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24 June 2011 @ 01:12 am
What the fuck  

Cyclist and bike shop owner training for triathlon hit by car. Car stops, driver gets out, yells at her, runs over her again. She's was in a coma for nearly a month and has only started speaking yesterday, and speaks briefly like a stoned three-year-old. The DA refuses to press charges against the driver and apparently, that's just that.

"Last month, a dear friend of mine named Jan Morgan was hit while riding her bicycle training for an Ironman. It was a straight road (no turns or hills) and the sun could not have been in the driver's eyes. The car hit them from behind at full speed. At first glance you might think this was an accident. BUT Robbie Norton, the woman who hit Jan, got out of the car, looked at Jan, yelled at her for cycling in the road, got back in her car and ran Jan over again. There were multiple witnesses who stopped Robbie Norton by dragging her out of the car.

Reddit, the problem is, we've just learned they do not intend on pressing charges. Reason? The District Attorney, Forrest Allgood, says there are no laws in Mississippi to protect cyclists from this."

Infuriating. Unbelievable.
Current Location: at work
Current Mood: enraged
Kiwi Mariakiwiria on June 23rd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
How about attempted manslaughter??? Seriously, that's just all kinds of FUBAR.
_53_53 on June 23rd, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
The really insane part is that the argument is that the driver ran over the cyclist the second time in a panic and didn't mean to. I don't drive, and as a cyclist I may be biased... but how do you run over someone twice by mistake? It's like me dropping a baby on its head twice in a row by mistake. I suppose it's not completely impossible, but my bullshit detector won't stop going off.

Anyway now that it's hit Reddit, I suspect it should spread to other sites and go viral or something. Still, very sad :(
Kiwi Mariakiwiria on June 24th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
I do drive, and I can see driving over somebody once by accident. However, in Denmark this would be seen as negligent driving and is still illegal!!!!

Driving over somebody twice by mistake might still not be impossible, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be illegal. And my bullshit meter keeps going off too.
dr_koolaimzzdakini_bones on June 24th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
A Violation Of Imaginationwyatt1048 on June 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Holy shit, so attempted murder is legal if the vicitm's a cyclist?
_53_53 on June 23rd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Reverend Xenakaboom: STOLEN: Office Spacetfcocs on June 23rd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
The District Attorney, Forrest Allgood, says there are no laws in Mississippi to protect cyclists from this."

WTF? What kind of lawyer is that idiot? Isn't that a hit and run? And assault?

For f***s sake, how much did that Robbie Norton pay off the crooked DA?
_53_53 on June 24th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Dude's got quite a colorful track record of this kind of shit too :(