No contest plea in DUI killing of avid Mtn. View bicyclist
- 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
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:
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