At least this story gives me some faith in our jury system. I'm afraid that not all cases of an at-fault motor vehicle operator colliding with a motorcyclist are charged and prosecuted.
Jury quickly returns guilty verdict in motorcycle death
A motorcycle death that shocked the riding world is quickly approaching a conclusion as a reckless Illinois driver has been found guilty of felony reckless homicide.
It was just over a year ago on May 2nd, 2009 when 49 year old Lora Hunt ran into Anita Zaffke who was sitting on her motorcycle at a stoplight in Lake Zurich, Ill., about 40 miles north of Chicago. According to testimony and evidence presented during the trial, Hunt hit the sitting motorcycle while going 50 mph with recorded data from the Chevrolet Impala showing the car did not slow down at all before the impact.
Although Police stated Hunt admitted she was painting her fingernails at the time of the crash, during the trial she testified she had stopped painting her nails before the fatal crash. Her defense lawyer argued Hunt's actions were negligent, like eating a sandwich or talking on a cellphone in a car, and not reckless.
But prosecutor Mike Mermel countered it would be a mistake to compare painting nails while driving to using a cell phone or another distraction during the trial in Lake County Circuit Court.
"She might as well have been in the back seat making a sandwich," he said, arguing that Hunt acted recklessly.
The trial only lasted two days with the jury of eight women and four men coming to its decision within 3 1/2 hours, finding Hunt criminally reckless and guilty of reckless homicide.
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