Sickening news from the Cincinnati area (courtesy of WLWT):
Mon Jul 17, 6:54 PM ET
A bicycle outing turned deadly when two people were struck and killed by an oncoming car shortly before noon Sunday.
Deputies said 25-year-old Anthony Gerike, of Batavia, lost control of his Geo Tracker along on New Haven Road near Crosby Road. He went left of center and drove head-on into a group of 10 cyclists that was traveling westbound, officials said.
Investigators said Gerike’s car continued to travel out of control and also hit a Chevrolet Cavalier that was traveling behind the group.
Two bikers, 51-year-old Amy Gehring, of Cincinnati, and 53-year-old Terry Walker, of Fairfield, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
“I just started crying. I couldn’t believe it,” Walker’s neighbor Darlene Baldock said. “It was a shame, especially the way it happened — very senseless.”
A passenger in the Cavalier, Frank Meeker, 48, of Fairfield, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Gerike was transported from the scene to University Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.
He has been released into the custody of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license.
Gerike was in court Monday, and a judge set his bail at $1 million.
Deputies said Gerike’s license was suspended only a month ago and has been suspended a total of six times.
The sheriff’s office said that alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
I don’t even know where to begin… What do you do, short of life imprisonment (which doesn’t sound like such a bad idea) to stop these people? I could easily write a thousand words on all of the ways that this story is fucked up, but I won’t. At least not right now. Right now I’m long on outrage and short on solutions; maybe later.
Anthony Gerike was convicted of aggravated drug possession in Clermont County after an arrest in January 2004. His current case will go to a grand jury on July 26.