No surprise here.
An Orange County jury has found Neil Storm Stephany guilty of second degree murder in the heroin and Ativan-fueled hit-and-run death of cyclist Shaun Eagleson as he rode on the East Coast Highway just over a year ago.
And despite his attorney’s bizarre argument that Stephany can’t be held responsible because he was so high he had no idea what he was doing behind the wheel.
Stephany had been warned following a previous DUI conviction that he could face a murder charge if he killed someone while driving under the influence. Instead he shot up, got behind wheel and did exactly that; he was reportedly found incoherent with fresh needle marks at the time of his arrest.
He faces 15 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on January 15th.
Despite one juror’s hope that this is a wake-up call for Stephany, it’s a little too late for that.
And for the man he killed.
Thanks to Edward M. Rubinstein and our anonymous OC source for the heads-up.
Hats off to REI.
While other retailers are forcing their employees leave their families and work on Thanksgiving Day, the Seattle-based co-op will not only be closed on Thanksgiving, but will be shutting their doors on the following day, aka Black Friday. And telling their employees to go outdoors and enjoy themselves.
A reader forwards this moving piece from a former bike racer suffering from an incurable, untreatable and progressively degenerative kidney disease, and her first tentative step back into cyclocross racing just for fun.
Definitely worth taking a few moments from your day to read.
KCRW’s Which Way LA looks at the reactions to LA’s Mobility Plan 2035 in South LA and around Rowena Ave in Silver Lake, but can’t seem to find any bike riders to discuss it with.
A trio of USC students are working on a Bluetooth-enabled bike lock that will be permanently mounted on your bike, and lock by clamping around the rear wheel.
The LA Explorers Club is hosting an LA Noir Bicycle Tour this Sunday, taking riders back to the classic Los Angeles of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s.
Bike Newport Beach discusses the need to teach young bike racers how to ride safely on the streets.
A La Jolla mountain bike rider was the victim of a brutal assault while visiting New Orleans, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. And neither the police or the Big Easy press seem to give a damn. When I lived down that way, it too often seemed that rather than the City That Care Forgot, it was the city that forgot to care.
San Diego will begin work on the next link in the Bayshore Bikeway around the first of the year, the first of $200 million in new bike projects in the region over the next decade.
A Redlands bike rider was injured in a shooting as he rode past two men walking in the street.
Sad news from Sacramento, as a man dies eight days after he was hit by a car while riding his bike.
Apparently, bike friendly Davis has a bike parking problem.
Despite the recent bike boom, visits to bike shops declined 17% from 2012 to 2014.
Uber’s new Uber Rush delivery service is using a fleet of bike messengers to make deliveries in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago in an hour or less.
An engineering professor proposes a bikeshare system for the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Maybe he didn’t want to miss his favorite show. An Iowa rider loses three teeth when he was mugged by a group of men who wanted the TV he was carrying on his bike.
A St. Louis writer says bicycling can be bliss in the city originally built for horses and trolleys.
Science takes a backseat to football at the University of North Carolina, where bikes are banned from parking in front of the Genome Science building on game days.
Key West cyclists team up for the annual four-mile Zombie Bike Ride.
Go ahead and have that drink. A new study shows that while a third of injured cyclists have been drinking, drunk riders are less likely to get in wrecks and are no more likely to be injured than sober riders.
A Montreal bike messenger poetically says the key to survival is to float like a ghost into the spaces no one else is occupying.
The former head of Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service says the country’s legal system has failed cyclists, and calls for a change in the way bike cases are handled. Meanwhile, the head of roads policing for the British National Police Chiefs’ Council says it’s too risky to commute by bike in London.
Just as women’s cycling is starting to take off again, Switzerland is dropping their women’s team due to financial losses.
A leftwing German political party wants to encourage biking and walking by eliminating fines for red light violations in the law-abiding country.
The BBC looks at the legal loophole that allows Syrian refugees to cross the Russian border into Finland only if they are on a bike, and the absurd trade in flimsy children’s bikes it has spawned. Thanks to Megan Lynch for the link.
A Rwandan cyclist was killed in a mid-race collision after he dropped off the back of the peloton.
Seriously? South Australian officials warn that allowing bikes on sidewalks will result in huge costs to local government, as well as lawsuits against cyclists. And Aussie Liberals seem misnamed as they threaten to roll back the state’s 1-meter passing law.
Philippine cyclists flaunt the country’s Carmegeddon to advocate for a piece of the road. Thanks again to Megan Lynch.
If you’re carrying 64 tabs of Lorazepam, aka Ativan, on your bike, put a damn light on it and stay off the sidewalk. Talk about casting a big shadow; a little ingenuity and elbow grease, and you, too can frighten the neighbors into thinking a rogue elephant is on the loose.