Why Shouldn't Injured Biker Pay? 

I fail to see why Ms. Stokes shouldn't have to pay for the damages to the police cruiser ("Cop Hits Cyclist, Who Gets Billed for Damages," Street Talk, Dec. 12)! She was clearly at fault. Why should the taxpayers have to pick up the cost for her mistake? It was determined that she failed to observe proper traffic patterns. Aren't we all taught at a young age how and when to cross through busy intersections? Ms. Stokes, in case you have forgotten, you wait until the light has turned red and the traffic has stopped.

It is preposterous that the taxpayers of Richmond should have to pick up the tab for what was obviously her bad sense of judgment. Maybe Ms. Stokes did suffer permanent brain damage, because she does not realize it was her fault that caused the accident.

Linda Hoover

Just because Kristen Stokes was severely injured when she collided with a police car does not negate the fact that she ran a red light -- she failed to exit the intersection before the light turned red. Why she was not cited is questionable, but maybe it is because Officer McKay was traveling 40 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone?

In an ideal world, both parties would be cited for their traffic infractions and pay their penalties. But in an ideal world, Forest Hill Avenue would not be the race track that it is today. Fortunately Ms. Stokes has recovered, presumably because of a good bike helmet and some luck.

Mike Swain

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