Driver who hit pro cyclists gets 7 days in jail
The driver who hit a professional cycling team in Tucson last February has been sentenced to seven days in jail and two years probation.
Rodney Kinkade, Jr. plead guilty to two counts of endangerment for crashing into two cyclists who were participating in a training camp for the Jamis-Hagnes Berman cycling team on Feb. 22, 2013.
Tyler Wren and Todd Herriot were riding at the front of the pack when according to reports and court documents, Kinkade drove next to the group, began cursing at them and telling them to get off the road. After yelling at the cyclists he struck Herriott who crashed into Wren causing them both to fall.
In one court document, Kinkade and his attorney argued the cyclists were riding outside the shoulder and more than two abreast when he struck the cyclists.
According to a court document Kinkade said he heard a thump on his car and saw the cyclists on the ground in his rearview mirror, but didn’t think they were seriously hurt so he didn’t stop.
Police testified that there were markings on Kinkade’s car that were consistent with the height of Herriott’s handlebars.
Kinkade was originally charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of criminal damage, all three a felony. The plea is a significant reduction from the felony charges.
He is currently listed as a prisoner in the Pima County Jail serving his seven day sentence.
Kinkade is being sued by Tyler Wren and Todd Herriott, the two cyclists who were at the front of the pack when Kinkade hit them.
A jury trial in the civil case has been set for July 17.
Read the archived posts about the incident here.
Editor’s note: I am waiting on a call/email from Tyler Wren and will update the story when we connect.