Skip to comments.DeWine's assistance not enough for bicyclist who collided with car (No Good Deed Goes Unpunished)
Posted on 01/25/2011 1:12:12 AM PST by buccaneer81
DeWine's assistance not enough for bicyclist who collided with car Monday, January 24, 2011 11:29 PM By Alan Johnson The Columbus Dispatch
In Mike DeWine's first week as Ohio attorney general, his car collided with a bicyclist Downtown - and he ended up having the man taken on a 100-mile round trip to be treated by the officeholder's personal physician.
Jonathan Kirk, 28, a dishwasher at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, wasn't seriously injured, but he was shaken up in the Jan. 13 morning accident.
According to a Columbus police report, confirmed by accounts from DeWine and Kirk, Kirk rode his bicycle against a red light at Front and Main streets. He was knocked to the pavement by a 2008 Chrysler 300 in which DeWine was a passenger. A DeWine staff member, Robert Lagergren, was driving DeWine's personal car.
Kirk, who said he has no insurance because he can't afford it, didn't want to go to a hospital emergency room and left the scene to make a scheduled appointment with his parole officer. Story continues below Advertisement
However, DeWine tracked him down and insisted that he see a doctor.
The attorney general had a staff member, Ann O'Donnell, drive Kirk to Jamestown, Ohio, about 30 miles southeast of Dayton, to see DeWine's physician, Dr. Kevin Sherrett, who is also the Greene County coroner.
"He's my personal doctor, and he's extremely thorough," DeWine said. "I thought it would be the fastest way. I called him up, told his office it was an emergency, and he said to bring him over, he would fit him in."
The doctor did not charge for the visit, but DeWine said he asked to be billed for the cost of X-rays.
Kirk told The Dispatch that he doesn't know the results of an X-ray taken at Sherrett's office because he doesn't have a home phone and his cell phone was crushed in the accident.
"When I got up (the day after the accident), I wasn't able to make it to work. I was so sore," Kirk said. He said his right ankle and foot were injured.
O'Donnell said she gave Kirk $70 in cash to make up for missing a day's work and bought him lunch.
The next day, Kirk called the attorney general's office seeking payment for missing a second day's work and reimbursement for his cell phone. He suggested he might go to the news media with his story, she said.
At that point, DeWine conferred with attorneys in his office and decided to provide no more help to Kirk.
"They did do a good thing," Kirk said of DeWine's help. "But it's not like I'm asking for a whole lot. I'm just asking for $80 and a new phone."
Since you feel that the dishwasher/ex-felon is the good guy here maybe you can help him buy a new phone and pay for his time off of work. I doubt you will pay for something that isn’t your fault or responsibility no matter how much money you make. You’re just cheap if you don’t. After all, you’re as much at fault for this accident as DeWine is.
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