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1 Bystanders lift car off Watertown cyclist, Newton driver not charged in accident By Dan Atkinson / Staff Writer GateHouse News Serv ice Posted Jun 01, 05:07 PM Business News Target Is Hiring: Harder Than Getting Into Ha r v a r d? 7 A pps You 're Going to Need This Football Season 3 00 Million Rea son s to Lov e the CFPB Suggested Stories UPDATE: 41 -y ear-old Wa r eh a m m a n w h o jum ped from Bourne Bridge w a s a su icide Hot Online: Clint Eastw ood chair speech Ranger sting alarm s beachgoers at Herring Cov e From the Web Dr. Ph il's Stolen Ca r : A $1 00 Pr oblem. Life Goes Strong BMW 3 Ser ies GT spied Auto Express Fou r Wa y s to Bea t th e Dea ler on a New Ca r Fox Business Sponsored content crash. What's this? Newton A driver ran over a cy clist and attempted to back up with the cy clist still under the car last week, and the cy clist was only freed after by standers lifted the car off him. But the driver was not at fault in the accident, according to police. According to police reports, a 40-year-old Watertown man was cycling east on Commonwealth Avenue in the 2300 block at about 5:20 p.m. on May 27. The cy clist told police he was traveling in the far right of the lane at about 15 mph, passing cars that were stuck or moving slowly in traffic. Off-duty Wayland Police Officer Tyler Castagno was in his truck on Commonwealth Avenue near the Mobil station when he saw the cyclist go by. Suddenly, Castagno said, a red Toyota Corolla swerved to the right to enter a driveway, knocking the cy clist over and pulling him under the car. All I could see of [the cyclist] was his knees to his feet, Castagno said. Everything else, the car was on top. Castagno s fiancée dialed 911 as he tried to lift the car up off the cy clist. Three y ouths from another car came to help, and they and Castagno banged on the car when the driver, a 38-y earold Newton woman, gunned it in reverse with the man still underneath. The group then lifted the car off the stricken cyclist. We started moving it as high as we could so we wouldn t scrape his body, Castagno said. Castagno did not think the man was breathing as they moved the car past his torso and head. But other drivers had stopped and provided first aid, and Newton firefighters and EMTs quickly arrived and got him breathing again. The man was taken to Beth Israel Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Castagno, a Way land resident who s been a police officer for two y ears, had been on his way to his aunt s house in Waltham to help her move some things, but when he got there his back went spazzy because of lifting the car. He had no complaints, though. It was pure adrenaline, I didn t think about it, Castagno said. I knew if the car stay ed on him, he was going to die. Lt. Bruce Apotheker said the actions of Castagno and other bystanders helped save the cyclist s life. And according to the investigating officer, Apotheker said, the driver was not at fault for the The cyclist s actions, which were confirmed by his own statements, contributed to the crash, Apotheker said. The driver told police she never saw the cy clist, and because he had not previously passed her, she had no reason to expect he would be there, Apotheker said. She was not cited for improper operation. State law states that It shall not be a defense for a motorist causing an accident with a bicy cle that the bicy cle was to the right of vehicular traffic. But the same section also states No person operating a vehicle that overtakes and passes a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall make a right turn at an intersection or driveway unless the turn can be made at a safe distance from the bicy clist at a speed that is reasonable and proper. The officer felt a reasonable and prudent person would not be expecting someone on their right, Apotheker said. Copy r ig h t New ton TA B. Som e r ig h ts r eser v ed Comments (23) du lles First, Castagno, Apotheker, everyone that helped out in this situation -- thank you!!! You 're Newton's finest. Second, thank goodness the cyclist was wearing a helmet. For goodness sakes, always wear a helmet when riding a bike. 1/9

2 But as posters said in the previous article on this story, something doesn't quite add up here. The cyclist may have contributed to the crash (the logic might be as simple as: 'he didn't swerve out of the way in time'). But I strongly suspect the motorist also contributed to the crash. My first question would be whether the car signaled before making the turn. The description that the car 'unexpectedly swerved' suggests the driver did not signal -- which would put the driver at least partially at fault. If the driver doesn't signal, other traffic on the road doesn't psychically know that a car is about to take a turn. There's also something odd about the physics. The cyclist moving at 15mph. He was passing traffic, so the traffic was probably moving less than 10mph. Somehow the car 'swerved unexpectedly' even though it was hardly moving... but at the same time the collision was hard enough to pull the cyclist under the car. I gu ess it's possible, bu t something doesn't add u p. Maybe the cyclist was going more like >20 mph and estimated the actu al collision speed at 15mph? fu rtim The Mass Bike law is pretty clear on this point. It states, SPECIFICA LLY : 'It shall not be a defense for any motorist cau sing an accident with a bicycle that the bicycle was to the right of auto traffic.' Shall not be a defense. Period. Not 'shall not be a defense, unless a police officer thinks it was ok'. Just a plain old 'shall not'. There's no way to read that sentence that validates what the officer said. Text of the law: Inju redbiker 'When turning to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway an operator shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, including a bicycle on the right of the other approaching vehicles, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard. It shall not be a defense for a motorist causing an accident with a bicycle that the bicycle was to the right of vehicular traffic.' Apparently Newton is hiring police who don't know the bicycle laws? That's pretty shocking, given how many serious bicycle COLLISIONS (they're not 'accidents') there have been in Newton in the last 1-2 years. du rtim, I looked up Mass. State Law separately and you 're correct. The officer's statements suggesting fault are opinions, and it's regrettable that those biased comments got put in print. There's a lot about this story that's fishy. I suspect the officer, in trying to do the right thing, was cutting the traumatized driver a break (bad enou gh that the cyclist got ru n over). Chestnu tstreet 2/9

3 Fu rtim --- you need to re-read the law. '...that the bicycle was to the right of au to traffic.' This means the bicyclist needs to be abiding by traffic rules and the driver of the car would have needed to pass the bicyclist while driving. The driver did not pass the bicyclist, so had no idea he was there. The law in question, Section 14 of chapter 90; states the driver must be aware of the bicyclist; specifically he / she must 'overtake' the bicyclist first (i.e. the car must have passed the bicycle). In addition, the bicyclist was NOT abiding by traffic rules and regulations. A bicyclist may only use the right lane to pass a car and only after signaling. He / she may not u se that lane as a means of circu mventing bu mper to bu mper traffic. I am not one to agree with drivers of vehicles; particular when they injury a bicyclist or pedestrian. But in this case, I would have to agree with the police officer. Inju redbiker So the cyclist was run over and WOULD HAVE DIED if it weren't for numerous bystanders who saved him from suffocation and rescue crews who resuscitated him...and you 're concerned about the DRIVER being TRAUMATIZED? du -- I see the part you are quoting. IANAL, but I think there'll probably be L's involved before all is said & done. The bits about a cyclist only using the space to the right of the lane to pass a car, and only after signaling are new to me, and I've been cycling (safely) for 15+ years. I've also never heard that it's illegal for a cyclist to pass to the right of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Can you quote the relevant bits of law here for us? -- I'm guessing at the officer's reasoning not to ticket the driver after getting onto the scene. Believe me, I spend more time on my bike than I do in my car, so whichever way this story unfolds, it makes me (and coincidentally my wife) very concerned. qwrrty I is correct. Chapter 85.11b of the Massachusetts General Law says that a bicyclist 'may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way'. There are no exceptions listed for passing bumper-to-bumper traffic. jq 3/9

4 @ChestnutStreet -- You have misread MA General Law chapter 85 section 11B, which reads '(1) the bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way, (2) the bicycle operator shall signal by either hand his intention to stop or tu rn'. Judging from the article (which may not be the whole story), the driver made a moving violation (right turn without signalling) and right-hooked the cyclist. That, and MAGL90sec14 will be enough for lawyers to have a field day with her and with the officer on the scene. Simply put, the cyclist was proceeding legally and it was the driver's responsibility to make su re the coast was clear before starting the maneu ver. BTW there is another relevant quote from MAGL90sec14: 'When turning to the right, an operator shall do so in the lane of traffic nearest to the right-hand side of the roadway and as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of roadway.' That is supposed to make right hooks impossible, but obviously the driver was at least a handlebar's width (24' = 1/3 car-width) from the curb. Furthermore, considering that almost all eastbound traffic on the 2300 block comes from high-speed roads and ramps, the driver's claim that she had not passed the cyclist earlier deserves hard scrutiny. - the report does say that the cyclist was passing cars that were slowed or stopped in traffic. I am not very familiar with that particu lar stretch of Comm Ave, but if it slows down enough at rush hour, it's entirely plausible that the cyclist would pass many cars who had not passed him, even if they entered the road from a high-speed onramp. JD71 When I read the law, it sou nds like the whole 'bicycle on the right of traffic' means oncoming traffic. It is my u nderstanding that the bike was going in the same direction as the car, and that the car never 'overtook' the bike. Also, since the story indicates the bike was passing slowing/stopped cars and the driver of the car did not pass the bike at any point, if I were driving the car, there is no way I wou ld expect the bike to be there either. Plus the driver was making a right turn, not a left turn as mentioned in the law. I think it would be best if everybody paid more attention when they are driving, riding, etc. and if bikes follow the rules of the road. It's very dangerous to ride a bicycle or even a motorcycle in any city, and riders should do everything they can to protect themselves and not make themselves vulnerable to injury or worse. I am familiar with that section of comm. ave. and it's one lane each way so there is no place else the car could have been. It can be argued all day long, but the bottom-line is if the bike wasn't passing traffic on the right, the accident wouldn't have happened. It sounds like a real tragedy was narrowly avoided and I wish the injured man a speedy recovery, but if the bicyclist would have just waited in traffic like everybody else, we would all be talking about something else right now. Here is the law in qu estion: No person operating a vehicle that overtakes and passes a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction shall make a right turn at an intersection or driveway u nless the tu rn can be made at a safe distance from the bicyclist at a speed that is reasonable and proper. When approaching for a left tu rn on a two-way street, an operator shall do so in the lane of traffic to the right of and nearest to the center line of the roadway and the left tu rn shall be made by passing to the right of the center line of the entering way where it enters the intersection from his left. When turning to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road or driveway an operator shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, including a bicycle on the right of the other approaching vehicles, which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard. It shall not be a defense for a motorist causing an accident with a bicycle that the bicycle was to the right of vehicular traffic. When approaching for a left turn on a one-way street, an operator shall do so in the lane of traffic nearest to the left-hand side of the roadway and as close as practicable to the left-hand curb or edge of roadway. No person shall open a door on a motor vehicle unless it is reasonably safe to do so without interfering with the movement of other traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Whoever violates the preceding sentence shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100. 4/9

5 'if I were driving the car, there is no way I wou ld expect the bike to be there either' Here's one strategy, instead of assuming there is no bike behind you, check your mirrors in every case before making a turn. Contrary to what someone else said, a bike can move ahead of traffic on the left if it is stopped. A bike lane formalizes this. It can certainly be argu ed that this sets u p conflict bu t it does not absolve the driver of checking the mirrors and u sing a directional (I'm not su re what they mean whey they say the driver u nexpectedly took a right tu rn, bu t that says to me they didn't signal.) The cop seems to conclude this accident was inevitable, but someone needs to take responsibility for situations like this, and I think its on the lane changer to check mirrors and use directionals. That's how I drive my car anyway. jordan lewis ring insanity amongst moonbats in the capital of moonbats-- a few thou sand pou nd car and and u nprotected --w/o seat belt and airbags candidate for-----su icide, amazing the depths of du mbness at the Tab. yesterday i watched in shock as bikes darted traffic, went thru red lights and weaved in the roads bu ilt for cars. have you folks lost you r sanity or eyesight? the Tab has lost all sense of ju dgment in the moonbat capital of Mass. Get these potential su icides off the roads or there will be blood on the hands of all. the november elections will clean house; the Tab will cry but hopefully Frank and his Balser-Stone-Creem pettyfoger will enjoy the retirement pensions you pay with every check you pay in taxes. it really is time to take back N ewton from the moonbats. Linsky, Frank, Balser, Stone Creem lets debate! A nytime any place anyware! With each bike death or inju ry, blame is to be directed at the Tab for its u tter disregard for reality. where is the chief of police?,,,,,forgot another appointee...with a coming pension! du -- hope you 'll find employment again soon, so that you can do something more productive than spending your days spamming boards with trolling nonsense. (yeah, I'm shocked at the way some cyclists behave -- and more shocked by some drivers who dart through traffic, speed through red lights and weave in the roads without signaling. The difference that is lost on Jordan is that a careless cyclist is likely to get her/himself hurt or killed; a careless driver is likely to hurt/kill someone else.) cobbie 5/9

6 Isn't there more reporting to be done on this story? A police officer witness reports, 'Suddenly.. a red Toyota Corolla swerved to the right to enter a driveway.' And the Newton police state, The cyclists actions, which were confirmed by his own statements, contributed to the crash.' Are we supposed to accept that these accidents are inevitable. As a driver and a bicyclist, I think we need better information and clearer rules. JD71 'Here's one strategy, instead of assuming there is no bike behind you, check your mirrors in every case before making a turn. Contrary to what someone else said, a bike can move ahead of traffic on the left if it is stopped. A bike lane formalizes this. It can certainly be argu ed that this sets u p conflict bu t it does not absolve the driver of checking the mirrors and u sing a directional (I'm not su re what they mean whey they say the driver u nexpectedly took a right tu rn, bu t that says to me they didn't signal.) The cop seems to conclude this accident was inevitable, but someone needs to take responsibility for situations like this, and I think its on the lane changer to check mirrors and use directionals. That's how I drive my car anyway.' The problem with your scenario is that the driver was not changing lanes, they were turning into a driveway. There was only one lane of travel and the car was in it. The bicyclist decided to make his own lane of travel by driving on the right of the vehicles that were in the proper travel lane, thus making himself vulnerable to a right turning vehicle. It is a tragic event no doubt, but try as they may, the bicycle enthusiasts can't change the fact that if the bicyclist was obeying the rules of the road and waiting in traffic which we can all agree is no fun, than the accident most likely wouldn't have happened. It is because the bicyclist decided to make his own bike path and pass all those vehicles on the right, that he pu t himself in danger. He gambled and he lost. I'm ju st glad he wasn't more seriously injured or worse. He should be very grateful to the good samaritans and emergency crews that were able to save his life. Hopefully everyone involved in this situation can learn from it. I really hope that the various bicycle advocacy groups can stress to their members that they are responsible for their own safety and for obeying the ru les of the road. I also hope motorists can be made more aware that there are more and more bicyclists on the road. JD71, I do understand and appreciate your point. I'm going to guess that you are coming at it from the perspective of a vehicular cyclist that says that best practice is to ride in the lane when it is safe to do so. Bu t to say that a cyclist is not obeying the law when passing traffic on the right is incorrect. Please check M.G.L Chapter 85 section 11 'Every person operating a bicycle upon a way... shall be subject to the traffic laws and regulations of the commonwealth and the special regulations contained in this section, except that: (1) the bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way...' This isn't esoteric stuff, anyone who has been observing the road can see that cyclists ride on the right side and can overtake traffic when its stopped, as long as they obey they same traffic sings and signals. This includes the driver in the collision, and the cop who gave her a pass that day. And the person who thinks they can unexpectedly swerve to take a right hand turn, without looking behind them potentially places others in peril. Its just not supportable to place all the blame on the cyclist, even if they are in greater danger... and that's not to say it doesn't make sense to ride defensively at all times. I know my life depends on it. chad_d 6/9

7 OK now you 're ju st being silly, you want the cyclist off to the right when traffic is moving and you want them ou t in line with the cars when traffic is stopped. A s a cyclist i wou ld like to know at what speed you want me to be in the road in front of you vs off to the right where we are su pposed to be (by law). Believe me if we were in front of you and traffic started moving you 'd be laying on the horn becau se bikes don't go from zero to 30mph in 3 seconds. I for one go ou t of my way to obey traffic ru les on a bike becau se I know we are u nder extra scru tiny. Ju st this weekend at the intersection of beacon and chestnu t I stopped a the light and even thou gh there was no traffic, I waited for the green light...even while a car behind me laid on the horn. Why he ju st didn't want me to slow him down when the light tu rned green. Do cyclists get testy about this stuff? Darn right. It's because scenes like the one I described happen over and over and over and there are not repercussions for the drivers. Then something like this terrible accident happens and by all appearances the driver is at fault and again, there are no consequences. Oh and since the driver wasn't cited that means that the cyclist is responsible for all his medical bills and the damage to his bike. Fair? I don't think so. I hope that the cyclist has the financial means to bring suit against the driver and drags every single witness including the police on the scene into the courtroom to go on record that it's OK to make an turn without signaling that results in an accident and it's nobody's fault. JD71 I think some of you are missing my point. A bike shou ld be riding in the travel lane. If a vehicle travelling in the same direction is going to overtake that bike and pass him on the left, the driver may even need to cross over into another lane to give room to the bicyclist to continu e on their way. I think we can all agree on that and the law states that. This car never overtook the cyclist and did not tu rn left. There was no travel lane to the right of the car, so why wou ld someone expect another vehicle (bike) to be passing them on the right. The problem remains that the bicyclist apparently decided to leave the designated travel lane and create his own way on the shou lder of the road, passing stopped vehicles on the right. I don't care if you r on a bike, a motorcycle, or a broomstick, if you pass cars on the right in that fashion, sooner or later you will get clipped. Many cyclists I have seen also act as if they are not bou nd by the rules of the road and don't stop for redlights, stop signs, etc. The same can be said about a fair number of drivers too, but cyclists are really taking their lives in their hands with this behavior. The bicycle groups (some members) seem to want to have it both ways. They want to be treated as equals to cars, trucks, etc. but they don't want to abide by the same rules. The bottom line is that there will always be more cars/trucks on the roadway than bicycles or motorcycles. If your offended by that statement, sorry, but it's the truth. The riders of these 2 wheeled vehicles need to be especially carefull of their surroundings and the choices they make, at least for their own safety if no other reason. Sometimes you don't get a second chance in a bike or motorcycle accident. If you guys feel that leaving the travel lane and passing on the right a bu nch of stopped or slowed vehicles in a heavily popu lated and heavily travelled area was a smart thing to do and didn't expose this poor guy to a strong potential of something bad happening, I don't know what else to say. I guess we agree to disagree. As for the car not signalling before making the right hand tu rn, I didn't read that as being confirmed for su re in any of the stories. Did I miss something? A nd as far as the law you qu ote, it says: 'the bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way...' but the articles I have seen said that traffic was stopped or just about stopped, so not really moving in the travel lane. Sounds like a good old fashioned rush hour traffic jam to me. I don't see anything in the law that states bicycles are allowed to pass vehicles stopped in a traffic jam on the right, and I think from a common sense, self-preservation standpoint, it's a really bad idea. I think unfortunately traffic jams apply to all vehicles. I also read in that law that the bicyclist's are allowed to ride on the sidewalk. I wonder why more cyclists don't take that rou te if it's allowed. It seems like it might be safer? I'm not a bicyclist bu t on it's face it seems like a better idea than battling with vehicles every day. So to my cycling friends I say this: I am a lawfu l driver. I obey the speed limit. I stop for stop signs, red lights, and pedestrians in crosswalks. I go on green lights and I try my best to be mindful of bicyclists and motorcyclists sharing the road with me. If everyone can abide by these simple ru les and laws, hopefu lly there will be a lot fewer of the tragedies. Ride safely and have a great su 'A bike shou ld be riding in the travel lane.' That's not correct, read M.G.L Chapter 85 section 11 again. It says a bike is a vehicle, bu t it makes an *exception* to say that a bike can ride and pass on the right. It's really really clear abou t this, even if it doesn't seem fair that they aren't obliged to sit in traffic with everyone else. This isn't the same as lane splitting, where a bike or a motorcycle pu lls in between lanes of traffic, which as far as I know is not legal. Now, I'd have to say passing is passing, regardless if the cars are moving, creeping or completely stopped, and it would be ridiculous to expect a bike near the shoulder is going to start and stop with traffic when his way is clear and it is safe to proceed.. But the letter of the law does specify that the traiffic is moving while not giving any direction on what to do if its jammed, so I am going to look into this, starting with massbike. Its definitely unsafe to pass in a narrow space if you are going alot faster than everyone else, and bad form to make people pass you several times in stop and go traffic if its a tight squeeze. But at best its a grey area and all I can do is get the opinion of a lawyer. chad_d 7/9

8 Thank R_Adams, I'd love to hear your results. I've been riding in this state for 15+ years and there's NO faster way to provoke a driver than to ride in front of them in the travel lane. Forcing them to cross the center line to pass you is ju st dangerou s all the way arou nd and I've seen riders be reprimanded for this by police officers (in Concord actu ally). I agree 100% that the ru les of the road are the ru les of the ROA D not the vehicle so cyclists must obey all of the ru les ju st as cars wou ld, and I make it a point to do so. I don't think the previous statement holds water, it's clear from the language of the law; 'the bicycle operator may keep to the right when passing a motor vehicle which is moving in the travel lane of the way...' that this is referring to cars traveling as opposed to parked cars. Chad, I haven't heard back from massbike on the wording in question but John Allen, who is not a lawyer but a vehicular cycling advocate who is steeped in the legalese wrote about it here: He compares m.g.l. with the uniform vehicle code. Passing on the right is obviously risky. He concludes that the law allows for passing on the right *at your own* risk which means, if you end up crashing into someone, you, the cyclist, are at fault. Which would set me up for a mea culpa, if anyone is still reading. The cyclist was not breaking the law, bu t was taking a risk that resu lted in him being pinned u nder a car. Bu t, this is ju st an interpretation, bu t it is annoying that its is murky, especially since the law was amended last year to clarify what cyclists are supposed to do. One more reason this should be cleared up is because Boston implemented bike boxes with bike lanes on Comm. Ave. These allow encourage cyclists to pass *stationary* traffic to get up in front of it, for visibility's sake, so obviously you are allowed to pass stationary traffic on the right, and they are creating the infrastructure to minimize the risk. Its important to realize that the bike lanes are not continued in intersections. If traffic is gridlocked, there is definitely more risk to overtake traffic even if you have the right of way. I'm going to try asking Nicole Freedman. In another page, John S. Allen comes to another inconclusive conclusion: 'As they approach the 'bike box', bicyclists are generally overtaking stationary vehicles on the right, but the definition of moving is somewhat unclear; it may include motor vehicles which are waiting in traffic, even if not moving at the moment.' So, I guess he doesn't really know either. While I'm still thinking about it, JD71 thoughtfully asks why more cyclists don't use the sidewalk. I want to point out that this cause more accidents than it will save, becau se a bicyclist on a sidewalk is more hidden from the view of a car riding along side it, especially when there is on street parking. When that car makes a right turn, bang, same right hook but more preventable. (Not to mention the fact that riding a bicycle on a sidewalk at faster than walking speed is obnoxious and dangerous for pedestrians, and is generally forbidden in urban areas.) I'm back. I still don't have an opinion from a lawyer, but I do have a reasonable explanation on the choice of words 'moving.' MGL allows passing vehicles on the right if the vehicle is stopped for a left tu rn. ( ) That is tru e for all vehicles (e.g. bikes and cars.) MGL also allows bicycles as a special case (e.g. bikes and not cars) to pass moving traffic on the right. ( ) So those are you r two scenarios, moving and stopped, and the cyclist was not breaking the law by riding and passing on the right. The law also does not require a motorist to check the mirrors before turning, but does require the use of turn signals. I read the police report, but I don't feel right reprinting it here, so tru st me when I say that the witnesses cou ld not say for su re that the driver did not signal, bu t several of them stated the tu rn was abrupt, and they also stated that the bicyclist was riding in a straight line and a reasonable speed. The policeman did not document any statement from the driver on whether or not she signaled before turning, and furthermore countered the witnesses statements on the cyclist's proper operation of his vehicle by stating in the report that he appeared 'all of a su dden.' So it is pretty clear to me he gave the motorist a pass. If the driver had instead hit a pedestrian in the sidewalk at the moment she turned, she would have almost certainly been cited. Lesson learned: following the law will not keep you from getting run over with apparent impunity, but maybe you can at least sue for damages... but I am not a lawyer. Login or register to post a comment: 8/9

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