from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
From The Daily Mail: A cyclist who knocked down a schoolgirl and left her for dead after jumping a red light at 30mph has been jailed for a year. Philip Benwell, 38, smashed into nine-year-old Leila Crofts as she stepped on to a pedestrian crossing. As she lay unconscious with a fractured skull, he climbed back on his bike and left the scene. She spent 14 days in intensive care, and although she is said to be recovering, she still suffers problems with her vision and memory.
Judge Peter Johnson said Benwell had been ‘callous and selfish’ when he failed to stop. He told the cyclist: ‘You were cycling at high speed. It’s clear that the light must have been red for a few seconds before you went through that crossing. You went through that crossing so you did not have to brake and stop so you could use your momentum to get up the hill on the other side. Having struck this little girl you callously picked up your bike and carried on your journey leaving her lying unconscious in the road. This was an incredibly selfish criminal act.’
But he sure cares about the planet.