How to Get Drunk, Drive, Kill a Cyclist, and Get Away with It

James Mitchell, 18, was riding his bike less than half a mile from his home in Cohocton, NY.  He was into Bob Marley, and riding and fixing bikes. He was his father’s “best friend.” bike-hit

Kyle O’Neal is 26. He was drunk, and ran over James, killing him. Kyle then split.  He was eventually caught.  In two years, he’ll be out again.

It blows my mind how someone like Kyle can drink and drive, kill a cyclist, flee the scene of the crime, and get off with 2-6 years.

By comparison, this guy get’s life in prison for taking a job hauling drugs to pay for his 2 year old son’s bone marrow transplant and subsequent treatment for Wiskott Aldrich syndrome. (The alternative was hospice.)

There are groups working to make it harder to kill a cyclist and get away with it. Some have successfully lobbied to increase the minimum penalties for negligent drivers who hit or kill cyclist.

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