Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Drunk driver who struck cyclist on W&OD Trail released on bond

According to the Post, Mehak Chopra, the drunk driver who severely injured a cyclist while driving on the W&OD Trail, was released on $10,000 bond today:
Mehak Chopra, 28, made a brief appearance in Fairfax County court, during which a prosecutor compared her use of a car to a gun.

Chopra allegedly struck the 65-year-old cyclist from Vienna on Saturday night while traveling at a high rate of speed on the trail near Vienna. Police have said the cyclist suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Chopra was charged with felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and refusing a blood alcohol test. Her lawyer and family declined to comment Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for August 13.
According to Vienna Patch, Chopra will will "appear in court July 22 to face charges of driving while intoxicated and refusing a blood and breath test."

According to Fairfax District Court records, in October 2010 Ms. Chopra was cited for doing 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. She paid a fine and court costs of $164. In October 2012 she was cited for Failure to obey highway sign. She paid $92 in fines and court costs. To view information about these cases visit the General District Court online information page, accept the terms and conditions, select Court: Fairfax County General Court, and under Traffic/Criminal select Name Search.

We have still not determined the name of the injured cyclist or any information about his condition.

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She should lose her license forever! (But she won't. Because clearly we do not punish bad drivers enough.)


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