Thompson Found Guilty on All Counts

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.

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19 Responses to “Thompson Found Guilty on All Counts”

  • cb says:

    Justice.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Wonderful news; perhaps this really is the beginning of changing perceptions.

    On an unrelated note – It is quite bizarre, but I know several Christopher Thompsons (though with various spellings). None of them are the person in question, but two of them are also doctors.

  • doug says:

    Surprisingly good news.

  • Doug R. says:

    I want him in a prison yard full of bicyclists who randomly collide with him every day for the term of his sentence! That’s Justice!

  • Lucas says:

    Many people feel this could be the landmark case that finally changes attitudes and outcomes in motor vehicle/bicycle collision cases.

    One can only hope

  • sygyzy says:

    I am surprised and happy. Well I am not surprised with today’s news since it was pretty clear the case was heading in this direction a few weeks (months?) ago but I certainly was surprised back then when it seemed to be going well. What a horrible human being.

  • Yokota Fritz says:

    I’m confused — the verdict was rendered on 11/2, and now it appears again tonight on my RSS feed and dated 12/2. WordPress hiccup?

  • Adrienne says:

    I hope he loses his medical license. He shouldn’t be allowed to put his hands on another human being again for the rest of his life.

  • David says:

    Good. Very Good Indeed.

  • Surly Dave says:

    Is this another case or some kind of update on the November 2 jury verdicts?

  • Alan says:

    @Fritz, Surly Dave

    I goofed up. 11/2, not 12/2. The NPR story threw me for a loop. Clueless…

    Thanks-
    Alan

  • bongobike says:

    Somehow I missed this too. Not too late to say HURRAY, though!!!

  • Shay says:

    You know, I find myself inclined to agree with the person who said he should lose his medical license. As I understand it, the basis of the medical profession is the Hippocratic Oath, which directs the physician to do no harm. Deliberately using your car as a weapon against another human being is certainly doing harm, and a violation of the oath. Does anyone know if this is standard practice when a doctor is convicted of a violent crime?

  • Duncan Watson says:

    A felony conviction will automatically result is loss of his medical license. Which according to Nurses that have worked with him is a good thing.

  • bikinginla says:

    NPR originally was going to report on this shortly after the verdict, but the story was delayed due to coverage of the Ft. Hood shootings. The story ran yesterday to coincide with Thompson’s sentencing, which was scheduled for Dec. 3rd; however, the defense was granted a continuance that delayed sentencing until Jan. 8th: http://tiny.cc/sentencingdelayed.

    My understanding is that his medical license will automatically be revoked; however, he can apply for reinstatement, which is granted more often than one might think. But at the age of 60 and facing up to 10 years in prison, it’s questionable whether he will practice again.

  • Jonathan says:

    As a physician, I am in full agreement that he should never practice medicine again. Unfortunately, my experience is that often much is done in the favor of physicians via rehabilitation programs in hopes to reinstate a license. As pointed out, at his age, this will be very unlikely.

  • bongobike says:

    With a temper like that, it makes you wonder how many times he violated the Hippocratic Oath and actually hurt patients out of anger, carelessness, impatience or whatever.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Medicine, especially in the USA, is a lucrative business. Therefore not all doctors are in it for humanistic reasons. They do not do a lie detector test on residents to ensure they actually believe in the Hypocratic oath. The fact that American medical schools encourage cut-throat competition based on grades and test scores rather than performance in a medical or pre-medical setting, does nothing to remedy that. There are many doctors out there, practicing right now, who are not too different from Thompson.

  • Surly Dave says:

    S’ok. The NPR story threw me for a loop too!

 
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