How is it that a driver can get a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, but a driver recklessly running into a building doesn't? More importantly, how can a driver get a ticket for following too closely, but not for fatally hitting a cyclist from behind?
There appears to be a focus on DUIs when it comes to getting tickets around Virginia Beach. Just yesterday, local Hall of Fame inductee, Bruce Smith, of the Washington Redskins, was arrested for DUI — for the third time. There’s a lot of temptation to drink here, as bars line the streets. But the woman who hit Hersh, passed a blood-alcohol test and there was no sign she was distracted, according to commonwealth attorney, Bryant.
Except that she hit from behind a cyclist who was wearing a helmet and a yellow windbreaker with reflective stripes. Yet the driver has stated that she never saw the bicyclist. Would the same excuse exonerate a driver who hit another car from behind? Hardly.
I have to agree with Hardman’s point of view. I mean, a life was lost. Sure, the driver involved in an accident of this nature is somewhat punished by their own guilt, but that may not send the right message to everyone. What about those who have little remorse to begin with? Would a mere misdemeanor not be warranted?
I met Hardman weeks ago and he seemed intent on listening to others. Perhaps Hardman is the best man to get justice for the cyclists' rough road to freedom in Eastern Virginia, since he is a former national collegiate cycling champion, but he may be fighting for his own justice, as well; he was fired from his prosecutor job in the neighboring city of Portsmouth, after announcing his bid for Virginia Beach commonwealth’s attorney.