Bicycle Accident Sleep Apnea Case Hearing Thursday
1. Blogs until now have been shrill in their denunciation of Martin Erzinger in the Vail, Colorado hit-and-run bicycle case. Now there's a hearing scheduled Thursday Dec, 16 to see if the court will accept a plea bargain. The initial factoids do not look great for Martin Erzinger. Driving a Mercedes. Running into a rider. Leaving the hurt rider on the road. Driving on to find a parking lot where he could pull off to call Mercedes to come fix his ride. Worst of all he is a money manager for the super-rich and probably has a massive house to match his fancy Mercedes. Makes a nice story. Rich guy cares more about his car than injured cyclist. Also looked at first like the DA is more concerned for rich guy’s job than for the injured young doctor. But as usual there's another side. Cyclist was riding on narrow highway instead of bike path. Mercedes guy is asleep at the wheel because of medical condition called sleep apnea. He does not know he has hit rider, runs his new $90k car into the ditch and keeps going in the ditch until the car hits a culvert. This wakes him up; he drives back onto the road and drives on until he gets to a safe place to check car damage. Still doesn’t know he has hurt anyone until he is taken to the hospital. He acknowledges the fact that this person was hurt while he was driving, and he is more than willing to pay compensation. Bicycle doctor hires Hal Haddon, Denver’s most famous lawyer and says it is not about money. Looks like a revenge move, but either way it’s lawyers’ games from here. Oh, and when they start off saying it's not about money you can bet it is about money. Large money.