Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A sad story....but at least the system is working.

This was on KTVN (Channel 2) late last week.  It is the absolute definition of the classic right hook, where a car passes a cyclist and then turns right directly across the cyclist path.  Even the police report indicates it.

Yet, even after taking a life, Judge Gibbons refuses to take responsibility for his own actions.

If you want to read the initial write up with police details it's here.  


  1. Andy let me know how the bike community follows up on this. I hope they give the judge a lot of grief!
    I am a little confused. Obviously the cyclist was killed, but if he wasn't hit "accident-reconstruction investigation..." how did he die?

  2. The accident reconstruction was done by Judge Gibbons legal team (so not too surprising they find him not at fault). The findings are actually that the cyclist impacted the right-rear corner panel of the judges vehicle (e.g. they claim the judge didn't hit the cyclist.....they blame the cyclist for hitting the judges car). This is predicated by the fact that both individuals were traveling the same direction on the same road. The collision occurred when the judge passed at the last minute, immediately prior to making a right turn directly in the path of the cyclist. A classic definition of a right hook!

  3. Thank you for the update on this tragic story. Whether the judge "hit" the bicyclist or not, his failure to exercise due care caused the death of Joe Longo. If the judge had yielded to Mr. Longo until he passed on his bicycle, the judge would not have killed him.

    BeckyandKirk, if you have ever hit a tree while skiing you can imagine what that must've felt like for Joe--to hit a car when it turned in front of him after cutting him off. "[...] the judge did not hit the bicyclist" but indeed his actions caused the bicyclist to die from the subsequent injuries he suffered as a result of the accident.

    The judge was surrounded by a steel cage that protected him and Joe had nothing to protect his body upon impact.

  4. Oh I've fallen many times, I'm wondering what the judge would say killed the cyclist. And now I understand the cyclist hitting the car killed him? Well we all understand the driver turned in front of the cyclist, which wasn't the rider's fault! The judge killed a man with his car!

  5. Ah...I see what you meant :-) Ironic isn't it? The person who judges for a living will now be the one who is judged. I feel terrible for both parties (for the family who lost a loved one and for the living who has the responsibility of accepting the consequences), it is a difficult position to be in.