Drunk Driver Who Fatally Hit Cyclist Bobby Cann Gets 10 Day Jail Sentence
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jan 27, 2017 12:21AM
Ryne San Hamel (Chicago Police Department)
Ryne San Hamel, 32, of Park Ridge, had been drinking at a Cubs game in the afternoon before he struck Cann while driving home on Clybourn Avenue. Cann was on his way home from his job at Groupon. San Hamel pled guilty to aggravated DUI.
San Hamel was sentenced to four years of probation in addition to the 10 days in jail Thursday afternoon. Cook County Judge William J. Hooks also ordered San Hamel to pay Cann's family $25,000, which covered their funeral expenses and the costs of travel between their home in New Hampshire and court in Chicago. Cann's family members regularly made trips to Chicago to be present for court hearings in his case, and they were frequently joined by members of Chicago's cycling community. According to the Sun-Times, the courtroom was packed Thursday afternoon with cycling advocates and relatives of Cann.
Cann's family is also pursuing a civil suit against San Hamel and a business called AllYouCanDrink.com that promoted daily drink deals.
On the popular local bike forum The Chainlink and on Twitter, members of Chicago's cycling community were quick to respond to the sentencing with dismay:
TEN DAYS?!?! This is a fucking joke. I'm so livid. Four years later and it's this. You are missed, Bobby. https://t.co/L2ZIAtgpEu— Britt Julious (@britticisms) January 26, 2017
Whoa, I just feel numb. 10 days for Bobby Cann life. WTF https://t.co/iuOOx5M8yY— Critical Mass (@ChiCritMass) January 26, 2017
OhnoOhnoOhno. Crying for Bobby Cann & his family right now. After all that time. 10 DAYS! Fuck that. No lesson learned. No example made. https://t.co/kIycuNyTzY— Jess Anhalt Straka (@Anhalt) January 26, 2017
Thoughts are with the family and friends of Bobby Cann in the wake of this unjust sentence. We'll have more on the story tomorrow. -JG pic.twitter.com/RXLrPSJGst— Streetsblog Chicago (@streetsblogchi) January 26, 2017