Wealthy Hit-and-Run Driver Gets Light Sentence

Summit News

Martin Erzinger, the hit-and-run driver who made the national news when prosecutors failed to file felony charges against him because of his job as a hedge-fund manager, was recently sentenced to 45 days of community service.

Back in November, Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert told the Summit Daily News, “Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession, and that entered into (the decision). When you’re talking about restitution, you don’t want to take away his ability to pay.”

You have to wonder what the outcome of this case would have been if the victim had been in an automobile instead of on a bicycle, and if the defendant had been a low wage earner instead of a wealthy investment banker.

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13 Responses to “Wealthy Hit-and-Run Driver Gets Light Sentence”

  • Phil says:

    “You have to wonder what the outcome of this case might have been had the victim been in an automobile instead of on a bicycle, and if the defendant had been a low wage earner.”

    Remember the old jailhouse definition of capital punishment. Them what’s got the capital, don’t get the punishment.

  • Andy says:

    It’s just sad. It’s all over Streetsblog – car drivers keep smashing cyclists (often maiming or killing them) and rarely go to jail. Usually just a ticket is issued, but not always. It seems like in every case, someone thought that the person on the bicycle was probably at fault because they were in the way, as if right of way only applies to cars.

  • John says:

    Outrageous. Simply outrageous.

  • sb mike says:

    What a jerk and what a broken system :-(

  • Jammy says:

    Ok, so what can we do to stop this from happening and make drivers liable?

  • Brian C says:

    Wish I could say it would be different in our country, but sadly if you are going to kill or injure someone seriously, do it with a car. Do it with any other weapon and there will be consequences.

    My sympathies lie solely with the victim of this offence. Not a good day for U.S. justice.

  • Fergie348 says:

    Alan, you forgot to mention the most amazing thing about this case. His lawyer claimed he fell asleep because of ‘new car smell’. You can’t make stuff up better than this..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/14/martin-erzinger-may-have-_n_796562.html

    So, bicyclists, be particularly cautious around auto dealerships. That test ride might end badly..

  • Chris Baskind says:

    Says as much about our country’s economic caste system as it does about how non-serious we are about sustainable transportation.

  • RDW says:

    I don’t know how to respond to this, it’s just so unimaginable that he’s getting away with it.

  • John Riley says:

    How does sleep apnea justify leaving the scene? CA-RA-ZY!

  • eddie f says:

    i would like to make the life of the criminal difficult. what can i/we do?

  • Stephen says:

    Let’s hope the surgeon attorney’s will file a civil suit for damages sufficient to sting. Eagle is a small town; Erzinger’s reputation is forever tarnished. However, the investment world is full of shites like this.

    Evil will never go away; you just have to try to avoid it wherever possible.

  • randomray says:

    What truly disgusts me is that the DA and the judge end up being just as criminal as Erzinger . None of them are fit for any position of trust .

 
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