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Doctor sentenced to 5 years in prison for assaulting bicyclists in Brentwood
LA Times ^

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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1 posted on 01/10/2010 9:51:23 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

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.


2 posted on 01/10/2010 9:55:16 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: Chet 99

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.


3 posted on 01/10/2010 9:55:44 PM PST by eclecticEel (The Most High rules in the kingdom of men ... and sets over it the basest of men.)
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To: Chet 99
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.

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.

4 posted on 01/10/2010 9:56:14 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Chet 99

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.


5 posted on 01/10/2010 9:57:49 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: buccaneer81

I’m glad I live in Texas then. We too have a history of jailing motorists who hit cyclists.


6 posted on 01/10/2010 9:58:45 PM PST by Melas
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To: eclecticEel
Bicyclists are a menace on the road. They never stop at signs and lights

We all see that, every single day, yet they expect everyone to be courteous to them.

7 posted on 01/10/2010 9:59:01 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: lmarie373
Will there ever be a world were bicyclist and car drivers coexist harmoniously??

I think there's a larger lesson here. How could a doctor, of all people, act so irrationally?

8 posted on 01/10/2010 9:59:07 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Chet 99
But the cyclists said the doctor was acting aggressively from the start. They said he honked loudly from behind them and passed by dangerously close as they moved to ride single file before he pulled in front and braked hard. A police officer told jurors that shortly after the crash that Thompson said he slammed on his brakes in front of the riders to "teach them a lesson." Prosecutors said Thompson had a history of run-ins with bike riders, including a similar episode four months before the crash when two cyclists told police that the doctor tried to run them off the road and braked suddenly in front of them. Neither of the riders was injured.

Waiting for the spandex haters to show up.............

9 posted on 01/10/2010 9:59:53 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Whoops, they are here already..............


10 posted on 01/10/2010 10:01:01 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: 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.

Yet O J gets off after cutting his ex-wife's throat from ear to ear almost cutting off her head!

11 posted on 01/10/2010 10:01:05 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Melas
We too have a history of jailing motorists who hit cyclists.

The cyclists hit him from behind.

Most bike riders are elitist dirtbags who never obey the rules of the road.

12 posted on 01/10/2010 10:02:00 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dr_lew

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.


13 posted on 01/10/2010 10:02:36 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: Chet 99

Umm, didn’t da Juj just finish blaming the driver? Who cares about bike lanes.


14 posted on 01/10/2010 10:02:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: dr_lew
How could a doctor, of all people, act so irrationally?

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.

15 posted on 01/10/2010 10:03:16 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2
Happens all the time.

If you have proof you should turn them in.

16 posted on 01/10/2010 10:04:21 PM PST by kcvl
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To: buccaneer81

Doc zoomed in front of the bikes then cut them off too quickly for them to stop.


17 posted on 01/10/2010 10:04:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: doorgunner69
Waiting for the spandex haters to show up.............

Reporting for duty. 90% of the bike riders in my area are complete a**holes.

18 posted on 01/10/2010 10:04:52 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: kcvl

Are you suggesting this doesn’t happen *thousands* of times a day in this country?


19 posted on 01/10/2010 10:05:09 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Chet 99

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.


20 posted on 01/10/2010 10:05:51 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: dragnet2

I am suggesting that if you know for a fact that it is happening that you should turn in the offender.


21 posted on 01/10/2010 10:05:56 PM PST by kcvl
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Doc zoomed in front of the bikes then cut them off too quickly for them to stop.

Too bad for them. Nobody died. And I'll bet they were riding tandem when the doc cut them off. Selfish jerks.

22 posted on 01/10/2010 10:06:44 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: kcvl

Feel free to address the question, instead of dodging it.


23 posted on 01/10/2010 10:08:20 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Chet 99

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!


24 posted on 01/10/2010 10:10:19 PM PST by chris37
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To: eclecticEel

That may be true but it seems the intent to harm or injure was found in this case. Not allowed in my book.


25 posted on 01/10/2010 10:11:03 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: dragnet2
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.

Feel free to prove your statement.

26 posted on 01/10/2010 10:11:54 PM PST by kcvl
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To: buccaneer81

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.


27 posted on 01/10/2010 10:13:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: kcvl
I am suggesting that if you know for a fact that it is happening that you should turn in the offender.

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

28 posted on 01/10/2010 10:13:48 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: buccaneer81
Most bike riders are elitist dirtbags who never obey the rules of the road.

LOL!!

Most?

Hells bells, man...I rarely ride on anything but dirt...or gravel.

And I know hundreds like me...........

29 posted on 01/10/2010 10:15:29 PM PST by Osage Orange (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
This medico has a history of this, however, which is why the hammer came down.

That, I was unaware of. Adds a wrinkle to things.

30 posted on 01/10/2010 10:16:14 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Osage Orange
LOL!! Most? Hells bells, man...I rarely ride on anything but dirt...or gravel.

I was referring to those who ride on congested main drags.

31 posted on 01/10/2010 10:17:35 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: kcvl

You’re right. In Brentwood he should have assaulted with a knife in order to avoid prison time.


32 posted on 01/10/2010 10:17:46 PM PST by Balata
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To: kcvl
Get real pal....In workers comp cases alone...There is an endless conga-line of illegal aliens filing fraudulent injury claims, and the lying corrupt doctors know damn well 99 pecent of the time, the alleged injuries don't even exist...But they jump on it because of the comp. Guaranteed money...

Of course...You can deny this....sure..lol

33 posted on 01/10/2010 10:17:47 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: buccaneer81

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.”


34 posted on 01/10/2010 10:19:00 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dragnet2
.Some of the most lying corrupt people I have ever met, outside government, are lawyers

I've seen it in person, in a court room.

35 posted on 01/10/2010 10:19:00 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dr_lew
I do, however, hear a still small voice that says, “Stop being an a**hole.”

Me, too. But when the spandex crew is riding three abreast, all that hate comes rushing back...

36 posted on 01/10/2010 10:20:46 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
Cool.

But that's not what you said........

Refer away....

: )

FRegards,

37 posted on 01/10/2010 10:20:57 PM PST by Osage Orange (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It)
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To: Melas
I’m glad I live in Texas then. We too have a history of jailing motorists who hit cyclists.

What about cyclists hitting motorists, as is the case here???

38 posted on 01/10/2010 10:22:21 PM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: dragnet2
Some of the most lying corrupt people I have ever met, outside government, are lawyers.

Aren't they one in the same....??

39 posted on 01/10/2010 10:22:32 PM PST by Osage Orange (Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It)
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To: buccaneer81
Most bike riders are elitist dirtbags who never obey the rules of the road.

Don't forget, car owners pay the gas taxes. the bicyclists get a free road.

40 posted on 01/10/2010 10:22:39 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: buccaneer81

It’s quite obvious if you have half a lick of sense.


41 posted on 01/10/2010 10:24:37 PM PST by eyedigress ( now.)
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To: doorgunner69
Waiting for the spandex haters to show up.............

Critical Mass speaks volumes for bicyclists.

42 posted on 01/10/2010 10:25:11 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dr_lew

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. :-)


43 posted on 01/10/2010 10:25:18 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Most bicyclists also own cars, and pay taxes.


44 posted on 01/10/2010 10:25:30 PM PST by heartwood
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To: eclecticEel

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.


45 posted on 01/10/2010 10:26:07 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: Osage Orange
Two words:

Critical Mass.

46 posted on 01/10/2010 10:26:30 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
Well if 90% of the riders in your area are a**holes it seems only fair. Sweets to the sweet.

Nice job with that pesky 10%, btw!

47 posted on 01/10/2010 10:27:30 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

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?


48 posted on 01/10/2010 10:30:06 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: buccaneer81
http://www.kmbc.com/news/13842325/detail.html
49 posted on 01/10/2010 10:30:44 PM PST by gura (R-MO)
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To: Chet 99

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?


50 posted on 01/10/2010 10:33:40 PM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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