Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 23, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.

Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence

by CyclingTips

Ryne San Hamel received only the minimum of 10 days in jail for killing a cyclist while driving drunk. He offered an emotional recount of the immediate aftermath where he said he tried to aid the cyclist, holding him and praying as he died, during his sentencing hearing. That testimony was recently published and the other two witnesses at the scene jave since told the Chicago Reader that San Hamel exaggerated and lied about his account, possibly to influence the judge’s sentencing.

San Hamel had a blood alcohol content of .16 when he struck Bobby Cann at nearly 60 mph (96 kph), severing Cann’s leg and throwing him onto the roof of the car, before hitting an oncoming vehicle. Security footage shows San Hamel walking over to Cann followed by two others — Marcus Moore, a bike shop owner and Julie Rolf, a nurse who was driving in the opposite direction.

“I just wanted to let you know that I did everything I could . . . to help him,” San Hamel said according to court records. “Cupping blood out of his mouth while the nurse did the tourniquet on his leg, and the last thing I did with assisting him was holding his hand and putting my other arm on his shoulder and just praying for him to come back. At that moment when his eyes opened . . . he was going somewhere else and going to a better place. I saw it in his eyes.”

Following his statement Cook County circuit court judge William H. Hook referred to San Hamel as a “victim of this situation” and said that he had factored the driver’s “remorse” into his sentencing decision, which was well under the mandated three to 14 years in prison. However, both Moore and Rolf said those accounts were either intentionally fabricated and exaggerated –or at the very least, misremembered by San Hamel. Moore said he was the one who used his hand to remove blood from Cann’s mouth while Rolf applied a tourniquet and performed chest compressions. They said San Hamel was pacing behind them in a panicked state.

“It makes me sick to my stomach to think that he would pull off that kind of act in front of the family of the deceased,” said Moore. “It is incredible how many iterations of cruelty San Hamel has shown Bobby’s loved ones,” Cann’s girlfriend Catherine Bullard said. “I wish there was some way to hold him accountable for the lies he told.”

Click through to read more at the Chicago Reader.