ER doctor sentenced to 5 years for causing bicycle accident
Posted on Jan 08, 2010
Christopher Thompson, the former emergency room doctor that was convicted in the road rage incident that caused injury to two bicyclists, was sentenced last Friday to five years in state prison.
Thompson has been jailed since he was convicted in November on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious bodily injury, reckless driving and mayhem.
The bike accident occurred on July 4, 2008. The riders were riding on Mandeville Canyon Road in Brentwood when Thompson deliberately hit the brakes on his Infiniti sedan causing the bicyclists to hit the back of his car. One rider crashed through the windshield. He broke his front teeth and his nose was nearly severed. He required significant plastic surgery. The second cyclist crashed to the pavement separating his shoulder.
Doctor Thompson wept and apologized to the injured bicyclists, “The physical and mental scars are my fault.”
Although the driver was sentenced in criminal court, the bicyclists may still seek damages in civil court. Since the accident was caused by the reckless acts of another person, the bicyclists are eligible for compensation for their medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contact the Los Angeles bicycle accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie to learn more.