Dr. Christopher Thompson, the former emergency room doctor who used his car to assault bicyclists Christian Stoehr and Ron Peterson in July 2008 (and another cyclist in March of the same year) was found guilty
this week last month of six felonies and one misdemeanor. Charges included two counts of reckless driving, two counts of battery, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of mayhem. According to a report on NPR, Thompson potentially faces 10 years in prison. Many people feel this could be the landmark case that finally changes attitudes and outcomes in motor vehicle/bicycle collision cases.
Editor’s note: Somehow I missed this story back on 11/2 and was only just now alerted to it by a story that was coincidentally published by NPR on 12/2. Sorry for the confusion.