Driver Found Not Guilty In Deaths of Gregory & Alexandra Bruehler

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 deaths

The Associated Press
Published: 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?

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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2 Responses to Driver Found Not Guilty In Deaths of Gregory & Alexandra Bruehler

  1. Wayne says:

    I don’t know how many times I have seen on TV crime dramas the statement made that unless they find drugs or alcohol in the driver’s system no charges can be filed against a driver that killed someone. This is repeated so often that it has “educated” the jury pool and as a result it appears that sober negligent drivers are not held accountable for failing the very basic standard of controlling their vehicle.

  2. Peter Leiss says:

    It is a sad commentary when a motorist who is supposed to have care and control of 2 to 3 ton vehicle mows down cyclists and kills them is basically let off with a slap on the wrist. When will people wake up and understand that driving is not a right it is privilege and with that privilege comes the responsibility of protecting those around you from harm. The justice system and the public in general need a big shake up so that they can understand that just because I am on a bike I am not expendable. In fact I am a father, a brother, a son, a driver, a worker, a taxpayer etc. just like Gregory and Alexandra where. Why are their lives and my life worth so much less when I am on a bike?

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