In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
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A man charged with drunk driving and killing a commuting cyclist in Chicago in 2013 pleaded guilty in exchange for 10 days in jail and four years of probation, as well as paying for the funeral expenses.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) January 27, 2017
Ryne San Hamel, 32, was out celebrating on May 29, 2013, when he struck Bobby Cann who was cycling home from work.Prosecutors did concede Cann had ridden through a red light before the crash. However, San Hamel’s blood-alcohol content was .15 at the time, and prosecutors said he was driving 50 to 60 mph (80 to 95 km/h) in a 30 mph (48km/h) zone.
The judge in the case, William Hooks, had previously dismissed homicide charges in the case, but allowed charges of aggravated DUI resulting in a death to proceed, which would have carried an even heavier sentence of up to fourteen years in prison. The judge cited San Hamel’s remorse in his sentencing decision.
San Hamel, who comes from politically-connected family in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, was defended by high-profile defense attorney Sam Adam Jr., whose has previously represented clients such as musician R. Kelly and former Illinois governer Rod Blagojevich. San Hamel was previously charged in 2003 with consuming alcohol as a minor, but that case was later dropped. He was also a partner in a business called AllYouCanDrink.com, a web site listing drink specials at area bars.
Cann was a long time cycling advocate that once rode from New Hampshire to Chicago. A civil case brought by Cann’s mother is still pending.
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