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  • mikesonn

    Re: Media attenion

    It is getting out of hand. First ped death by cyclist in at least 20 years (probably more). While very tragic, it is also very very rare.

  • jdbig

    Writing that BART’s next target was ‘downtown’ almost raised my hopes of better SF connectivity or even a new transbay tube… oh reasonable aspirations dashed by a facade of ‘regional-equity.’

  • Prinzrob

    I think the cyclist’s apology and regret are authentic, and his willingness to take responsibility is honorable. I am also glad to see Cherney’s family appreciate that and help put it to use by requesting community service in lieu of jail time. If only we saw this type of resolution more commonly in cases where a motorist kills a pedestrian or cyclist. How many “safety advocates” would we have out there right now, hundreds?

  • Anonymous

    In two years nobody will remember except the Charneys, Ang, Rob Anderson, and CW Nevius…

  • Lets see,  
    “Nils Linke” gets 11,000 hits on google”Dionette Cherney” get 2300. 

  • Sdfedsf

    I knew an old lady in SF that got hit by a cyclist, and died from injury complications a couple years later. That was about 10 years ago.

    A fellow UC Irvine student (roommate of a good friend) got run over and killed instantly by a cyclist back in the mid-80s.

    Agreed these are very few and far between, but please don’t suggest such things don’t ever happen.

  • mikesonn

    “Agreed these are very few and far between, but please don’t suggest such things don’t ever happen.”

    Didn’t suggest that in the slightest.

  • There is a porn star named Nils Linke.

  • Mario

    Wow. There is a difference between a hit and run DUI and running a red light. Also  the first was a long time ago, whereas the second is more recent. Also, the first was an international incident, whereas the second one isn’t.

    For comparable accidents, this accident does seem to be getting more attention than usual. I actually think it is getting an appropriate amount of attention, whereas the ones involving drivers are getting a grossly low amount of attention.

  • peternatural

    It would be a full-time job paying attention to every pedestrian injured by a car in SF, since it happens 2-3 times a day. Who has time for that?

    http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/04/12/citys-pedestrian-crash-toll-dwarfs-preventative-safety-costs/

  • mikesonn

    @cd6ac603016b207eed1e6a32f6c3abfa:disqus “For comparable accidents, this accident does seem to be getting more attention than usual. I actually think it is getting an appropriate amount of attention, whereas the ones involving drivers are getting a grossly low amount of attention.”

    Completely agree.

  • Both were gross negligence that resulted in someone’s death, so yes they are very comparable.Lets search SFGate and the SFExaminer, for “Nils Linke” and “Dionette Cherney”

    SFGate
    6 Linke Articles
    6 Cherney Articles

    SFExaminer
    10 Linke Articles
    6 Cherney Articles

    Considering Joshua Calder’s Trial hasn’t started (which will certainly be reported), it looks they are paying at least as much attention to Linke as they are to Cherney.  However the response here shows that streetsblog-osphere thinks Cherney’s death is not all that important.

  • Anonymous

    I think Lourdes Richman or Aurora Venida are better comparisons, since she they were also elderly ladies run over in the crosswalk by people who weren’t drunk and who stopped at the scene.

    SFGate:

    3 results for Lourdes Richman
    2 results for Aurora Venida

    SF Examiner:

    4 for
    Lourdes Richman

    4 for Aurora Venida

  • Mario

    I am sorry, but running a red light is gross negligence and reckless endangerment. However driving under the influence AND escaping from the scene have got to be even worse. You cannot compare them. Killing someone after violation of traffic rules has got to be seriously punished (I for one don’t think probation addresses it), but killing someone due to violation of traffic rules AND driving under the influence AND escaping from the scene seems worse. In addition as I said, one of these (guess which one) happened a while ago and has had more press over a longer period of time.

  • Neither of the commercial drivers of the trucks were actually charged with a felony  the cases because the police and DA decided that the drivers did not commit gross negligence as there wasn’t a very visible red light which simply means “STOP”. So no there would not be as many articles. 

    Lets look at “Ryan White”, the Philly’s fan hit and seriously injured on 8/5/11.The Chron and Examiner each have 8 articles in the past year.  Why has streetsblog made every effort to downplay the Cherney death?

  • Nobody has downplayed Dionette Cherney’s death. It has been used as an opportunity to highlight the fact that it doesn’t matter whether you are on a bike or driving a car – if you seriously injure someone, you are unlikely to receive very much punishment.

    That does not fit the narrative of those who don’t ride bikes and whose sole agenda is to increase enforcement and punishment on bikes while repeating the incorrect presumption that motorists are harshly punished for such vehicular violence. So the response is to redirect and say that Cherney’s death is being downplayed – and that’s crap.

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