What the gun industry doesn't want you to think about.

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BorisK1
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Re: That was interesting.
In reply to bikinchris, 4 months ago

bikinchris wrote:

BorisK1 wrote:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/bicyclist-us-guilty-vehicular-homicide/story?id=19759724

"Bucchere pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the vehicular manslaughter charge, a felony conviction that San Francisco prosecutor George Gascon said was the first time in history a bicyclist had been convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter"

Interesting. Of the many thousands of cyclists killed by motorists, most of them have had a slap on the wrist. Maybe this will change now and we can have some accountability on both sides?

This was no run-of-the-mill traffic accident - vehicular homicide basically means the vehicle (bicycle in this case) was used as a lethal weapon.  The charge of manslaughter means he was criminally negligent.  That's how they'd judge a drunk driver.

As you said, in general, vehicular homicides are judged with significant leniency compared to other types of homicide.

Because Bucchere entered a guilty plea, he was able to avoid jury trial and a possible jail sentence. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service:

http://sfist.com/2013/08/15/cyclist_chris_bucchere_sentenced_in.php

If this was a gun instead of a bicycle, I doubt they'd be as lenient.

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