|Victim of a Car||Eugene Kaudill|
Mar 8, 2002 6:34 AM
|This story is from the Houston Chronicle. Just another reason why cars must go.
MARCH 08, 06:36 ET
Texas Woman Charged With Murder
By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A woman accused of hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with him lodged in her broken windshield and ignoring his pleas as he bled to death in her garage is not the monster being portrayed by prosecutors, her attorney says.
Police say Chante J. Mallard, 25, waited two days for the man to die, ignoring his pleas for help, and then dumped his body in a park with the help of friends.
Mallard was charged with murder Wednesday night and released after posting bail. She faces five years to life in prison if convicted.
``She is not the monster that police and prosecutors are making her out to be,'' said Mike Heiskell, Mallard's attorney. ``She was simply a frightened, emotionally distraught young woman who had an accident, panicked and made a wrong choice.''
Heiskell said his client is guilty only of failing to stop and render aid — not murder.
He said the victim, Gregory Biggs, died a few hours after Mallard drove home and was in her garage no more than 24 hours. He said her friends advised her not to call for help and suggested dumping the body.
Biggs, whose body was found in a park on Oct. 27, suffered cuts and broken legs but had no internal injuries that would have caused his death, according to the medical examiner's office.
``There's a pretty good possibility he'd be alive if he'd gotten help, but she concealed the body in the garage ... so that's why she's charged with murder,'' said Fort Worth police Lt. David Burgess.
When Biggs' body was found, authorities suspected he had been hit by a car, but they had no leads until a tipster came forward last week.
Biggs, 37, had struggled with mental illness and had been staying at a homeless shelter, where workers said he often brought them flowers. He was estranged from his mother and sister. He also had a 19-year-old son who only recently found out about the tragic death, relatives said.
The son, Brandon Biggs, has questions for Mallard, but he says he isn't angry.
``I pray for her, actually,'' the high school senior told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Friday's editions.
``I'd just like to talk to her — just ask questions and see why, to get a better understanding I suppose,'' he said.
Police reported finding Biggs' blood and hair on Mallard's car, still in her garage more than four months after the crash. The windshield and front seats had been removed.
The tipster told police that Mallard said she was drinking and taking the drug Ecstasy one night in October when her car hit the man along a Fort Worth highway near her house.
The tipster said Mallard drove home, had sex with her boyfriend, then went back to the garage to find Biggs still alive, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
In her statement to police, however, Mallard said she felt ``like someone had slipped her something'' and did not mention any drug use, the Dallas Morning-News reported in Friday's editions. And Heiskell said the tipster's claims were embellishments.
``This was not a friend of Chante's. In fact, they were enemies,'' he said. He added that the tipster wanted to portray Mallard ``in the worse light possible.''
Mallard later told investigators she apologized to the victim when she returned to the garage several times, but she never called for help as he moaned and pleaded with her, according to the affidavit.
``We intend to prosecute this fully,'' said Richard Alpert, a Tarrant County assistant district attorney.
Mallard told investigators she removed the car seats and burned them because she was afraid of being caught and going to jail, according to the affidavit. She planned to burn the car and buy another one after receiving her income tax refund, according to the affidavit.
Charges may be filed against the friends who helped dump Biggs' body, Burgess said.
Mar 8, 2002 6:49 AM
|you're an idiot
what a ridiculous reason as to why cars should go
maybe we should get rid of everything else that's linked to the crime - people that wear clothes/shoes, the road it happened on, the city of Fort Worth (maybe not a bad idea actually), nurse assistants, women drivers, black people
your reasoning 'skills' are pathetic - I look forward to your simplistic response and the eventual TKO which will be awarded to me by consensus
to paraphrase the NRA - 'cars don't kill people - people kill people'
BTW - did you realise that there's an entire board called 'non-cycling discussion board' - maybe you could go and post your inanities there and stop cluttering the general board up with 3000 plus hit threads
|Eugene, knock it off!||MikeC|
Mar 8, 2002 7:33 AM
|As one who replied civilly to you in the course of your last rant, I want to let you know that you've just added another person to the list of those who think it's time for you to go away.
The only logical explanation I can come up with at this point is that you're an ANTI-environmentalist, who wants the mainstream to think that "greens" are just a bunch of irrational, illogical, unreasonable whackos.
I can't imagine that you really think you're helping your alleged cause by so tiresomely representing the lunatic fringe.
|I'll bet u 5 CO2 cartridges he replies to . . .||morrison|
Mar 8, 2002 7:53 AM
|70% or more of the replies on this post.|
|I don't know...||Crankist|
Mar 8, 2002 8:05 AM
|...if problems with that wacko can be stated more clearly than Mike's comments. 100% agreement.|
|Victim of Drugs||Slipstream|
Mar 8, 2002 8:05 AM
|This person was a victim of drugs. Drugs & cars don't mix. Cars & bikes don't mix. Drugs & bikes mix off-road. |
Conclusion: go to the non-cycling discussion and mix there.
Mar 8, 2002 8:31 AM
|The person may have been on drugs (Ecstacy and alcohol reportedly which are not all that mind altering) but there is no way you could drive home and be so drunk and f'ed up to not notice some half dead guy hanging from your windshield. And then she went in the house ignoring the guy and had sex with her boyfreind. This person and all those who aided her in dumping the body were barely human if you ask me. Even a street junkie might have more compassion for a dying person than this lady did.|
|Victim of Drugs?||Jekyll|
Mar 8, 2002 8:55 AM
|If you take something then how can you be a victim of it? (of course no one actually takes the drug "voluntarily", especially when a jail sentence is involved, right).
If I get drunk and crash into another driver am I a victim of alcohol or am I simply an irresponsible and criminally negligent idiot?
The whole "victim" concept has gone much too far. Spill coffee on yourself and you're a victim of Mcdonalds, under inflate your tires and you're a victim of Goodyear, smoke and get lung cancer and you're a victim of the tobacco companies, eat like a pig and sit on your a$$ and get fat and die and you're a victim of Twinkies, kill your five kids and you're a victim of depression... Bullsh!t.
|"experimented" with X while drinking and...||Empirion75|
Mar 8, 2002 11:35 AM
|I think the comment you made was total ignorant bull crap. Let me guess. You are a DARE graduate?|
|Eugene, would you please put this in the Non-Cycling Forum?||Sintesi|
Mar 8, 2002 8:47 AM
|Please, let's be reasonable here. All you do is rile people up and it wastes a lot of thread space for cycling specific issues. This forum is for sharing cycling experiences, knowledge, and general comradery. Your topics are philosophical and anti-car and would be better suited in the non-cycling forum. I promise you will get much more legitimate responses there. That is the reason that forum was created. So how about it? I think that is a reasonable compromise and will make everyone happier. There is nothing wrong with that is there?|
|Of course he won't. He's a self-absorbed self-indulgent a$$||jtolleson|
Mar 8, 2002 9:49 AM
|People who want to use an online forum for their selfish soapbox BS rarely respond to requests to play fair.
Gregg needs to bring the hammer down on this troll.
|I think we need to self-police. Ignore him and he'll leave(nm)||Dave Hickey|
Mar 8, 2002 9:56 AM
|Agreed, First and last time I'll respond.||Sintesi|
Mar 8, 2002 10:09 AM
|in this forum atleast.|
|Rock On. I'm in.||jtolleson|
Mar 8, 2002 1:13 PM
|Another Non-Sequitur Statement||gusriley|
Mar 8, 2002 8:48 AM
|"This story is from the Houston Chronicle. Just another reason why cars must go.
MARCH 08, 06:36 ET
Texas Woman Charged With Murder"
You're getting pretty good at taking a stand and miserably failing to connect it to an the issues you bring up.
....Woman charged for murder.....Just another reason why cars must go? Again this does not follow. Apples and Oranges....maybe you should have tried this as well: .....Woman charged for murder....Another good reason her children must go? Doesn't follow either does it?
I think you should quit butchering the environmental movement and leave it to people who can better express the problem.
|The homeless man,||guido|
Mar 8, 2002 10:23 PM
|Was he not on foot, and not riding a bike? Was he wearing a reflector or light? Obeying right of ways? Watching out where he was going or what was coming at him? And when he's stuck in the windshield, couldn't he have wiggled out, or broken the windshield, and shouted like mad for help? People like this woman, her lover, and her homeless victim might be coming from strange places you or I could not imagine, but driving a car has nothing to do with it.
You could talk about the urban wasteland that elevated expressways have turned the cities into, and the futility of endlessly expanding suburbs or urban sprawl, but once a problem is finally realized, corrective measures will always follow. Our ability to solve problems has accelerated throughout history. Urban planners, some of whom ride bikes, now work outside the automobile box. Mass rail transit, pedestrian walkways, parks, jogging paths, bike lanes, are all spicing up the mix of urban development today. Some cities are ahead of others in laying pedestrian and mass transit grids over the auto grid, but there is coming to be a general consensus that, yes, auto congestion is getting worse, we can't just keep building more roads, so we've got to do something else, less energy consuming, less brutal on the environment, more efficent.
Biking is one alternative to driving a car. It's good for you, fun, convenient, cheap, and safe--safer than a car in terms of permanent injury or death. So we all have to get out there and ride. We have to make it attractive, cool, vital, sexy. The auto culture must accept us, then others will come out, kids going to school, and adults who can't afford, don't need or want the hassles of owning a car.
Politically, that's what we should do. Get out there and show the world how cool riding a bike around town on errands, commuting to work, riding with the club on weekends, is.
"I dig your speed bike, man!" the kid said to me from the curb, as I wheeled by on my way to work today. When all the oil's gone, it'll be a cleaner and healthier environment. Road biking will be THE THING.
Gimmie five, man!