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Hector's mom just called to say that a (first?) court date is tomorrow (Friday 2014.01.03) at 26th and California, at noon, room 1200.

She encourages concerned cyclists to come and introduce yourself to her and she wants to take everyone to lunch.  I think she said it's going to be paperwork, and maybe doesn't expect to take long.  She also spoke of having something printed (handouts? signs?), and of TV news attention.  I told her I'd ChainLink post it.

Hope I got some facts straight.  I'm maybe not the best liaison on such things, but we'd had a long conversation at Junior's after last Critical Mass and exchanged numbers.  She seems very fond of cyclists, and spoke of riding with us going forward,

She's Ingrid Cossio on Facebook.

I've got her phone/email if anyone needs.

She sounded like she could use some kindness and company.
So please, who's in?  

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I wish I could, but my work schedule is impossible tomorrow. I hope others will be able to join in.

I cannot attend court, but thanks for starting this thread.  I am sure you let Ms. Cossio know it is here. Some of us dinosaurs do not "do facebook". :-)

Today is likely the day when the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom.  The case will probably proceed slowly, as has the San Hamel case.  It will take patience and persistence to follow it to the end.

Please post information about the next court date as soon as possible—I would really like to attend these hearings.

thanks andrew for the updates. And to add to what Lisa said; I cannot do facefrack either; my work blocks it. post the details here if anyone can (with the usual policy for not putting any specific details that wil jeopardize the integrity of the court proceedings that is ;-)

Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi said:

I cannot attend court, but thanks for starting this thread.  I am sure you let Ms. Cossio know it is here. Some of us dinosaurs do not "do facebook". :-)

Today is likely the day when the case will be assigned to a judge and courtroom.  The case will probably proceed slowly, as has the San Hamel case.  It will take patience and persistence to follow it to the end.

Hi All... Just an update...This past Friday was court, the man was indicted and the next court date will be held January 24th at 9 am. The court is located on 26th and California. We appreciate all of the continued support from the biking community, and are working towards making changes within the system to push for justice in tragedies such as this. We are also working within the community to promote bicycle awareness, as our first event held at Junior's Bar was successful we look forward to hosting future events supporting non for profit bicycle organizations. Thanks again all and I will keep you posted!

Something I just came across... Hector's killer reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .118 when tested.

.08 is the legal limit in IL.

Growing Impairment

Following are ten snapshots of increasing drunkenness and impairment as blood alcohol concentration increases. Ranges are approximate and vary with the drinker:

1. BAC = .02 = Drinkers begin to feel moderate effects.

2. BAC = .04 = Most people begin to feel relaxed, mildly euphoric, sociable, and talkative.

3. BAC = .05 = Judgment, attention, and control are somewhat impaired. Ability to drive safely begins to be limited. Sensory-motor and finer performance are impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities (for example, about driving.)

4. BAC = .08 = This is legal level for intoxication in some states. There is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills.

5. BAC = .10 = This is legally drunk in most states. There is a clear deterioration of reaction time and control.

6. BAC = .12-.15 = Vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol. Drinkers are drowsy.

Drinkers display emotional instability, loss of critical judgment, impairment of perception, memory, and comprehension.

Lack of sensor-motor coordination and impaired balance are typical. Decreased sensory responses and increased reaction times develop. The vision is significantly impaired, including limited ability to see detail, peripheral vision, and slower glare recovery.

7. BAC = .15 = This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.

8. BAC = .18-.25 = Drinkers are disoriented, confused, dizzy, and have exaggerated emotional states. Vision is disturbed, as is perception of color, form, motion, and dimensions.

Drinkers have increased pain threshold and lack of muscular coordination. Drinkers stagger or lose the ability to walk and have slurred speech. Apathy and lethargy are typical.


9. BAC = .25-.30 = Drinkers display general inertia, near total loss of motor functions, little response to stimuli, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, and incontinence. Drinkers may lose consciousness or fall into a stupor.

10. BAC = .30-.50 = Symptoms are complete unconsciousness, depressed or absent reflexes, subnormal body temperature, incontinence, and impairment of circulation and respiration.

Death may occur at .37% or higher. BACs of .45% and higher are fatal to nearly all individuals.

(cross-posting for Ingrid)

Upcoming court date is Wednesday, MARCH 5th at 9:00am, 26th and California

Any questions, feel free to contact Ingrid (815) 608-1801

It would be helpful for anyone who wants to attend to have the courtroom number for the hearing.  I don't think it is possible to look it up on line.  Also, the defendant's name is Robert Vais, so if no one has the courtroom number you might be able to locate the case by his name once arriving at the court house.  Hector's name will not show up anywhere.

Why the bold letters for 1.8to 2.5? if the killer was at .118

h' 1.0 said:

Something I just came across... Hector's killer reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .118 when tested.

.08 is the legal limit in IL.

Growing Impairment

Following are ten snapshots of increasing drunkenness and impairment as blood alcohol concentration increases. Ranges are approximate and vary with the drinker:

1. BAC = .02 = Drinkers begin to feel moderate effects.

2. BAC = .04 = Most people begin to feel relaxed, mildly euphoric, sociable, and talkative.

3. BAC = .05 = Judgment, attention, and control are somewhat impaired. Ability to drive safely begins to be limited. Sensory-motor and finer performance are impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities (for example, about driving.)

4. BAC = .08 = This is legal level for intoxication in some states. There is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills.

5. BAC = .10 = This is legally drunk in most states. There is a clear deterioration of reaction time and control.

6. BAC = .12-.15 = Vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol. Drinkers are drowsy.

Drinkers display emotional instability, loss of critical judgment, impairment of perception, memory, and comprehension.

Lack of sensor-motor coordination and impaired balance are typical. Decreased sensory responses and increased reaction times develop. The vision is significantly impaired, including limited ability to see detail, peripheral vision, and slower glare recovery.

7. BAC = .15 = This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.

8. BAC = .18-.25 = Drinkers are disoriented, confused, dizzy, and have exaggerated emotional states. Vision is disturbed, as is perception of color, form, motion, and dimensions.

Drinkers have increased pain threshold and lack of muscular coordination. Drinkers stagger or lose the ability to walk and have slurred speech. Apathy and lethargy are typical.


9. BAC = .25-.30 = Drinkers display general inertia, near total loss of motor functions, little response to stimuli, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, and incontinence. Drinkers may lose consciousness or fall into a stupor.

10. BAC = .30-.50 = Symptoms are complete unconsciousness, depressed or absent reflexes, subnormal body temperature, incontinence, and impairment of circulation and respiration.

Death may occur at .37% or higher. BACs of .45% and higher are fatal to nearly all individuals.

Hi Thomas, you may have already noticed this, but the decimal point is at .118. A BAC of 1.18 would mean death for the individual. BAC of 1.18 (1.18% or over one percent) means that there are 1.18 g of alcohol for every dL of blood. No bueno. I think you would need to iv pump alcohol to get a level that high. Let's hope the folks doing vodka tampons and enemas don't start mainlining.

Thomas Bruzan said:

Why the bold letters for 1.8to 2.5? if the killer was at .118

h' 1.0 said:

Something I just came across... Hector's killer reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .118 when tested.

.08 is the legal limit in IL.

Double oops....

grayn8 (5.3 - 36) said:

Hi Thomas, you may have already noticed this, but the decimal point is at .118. A BAC of 1.18 would mean death for the individual. BAC of 1.18 (1.18% or over one percent) means that there are 1.18 g of alcohol for every dL of blood. No bueno. I think you would need to iv pump alcohol to get a level that high. Let's hope the folks doing vodka tampons and enemas don't start mainlining.

Thomas Bruzan said:

Why the bold letters for 1.8to 2.5? if the killer was at .118

h' 1.0 said:

Something I just came across... Hector's killer reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .118 when tested.

.08 is the legal limit in IL.

He was originally held in the slammer in lieu of bail.  Was he ever released, or is he still in jail?

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