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20 years for hit-and-run death of cyclist(16 posts)

20 years for hit-and-run death of cyclistMcAndrus
Dec 21, 2001 5:07 AM
Last year a cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident. If you wish to see the end of the story, follow the link http://web.thestate.com/content/columbia/2001/12/20/local/sunshine20.htm
what the killer said:Dog
Dec 21, 2001 6:34 AM
"It wasn't I who stole his life, but God took what belonged to him," Gaymon said to the Sunshine family while reading from a prepared statement.

That's idiotic. I don't want to get into the religion aspect of that, but it shows that she refuses to accept responsibility.

20 years, out in 10, is not enough. I think she should become the indentured servant (or slave) of the victim's family for life and never drive again. That would be better justice.

Dog
reminds me of the original MASH movieTig
Dec 21, 2001 7:01 AM
They were talking about Frank Burns, played by Robert Duvall. "Everytime he kills a patient he says 'It's God's will', or somebody else's fault". That stuck with me a long time ago, so when I hear someone utter something similar, the red flags start popping up. This is getting off the cycling related subject, but I believe that the lack of self responsibility is the major downfall of our society.
agreegtx
Dec 21, 2001 10:01 AM
agree 100%. If you want to get depressed, read the article on cycling-related lawsuits in the latest BIKE magazine. And people wonder why bike equipment prices are so high...
I think the best would becyclopathic
Dec 21, 2001 8:22 PM
to revoke her license for entire life and order her to ride bike daily, pref on road she killed. Can this be arranged as approbation??
re: 20 years for hit-and-run death of cyclistrollo tommassi
Dec 21, 2001 6:40 AM
Thanks for the link; what makes me sad is the driver has no remorse about taking a life, even worse that she hides behind her belief in God (as if he did it).

I'd be interested to learn more about the trial - any other links or backstory?
Not much, sorryMcAndrus
Dec 21, 2001 7:02 AM
This newspaper charges a fee for its archived stories. Here's what I remember of the story.

In September of 2000, a local dentist was out riding his bike in the early morning. It was already daylight. He was found laying in an intersection actually.

It took the police several weeks of following leads to find the lady who was sentenced yesterday. I believe it came down to paint markings from the car.

Most of the accident details are spelled out in the linked story. The only thing I'd mention in addition is how this was a dominant story in the local news until the arrest of the lady.

It was very good to see how much attention the local media and law enforcement paid to this. People have even held a money-raising benefit ride in his name.

I didn't know him, personally. He was a local recreational road rider, I believe.
Sounds to me like she got off with the proverbialcyclinseth
Dec 21, 2001 7:29 AM
"slap on the wrist". Just goes to show that if you want to get off easy for murder, make sure you're in an automobile.
Not to mention...Spinchick
Dec 21, 2001 7:52 AM
what the HELL difference does it make if he died immediately of his injuries or not? She LEFT him there for God's sake. They should have added ten years to her sentence for her utter disregard of human life. Oh but that's right, it wasn't her fault- it was God's. What a freaking crock of sh#t.
How true. How true.cyclinseth
Dec 21, 2001 8:10 AM
I love the way these scumbag's friends family and nieghbors all spew sentiments lauding his/her impecable good nature and above average sense of morals and civic duty.
In Canada, she'd be out in 10 (nm)Brian c.
Dec 21, 2001 10:02 AM
The rotten_____________( insert appropriate word here)I AM
Dec 21, 2001 8:09 AM
I cant believe how some people can consider a human life so
frivolus. The victim isn't allowed to come back after 10 years,
the lawyer thinks this is getting hammered, and the nerve of
her blaming god, her lawyer said that he would have died even if she stopped. These have to be some of the lamest excuses I've ever heard.
Why won't people take responsibility for their actions.
in a GA jail for a probation violationcioccman
Dec 21, 2001 8:47 AM
What else has she or does she do wrong? Sounds like she was on probation at the time of this murder.
She was but I forget for what.McAndrus
Dec 21, 2001 9:01 AM
More information on this casecyclopathic
Dec 21, 2001 8:48 PM
check this one and this one

and here's another one:

SOUTH CAROLINA
Woman will face charges in death

COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman accused in the death of popular dentist Harry Sunshine is expected to return this week to face charges.

Tshona Gaymon, 29, has been in jail in Atlanta for a probation violation. She has given up her right to fight a return to South Carolina to face charges, Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. R.K. Hughes said Thursday.

Troopers charged Ms. Gaymon in November with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Dr. Sunshine, 55, died after someone hit his bicycle as he rode along a road in northeast Columbia Sept. 30.

Ms. Gaymon was charged after her husband, Charles Outlaw, 32, turned himself in and told troopers she was driving his car. Mr. Outlaw has been charged with failing to report an accident involving his vehicle.
You serious?filtersweep
Dec 22, 2001 12:33 PM
Dr. Sunshine and Mr. Outlaw? Sounds more like an allegory than news...