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The Story Begins...

On February 4, 2001, my son was riding his bicycle with his 9 year old half brother Jacob.

My son came out of the driveway into his own lane following his brother Jacob. As Jacob rode up the side of the road he noticed a truck coming toward him at a high rate of speed.

The truck was also cutting the curve driving on the opposite side of the road committing a vehicle code violation. Although the driver saw Jacob riding his bike on the opposite side of the roadway, the driver continued to drive in a reckless manner and flew past Jacob at a high rate of speed while driving over the double yellow line in a reckless manner.

As the truck went past Jacob, Jacob saw the driver looking out of the drivers side door window. When the driver went past Jacob he looked forward and saw my son Tyler coming out of the driveway and into his own lane. The driver slammed on his brakes and skidded for 45 feet with both left wheels over the double yellow line into my sons lane. My son was struck in the face by the left front headlight of this 1973 GMC pick-up and killed instantly. The impact with my sons 50 pound body caused the truck to veer off to the right back over the double yellow line and it continued to skid for an additional 50 feet to the opposite side of the road. The total length of the "locked wheel skid" was 95 feet.

When the California Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of my son's death, they immediately determined who the driver was. Besides recently discharging off parole from his fourth prison term, he was also a registered, habitual, drug and alcohol offender,who has received multiple serious DUI's throughout his life, some of them driving recklessly while intoxicated, and had two serious DUI's pending with heavy amounts of drugs and alcohol involved.

Six days after receiving these two serious DUI's, this criminal struck and killed my son, under suspicious circumstances, and while committing several vehicle code violations. Although photo evidence gathered by the CHP proves he was driving over the double yellow line in a reckless manner (see photo on left), he was allowed to drive away from the scene of my son's death, without being properly tested for drugs or cited for driving over the double yellow line!

Why would competent members of the California Highway Patrol allow this criminal to drive away after killing a little boy, without taking the appropriate action? Read on to see why.

Plight for Justice

Fact
One in seven children suffers head injuries in bicycle-related accidents. Head injuries cause three out of four serious injuries and deaths that occur in bicycle accidents. Two-thirds of all bicycle accidents are not with an automobile.
Safety Tips
Always obey all traffic laws. Ride on the right-hand side of the road with the flow of traffic. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Signal before making turns.
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