Apparently the cost of killing a cyclist on Florida roads is suspension of your drivers license for 6 months, 120 hours of community service and a $1,000 dollar fine.
This is the the final judgement of the Lee County (a Florida county) legal system in the death of fellow cyclist Tracy Kleinpell who was struck and killed by Theresa Shirley on the Sanibel Causeway in May 2011.
Theresa Shirley pleaded no contest for failing to maintain her lane and received the maximum penalty…6 months suspension of her driving privilege. The State Attorney’s Office said they could not file criminal charges in this case because toxicology reports could not show prescription drugs found in Shirley’s system caused her to fall asleep at the wheel.
WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE……Since when is it not a felony to thrust your car upon a human being and kill them? Regardless of the presence of prescription drugs or any other factor, the fact remains that Theresa Shirley violated traffic laws, ran down Tracy and ended her life. How can this not be an assault?
Letting Theresa Shirley off with a virtual slap on the wrist sends a very bad message to all pedestrians and cyclists. Apparently a fender bender or damage to property is much more valuable than the life of a human being in the state of Florida!
Driving is a privilege which requires great responsibility to everyone out on the road including, pedestrians, runners, cyclists and in particular children. Stay alert, get off the phone, put down the coffee and please pay attention…and remember to share the road.
Ride Time: 2:11:09
Stopped Time: 1:32:54
Distance: 38.95 miles
Average: 17.82 mph
Fastest Speed: 27.24 mph
Ascent: 596 feet
Descent: 583 feet