Dr. Road Rage

The doctor who purposefully slammed on his brakes in front of two cyclists, causing serious injury to both riders, is being tried in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on one felony count of “reckless driving causing injury” and two felony counts of “battery with serious injury”.

In a statement to police, Dr. Christopher Thompson claimed he was “tired of cyclists” on Mandeville Canyon Road, so he used his car to “teach them a lesson”. Apparently this wasn’t the first time Thompson used his car as a weapon. In a similar incident this summer, Thompson nearly ran down Patrick Watson and his friend as they were riding on the same road.

Thompson is currently free on bail and is to be arraigned January 15.

The Full Story in the LA Times

22 Responses to “Dr. Road Rage”

  • Dale says:

    If he does not get jail time then put a hit on him before he kills someone. We can NOT allow this kind of behavior to go on.

    Back in the OLD WEST there wouldn’t even be a trial.

  • Thom says:

    Dale’s response, while I sympathize with his passion, is the same kind of vigilante knee-jerk response that caused The Bad Doctor to commit his crime. Advocating a “hit” is not okay in any context, anywhere, by anyone. It seems pretty clear that this guy will get jail time, especially since he’s on record saying the things he did. In my view, he should get life in prison, or some sort of primitive mental institution where high-voltage electro-shock therapy is still practiced. Better yet, maybe he should be forced to build bike lanes for the rest of his life. That’s probably not going to happen in our justice system, but Dale, let’s not call out the lynch mob just yet. That sort of murderous attitude doesn’t help anyone.

  • Dale says:

    Thom’s idea of making the “bad” doctor build bike lanes for the rest of his life is genius. Great idea – a much better idea than a hit, and certainly a better idea than spending good folks’ tax money on housing & feeding the “sorry-excuse” for years to come.

    But I do have to LOL. :- ) Thom thinks killing him is a bad idea but torturing him, circa 1800′s, is OK. A little streak of sadist in ya there, Thom? :- ) :- ) :- )

  • Joe says:

    It is interesting to note that this same dr had a malpractice award against him in 2001, so not only is he a vindictive automobile driver, he is also a bad dr. As much as many of us would like to see what Dale says happen, it would be better to have this dr be made to commute by bicycle for the next 5 years because while this would be a good thing for most of us, it would be pure torture for this man. In addtion to civil action, complaints should be filed with the State Medical Board of CA as to the lack for medical attention offered by this dr to those whom he caused injury to. Just an idea.

  • Crosius says:

    This guy should get a restraining order placed on him that does not allow him to be inside any automobiles for the rest of his life. That way, he’ll have to become a bike rider and he’ll be out there with the rest of us on the receiving end of every other idiot out there that thinks the way he does.

    He should also have to display a sign on his bike that says “I have to ride a bike because I hit cyclists with my car” so that the cyclists can shun him, too.

  • Joe says:

    @ Crosius: My thoughts exactly.

  • Alan says:

    I hope he is fairly tried, found guilty, and given the maximum sentence. I’m fearful that he’ll get a slap on the hand and that somehow the victims will be partially blamed; that seems to be par for the course in these motorist versus cyclist cases.

  • Croupier says:

    I certainly feel it’s fair punishment that he never be able to drive again in addition to whatever incarceration/fines/community service the court deems appropriate.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    I hope that the rule of law prevails. I hope that cyclists are seen as the victims here. I hope for a speedy trial.

    I fear the same things Alan does.

  • Thom says:

    Dale, yeah, I guess I do! And I was really only thinking of 1950s-era punishment, but I suppose we could go back to the 1800s, too! Anyone who advocates punishment, physical or otherwise, could be considered a sadist, though, depending on how far you want to carry the definition. In any event, I think we can all feel pretty safe in saying that this guy deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law, and that a lot of people and organizations around the country are going to be outraged if he isn’t.

  • Doug says:

    @Thom: electro-shock therapy is still practiced regularly in all 50 states as a last-resort treatment for serious depression and schizophrenia (and with a fair amount of success). Many people seek this treatment voluntarily, though people who cannot make medical decisions for themselves sometimes have it forced on them.

    This guy is disgusting. I’d like to have a go at his car Street Fighter bonus round style. Or maybe run it over with a Pugsley.

  • Donald Moore says:

    These calls for vigilante action, while wrong, come from an often justified frustration with our justice system. Personally, I would like to sentence him to forever riding the roads of Pittsburgh, Pa on a skinny-tired road bike with a cheap saddle.

  • Croupier says:

    @ Doug

    LMFAO! That so funny I suddenly have the urge to go berserk on ANY car Street Fighter bonus round style. I’ll go nuts like my name was T. Hawk.

  • Erik Sandblom says:

    I’ll be the resident hippie:

    If it’s any consolation, just being this guy must be pretty severe punishment. It’s apparent that he’s not exactly a happy camper.

  • Opus the Poet says:

    Gee, it looks like I’m the nice guy (whodathunkit?) I just say that he gets to go on with his life unless and until he gets caught behind the wheel of a car and there isn’t someone dying in the back seat that he’s trying to get to a hospital. Then he gets to spend the maximum sentence for every count against him consecutively, in prison. And when he gets out he is still under the same restriction, if he gets caught behind the wheel of a car, even if that car is not running, and it’s not a life or death medical emergency, then he goes back to prison to do the whole string over again. All he has to do to stay out of prison is never drive again. We don’t have to pay to feed clothe and shelter him, and he is removed from his weapon of choice.

  • Adrienne says:

    If he is found guilty, he will loose his license to practice medicine. That has the potential of costing him hundreds of thousands of dollars, and if his school loans are not paid off, then that will be even worse. Unemployed doctors don’t always have a lot of options for work, lessened even more by a violent federal conviction. The medical community is very tightly knit, so he will be exempted from a lot of what has been his social circle since he started med school.

    His life will be very different, and most likely, very bleak for a long time to come. No one needs to pile ill wishes upon him as he has done enough of that for himself.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    Adrienne: I hope you’re right about the medical license thing. Besides some jail time, which he so richly deserves, losing his profession would be a deep, permanent punishment. And I’m all in favor of forcing the guy to bike it everywhere. Maybe there’s some redemption down the road for this guy. After years of hard bike commuting, maybe he’ll become a staunch advocate for bike safety, eh? Probably not, but, hey, it’s Christmas time. We can hold out hope for this sorry sack of steaming rancid doggie poo, can’t we? Scrooge had a turn around.

    Peace on Earth, good will towards y’all, and may all cyclists especially find the roads smooth, the drivers polite, the weather mild.

    Cheers,

    Scott

  • andy parmentier says:

    perhaps the pashley “guv’nor” will “commute” his sentence, which usually involves a subject (of harm) and a predicate (to do evil?)
    but in the “guvnor’s” case, he’d be “subject” to fresh air, “predicated” on a premise of the peeling away of vehicular insulation that autos provide, down to the bare bones (they study this in med school) of a bicycle frame.
    thus, the vehicular ‘rammer” will learn his grammar

  • Alan says:

    @andy

    Another good one Andy… :-)

  • Julian Smith says:

    A malpractice award against a doctor does not necessarily mean that person is a bad doctor. In this litigious society, people will sue for any reason or no reason at all, in their supposed right to perfection. Juries sympathize, i.e. respond with emotion, not an analysis of the facts.

    At the risk of creating a firestorm, consider the breast implant story. My wife’s boss and colleague (and also my former boss) has an international reputation in the field of immunology, and he was involved as an expert witness in the lawsuits. In his opinion, and in the opinion of many others in the medical and research areas, there was never any valid scientific data to show that the implants were responsible for the problems reported by the women. He was actually told by one of the trial lawyers that the trial had nothing to do with science. As you know, vast awards were given to the lawyers and their clients. Breast implants are now back on the market and women are again getting them.

    I repeat. A malpractice award does not necessarily have anything to do with malpractice.

    Disclaimer: you may consider me to be biased. I have worked in medical and research fields all of my life. There are 4 doctors in my family. However, they all live in England and Australia, where lawsuits are much less common, and none has ever been sued.

  • Roberto Rodz. says:

    i agree with donald moore and thom’s idea about putting him to build bike lanes. now that i think of it, city governments should use the labor of prison inmates to build bike lanes.

  • Jon Shinefeld says:

    Perhaps, when the criminal complaint is resolved, someone will think to call the California Medical Board. From their website, it appears that they will censor the doc if in fact he is found guilty as accused.

    Link to the website: The “Anger” link is especially relevant.
    http://www.medbd.ca.gov/licensee/sins.html

    Jon
    PhillyPA

 
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