Blame the victim

William Angel set off on his Saturday morning bike ride wearing a tail light, yellow vest and reflective shoes on March 29 2008. Motorist Kerri Lee Jasper didn’t see him and rear ended him at 6:45 AM, sending Mr. Angel to the hospital with a broken back.

The court, naturally, found Ms. Jasper innocent. The judge even said the cyclist is “an accident waiting to happen.” It’s not Ms Jasper’s fault that she rear ended the cyclist because — get this — he didn’t have a front light.

More here. From How We Drive, who credits Treadly and Me without providing a link.

12 Comments

  • bryantp
    April 23, 2009 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Remember this when you vote. Don't elect anyone who thinks this way. It matters a lot. Call your Congressperson. It matters.

  • bryantp
    April 23, 2009 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Remember this when you vote. Don't elect anyone who thinks this way. It matters a lot. Call your Congressperson. It matters.

  • kit
    April 23, 2009 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    disgusting. since we don't vote for judges, how could we prevent a judge of this mindset getting a post?

  • kit
    April 23, 2009 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

    disgusting. since we don't vote for judges, how could we prevent a judge of this mindset getting a post?

  • Ratpick
    April 23, 2009 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Sounds a lot like grounds for appeal (about the only recourse for obviously unfair judges decisions)

  • Ratpick
    April 24, 2009 - 12:01 am | Permalink

    Sounds a lot like grounds for appeal (about the only recourse for obviously unfair judges decisions)

  • 2tiretracks
    April 23, 2009 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Judge sounds like an idiot! The man suffered a broken back and then gets kicked in court. Nice.

  • 2tiretracks
    April 24, 2009 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Judge sounds like an idiot! The man suffered a broken back and then gets kicked in court. Nice.

  • Stacy
    April 24, 2009 - 7:18 am | Permalink

    Like a front headlight would have mattered – since she rear-ended him! That is just ridiculous!

  • Stacy
    April 24, 2009 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Like a front headlight would have mattered – since she rear-ended him! That is just ridiculous!

  • anabananasplit
    April 24, 2009 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    Don't judges have to show an IQ that matches the job's responsability?… :-P

  • anabananasplit
    April 24, 2009 - 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Don't judges have to show an IQ that matches the job's responsability?… :-P

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