So, you’ve shot a cyclist. Now what?

Asshole. And totally crazy.

Charles Alexander Diez, a North Carolina firefighter, is likely insane.  You see, a few months ago Diez was driving his truck along a busy street when he noticed a man riding his bicycle with a child on the back.  Diez became angry that the man was putting his daughter in danger, so he pulled over to air his concerns.  Not surprisingly, an argument ensued.  So concerned was Diez for that child’s safety that he pulled out his gun and shot the man in the head.  The bullet when through his helmet, but did not strike the cyclist.

Now, I don’t want to say that gun laws in the US are totally fucked (read: gun laws in the US are totally fucked), but Diez was recently sentenced to just 120 days in prison.  You read that correctly.  He shot at a man’s head with a child right beside him, plead guilty to “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill,” and he will go to jail for 4 months.

Like I said, insane. And fucked.

EDITED TO ADD: Tuscon Bike Lawyer has a couple of posts on this topic.  Plus, he’s a lawyer.  His conclusion:

I often have to tell my clients that bicyclists are basically hated by a large segment of the public, and must not expect the same treatment by juries, judges, arbitrators, and insurance adjusters that a motorist would receive. If you get hit from behind while on a bike, for example, you are going to be declared to have swerved in front of the vehicle until proven otherwise. Not so if you are a motorist.

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5 Responses to “So, you’ve shot a cyclist. Now what?”


  1. 1 herve 20/11/2009 at 5:14 pm

    OMG.
    I’ve read about that case after looking for information about the Bryant/Sheppard accident. I thought that the guy would be locked for a long time, as I still had some trust in the justice system.

    It’s so fucked up that I’m lost in words. It’s just insane.

  2. 2 youaretheengine 20/11/2009 at 5:59 pm

    Agreed. I have no idea how this happened. How do you admit “an intent to kill,” and get off so easily? If only it was possible for the state to appeal a crappy sentence.

    Unbelievable.

  3. 3 F 30/11/2009 at 3:08 pm

    I guess that the mad guy was right. The little girl’s safety WAS compromised!

  4. 4 youaretheengine 30/11/2009 at 6:27 pm

    There’s nothing like a self-fulfilling prophecy.


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