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."
Was there a court case that assigned fault? If not, how do you know what happened?
Police report states that the cyclist admitted to running a red light.
DeWine should have forked over the $80 plus pay for the new cell phone. He was already committed by then.
I find it amusing that DeWine was in control and thrust the medical exam and some money onto the cyclist. But once the cyclist veered from that script he got slapped down
Why? He already had given the punk $70 and free medical care. Demanding another $80 and a new phone or else going to the media is extortion, pure and simple.
The kid requested it. How do you know it was a demand?
Anyways for you-—>>
Dewine taking the initiative = good
Kid taking the initiative = bad
The cyclists request was very modest
Why the very rudeness and impertinence of a peasant asking for a bit more from his lord! Off with his head!
Only speak when spoken too !!!! When in your Lord’s presence
Do you usually back up a "request" with a threat to go to the media?
For crying out loud, the punk was at fault, and he admitted it!
What he deserves is the prosecutor's office charging him with extortion
So, what is your story? You either hate DeWine or you’re one of those spandex-wearing scofflaws on two wheels. Which is it?
This story has obviously struck a nerve with you.
I don’t have a bicycle and all I know about DeWine is he is an ex-Congress critter. DeWine should have paid up and be done with it
Now it is in the news media
In a way that the devious DeWine figures he can shape rather than letting the cyclist talk to the media first. DeWine-—just another conniving hack and likely Obama voter
BTW, DeWine, an Obama voter? He's a Republican who, as attorney general, is suing Obama to stop Obamacare.
You are an idiot.
(No Good Deed Goes Unpunished)
Thanks to “personal injury” lawyers and the politically-correct crowd...
NO truer words were ever uttered in the English language.
It’s BEYOND SAD that some reasonably decline to do acts of kindness
because we don’t know if we’ll be sued into poverty (or jail) for
acting on fundamentally decent human impulses.
DeWine is obviously a cheap bas***d and never should have gotten involved in the first place. He barged into this guys life who had asked for nothing after the accident.
A "cheap bastard?"
You have a frigging screw loose. You praise the wrongdoer and damn the innocent party who went out of his way to help.
Please, don't raise children with your sense of "justice."
but the shakedown artist wants more. >>>>>>
For a guy like DeWine there is no difference between forking out $200 or $400. He should have forked out the higher amount and been over done with it. But no, he could not let go.... As the superior in this fleeting relationship he chose to express his indignation at such bush league extortion by one of the peasants
Now to the cyclist receiving that $400 there is a huge difference, plus he can now replace the broken cell phone. He is probably so poor he has no landline
Yeah your DeWine is a nice guy up to a point...... But when the loser cyclist/dishwasher asks for $80 and a new cell phone. Then smack him down and you agree with that
DeWine has a rotten entitled attitude and should have left well enough alone right from the beginning and not dealt at all w the cyclist
You sound like a DUmmie.
Cyclist-dishwasher versus Mike Dewine is not a fair match-up. DeWine was liking being the benevolent padrone. But only up to a point. He was so mightily offended when $80 and a lousy cell phone was requested. What impertinence!!!!
What laughable slapstick. You are oblivious to the drama
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