Interesting story here. In August, a local attorney driving a Cadillac turned in front of and struck a law abiding cyclist at the corner of W 116th and Lake Ave. in Cleveland. The cyclist, who happened to be a state congressman, was thrown from his bike, ruptured his spleen, and broke his collarbone.
According to the police report, the facts of the accident were undisputed, the driver was faulted, and the police report cited "driver inattention" for crossing the yellow line into the oncoming traffic. In the box for possible cyclist error, the police report bears the notation "none."
The driver, however, received no citation for causing this accident. No ticket. No fine. No points on his record. In other words, your $100 ticket from those obnoxious traffic cameras for driving 11 mph over the speed limit at 10:30 p.m. on Carnegie is $100 more than this driver had to pay for hitting a cyclist and rupturing his spleen.
I'm glad that our local law enforcement treats cyclists with such respect. Or am I jumping to conclusions here....because I'm sure that there are many incidents of car on car accidents where fault is undisputed, the victim is seriously injured, but no citation is issued. Yeah Right.
A November article from the Free Times that discusses this incident can be found here after scrolling down a bit.
A recent letter to the editor of the Plain Dealer regarding this incident can be found here.