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  • 10/27 Mountain View Voice
    Published Friday, October 27, 2006, by the Mountain View Voice No contest plea in DUI killing of cyclist Fremont man could get 28 years for death of Mountain
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      Published Friday, October 27, 2006, by the Mountain View Voice

      No contest plea in DUI killing of cyclist

      Fremont man could get 28 years for death of Mountain View resident
      John Peckham

      By Alexa Tondreau

      A Fremont man who killed Mountain View resident John Peckham with
      his car pleaded no contest Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter, and
      could face up to 28 years in prison.

      Chevelle Bailey, 41, entered the legal equivalent of a guilty plea
      to all of the charges including vehicular manslaughter, driving
      under the influence while causing injury and a hit-and-run charge.
      Friends, family and members of Peckham's cycling club filled
      Superior Court Judge Rise Jones Pichon's courtroom in Palo Alto
      during the hearing.

      Peckham, who was an avid bicyclist, was killed by Bailey on Sept. 8
      while on a lunchtime ride in the Palo Alto Hills. He was on a
      training ride with his cycling club and rode ahead of the group
      before being hit.

      According to court records, Bailey was under the influence of
      methamphetamines and alcohol that day, and hit Peckham on Old Page
      Mill Road at an estimated speed of 60 to 90 miles per hour.

      Witnesses reportedly told police that after the crash, Bailey drank
      a beer at the scene and bragged about his drinking.

      Supervising District Attorney Jay Boyarsky indicated after the
      hearing that the evidence against Bailey was very strong, and that
      he would seek the maximum sentence, or close to it. Bailey already
      has a robbery conviction and a DUI on his record.

      Hundreds of members of Pecham's club recently held a silent memorial
      ride for their friend, which ended at the site of his death.


      [BATN: See also:

      New state law: kill a bicyclist -- risk getting a $498 fine
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/32632

      Bicyclists on edge after motorists run over comrades
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/32162

      Popular Mountain View cyclist murdered on Old Page Mill Road
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/32108

      DUI driver kills bicyclist on Old Page Mill Road in Palo Alto
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/32009 ]
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