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What should I do?(4 posts)

What should I do?JL
Dec 10, 2001 7:41 AM
Back in September, I posted about a run-in with a driver in his BMW.

Here's the link:
"It's not just SUV's..." 9/17/01 3:22pm

And the original followup:
"It's going to Court!!! Here's an update..." 9/22/01 7:11am

Well it's almost 3 months later and I've heard nothing from the township it was in. Who should I call? What should I do? Should I just forget it and hope I get something eventually in the mail about a court date? I wrote a document and sent it to the police officer right after it happened, so my version is in writing. I think it's been playing with my mind as I haven't ridden a lot in the last 3 months either. The officer did say it could be a while as the township is notoriously slow, but this is much longer than even he thought.

Well, what do you think I should do?

Thanks.

JL
Stick with it....Lone Gunman
Dec 10, 2001 7:59 AM
Sometimes the wheels of justice grind very slowly. And sometimes this is how the "game" is played. Delay, delay, continuance, continuance, get a date scheduled, you don't know about the court date for some reason and case dismissed. It happens. A local attorney has the nickname "Lucky". If you have Lucky as your attorney, the "fix" was usually in. BMW guy may have some juice in your Twp., and things get lost in the mail, etc. Educate yourself as to who is hearing the case and keep tabs on his office, who schedules hearings for him etc.
First...UncleMoe
Dec 10, 2001 4:54 PM
I think you need to start riding again. I can understand if you feel a little shakey on the idea. Are you concerned that this jerk might find you? or Are you concerned about other idiot drivers?

Are there a lot of cyclists in your area? Go on a group ride.

As far as the court date, I can't advise. Maybe call the DA office. See if they are still pressing charges or maybe see if it was dropped and why.

If they have dropped it, let it be. You could always file a personal lawsuit against the guy. Afterall, this was a personal attack on you and it has obviously affected your mental health if both you and your wife have been worried about it, and you stopped riding. But I wouldn't push it to this point as it will open up a huge can or worms.
I think you're right...JL
Dec 11, 2001 6:59 AM
I just need to start riding again. I don't know what my problem is. I was "used" to idiot drivers before the incident. I just have to stop thinking of "excuses" not to ride and "just do it" as the saying goes. It's getting cold here in PA, but that didn't stop me too much last year, even if it was inside on the trainer. And I haven't been inspired to do that either.

I'll see about calling the DA and if I can get an answer about the incident report.

As far as the can of worms goes, I figured I was doing that just charging the guy with harassment. I don't know his information, other than license plate #, and at this point I'm not sure if I could pick him out of a lineup. I guess I'll have to see what they say.

Thanks.

JL