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Driver Found Who Murdered Rick Archer, Ghost Bike Ceremony And Protest Tonight!

Written by Boston Biker on May 10

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From the globe:

The man allegedly responsible for a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a bicyclist in Back Bay last month is due to appear in Boston Municipal Court Wednesday to face at least one criminal charge.

Bicyclist Rick Archer, 29, was riding his bicycle near Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street at 3:19 a.m. on April 30 when he was hit by a car whose driver then sped away. Archer died two days later in an area hospital.

From the BPD:

UPDATE: BPD Investigators Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Connection to Fatal Hit-and-Run Incident in the Back Bay: Eight days after a cyclist was struck and killed riding his bike in the area of Commonwealth Ave and Clarendon Street, BPD Homicide Detectives have arrested the individual responsible for the accident. After an extensive and comprehensive investigation, officers arrested Malone Kidanemariam, 25, Boston and charged him with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Death. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Court on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my investigators for all of their hard work and long hours in making this arrest. I also want to thank all the community members who provided help and made calls to our anonymous tip line. When a motorist strikes a pedestrian or cyclist in the City of Boston, the individual behind the wheel is expected to stop, check on the welfare of the person struck and call 9-1-1 for help. For whatever reason, the suspect in this case chose not to do that, and, given the charges he’s now facing, I would imagine he most certainly wishes he had.”

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows: At about 3:19 AM, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a cyclist struck in the area of Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street. On arrival, officers located a male victim, approximately 30-years-old, suffering from what appeared to be life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident.  Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).  The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

There is a ghost bike going to be installed for Rick tonight.

A Ghost Bike Memorial ceremony will be held for Rick Archer, the cyclist who was killed in a hit and run crash this past weekend. Rick was an activist, both for bike advocacy and humanitarian relief efforts. While he was a talented cyclist, he along with so many other riders have expressed the need for a safer riding environment in the city of Boston.

This event is not only to honor the memory of Rick Archer, but to ride in his name and make a statement. We want to raise awareness and make the drivers of the city as well as city officials know, that cyclists are human beings, and their lives MATTER.

Reverend Laura Everett will be leading a beautiful ghost bike ceremony for Rick, where some of his closest friends will speak about the wonderful individual that he was.

Following the ceremony, we are calling on all cyclists to come out and Ride for Ricky. We will ride from his ghost bike ceremony site to City Hall, and actively disrupt a budget meeting being held by the Transportation Commissioner.

What we want – MORE FUNDING! During the disruption of this meeting we will ask for more funding for projects like vision zero, slower streets, and bike infrastructure:

http://www.visionzeroboston.org/
http://bostoncyclistsunion.org/advocacy-campaigns/bikebudget/

Did you know the city of Boston only spends $5 per person for cyclist safety while cities like San Francisco spend $75 per person! Yea I think it’s time we balanced the scales.

Tragedies like this can be avoided, and if you are a cyclist and are able, please come out and show your support. This will be televised and we will get the city to listen.

If you cannot be there and you feel inclined to help, you can donate to:
https://www.gofundme.com/rick-archers-memorial-services-fund

We hope to see you there. Thanks!

 

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Cyclist Murdered In Hit And Run, Police Still Looking For The Murderer

Written by Boston Biker on May 02

Rick Archer was hit around 3:30 a.m on April 30th in the Backbay, he has since died from his injuries.  The driver fled the scene.

They think they might have found the car, but are still looking for the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (617)343-4470.  Or go here for more contact details.

 


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8 Year Old Child Killed While Riding Bicycle

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 09

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Yadielys Deleon Camacho, 8, was killed after she was struck by a car.

 

Two young cousins were struck by a car Saturday night during a birthday celebration for their grandmother in Mattapan, leaving an 8-year-old girl dead, a 12-year-old boy injured, and a close-knit family heartbroken.

Yadielys Deleon Camacho, described as a “sweetheart,” was a second-grader at Up Academy in Dorchester, according to her family.

At the time of the crash, witnesses said, she was riding her bicycle with Joseph Eduardo Cordova, her cousin, near the 100 block of West Selden Street.

A mangled bicycle was found at the scene, according to police.

Police arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle, James Horton, 45, of Dorchester, and charged him with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and motor vehicle homicide, said Officer Rachel McGuire, a Boston police spokeswoman. (via)

This is the second young person in as many weeks that has been killed by a hit and run driver.  In the 70’s in northern Europe the killing of children by cars sparked a movement that fundamentally changed the way people used automobiles.  Called the “stop murdering children” campaign, it changed forever the way the Dutch thought about how streets should be designed, and how cars should be part of society.  We must do the same.

There is no acceptable level of human death in service to automobile traffic.  We can not accept one single fatality because people want to drive cars around.  The death of this lovely young girl is a tragedy that no one should have to abide.  My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

Residents of West Selden Street say they have frequently complained about the speed of traffic on their two-way street.

Millien refuses to let his two children ride their bikes on the street. He said he limits them to riding in the backyard.

“People don’t slow down,” he said, calling for the city to install a speed bump. “There’s always a big accident.”

Millien, who has lived on the street for 13 years, said the tragedy may be the final straw for him and his family, as the frequency of car accidents has made him ready to move.

“There’s no problem with the neighbors or crime; the problem is speeding,” he said. (via)

 

It’s time we change our entire concept of how we allow cars into our society.  No more deaths.


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Drunk Driving Murderer Only Gets 18 Months In Jail

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 06

Drunk driving murderer Michael Ahern of Dorchester was sentenced to 18 months in jail for killing bicyclist Doan Bui.

It was a miracle that he was even found guilty in the first place, as most of the time when people use their car to murder people they get away with it,  but this sentencing is insultingly short.

From UHUB:

Prosecutors had asked for six to eight years in a state prison, because evidence showed that not only was Ahern going 20 mph above the speed limit, he had spent a good part of the evening before the crash drinking – in part at a bar he co-owned – and had a lengthy record of driving infractions that included 12 license suspensions.

Judge Christopher Muse sentenced Ahern to 2 1/2 years in a county jail, but with 12 months suspended for six years, during which Ahern must undergo an alcoholism screen, take any treatment that is recommended by that, perform 500 hours of community service and not drive.

In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:

Doan Bui did nothing wrong but ride his bike along the same route this defendant used after drinking all night. As a result of this defendant’s choices to drink and drive, the Bui family lost a father, a husband, and a source of emotional and financial support.

I would really like to know why the judge felt it was alright to take the recommended sentencing and reduce it so drastically.  Drunk driving is a crime, cycling is not, murder is a crime, cycling is not.  For justice to be served this person needs to never drive again, and spend a good period of their life deprived of liberty.

But that is just how I feel about it.  Amazingly, and in a sign that perhaps humanity is not doomed, the family of the murder victim, actually urged the judge to be merciful on the murderer.

From The Boston Globe:

Accompanied by a Vietnamese language interpreter, Bui’s wife was silent in the courtroom as her lawyer told the judge that she and her children knew a long prison sentence for Ahern would not bring back her husband and their father.

Thuy Huynh, the victim’s wife, had asked for her lawyer, Andrew Barrett, to speak on her behalf.

“She doesn’t think any more damage should be done to anyone else,” Barrett said. “She has expressed, for the lack of a better word, forgiveness, and doesn’t see any advantage to any lengthy sentencing imposed on the defendant.”

Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse also heard statements from the victim’s 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son that were read by the assistant district attorney.

“If I had a wish, I hope my dad would belong with us and drunks do not drive any more in order to not injure anyone else,” wrote Thao Bui, the victim’s daughter.

She and her brother, Diamond Bui, wrote that after their father’s death, they do not want to leave the house. They also described a hardworking father who took care of his family.

His daughter wrote that Bui had often helped his wife study English and practice driving. His son said they would explore the outdoors together during the summer.

“We and my mom miss him very much,” wrote Diamond Bui.

I hope Ahern never drives again, and spends the rest of his life soberly contemplating the carnage he has caused his fellow human beings.


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Driver With 48 Priors, Arrested On Friday, Gets Car Back On Saturday, Kills Cyclist Sunday

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 14

What the fuck.  Seriously what do you have to do to have your car licence taken from you in this country.  It is a sadly true saying, if you want to kill someone and get away with it, just wait until they get on a bicycle.

I hope this asshole rots in prison for the rest of his life, but sadly I doubt he will.

 

Police say Edward King could barely stay awake when officers found him stopped in the middle of the road in Weymouth on Friday night, his legs hanging out of the car and traffic backing up behind him.
He appeared “confused and off balance” and was carrying a two-day-old bottle of prescription drugs that was already half-empty, police said.
He was arrested and charged with drugged driving, but King was back behind the wheel Sunday when, according to police, he was involved in a crash in Braintree that sent a bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries. That bicyclist, 53-year-old William Donovan of Braintree, died Tuesday.
King, a 41-year-old Braintree resident, was arraigned Monday on two counts of driving under the influence of drugs and one count each of negligent driving, violating marked lanes and failing to yield to a bicycle. Those charges stem from both the Weymouth and Braintree arrests.
David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, said police are investigating and could seek additional charges following Donovan’s death.
Weymouth police arrested King shortly after midnight Friday. He was released about an hour later after posting the $40 bail set by a Quincy District Court bail commissioner. Police say they seized King’s car and asked the Registry of Motor Vehicles to revoke his license after his arrest early Saturday morning. But King was able to pick up the car after a 12-hour hold expired on Saturday afternoon and the Registry did not process the department’s request until Monday when it revoked his license indefinitely.

King also had a long history of crashes and run-ins with the law before last week, according to court documents. In setting his bail, Judge Mark Coven said King had at least five crashes since 1990 and a total of 48 convictions, including 36 that sent him behind bars. King’s driving record shows five surchargeable accidents since 1991. That list includes an accident in Braintree in March and in Dorchester in April.(more here)

Getting drunk or high and running someone over with your car is no different than getting drunk or high and shooting someone with a gun. They are both pieces of metal under your control, and they can both easily kill someone.

Fuck this guy, and fuck the system that lets someone like this continue to get back behind a wheel.


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