Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Driver That Killed Bicyclist Fined $1,500

A Calvert County woman who struck and killed an Annapolis cyclist last year on Riva Road in Davidsonville was found guilty of three driving offenses Wednesday and fined $1,500.
Judge Robert Wilcox's ruling came after 37-year-old Whitney Decesaris pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor offenses in front of a packed courtroom in District Court in Annapolis.

Patricia Cunningham, 50, an Annapolis High School assistant cross country coach, was killed in the Aug. 21, 2013 collision.
After a 2½-hour bench trial, Wilcox found Decesaris guilty of negligent driving, failure to exercise caution to avoid an accident with a bicyclist, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. She was found not guilty of the fourth charge, also a driving offense.
The judge imposed the maximum fine of $500 for each offense, plus points on her license. No potential jail time was attached to the charges.

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