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Share the Road 2006: James McKinnie
Grim News from Mississippi
James McKinnie was killed in a hit and run bicycle accident on June 30, 2005. A truck heading the same direction and driven by Frank S. Sneider hit him from behind,throwing him some 50-75 feet down the road. The driver swerved off the side of the road and left the scene of the accident.
Doctors did all they could to stabilize James, but the blood pressure in his brain rose to levels that completely starved his brain of oxygen causing numerous strokes. He passed away on July 4, 2005. The Grand Jury hearing the case met on Wednesday February 8 and indicted Frank S. Sneider who was arrested on December 27, 2005 and is in jail today because he can't make bail.
Sneider, age 31, has a history of DUI, is a methamphetamine drug addict, and even has an FBI profile. The only charge that the Hinds County, MS District Attorney is charging him with is a felony leaving the scene of an accident charge, which only carries a maximum of five years. The DA didn't even charge him with driving without a license or having no liability insurance.
Sneider could possibly plea bargain and get off with time served and three years probation.The only reason he was found and arrested was because his truck was impounded by the Clinton Police Department after they arrested him on another DUI offense, driving without a license, and not having any auto insurance.
The League of American Bicyclists will be working with the McKinnie family to pursue justice for James McKinnie – a cyclist, just like any cyclist who expected that he was welcomed on our roads and free to enjoy a bicycle ride.