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Police: Cellphone (hands-free) at play for driver in San Ramon crash that killed NFL's Knapp

Original post made on Oct 4, 2021

The driver who caused the summertime crash that killed NFL assistant coach Greg Knapp was glancing at his hands-free cellphone at the time he drifted into the Dougherty Road bicycle lane where Knapp was riding, per San Ramon PD.

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Comments (5)

Posted by Alice Beaton
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2021 at 6:22 pm

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There should be some restitution in this tragedy. At the very, least the driver should be required to do community service.....addressing the consequences of distracted driving.


Posted by RichC
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2021 at 8:49 pm

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I'm so disappointed with the D.A. for not filing charges. Must a weapon be a gun or a knife? I think not. If someone threw a rock and killed another person there would be charges. If the victim was a child walking to school would there have been charges? At a minimum charges of vehicular manslaughter should be filed. Should a conviction occur- then possible leniency could be considered.


Posted by Ed Bernard
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 5, 2021 at 5:37 pm

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Unbelievable. Every single day I come home on Dougherty I see drivers drifting into the already wide bike lanes. I ride big 20-30 mile loops from home and have seen several fatalities in the news in our area. Totally unacceptable. These are the same drivers with their high-beams on constantly and "student driver - please be patient" stickers plastered all over. It's likely nothing would happen if I were to survive being run off the road either, but heaven forbid I strike a driver. Smdh.


Posted by Steve Westcott
a resident of Danville
on Oct 19, 2021 at 9:40 am

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Granted, I'd like to think that this would be a life-defining moment for this kid, but to be let off scott-free? That's insane! It doesn't make any difference if the phone is in your hand, on a mount or built into the entertainment system; you are responsible for paying attention to driving, not changing music stations or texting your buddy. The man DIED from your irresponsibility! I've ridden that stretch hundreds of times and the bike lane is very, very wide, and you really weren't paying any attention if you ended up over there. You deserve some kind of vehicular manslaughter, a big fine, and either some county jail or hundreds of hours of public service. Shame on you; driving isn't that difficult.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Oct 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm

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Unless a driver is impaired, motorists usually aren't charged when hitting a cyclist. I'm assuming it's ruled an accident. If you back out of your driveway and hit and kill a cyclist should you be charged with vehicle manslaughter? You knew the road was there. You knew cyclists and pedestrians walk by your house. Were you an inattentive driver or someone who should be charged with a crime and sent to prison?


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