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Motorcyclist's death ruled an accident
By Tona Kunz Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, July 15, 2004
A minivan in Barrington Hills crossed into oncoming traffic, nearly reaching the far white line.

In its path was James A. Klein, 47, of Des Plaines. His Harley-Davidson motorcycle struck the minivan head on at 50 mph, killing him instantly.

A Kane County coroner's jury Wednesday ruled Klein's death on that afternoon of June 5 an accident.

The stretch of Route 62 just west of Royal Way was dry and the double yellow no-passing lines were clearly visible in the sun, according to police.

The driver of the minivan, Yanning Mei, 46, of 2114 S. Princeton Ave. in Chicago, was given traffic tickets on charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving in the wrong lane.

Reckless homicide wasn't considered as a charge because none of the witnesses could give an indication that the Algonquin restaurant owner showed "willful disregard" for the safety of others, Barrington Hills police Lt. Michael Murphy said.

Witnesses reported that the minivan wasn't speeding and wasn't in the wrong lane for long. Emergency room tests showed Mei had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Speaking through a Chinese interpreter, Mei told police shortly after the crash that he didn't recall what had happened, Murphy told the coroner's jury.

The jury's decision was less than satisfying for the few family members that could bring themselves to sit through the grisly details of the crash.

They mourned the loss of a devoted son and loving uncle.

"It's terrible," said his stepmother, Justine Klein of Rolling Meadows. "This was a trauma to the whole family."
 

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Thats BS...he gets a ticket the rider gets death. What the deal with cagers getting off with killing cyclists. Seems like I read that same story too often.
RIP James Klien

p.s. thats kinda scarey I have a friend named James Klien
 

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I'm not really suprised that he walked with just a few tickets. It happens all the time. We that ride are usually looked at as at fault. Another thing is, I doubt that this man had a helmet on. Most Harleys rides ever do. I dont know if it would of saved his life, but you never know.

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It's not right, they are charged with failure to avoid an accident, basically charging the person with blame for the accident, but says the death was an accident....that doesn't make any sense....

It's your fault the guys motorcycle is totalled, but not your fault that he is dead....what, was he driving around already dead?????

BS!
 

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Thats really sad. I'd like to think I lived in a country where there was justice for all.
 

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japbike said:
I'm not really suprised that he walked with just a few tickets. It happens all the time. We that ride are usually looked at as at fault. Another thing is, I doubt that this man had a helmet on. Most Harleys rides ever do. I dont know if it would of saved his life, but you never know.

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I'm not supprised either... The woman that hit me head on, with her going down the wrong side fo the road... just got a ticket (maybe two) and an insurance increase :mad:


That sucks though.
 

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If the bastard can't speak English, how the hell does he get a driver's license? Everyone needs to write the Mayor and Police Chief, possibly the City Manager and City Attorney and complain.
 

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If the bastard can't speak English, how the hell does he get a driver's license? Everyone needs to write the Mayor and Police Chief, possibly the City Manager and City Attorney and complain.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
 

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If the bastard can't speak English, how the hell does he get a driver's license? Everyone needs to write the Mayor and Police Chief, possibly the City Manager and City Attorney and complain.
What does that have to do with anything?
I don't know about IA and Alabama, but here in CA, the DMV tests are handed out in 200,000 different languages. Of course all traffic signs, warnings and things that are important for everyone to understand are done in english.
 

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In Tennessee, one doesn't even need a social security number to get a driver's license. Illegal immigrants, AHOY! You can't even get INTO a Tennessee DMV without a few hours wait.

That said, why do we always assume that the driver of the car was at fault? That man may be foreign, but if he's in this country legally, trying to make a honest living, what right do we have that he doesn't? None. We were LUCKY enough to be born here, that's all.
 

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its an accident!


I can hit a 5 year old kid and kill him in my cage. Aslong as i didn't take off. I just didn't see the kid. I get a ticket and that would be it.

If the van intentionaly hit the motorcycle he would be charged or fled the scene.


My opinion, the person really screwed up. Maybe he was on dope, and the test didn't show.
Or the guy was picking up his cell off the floor and said oh shit i must have hit a speed bump.


The jury was prob told was this an accident

Accident being defined something happening without the persons knowledge or willingness to commit.

and they had to answer if that situation fit the accident definition.



does it suck, yep.
 

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What does that have to do with anything?
I don't know about IA and Alabama, but here in CA, the DMV tests are handed out in 200,000 different languages. Of course all traffic signs, warnings and things that are important for everyone to understand are done in english.
They are? Didn't know that. Maybe there just aren't that many non-English speaking monkeys in Iowa for me to notice. I figure, if you can't read the language you can't read the signs...and don't need to be on the road.
 

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in illinois,

all the signs you need to know are just geometric shapes.

octogen, circle, X, etc... then you gotta know the 3 main colors, and the other 3 i believe for recreation, hospital, park signs etc....


If the way to get a license for a car was as strict as getting one for a plane... no bad drivers would be on the road. Or atleast put fewer of them on the road.
 

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One more reason I don't ride on the street. My family gets my death certificate, the driver gets a $400 ticket and an insurance hike. :boid
 

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What does that have to do with anything?
Thats CA. its like a different socialistic country there... :gheyfight
 

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It totally sucks how these people get off. I was run into a small curb by a woman in a hurry. She changed lanes illegaly and forced me into a on-ramp curb at 60+mph. I suffered a lacerated kindey, liver, broken ribs, and some torn up knees. Luckily my kidney stopped bleeding on its own and I didn't have to have it removed.
This woman got a bloody ticket and went on her merry way. :boid I'm very lucky to be alive because I know things could have been much worse. I was about to merge into highway traffic where I could have been hit by oncoming cars. I don't even think my gear would have done much good in that case.

I guess I am overly sensitive to this subject now because it seems more personal. These people need more than a slap on the hand.
 

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fierospeeder said:
in illinois,

all the signs you need to know are just geometric shapes.

octogen, circle, X, etc... then you gotta know the 3 main colors, and the other 3 i believe for recreation, hospital, park signs etc....


If the way to get a license for a car was as strict as getting one for a plane... no bad drivers would be on the road. Or atleast put fewer of them on the road.
That's right. It really doesn't take that much to memorize a few signs. I think things like that are pretty much universal to the point were anyone with a half a brain can understand them.

Thewraith, like I said, " warnings and things that are important for everyone to understand are done in english."
 

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TheWraith said:
If the bastard can't speak English, how the hell does he get a driver's license? Everyone needs to write the Mayor and Police Chief, possibly the City Manager and City Attorney and complain.
AGREED 100%.... I'm amazed with HOW this happens!! How?
 
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