Westerly Town Manager Respose
If you have corresponded with the Westerly Mayor on behalf of Russ Harkay, I would encourage you to send us a summary of the discussion. I received the following update from Paul Martens, who contacted the town manager on cyclists behalf:
Mr. Martens: FYI, here is a copy of the police report narrative from the date of the accident. The Chief tells me that the full report is available to Mr. Harkay both on line (go to our dept. website) or in person at the Westerly Police Station, and has been since August 17th when the report was approved. The investigation has been complete as of that time and no charges were brought. I am satisfied with the professional and thorough nature with which the investigation was conducted by Officer Kyhos and I support its conclusions. I am sorry for the unfortunate injuries your friend has suffered and I would assume it is a civil matter at this point.
I’ve uploaded a copy of the police report narrative referenced in the letter. I find it hard to believe some sort of vehicular violation does not occur when you hit someone! Sure accidents do happen, but I think it’s crucial that there be some sort of permanent record that this person struck another individual with his automobile. Without a record of driving offenses, the courts or department of motor vehicles have little evidence to act on should future accidents occur.
I would encourage more cyclists to reach out to the town manager and let him know the entire community is watching this incident play out.