Sacramento bicycle advocate Sherry Martinez is hospitalized after an apparent road rage attack. Sacramento Police say Caleb Taubman ran Sherry Martinez over while she was on her bike. Taubman was arrested while Ms. Martinez is working on recovering from her injuries. In a hospital interview Martinez said “I have four broken ribs, a fractured clavicle, a partial collapsed lung.”
Martinez was wrapped in bandages and still had lots of bumps and bruises after was hit on her bicycle and crashed, an event she has no recollection of.” Witness pictures show the crash aftermath. Police have arrested the driver of the orange truck, 30-year-old Caleb Taubman. The charges against Taubman include assault with a deadly weapon after they say he purposely drove into Martinez on her bicycle. Martinez was riding with a small cycling group at J and 24th streets.
Sonya Hendren is part of the Sacramento cycling community and has launched a letter-writing campaign urging district attorney Thien Ho to prosecute Taubman to the full extent of the law for the alleged attack. “The Sacramento bike community, it’s huge,” Hendren said. Sacramento was recently listed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as one of the deadliest cities for bicyclists in the country. This road rage incident between the driver of a one-ton truck and a bicyclist has sparked a movement to make sure prosecutors make an example with this case.
Hendren went on to say “The result is a message of what’s acceptable and what is not acceptable here in Sacramento.” “It’s a bicyclist. It could be your mother, your sister, your cousin or something,” Hendren said. Taubman has been released from custody and is now waiting for his first court date.
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