the Buchbinders were riding east on the right shoulder of the highway when they were struck from behind by a Toyota Cressida driven by Chanpenbeau Sar, 43, of Long Beach. He has not been charged in the crash.
so how can the driver NOT be charged? will he be charged and they're just not sure for what yet? in that case he should at least be in jail awaiting official charges. is there any question who was at fault? it sounds as if the cyclists did absolutely nothing illegal or unusual and one was killed and one injured by the motorist inattentiveness. how can there be no charges? at minimum it is involuntary manslaughter, but i think that is far too low a punishment for killing someone...
if motorist behavior is not severly punished even when the worst possible happens (death), how will drivers ever learn to drive with the responsibility they should when operating a heavy death machine at high speed?
i'm not sure about serving time, but this person should at the very minimum forever loose his right to operate a motor vehicle -- but in similar cases that has unfortunately not been the case - i just don't understand! how can that be? how can we put our unquestionable 'right' to drive above that of human life?