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Driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclist(20 posts)

Driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclistNiwot
Jan 15, 2003 11:24 AM
This is what should happen every time a driver kills a cyclist, but unfortunately many drivers get away with murder and don't even have to pay a traffic ticket.

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin website http://starbulletin.com

Posted on: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 9:50 PM HST

Man sentenced to 10 years in bicyclist's death

By Debra Barayuga
dbarayuga@starbulletin.com

Alfred James Willard III said not a day goes by that he does not think of the day nearly two years ago when he drove a van into a 21-year-old man riding his bicycle along Fort Weaver Road.

And that's exactly what the family of Theron Keoki Nicodemus wants — that Willard never forgets.

"Mr. Willard lost his right to peace of mind when he robbed us of ours," Geraldine Helenihi, Nicodemus' grandmother, said today at Willard's sentencing.

Circuit Judge Marie Milks sentenced Willard, 33, of Ewa Beach, to the maximum 10 years today for fleeing the scene in a borrowed van after striking Nicodemus from behind. He had pleaded no contest to charges of fleeing the scene and second-degree negligent homicide.

At his sentencing yesterday, Willard said he thinks about what happened every day and he apologized to Nicodemus' family.

Outside the courtroom, Edith Muromoto, Nicodemus' mother, said she could not accept the apology. "If he was sorry, he would have stayed at the scene and helped my son."

Early on March 7, 2001, Nicodemus, who had turned 21 two days earlier, was struck by the van while riding his bike home to Ewa Beach after work. He died of his injuries a day later.
and how about the cyclist?cyclopathic
Jan 15, 2003 11:33 AM
how many years he didn't get?
re: Driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclistchaquefois
Jan 15, 2003 12:44 PM
10 years under our present system means nothing. With time off for good behavior and time off for jail overcrowding this scumbag will be out in about 3 years or so. That's why I, like many other Americans, have absolutely no faith in the U.S. judicial system. An eye for an eye.
Driver will be someone's "girlfriend" for a while...serbski
Jan 15, 2003 1:20 PM
Well, the driver may end up with some unpleasant "saddle sores" during his time in the joint...
Warning-Homophobic jerk posting!Alexx
Jan 15, 2003 1:23 PM
C'mon guys, act your age (unless, of course, you actually ARE 12)
It's probably the truth though (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 15, 2003 1:47 PM
What the heck does the response have to do with homophobia?hrv
Jan 15, 2003 1:50 PM
Don't understand how you drew that conclusion.

Let me also say, if someone close to me was killed by a motorist while riding their bike, the offender getting gang raped in prison would be a walk in the park compared to what I would wish on them.

hrv
Sounds Like You Are Heterophobic!Roadrunner25
Jan 15, 2003 3:43 PM
His comment was a bit off color, but very accurate.

Lighten up!
Warning-Homophobic-phobic jerk posting! (nm)Crankist
Jan 15, 2003 4:00 PM
Heart's in the right place ... let's ALL relax.jtolleson
Jan 15, 2003 5:35 PM
I can see both sides of this one. As one of the board's members who "plays for the other team" I too weary of posts that imply that homosexuality/homosexual experiences, etc. are the worst thing that can be visited on a human. In that, there is perhaps immaturity, intolerance, etc. So, Alexx I applaud your intentions.

I also didn't blink at the remark. Prison rape is indeed an additional "punishment" that befalls those landing in the Big House soooooooo ...
Heart's in the right place ... let's ALL relax.jtolleson
Jan 15, 2003 5:36 PM
I can see both sides of this one. As one of the board's members who "plays for the other team" I too weary of posts that imply that homosexuality/homosexual experiences, etc. are the worst thing that can be visited on a human. In that, there is perhaps immaturity, intolerance, etc. So, Alexx I applaud your intentions.

That being said, I also didn't blink at the remark. Prison rape is indeed an additional "punishment" that befalls those landing in the Big House soooooooo ...
Pardon the double post. Techno glitch. Whoops (nm)jtolleson
Jan 15, 2003 5:36 PM
Whoa! No offense intended...serbski
Jan 15, 2003 6:07 PM
My point was only that the driver (a now convicted murderer) would likely face something that anyone, REGARDLESS of sexual orientation would find brutal and horrific. I certainly believe that a homosexual man would find being gang-raped to be a soul-crushing and humiliating experience. I would imagine that hetero women do not find rape a less horrifying experience just because it is at the hands of man (i.e. a "heterosexual" act of violence). My point is: I have no problem with anyone's sexual orientation and meant no offense, but rather hoped to point out that the convicted driver is in for an unpleasant time in prison. As it should be.
Don't sweat it.....Bill is in Denver
Jan 15, 2003 6:55 PM
Some people get offended if you claim that chicken tastes better than turkey. Then they want the turkey to get it's proper respect and for you to make a public appology. Next they want the turkey to be treated as if it were equal in all respects to steak, regardless of it's color, texture or the orientation of it's cut. Despite the obvious differences, these 'equality' whiners will complain about every comment out of your mouth as if it is your fault that chicken obviously tastes better than turkey. Hell, you should be ashamed for even thinking about chicken being that turkey is their favorite and you know it. Now, go jump off the nearest bridge and beg forgiveness of the soft hearted, easily offended, obviously defensive whiners all the way to the ground. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Don't sweat it...you can drop him.

Bill
warning, turkey-phobic jerk post (NM)ACE-
Jan 15, 2003 8:37 PM
nm
Laughing mo a$$ off. Thanks ACE nmDERICK
Jan 15, 2003 11:36 PM
Laughing my a$$ off. Thanks ACE nmDERICK
Jan 15, 2003 11:36 PM
re: Driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclistpaulw
Jan 15, 2003 8:04 PM
What I don't understand is why this guy only gets 10 years. Why should stupidity be less punishable than intention? If the driver had intended to hit the cyclist, he would have gotten more time yet the end result is the same, dead cyclist.
Why Should Stupidity be Less Punishable Than Intention?jtolleson
Jan 15, 2003 9:20 PM
You don't REALLY mean that, do you? This basic tenet of our criminal justice system is, in fact, borne of common sense as well.

You're goofing off on the icy sidewalk with arms flailing and clock an old woman... do you want to be charged with assault?

Life is full of stupidity resulting in bad "end results," but you believe they should be punished EXACTLY the same as intentional crimes? Wow. Must be nice to live in a black and white world.

My comments aren't directed towards this driver's error (don't know the facts) but to that remark. I'll remain baffled by it, not having the perfect world at my finger tips.
re: Driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclistthe other Tim
Jan 15, 2003 9:24 PM
There aren't a lot of details in the original post, but as I read it, the driver was sentenced for fleeing the scene, not for having an accident.

Your suggestion that people should be imprisoned because they accidentally stuck someone with a vehicle would have probably half of the driving population in prison. I've been driving for 30 years and have never caused an accident (yet). I have been hit from behind (while stopped) several times. Should those drivers have gone to prison (they did something stupid)? I have also been hit while riding - by drivers who made mistakes. My truck was once hit by a stupid cyclist, and I've been hit by a cyclist while walking on the sidewalk. None of this was intentional, but you're saying that shouldn't matter.

Auto and cycling accidents happen. Most of them are avoidable, yet they aren't avoided. Sometimes the consequences are horrible, even if there are no bicycles involved. If you leave the scene of an accident, whether you caused it or not, there may be loss that could have been avoided had you stayed to help. That's criminal.