My service with the Superior Court of L.A. County is now complete.
As it turned out, I wasn’t asked to sit in judgement of my fellow man. Or woman, for that matter. And unlike my previous round of service, there were no particular insights gained.
Just sitting around waiting in vain for someone to choose me.
In other words, pretty much like sitting around waiting to get picked for a team in grade school.
With pretty much the same result.
A couple quick notes before I head off to bed to make up for somehow managing to stay awake in the courtroom.
And no, it wasn’t easy.
First up, a memorial service will be held today for Victor Awad, who was killed in a hit-and-run a little over a week ago at Plummer Street and Winnetka along the Northridge/Chatsworth border.
Funeral services for Victor Awad will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, August 15th at the following location:
St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
17431 Roscoe Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91325-3903
According to the print business he ran, the collision is still under investigation, though an arrest has been made. His father will be taking over day-to-day operation of the business.
Thanks to ValleyBall1 for the heads-up.
Second, more details are finally in regarding the collision that killed Udo Heinz on Camp Pendleton on Sunday, August 4th.
Heinz was riding with two other cyclists when they were run down by a North County Transit District Bus. He died at the scene; his riding companions were both injured, one critically.
Now the attorney for John Edwards, the rider who was critically injured, has posted details of the suit he intends to file against the transit district, with the permission of his client.
And it ain’t pretty.
According to the pretrial disclosure, Edwards suffered a fractured right ankle, lacerations to his left ankle, multiple broken ribs, a fractured and lacerated nose, lacerations to his face, and trauma to his heart and other internal organs. He spent five days in the hospital, four them in Intensive Care.
The other rider, though injured himself, did his best to aid and comfort both of his companions in Heinz’ last moments.
Needless to say their bikes were destroyed, as well.
The scary part is, still photos from the onboard bus camera clearly show the driver did not swerve to avoid the three riders, as had been reported, despite doing so to avoid another group of riders moments earlier.
Instead, he drove directly into them from behind, and may have even drifted slightly to the right before hitting them. The pretrial disclosure contends the first moment he seemed to be aware of their presence was when he felt the impact and his passengers screamed as he plowed into them.
I warn you, though, the photos are haunting.
Blurry though they may be, I’ve been troubled ever since viewing them earlier today.
It’s hard to shake the image of three people just seconds before one has his life violently ripped away, and another’s shattered, as seen from the vehicle that did it. They all seem unaware of what is about to happen, failing to react to the bus that’s just seconds from hitting them.
I suspect that image may stick with me for a long time.
Thanks to MarkG for the link.
Celebration of Life event for Udo:
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
Thursday, August 15th, 5pm to sunset
-Beach casual attire please
-Food and beverages served
-Bring blankets and chairs (picnic style)