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Vail Daily letter: DA’s deal is justice?

As an avid cyclist I am totally confused and disturbed with the article concerning a hit and run accident. Let me make sure I have gotten this right.

Late spring or early summer, two women were charged with a felony by District Attorney Mark Hurlbert for trading places in a mountain bike race in Lake County. Both women were in jeopardy of losing their jobs and their licenses, and in fact one did lose her job.

Now we have a case where a driver hit a cyclist from behind, who was seriously injured, fled the scene, attempted to cover up the damage to his car and tried to hide it.

I am not a lawyer, but this incident seems more like a felony than two women trading places at a bike race.

Here is where it gets confusing. Mark Hurlbert, the district attorney in both these cases, has determined the driver in the hit-and-run case should not face felony charges because it would jeopardize the driver’s job and his ability to pay restitution. His job is with Morgan Stanly Smith Barney as a “wealth management director (enough said).

Our district attorney, it appears, thinks a school teacher job is not as significant as a stockbroker.

My point though all this is that it seems that crimes are not being charged based on the crime. This driver nearly killed someone. The victim will now have to live with the injuries he sustained that day for the rest of his life.

District Attorney Hulbert has said he is worried about the driver’s ability to pay restitution if he were to lose his job. Let their lawyers worry about that. Your job is to prosecute crimes to the fullest extent of the law, make sure the charges equal the crime. It would seem our D.A.’s office is being influenced by something other than justice.

Bruce Kelly

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