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  • Mon March 02 2020
  • Posted Mar 3

Updated News - Mar 4th: 'He should definitely have some jail time': Daughter of fatal hit and run victim outraged by probation sentence

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A retired Council Bluffs police officer pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of a cyclist.

A judge immediately sentenced Bob Christensen to two years probation.

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William Shepard, 55, died after being struck by a vehicle on Old Lincoln Highway near Northline Drive around 2:10 a.m. May 11, 2019.

According to an affidavit, a caller reported finding a man unresponsive in the grass that had been riding a bicycle.

Shepard was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Prosecutors said Christensen left the scene then drove back in a different vehicle.

His trial was scheduled to start Tuesday.

No further information is available at this time.


BIKEIOWA NOTE

We are appalled at this weak sentencing.

If you recall our past posts - Bob didn't stop after he hit William. After the hit and run (killing William), Bob returned to the scene in a different vehicle and didn't stop a second time and then he finally contacted police 5 hours later!

Ironically, on this same day a Des Moines man was sentenced to TWO YEARS in jail for beating and beheading a rabbit at an animal shelter last December.

What is wrong with our justice system ???

Read our Cyclists are NOT Disposable post from April 2009


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I'm also appalled by the injustice displayed here. An "accident" implies circumstances were beyond the control of all parties involved. Mr. Shepard's death wasn't the result of an accident. It was, at the very least, the result of willful negligence on Mr. Christensen's part and there should be consequences for that well beyond probation. Returning to the scene in a different vehicle clearly demonstrates Mr. Christensen understood he committed a crime and was culpable. Thus, his attempt to hide from it. Why couldn't a judge understand the same? What message does this send to motorists? It's okay to kill a cyclist as long as you grow a conscience at some point and decide to report it?

#1 - Opus posted Mar 4


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