Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Doctor Found Guilty of Ramming Cyclists off Road

The news has been out all day, so many of you  may already know this.

The California based doctor who was tried for intentionally running two cyclists off the road in Los Angeles, CA, was found guilty today of mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon.

The 60-year-old emergency room doctor, Christopher Thompson, had admitted to police that he was trying to teach the two a lesson when he pulled in front of them and slammed on the brakes.

One of the two cyclists, Ron Peterson, 41,  went into his back window, and the other, Christian Stoehr, 30, crashed into the street, separating his shoulder.  The incident occurred on Mandeville Canyon Road on July 4, 2008.

The officer who came to the scene of the accident is said to have never before in his many years on the force to hear such a bad case of road rage.

Thompson faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 3.

The LA Times  sheds light on both sides of the story. Thompson said he could not get by the group of cyclists, but the cyclists said as they tried to single file, he came around too fast. Thompson said the cyclists cursed at him and gave him the finger, and he decided to stop the car to take a picture.

But other cyclists had had run-ins with the doctor before on the same road, and he had also stopped short in front of them.

Peterson was permanently scared by his injuries after going through the glass, and Stoehr lost a lot of time from work. But Stoehr is quoted as saying he felt sorry for Thompson as he was being led away in handcuffs.

Stories in the press http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cyclist3-2009nov03,0,761131.story

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