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Driver Found Guilty in Fatal Accident With Bicyclist, But Only For Suspended License

Woman who opened car door into path of biker, knocking her into oncoming bus, can be sentenced to maximum of 30 days in jail or a $500 fine.

The woman who opened her parked car’s door and fatally knocked a cyclist into the path of an MTA bus was found guilty Tuesday, but only on a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to the New York Post

In September 2010, Staten Island resident Krystal Francis, 25, allegedly swung her car door open into traffic while parked on Atlantic Avenue, near Washington Avenue. The driver’s side door allegedly clipped Jasmine Herron, 23, knocking her off her bike into the path of an MTA bus.

Francis' attorney argued that she didn't realize her license was suspended and further was not even the one driving the car, but a police detective testified that Francis told him she had been driving, according to the Post.

Francis can be sentenced to up to a month in jail or a $500 fine, according to the Daily News.

Herron's mother told the News: "I feel vindicated the jury found her guilty." But, she added, "it won't bring my daughter back."

Herron, who grew up in Parker, Colorado, moved to New York City after graduating art school in Alberta, Canada in May of 2010, Herron's half-sister Desiree Herron Perry told Patch last year. Perry said her half-sister was a fearless young girl who made friends easily and was quick to help others.

“She was the most amazing person I had ever known,” said Perry. “I am 39 and she was 23 and she lived more in her 23 years than I ever did.

Daniel February 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM
A $500 dollar fine is all that a life is worth!? How about some accountability from the drivers. If you are going to drive a car in the city then you need to be aware of all the pedestrians, cyclists, taxis and busses that are also on the roads and you have to take responsibility for your mistakes. How about she does some extreme number of community service hours geared toward making streets safer for cyclists!?
a.es February 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Disgusting and disturbing, and nothing new, every time a pedestrian or cyclist is hit, injured or killed there is no justice in this city and it's totally stomach churning and unbelievable. It's happened more times than I can even count since I've lived here and despite the fact that I know the driver will get away with it, it's still shocking every time.
Sara February 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
This is nuts!! Really, it's accidental manslaughter or SOMETHING. And she gets it for suspended license? Sounds like Al Capone getting nailed for tax evasion
Phoebe February 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Should have been charged with wreckless endagerment at least, if not neglegent homicide!

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