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No criminal charges pursued in San Ramon crash that killed NFL coach Greg Knapp

Original post made on Sep 24, 2021

Contra Costa County prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against the driver of the vehicle that struck cyclist Greg Knapp, an NFL assistant coach who died after the collision in San Ramon in July, according to SRPD.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 23, 2021, 5:42 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Jo
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 24, 2021 at 6:36 am

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I'm sorry for the Knapp family and ppl on bikes everywhere.
Open season !

One no criminal charges ? no surprise
Never released the name of the driver ? I find this odd, must be well connected


Posted by Duncan
a resident of another community
on Sep 24, 2021 at 10:55 am

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This must make things even worse for the Knapp family. Knapp was in a bike lane and hit from behind: how could the driver claim that this was unavoidable? This is the DA’s values on display: if you’re in a car, you can kill people on foot or on a bike with impunity. Outrageous.


Posted by Ptown Baseball Dad
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2021 at 8:34 pm

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Very sad about this. My wife and I used to ride our bikes on that same stretch of road. No more. Motor vehicle drivers, driving any number of vehicles, from cars to dump trucks to buses, are getting worse every year. Infotainment dash displays and cell phone are the primary distractions.

It’s hard for me to imagine no criminal charges in this case- involuntary vehicular manslaughter, perhaps??


Posted by Joe V
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm

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How are drivers going to become more attentive, as they suggest, where there is no penalty for inattentive driving. The speed limits are not maintained with suggestions.
Contra Costa County prosecutors made a horrible decision by sweeping this accident "under the rug"


Posted by PatG
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2021 at 3:27 pm

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Was the car driver at least given a ticket? Like failure to lane assignment/careless driving resulting in death? I've been struck by a car while riding my bike in two separate incidences and both times the driver was cited.


Posted by Mr. Julius
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 27, 2021 at 10:38 am

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Ptown Baseball Dad had it right - why not a charge for involuntary vehicular manslaughter? He was in the bike lane. Was this reportedly 22-year-old texting, on their phone, or changing music?

The press release said the DA found no "criminal negligence".

I don't believe Baseball Dad or others are after a draconian sentence, but how about a year in Club Fed, probation, and restitution?


Posted by SteveO
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 2, 2021 at 10:33 am

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There might not be a criminal prosecution, but these circumstances support a civil wrongful death lawsuit. This is very similar to the case Louise Olin v. County of Los Angeles. Put that case name into Google. The plaintiff there was the surviving wife of a man who was killed while riding a bicycle by an inattentive driver who was texting and using a laptop. That case settled for $12,000,000 for the surviving wife. The surviving wife was represented by a well known firm in LA, and that information is all online.


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