Sad News…Boston University Cyclist Killed In Alabama, Killer Could Only Get 1 Year In Prison

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 19

This sort of shit just makes you feel bad all over. I can only hope that others follow in her foot steps and continue to do good for the world. This sort of death is senseless, and heartbreaking. Especially when it happens to such an amazing person. This happened last year, but the guy was charged this month.

A man has been charged with knocking down and killing a female cyclist who was riding 4,000 miles across the U.S for charity.

Craig Chandler, 44, from Fort Payne, Alabama, was indicted on Negligent Homicide charges, one of the lowest charges he faced, and released on a $3,000 bond.

Christina Genco, 22, died after being hit by a car as she cycled uphill along a highway in Rainsville, Alabama.

Cristina was a group leader for the charity bike ride, which was part of the national campaign called Bike and Build.

The group were cycling from South Carolina to Santa Cruz in California to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

The Boston university graduate found her passion for fundraising after she travelled to Louisiana and Mississippi to volunteer in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

It was the second charity bike ride across America that Christina was taking part in when she was killed and she had planned to work for Bike and Build full-time when the event was completed.

Jeremy Story, who was helping Christina lead the fundraising cycle ride, described her as ‘always putting others before herself,’ to

‘She was one of the happiest people I know,’ Story said. ‘She more or less woke up with a smile on her face and pretty much went to bed with a smile on her face. She was always making me laugh and was great to be around.’

Marshall County prosecutors are handling the homicide case because Chandler is a former DeKalb County investigator, with links to many prosecutors in that community.

The Criminally Negligent Homicide charge was on the low end of the spectrum of charges the Grand Jury could have pressed against Chandler.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.


It seems like a crime to only face one year in jail for killing someone, I would like to think that a persons life is worth more than $6000, but sadly these are the kinds of laws on the books in most states. It only convinces me more that all US roadways need to be made to be more bicycle friendly, and that we must continue the fight to make the law more equitable to cyclists. Only a road system designed with all road users in mind will reduce these senseless deaths.

ps. thanks Cait for the heads up on this article

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7 Responses to “Sad News…Boston University Cyclist Killed In Alabama, Killer Could Only Get 1 Year In Prison”

  1. By patrick on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    The headline is a bit misleading; he has only been charged, not convicted or sentenced. Thanks for the update on this story.

  2. By Boston Biker on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the heads up patrick, fixed.

  3. By Caroline Genco on Mar 19, 2012 | Reply

    I encourage all of your readers to visit the CCGFoundation website ( to learn about all of our efforts to continue in my daughter Christina’s legacy-

    Please join on us on Sunday May 13, 2012 for the First Annual Christina Clarke Genco Mother’s Day Memorial Ride.

    Funds raised will support bike safety and affordable housing projects in partnership
    with Bike Newton, Bike and Build,and Habitat for Humanity

    Visit for more
    information and to register online

    Caroline Genco

  4. By fernando on Mar 20, 2012 | Reply

    i’m living in alabama. in my experience, drivers here are very bike unaware & sometimes downright hostile about sharing the road (threatening swerving, honking, yelling out windows, etc). i don’t know the exact circumstances of this case, but i urge extra caution to anyone biking around here

  5. By 2whls3spds on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to cycling in the Southern USA…

    How about killing a cyclist and only paying a $113 fine?


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