Skip to comments.Doctor sentenced to 5 years in prison for assaulting bicyclists in Brentwood
Posted on 01/10/2010 9:51:23 PM PST by Chet 99
A doctor convicted of assaulting two bicyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on a narrow Brentwood road was sentenced today to five years in prison.
Christopher Thompson, wearing dark blue jail scrubs, wept as he apologized to the injured cyclists shortly before he was sentenced.
"I would like to apologize deeply, profoundly from the bottom of my heart," he told them, his right hand cuffed to a court chair.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott T. Millington called the case a "wake-up call" to motorists and cyclists and urged local government to provide riders with more bike lanes.
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Will there ever be a world were bicyclist and car drivers coexist harmoniously?? :( We need to learn how to share the bumpy,broken down streets in Ca.
Bicyclists are a menace on the road. They never stop at signs and lights when they’re supposed to, they just roll right on through - drives me insane.
Nothing like a judge with an agenda.
What a joke. In my state, the bikers would have been guilty of failing to keep an assured clear distance.
Sure screeching brakes can make a cyclist jump through his skin or even run off the road an wreck but I’m more worried about the type of driver that never hits his brakes for a cyclist.
I’m glad I live in Texas then. We too have a history of jailing motorists who hit cyclists.
We all see that, every single day, yet they expect everyone to be courteous to them.
I think there's a larger lesson here. How could a doctor, of all people, act so irrationally?
Waiting for the spandex haters to show up.............
Whoops, they are here already..............
Yet O J gets off after cutting his ex-wife's throat from ear to ear almost cutting off her head!
The cyclists hit him from behind.
Most bike riders are elitist dirtbags who never obey the rules of the road.
I understand but there was already some tensions between the cyclist and the motor drivers in that city I am not in any way defending the doctors actions. I also find some bicyclist act like they own the road.
Umm, didn’t da Juj just finish blaming the driver? Who cares about bike lanes.
There are a lot of corrupt doctors out there. They treat people all the time that require no treatment at all....Then charge the insurance carriers....Happens all the time.
If you have proof you should turn them in.
Doc zoomed in front of the bikes then cut them off too quickly for them to stop.
Reporting for duty. 90% of the bike riders in my area are complete a**holes.
Are you suggesting this doesn’t happen *thousands* of times a day in this country?
As a bicyclist, I make it a point to yield control of the road to cars. However, there are always drivers who think bicyclists don’t yield enough control, or have had confrontations in the past. There are some very few drivers out there that would like to run over a bicyclist while no one is watching, which always worries me a little.
I am suggesting that if you know for a fact that it is happening that you should turn in the offender.
Too bad for them. Nobody died. And I'll bet they were riding tandem when the doc cut them off. Selfish jerks.
Feel free to address the question, instead of dodging it.
I am a biker, but I only ride on a secluded, paved forest path here in Florida, no cars allowed. I just want to zone out on my bike, I’m not interested in riding in traffic at all. There’s too much road rage, too many people not paying attention, including myself. Worst thing I have to watch out for on my path is a rabbit or a dog off its leash...or a random, stray, angry pitbull that chases me o0!
That may be true but it seems the intent to harm or injure was found in this case. Not allowed in my book.
Feel free to prove your statement.
Cutting other traffic off gratuitously like this is at the least a moving violation in any locale. This medico has a history of this, however, which is why the hammer came down.
I'll go even further...Some of the most lying corrupt people I have ever met, outside government, are lawyers and their co-conspirators, that many times happen to be doctors...lol
Hells bells, man...I rarely ride on anything but dirt...or gravel.
And I know hundreds like me...........
That, I was unaware of. Adds a wrinkle to things.
I was referring to those who ride on congested main drags.
You’re right. In Brentwood he should have assaulted with a knife in order to avoid prison time.
Of course...You can deny this....sure..lol
Boy, I dunno. I used to ride when I was young. That’s enough for me to empathize. Of course, I only occasionally encounter cyclists en masse. It does seem that one is required to go more slowly for a few moments, or even minutes. But to me it is an occasion for contemplation.
I am by no means immune from the impulses that lead to “road rage”. My daily commute is just a few miles and lasts a few minutes, but that doesn’t stop me from fuming over being held up by a slowpoke. I do, however, hear a still small voice that says, “Stop being an a**hole.”
I've seen it in person, in a court room.
Me, too. But when the spandex crew is riding three abreast, all that hate comes rushing back...
But that's not what you said........
What about cyclists hitting motorists, as is the case here???
Aren't they one in the same....??
Don't forget, car owners pay the gas taxes. the bicyclists get a free road.
It’s quite obvious if you have half a lick of sense.
Critical Mass speaks volumes for bicyclists.
Wow, a rational voice.
As a cyclist I don’t mind being delayed for 30 seconds to a minute while passing one or more fellow cyclists, but it chafes me to be stuck behind a obviously moronic or incompetent driver who is costing me the same amount of time. :-)
Most bicyclists also own cars, and pay taxes.
Cops should start ticketing ahole cyclists for obstructing traffic and not obeying lights and traffic signs. The fact of the matter is that they are much less visible than automobiles, trucks or even motorcycles so cyclists need to take extra care to follow traffic rules as a result.
Nice job with that pesky 10%, btw!
I pay a TON in both federal, state, and local taxes - should I pay more just to ride my bike a few hours a week?
So this MD showed immediate remorse and did not come of up with a plausible defense like a cute little kitty ran in front of me and I had to stop suddenly? For this show of honesty and remorse he gets five years in the slammer?
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