The writer of a recent Rant and Rave on craigslist jumps to a few conclusions but also offers helpful information about how the owner of the car that killed cyclist Nils Linke in August has not yet been charged with any crime (will a different DA make a different call? Mmmm…) and about how the long march to justice has been interrupted four times already.
We’ve certainly failed German visitor Nils Linke, whether by
California’s dram shop laws specifically written to shield restaurant owners and workers from liability pretty much no matter how they behave, or
by city engineers who refused to do anything about the safety situation on southbound Masonic at Turk because, for some reason, they’d prefer to do an aesthetic makeover for $20,000,000.00(!) in a couple or three or four years and they want to use safety as a rationale so they’re not about to increase safety quickly and cheaply cause that will lessen the impetus for the aesthetic changes that local property owners want, or
by a DMV and court system that considers driving a right and not a privilege. (Some other countries have a different approach of course)
Anyway, here’s the post from yesterday:
“The tragic death of Nils Linke
Date: 2010-12-28, 1:15PM PST
According to news reports, Joshua Calder (and his girlfriend) drank two bottles of wine, multiple shots of liquor and after-dinner drinks, before driving home.
He then hit Nils Linke of Germany who was riding a bicycle.
After getting out of the vehicle to move the bicycle, Mr. Calder changed places with his girlfriend, to conceal the fact that he’d been at the wheel.
They left Nils to die, not stopping to offer any assistance or to call for an ambulance. Sadly, she is not being prosecuted as well.
Mr. Calder’s friends and family are now trying to paint him as a responsible individual who made a tragic mistake and is remorseful, when drinking that much and taking the wheel shows a callous disregard for anyone but yourself.
Please write and ask that Mr. Calder be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. LETTERS WILL HELP. A prosecutor is much less likely to make any sort of deal if they think the public is closely following this case. The case has been continued 4 times, no doubt in an attempt by Calder’s attorneys to keep it out of the public eye.
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
News articles about the case: