According to a friend of the family, the person operating the vehicle involved in the collision, Jose Gonzales, has accepted a plea bargain of vehicular manslaughter with the following terms:
- 90 days jail
- 45 days Cal Trans service work
- 3 years probation
- Participation in HAM (Hospital and Morgue) program -- a "scared straight" program for DUI offenders
- $13,000 restitution
Although there is no true "justice" in a case like this, PasCSC would like to thank prosecuting attorney Joon Kim for his efforts to hold the operator of the motor vehicle responsible for this thoroughly preventable collision, especially in light of the failure to do so in other recent fatal collisions involving pedestrians and/or cyclists. Operating a motor vehicle while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is never an accident. And it too often comes at too great a cost to innocent bystanders.
Phillip's death, the third cycling fatality in two years in the City of Pasadena, galvanized the local cycling community, and gave rise to the PasCSC coalition. The group was brought together by a shared recognition that the City, one of the most dangerous in the state to walk and bike according to the CA Office of Traffic Safety, can do a LOT more to protect vulnerable road users.
While progress has been slow, strides have already been made, including proposed development of the City's first protected bikeways. Yet much still has to be done. And so we ride on, no longer silent, in support of safer streets for everyone.