Man who hit and killed bicyclist with...

Man who hit and killed bicyclist with car gets 30 days in jail

There are 16 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 11, 2008, titled Man who hit and killed bicyclist with car gets 30 days in jail. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Winfield man who struck and killed a bicyclist in June while driving on a suspended license was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in the DuPage County Jail.

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odc

Gorham, ME

#2 Dec 11, 2008
Are you kidding me??????

8 traffic tickets in four years, a suspended license, and then you KILL SOMEONE WITH YOUR CAR, and that life is worthworth 30 days in jail??

As an attorney, I can only say this sentencing decision should be an embarassment to all IL citizens.
TC ORourke

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 11, 2008
Why do we expect people to get proper licensing or maintain their vehicles or carry insurance when the penalties for not doing so amount to nothing?

Davor Jovic had received 8 traffic tickets, lost his license and continued to drive illegally anyway. 30 days in jail would be an appropriate punishment for that alone, not for killing a human being.

I applaud Amanda Meindl for seeking a 1 year sentence.
doug

New York, NY

#4 Dec 11, 2008
How is this not a felony charge, when the driver was driving on a suspended license?
kathleen

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Dec 11, 2008
Terrible. What a loss for the rider's wife, and now this extra slap in the face from the court system. This reminds me of the bad old days when drivers would receive a slap on the wrist for drunk driving, even if someone had been injured or killed because of it. It's time for a major publicity push for the cause of sharing the road. We need REAL penalties for criminal negligence and vehicular homicide.
dsorsa

Cary, IL

#6 Dec 11, 2008
According to this article, the defense attorney claimed the lack of skid marks means the driver was not responsible for killing the cyclist. Lack of skid marks can also mean Davor Jovic was completely oblivious. The multiple traffic citations indicate a careless driver. Did anyone check his cell phone records to see if he was talking on the phone? I feel very sad for John Rogdon's family.
Rosa Parks 2

AOL

#7 Dec 11, 2008
Yet another IMMIGRANT causing death to an AMERICAN cyclist ! When will we wise up???

Why do we expect people to get proper licensing or maintain their vehicles or carry insurance when the penalties for not doing so amount to nothing?
BREAK THE GRIDLOCK

DAVOR JOVIC had received 8 traffic tickets, lost his license and continued to drive illegally anyway. 30 days in jail would be an appropriate punishment for that alone, not for killing a human being.
Steve

Glenview, IL

#8 Dec 11, 2008
Holy crap, how can he at least not be convicted of man slaughter, what the heck is going on here, has our justice system lost their mind. Beam me up,I can't stand it anymore.
Regular Joe

Downers Grove, IL

#9 Mar 29, 2009
I heard that the bicyclist was a jerk and the people that he knew didn't like him...
Joe

Lisle, IL

#11 Sep 14, 2009
Regular Joe, you need to meet me somewhere and discuss this like men.
You are ignorant and probably Jovic himself. News update, this Davor Jovic has recieved a DUI and a speeding ticket 11 months after killing someone with his car while on suspension.
sammy

Hickory Hills, IL

#12 Apr 5, 2010
first off people you guys don't even know the whole story.. And he did not recieve a DUI at all. U guys don't think that it's hard to live knowing that u did harm to someone.. U think that he woke up that morning knowing that he will kill someone NO.
mike jones

Bloomingdale, IL

#13 Nov 28, 2011
first of all if you knew anything bout the case you would have known that he got sentenced for driving with a suspended license not killing anyone... and 30 days is more then enough
citizen

Chicago, IL

#14 Nov 29, 2011
People need to quit riding in the middle of the road, 2nd it's horrible it happened but there r bicycle trails.

Since: Sep 11

Downers Grove, IL

#15 Nov 29, 2011
I personally cant stand bikers and they ignore all traffic signals and signs. i have no sympathy for them or people who jog in the street when there is a perfectly good sidewalk next to them. its too bad someone died but you have to realize that spandex, a plastic helmet and a sense of self righteous entitlement are not enough to keep you safe. there are cars and your a bike. get the hint and find a safe place to ride that there are no cars.
immigrant

Bloomingdale, IL

#16 Feb 20, 2012
Rosa Parks 2 wrote:
Yet another IMMIGRANT causing death to an AMERICAN cyclist ! When will we wise up???
Why do we expect people to get proper licensing or maintain their vehicles or carry insurance when the penalties for not doing so amount to nothing?
BREAK THE GRIDLOCK
DAVOR JOVIC had received 8 traffic tickets, lost his license and continued to drive illegally anyway. 30 days in jail would be an appropriate punishment for that alone, not for killing a human being.
Another Immigrant? What are you?
WNHS ALUM

Western Springs, IL

#17 Mar 21, 2012
He must have had a good lawyer! Legally, it is supposed to be much more serious if you are committing a crime (driving while license suspended). If he had not committed the crime, the man on the bicycle would still be alive. If he knew his license was suspended then it would be negligent homicide or manslaughter. 30 days is almost nothing. He should have got 2 or 3 years at least. Who was his lawyer?
John

Elk Grove Village, IL

#18 Mar 22, 2012
Ballantyn3 wrote:
I personally cant stand bikers and they ignore all traffic signals and signs. i have no sympathy for them or people who jog in the street when there is a perfectly good sidewalk next to them. its too bad someone died but you have to realize that spandex, a plastic helmet and a sense of self righteous entitlement are not enough to keep you safe. there are cars and your a bike. get the hint and find a safe place to ride that there are no cars.
We bike riders cant stand fat couch people whose veins are clotted with cholesterol deposits, who know nothing about the this topic, belching up potato chip regurg, and this type of self serving opinion. Learn to share the road, there are other people forced to share this earth with your types.

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