Monday, October 17, 2011

Legal Breakthrough for South Carolina: Motorist Convicted of a Felony for Killing a Cyclist

....departure from "slap-on-the-wrist" for car-vs. cyclist crimes
When the person in control of a two-ton gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle isn't paying enough attention...or doesn't care enough to "give three feet" clearance to a person on a bicycle, is it just an everyday "ooops, sorry!" accident...or is it homicide? 
Perhaps the tide is turning in South Carolina...toward justice.
Here's the lede paragraph from today's posting in the BIKELAW.COM blog:

BREAKING NEWS: Monday, October 17, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
The driver who killed cyclist Dr. Matthew Burke pled guilty to felony manslaughter just after 3 p.m. and was sent to jail by an Aiken Circuit Court Judge.


On October 1, 2010, on a straight road in broad daylight in Beech Island, South Carolina, driver Daniel Johnson slammed into Matt and four other cyclists. After 128 days in a coma under life support, Matt was pronounced dead on February 6, 2011.

Daniel Johnson will be sentenced on Tuesday, Oct. 18 for this crime, marking a huge departure in how these horrific acts are treated in our state.


1 comment:

Swaz said...

Great Job - let's hope this is case law that courts will turn to in the future - the best part of this sentence is probably the suspension of driving privilages for the perp. I wonder how he will deal with life without a car ?