Friday, November 04, 2011

No justice for Dionette Cherney---until after the election

A letter to the editor in today's Examiner from John Burton. Odd that we still don't know the name of the cyclist who hit Cherney [Later: We do know his name: Randolph Chang pictured below] 

Bicyclist in fatal crash should face justice

On July 15, a bicyclist ran a red light and hit a New York woman who was legally crossing with a green light. She died of the injury on Aug. 11. There is still no action by the district attorney three months later.

A police spokesman said that the bicyclist would face the same legal consequences as a motorist. However, there has been much delay with the police investigation, coroner report and toxicology report.

The story did not get much attention because the victim was from out of town. Had a car caused the death or had she lived in San Francisco, authorities would have investigated this matter much quicker.

One wonders where justice is for this woman who visited San Francisco and ended up dead. I wonder why nobody seems to care. Is the district attorney waiting until after the election as to not offend bicyclists?

John Burton,
former state senator,
San Francisco

An earlier post on the subject here.

Randalph Ang, a 23 year old cyclist, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in San Francisco Calif., today on Monday, March 12, 2012.  He was given three years probation and 500 hours of community service as part of a plea bargain made with the district attorney's office. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle
Photo: Liz Hafalia, SF Chronicle

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