We’ve been following the case of Randy Crump, a driver who ran Dean Davis, a cyclist, off the road last summer. Yesterday, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict on a count of misdemeanor reckless driving but could not make a decision on two felony counts of aggravated reckless driving causing bodily harm and reckless conduct causing great bodily harm.
We respect the jury’s decision and thank the members of the jury for their service. We also thank McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers and Assistant State’s Attorney Ashley Scarborough for their work on this case and for their decision to take bicycle safety in our community seriously. We hope that the State’s Attorney will pursue a retrial for the two outstanding charges.
This case highlights the continued need for education efforts to ensure that our roads are safe for everyone. Cars and bicycles can safely coexist, but only if everyone follows the rules. This incident was preventable. It serves as an important reminder that drivers must treat bicycles like other vehicles and give them plenty of room.
Governments the world over require that people pass tests before allowing them to drive cars because driving a car is an inherently dangerous activity to those around you. Every time anyone gets behind the wheel, we ask that they remember this fact and treat driving with the vigilance and attentiveness that it deserves.
Regardless of the outcome of this trial, drivers should take seriously the resources and time necessary to respond to criminal charges as well as the possible consequences.
We also ask drivers to remember that cyclists are members of our community. They are our friends and family. They are our coworkers. Let’s all work together to make sure that everyone gets home safely.