A Florida, USA court has ordered Nicole Vanderweit, 34, to serve 120 hours of community service, attend a 4-hour driving safety course, surrender her drivers license for 6 months and pay $1000 after she ran into a group of amateur gran fondo cyclists in 2018, killing Denise Marsh and Carlos Rodriguez.
The court did not order Vanderweit to serve any jail time.
Vanderweit testified in court Thursday she didn’t see the group of 16 cyclists wearing brightly colored jerseys, displaying flashing red tail lights, riding in the right-hand lane at 20 mph in a double paceline (legal in Florida) before she was “distracted by something in her vehicle,” looked down and felt an impact.
Data recorded by her Honda Fit vehicle indicated she was moving at 66 mph in a 55mph zone when she plowed into the cyclists.
“It’s like the lives didn’t even matter – there was no justice,” Danny Rodriguez, son of one of the bicyclists who died, told the Sun-Sentinal.