I hate it when I’m right…
If you go back to my blog entry from October 3, 2010 when I reported that a motorist who mowed-down two cyclists was finally indicted nearly a year after the incident you find in my closing paragraph this comment: “Sadly, even when cases like this are brought to trial, most defendants will elect to be tried in front of a jury of their peers — other non-cyclist motorists — instead of a judge and I’m not sure I’ve seen a jury ever convict a motorist who was not clearly DUI or otherwise clearly engaged in some other illegal behavior at the time of the collision with the cyclist. “
Well, the jury in Texas did not disappoint. Perhaps the prosecutor over-reached when he filed the charge of criminally negligent homicide?
Not guilty verdict in tandem bike deathsThe Associated PressPublished: Friday, Sep. 7, 2012 – 7:15 pm
SAN ANTONIO — A jury has found a man accused of criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of a married couple on a tandem bicycle not guilty
The jury returned Friday with the not-guilty verdict. Forty-three-year-old Gilbert John Sullaway could have faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler were riding the bicycle down a paved shoulder of Texas 16 in October 2009 when they were struck by the defendant’s pickup after he veered off the road in northwest Bexar (BAYR) County.
Sullaway said after the verdict that his thoughts and prayers had been and would continue to be with the Bruehler family.
Gregory Bruehler’s father, Gary Bruehler, says he respects the jury’s decision but was disappointed for his son and daughter-in-law and the bicycling community.
This also serves as a reminder that as couples who ride together we need to make sure we have taken time to have our affairs in order, as noted in one of my first blog entries back in January 2010 entitled: What If You And Your Spouse Were Seriously Injured or Killed While Riding?