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    City screws a fellow rider?....now pagin' manimal...

    http://styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=15883

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    December 12, 2007

    Cop Hits Cyclist, Who Gets Billed for Damages
    by Chris Dovi
    Schwinn bicycle: $400. Embarrassment saved by not wearing spandex cycling suit: priceless. Calculated cost to clean bits of the injured Kristin Stokes off the shattered windshield of a moving car: $10.

    It’s been five months since Stokes recovered from a traumatic brain injury, but she’s still adding up the cost of her unlucky Friday the 13th encounter in July with the fender and windshield of a Richmond Police Department cruiser.

    In October, the city sent her a bill for repairs to the police car, adding insult to her potentially life-threatening injury. In addition to bills from three days in intensive care, Stokes faces $2,757.23 in repairs to the patrol cruiser, including $10 for hazardous waste disposal (“Me,” Stokes says).

    “Just one cop car is all I’m responsible for — that and my brain damage,” says a frustrated Stokes, struggling to comprehend why she’d be charged for repairs to the 5,000-pound car that clearly outmatched her.

    The accident happened at the intersection of Jahnke Road and Forest Hill Avenue, when Stokes and her boyfriend, Jay Van Story, were riding their bicycles eastbound across Jahnke on a green light.

    After pausing at the slim median, Stokes was unaware that she’d be crossing the remaining three lanes of traffic on a yellow light. It turned red as she entered the final lane, she says, the same time as RPD car 2202, driven by Officer William McKay, entered the well-timed light at about 40 miles an hour, according to a police report.

    Stokes hit the car’s left fender. Propelled partly onto the hood of the car, her head hit the left corner of the windshield, where the impact created a salad bowl-sized crater. Her body rolled across the side of the car, damaging its side mirror, side-mounted search light, paint job — and two vertebrae in her back.

    Amazingly, Stokes recovered quickly after the brain swelling subsided, and so far she has no lasting ill effects from the wreck. None but the bill, which Stokes first thought was a mistake, from the city’s claims administrator.

    “I thought when they found out I wasn’t driving a car, they’d change their thinking,” she says, recounting a call to the city trying to clear up the mess. “That’s when [the claims administrator] said they’d be looking to collect from [me] personally.”

    In a second letter, sent Nov. 20, the city demands payment in 30 days, threatening to suspend her license. “I wasn’t even driving a car,” Stokes asks, “why would my license come into question?”

    Richmond Police spokeswoman Cynthia Price says that the collections process is not handled by police and that she’s uncertain of collection procedures for damages to city cars. Even though Stokes wasn’t cited in the accident, Price says she can be held liable for damages if the department determines that she failed to observe proper traffic patterns while attempting to cross Forest Hill Avenue.

    Stokes, a marketing director for a local nonprofit, says she’s simply “trying to rebuild from this [accident]. This bill, to me, is really preposterous. It’s really in general just hurtful.” S

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    shameful.

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    If she'd been here, it would've been the cops fault and he would have been cited.
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    It's things like this about society and humanity that piss me off.

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    I'm confused what happened, she turned left on a yellow, which turned red and a cop hit her?

    I think if she wasn't cited there's no way to make her pay is there. Its just like if she got hit in a car right?

    The arguement of I wasn't driving a car is kind of moot right, traffic is traffic is traffic. A friend got hit by a car because he didnt stop at a stop sign and didnt have a light. He got cited and had to pay for damages just like if he ran the stop sign in a car.

    I thought it was a pretty cut and dry thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erastusboy View Post
    I'm confused what happened, she turned left on a yellow, which turned red and a cop hit her?

    I think if she wasn't cited there's no way to make her pay is there. Its just like if she got hit in a car right?

    The arguement of I wasn't driving a car is kind of moot right, traffic is traffic is traffic. A friend got hit by a car because he didnt stop at a stop sign and didnt have a light. He got cited and had to pay for damages just like if he ran the stop sign in a car.

    I thought it was a pretty cut and dry thing.
    I think they were headed straight through an intersection as it went from yellow to red. The cross street signal turned green (I'm guessing the cop kept his speed expecting the green light) and she was hit.

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    Oh, so it was the cops/no ones fault. I think since she didn't get a ticket she doesn't have to pay.

    I have always wondered about the drivers license/insurance thing. Do bike tickets affect your car insurance?
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    Traffic tickets affect insurance, no matter the vehicle involved in the infraction.
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    i cant even image....
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    I'm assuming this is Richmond, Virginia. If that is the case, go figure.

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    She must've suffered brain damage since she didn't contact a lawyer immediately.

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    ah, yes, bike friendly richmond, va.

    that said the scenario that I piece together from the article is:

    cop is approaching stop light that he knows is about to go green and stays on the gas. cars to his left are stopped blocking his view of the biker still crossing the street on the tail end of the yellow / start of the red. bad timing leads to worse times.

    if it hadn't been the cop, it would have been some other azzhole driver who just couldnt be bothered to slow down...

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    Two parts I don't understand. How could the bike rider not make it to the other side of the road if she entered on a green? Even grannies in zimmer frames can make it across without getting cleaned up. I don't understand why she paused. If it was to assess the potential danger before continuing then she was obviously brain damaged before this incident.
    The second, and more important part, is what the hell was that cop thinking. What part of defensive driving does he have a problem with? We've all timed the lights before but I only do it at speed when I have clear fields of view in all directions. Just because a light is green doesn't mean it's safe to cross. The cop needs his arse kicked and the bill should be torn up and both of them chalk it up under the column "lessons learned".
    oblivion, and he did not tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    *creepy old man comment*
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Didn't we determine in a previous thread that she is 20 years old?
    and you are what, 40? 50?

    while she may be legal, i think i remember there also being an interview or something about her not wanting attention from old guys who like to pop a viagra and rub one out to her. she may be extremely attractive, but i'm at least being a somewhat decent person by not tossing pics of her around and talking about piihb.
    But Black Dynamite, I sell drugs in the community!

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