Only problem is, she didn’t have anything new to say.
In the letter (pdf), she repeats the insistence in the original refusal notice (pdf) that Deputy Wood was legally allowed to use his onboard computer when he ran Olin down last December. And that there is simply not enough evidence to get a conviction in the case.
Never mind that Wood was clearly driving distracted — which is a crime even if the driver is participating in an otherwise legal activity — as well as illegally driving in the bike lane, and admitted that he never saw the cyclist directly in front of his car. And witnesses said he never even touched his brakes before plowing into Olin’s bike.
Even I could get a conviction with evidence like that.
And never mind that prosecuting attorney’s frequently file challenging cases because they feel the victim deserves justice.
Which raises the question of what’s really going on here. And whether the DA is deliberately trying to quash the case, for reasons known only to her.
Though we can speculate.
The bottom line is, if Lacey is unwilling to prosecute in a case like this, no cyclist can expect to get justice in Los Angeles County.
Especially not if there’s a cop involved.
And that’s the real tragedy.
Here’s how to contact the DA’s office to express your outrage, courtesy of the LACBC. And if you’re not outraged, you should be.
2. Snail mail to:
District Attorney’s Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
3. Phone: (213) 974-3512
4. Twitter: @LADAoffice
Even though the shoulder is not legally part of the roadway, and cyclists are entitled to ride in the traffic lane in every state in the Union. Yes, even in the Blue Grass State.
You can contribute to her legal fight here. And yes, she plans to appeal.
Lots of writers are weighing in on bikes this weekend.
Starting close to home, a Burbank letter writer clearly gets it, saying bikes don’t impede traffic, they reduce congestion. Meanwhile, a columnist for the Daily News clearly doesn’t, insisting the new three-foot law will only make our streets narrower and that bikes could never, ever be even a small part of the solution for LA’s traffic problems.
A Riverside letter writer doesn’t get it, either, basically insisting that bike riders are all scofflaw jerks who deserve what they get.
Officials insist the doping era in professional cycling is officially over; evidently, no one bothered to tell Italian rider Matteo Rabottini.
And in non-pro cycling, a 70-year old New England cyclist took home three golds from the US masters road championships.
An architect and urban planner says it’s time to speed up the scope and pace of urban change in the City of Angels — including replacing Copenhagen as the bike capital of the world.
The LACBC offers members a free Basic Bicycling Skills class on Saturday the 20th.
Glendale residents discuss where to locate a bike, ped and possibly equestrian bridge over the LA River.
A San Diego cyclist is seriously injured after allegedly running a red light.
Riverside entrepreneur Michael Cachat parlays his love of bicycling into a $28 million business.
A Jurupa Valley bike rider suffers major injuries in a Thursday afternoon collision.
A helmet-wearing Sacramento comedian suffers a concussion in a collision.
City Lab explains what a road diet is and why even the US Department of Transportation recommends them; evidently, they know something CD1 Councilmember Gil Cedillo doesn’t. Or doesn’t want to, maybe.
The next step in accommodating bikes is building low-stress bike networks.
New cardboard panniers fold out on the spot to carry your belongings.
In Tucson, even streetcar drivers are disciplined for driving too close to a bike rider.
Was Boise’s failed buffered bike lane project designed to do so?
A Milwaukee website says protected bike lanes are the silver bullet of bike safety.
New York plans bike corrals in front of four Prospect Heights bars, even if not everyone gets it.
Caught on video: A New York rider captures a dooring and its aftermath on helmet cam.
Baton Rouge gets bike wayfinding signage right.
Sad news from the UK, as the girlfriend of a British mountain biker is killed when another rider loses control as she stood next to the course to see her boyfriend compete.
British Cycling plans to get more women riding in Wales and Scotland, the latter of which may derail their plans by untying the United Kingdom.
An Aussie advocacy group calls trucks wheels of mass destruction.
An Australian state DOT rejects “radical” bike rule changes, including an Idaho stop law and legalizing sidewalk riding. No, radical would be arming cyclists to defend themselves against threatening drivers.
Seriously? A Cincinnati letter writer calls for red and orange safety warning triangles on bikes. Seattle moves to invalidate marijuana tickets written by a bike cop who actually flipped a coin to decide who to write up.
And after a Biloxi man steals a police bike, cops chase him down on foot — because he stole their bike.