Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Andrew Bennett

Andrew Bennett of San Francisco was hit by a hit and run driver in San Francisco. The driver had run a red light and hit Bennett who had his 4 year old on a trail-a-bike with him, riding in the nice bike lane on Valencia Street.

The police have a partial license plate (KAY or KAT and a heart symbol) and a make/model (Silver PT Cruiser) but have not found the coward who ran Bennett over, leaving him with a broken spine.

The SF Chronicle has nothing to say on this subject - which could raise awareness in the search - but managed to print 4 anti-cyclist screeds in the LTTE section on July 13. This includes a letter indicating that people should be careful when riding a bike because her son had been hit by a car that ran a red light. If waiting for a green light is not being careful, I really don't know what I can do.

I sent in a reply and was published.

A real crime
A little over a week ago, Andrew Bennett was riding down the bike lane on Valencia with his 4-year-old son, when a Silver PT Cruiser ran a red light and hit Bennett, breaking his spine. The driver sped off, leaving Bennett in the street. The police have a partial license plate.
The Chronicle has not seen fit to publish any information about this, yet finds room for four letters to the editor describing cyclists as the bane of humanity for riding two abreast.
A society that finds that rude but does not decry hit-and-run vehicular assault is truly one on the decline.
JOHN MURPHY
San Francisco

1 comment:

David_Morris said...

That's a fine letter. Good job.