Woman's pleads not guilty in biker's death

Full story: Oroville Mercury-Register

The attorney representing an 18-year-old Oroville woman on a misdemeanor vehicle manslaughter charge stemming from a fatal accident, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf Friday in Butte County Superior Court.
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Watch Out For Bikers

Chico, CA

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#2
Aug 7, 2010
 
"Turning left in front of a motorcycle can happen to anyone, anytime."

That's why people need to look twice and save a biker's lives. Please people, start thinking about motorcycles being on the road too.
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Corning, CA

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#3
Aug 7, 2010
 
Why are we wasting time and money on an accident. Why make two victims. Its bad enough that one man died and all his family is suffering....its bad enough that this woman will never forget her part in it....why make it worse by charging her with something that was really just an accident. Its seems like we always have to put blame on everything or everyone. Why cant it just be an accident?
fishermom

Oroville, CA

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#4
Aug 7, 2010
 
Charges were filed in a timely manner it seems in this vehicle fatality.....BUT why haven't we heard about any charges against the young man who was driving the car that killed the EL MEDIO FIRE CAPTAIN?????
Amazing

Chico, CA

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Aug 7, 2010
 
oh brother wrote:
Why are we wasting time and money on an accident. Why make two victims. Its bad enough that one man died and all his family is suffering....its bad enough that this woman will never forget her part in it....why make it worse by charging her with something that was really just an accident. Its seems like we always have to put blame on everything or everyone. Why cant it just be an accident?
If it was your father or uncle or brother would it be just an accident? "Whoops My Bad Sorry I killed you child" is that ok? Just an accident ya know.

I will admit it was an accident but it was one that was completely avoidable. If she would have taken 2 seconds longer to make sure no one was coming before turning None Of This Would of Happened. Also making an unsafe turn across oncoming traffic does make it her responsibility. It's a hard way to learn but life is hard.

Did you catch that word "Responsibility" it's NOT BLAME it's what's right.
Father

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#6
Aug 7, 2010
 
Accidents can be avoided too..That poor man had no where to go with her turning in front of him..He should have lots of life left. He was some-ones LOVED one. She needs to pay more attention to her driving...Yes, it is a lesson young lady...hard to pay....
Todd8080

West Palm Beach, FL

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Aug 7, 2010
 
Attorney Philip Heithecker: "Turning left in front of a motorcycle can happen to anyone, anytime."

No, it can only "happen to" drivers who fail to yield to oncoming traffic, as required by law.

I have an artificial hip from a driver who illegally turned left in front of my Harley in 1978.

I also had my right femur broken in twelve places, a broken arm, three broken ribs, two broken fingers and a gash that runs from my lower lip to the bottom of my neck (from my head going through his passenger window).

I just had ankle reconstruction from that ankle being crushed in the same "accident".

Funny but I feel like I'm the one who had something "happen to" me. The driver who failed to yield didn't even get his hair mussed.

I got three months in the hospital, not to mention a lifetime of pain.

He got a ticket.

Since: May 08

Oroville

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#8
Aug 7, 2010
 
Sadly, the drivers attorney is doing his job.
I find his statement,"Turning left in front of a motorcycle can happen to anyone, anytime." offensive, like he is trying to fault the motorcyclist, or implying the car driver has more right to the road than the motorcyclist.
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Chico, CA

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#9
Aug 7, 2010
 
What she did was WRONG.

Yet just to play Devil's Advocate every one of us rider's out the KNOW that whenever you see someone getting ready to cross your path You Have To Believe They Do Not See You and try and be ready for it.
fellow rider

Chico, CA

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#10
Aug 7, 2010
 
All bikers know the what-ifs of riding! doors opening, getting backed into or rearended, pot holes, etc... We [bikers] have all dodged accidents at one time or another and this was one of those times that didnt pan-out well at all. Knowing the risks and still riding is what makes us bikers! This rider went out with his boots on [much respect my friend]!

As for the car driver, she is 18 and learning a very expensive lesson in life right now! Both her soul and her life are in limbo at the moment.. I hope it helps her grow into a good person with respect for her fellow man.
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Paradise, CA

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#11
Aug 8, 2010
 
i am a rider, i have been in an accident with major injuries, i feel drivers need to be aware of motorcycles, i make it a point to sound my horn, or rev my engine, when i feel drivers dont see me, do i feel the driver that didnt see me deserves prison time at 19? no i dont! would i feel my 18 year old daughter, with her whole life in fromt of her desrves prison if it was me, or another rider she didnt see? no i wouldnt! do i know my life is in danger everytime i swing my leg over the harley, or the goldwing? yes i know..do i think i own the road? no i dont! is there riders out there that take advantage of thier situaltion of being on a bike, cuting lanes, passing on the right, just being the next statistic? yes i know! If i didnt realize that freedom comes at a price, id drive my car!
Compassion

Orange, CA

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Aug 9, 2010
 
Compassion is needed for both sides when a tragic accident happens. She was driving responsibly, slowed almost to a stop before turning, looked, but didn't see him coming and made a tragic turn. Riding a motorcycle is notoriously risky, not wearing a good full helmet makes it more risky, drinking alcohol before getting back on the road even more. We mourn his loss of life, we also have compassion on a young girl who looked, but didn't see. She is a young girl and shouldn't be prosecuted for an accident, she is not a criminal. Accidents do happen, sometimes they have minor consequences, sometimes tragic fatal ones, but they are still accidents. You could be the next one to look and not see, that's the point, it's an accident.
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Hollywood, FL

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Aug 9, 2010
 
"Compassion", you must have information that's unavailable to the press. If Dearden had been driving responsibly and actually looked at the motorcycle approaching her she'd have seen it.

Saying "it was just an accident" or that "it could happen to anyone" is telling the public it's okay to kill motorcyclists. Where's your compassion for the real victim here? How do you think his family feels?

A man is dead as a result of the sheer negligence of another driver and those who commit such crimes should be held responsible. The fact that Dearden is pleading not guilty speaks volumes about her compassion for the victim she killed.

I imagine you'd be somewhat less compassionate if it had been your child in a crosswalk Dearden failed to notice.
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Oroville, CA

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#14
Aug 9, 2010
 
he was drunk? I never saw that? where did you read that
Compassion wrote:
Compassion is needed for both sides when a tragic accident happens. She was driving responsibly, slowed almost to a stop before turning, looked, but didn't see him coming and made a tragic turn. Riding a motorcycle is notoriously risky, not wearing a good full helmet makes it more risky, drinking alcohol before getting back on the road even more. We mourn his loss of life, we also have compassion on a young girl who looked, but didn't see. She is a young girl and shouldn't be prosecuted for an accident, she is not a criminal. Accidents do happen, sometimes they have minor consequences, sometimes tragic fatal ones, but they are still accidents. You could be the next one to look and not see, that's the point, it's an accident.

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