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Bobby Cann Updates: Ryne San Hamel Pleads Guilty, Receives 10 Days in Jail

Jason Jenkins at ActiveTrans is helping to coordinate community response.  If there is any chance you can attend proceedings, please reach out to him:


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I got an email from Jason on 4/6/2015, he's still involved via the ATA.  Thanks for the update, Bob!  

The short (3 page) transcript for the hearing on the Sanhamel hearing on 14 April is at:

This hearing was held before a different judge, Judge Angela Munari Petrone.  No explanation was given for this change.  The only purpose of the hearing was to set another date in the future - and it was set for May 12th!

But there were two  dates between April 14 and May 12th: April 20 and April 28.  I know there was a hearing on April 20th because I already requested a transcript for the hearing on April 20th.  There was a hearing for Sanhamel, and the court reporter was Marlene Kerr.  Of course it will still take some time until this is received.

I haven't requested transcript copy yet for April 28th.  I'll wait until we get the next notice from VINE, the Victim Notification Service.

This is getting a little hard to keep track of.  If anyone was present for any of these hearings and can share some information or give us any understanding of why the judge was different, and why two hearings were held between April 14 and May 12, please let us know.  I'm not on Jason's list apparently.

Anybody able to attend the May 12th hearing?  Let's make absolutely sure Bobby Cann's family sees justice.  A defendant and their attorney would like nothing better than have this fade away from people's memories -- let's not let that happen.  

May 12th? Wasn't that yesterday?

The last hearing was a week ago, May 12th, correct?  Does anyone know how to get updates?  I haven't heard from Jason Jenkins, wondering if anyone was there May 12th.

There was indeed a hearing on May 12th, I called the Court Reporters office to request a transcript and the Court Reporter was Dorlisa Bryant.  It does take a long time to get a copy of the transcript, maybe a month or so.

There was a hearing on 4/20, I requested a copy of the transciprt on 4/21 from the court reporter Marlene Kerr but haven't heard anything back yet.

We're rapidly approaching the 2nd year after this incident.  It happened on May 29th, 2013 and the news and discussion is rapidly fading.  The Court Advocates have been operating under a gag order and won't discuss the hearings and what went on. 

I don't know any other way to find out what's going on, what the status is, what the results of all these hearings are. 

Bob, thanks for the update -- I'm wondering if anyone at AAIM1 is involved in any way in the case and was considering contacting them.

You're right, news and discussion is fading, and if we in this huge cycling community can't do what's needed to keep this IN the news and out there for discussion, I think we're failing in doing what a good community does, which is take care of one another, and as far as I'm concerned we might not be able to take care of Bobby but we can honor his memory by taking care of current and future cyclists.   

Any plans for some heightened visibility on or about May 29th? Are any journalists known to still be keeping tabs on the case? Maybe Keith Griffith, the guy who did the piece in the Reader?

Any plans for some heightened visibility on or about May 29th? Are any journalists known to still be keeping tabs on the case? Maybe Keith Griffith, the guy who did the piece in the Reader? I just sent him an email...

There is a Ride of Silence tonight that is stopping at several ghost bikes with Bobby's being the final stop.

I hope to see all concerned cyclists there. The more riders that attend the more visibility and awareness we can bring to the need for safer riding infrastructure and enforcement of traffic laws. 

Two years have now gone by and information and discussion about the progress on this criminal case has stopped.  No further information has been made available for some time, and the Active Transportation Alliance has remained silent on the progress of these criminal hearings and any upcoming trial.

A refresher for those who may be forgetting or aren't aware of this:

The death of Bobby Cann shook Chicago's bicycling community to its core.  On a May 29th 2013 at around 6:35 p.m., Cann was struck and killed by Ryne San Hamel who was allegedly driving his Mercedes sedan 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.  San Hamel was charged with driving under the influence, having an alleged blood alcohol content of .127, well over the legal limit.  There was immediate wide spread outrage at the driver, heartfelt empathy for Cann's family and many friends, and fear among regular city cyclists.  A temporary memorial popped up at the site of the crash, which occurred outside of iconic Chicago bike shop Yojimbo's Garage.  In October, Clybourn Avenue was named Honorary Bobby Cann Way.  That same month The Reader featured Cann on its front page with the headline, "Death of a Cyclist." - See more at:

Thanks, Bob.  I hope everyone reading your post will help keep this cause alive.  Two years.  I hope people read the stories as well -- especially the one in the Reader.  

Folks, this could have been any one of us who was killed.  Let's not let the effort to seek justice be in vain.  Take a long look at Bobby's photo.  


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