Drunk Driver Who Fatally Hit Cyclist Bobby Cann Gets 10 Day Jail Sentence

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jan 27, 2017 12:21AM

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Ryne San Hamel (Chicago Police Department)
The drunk driver who fatally struck cyclist Bobby Cann while he was riding home on the Near North Side on a May afternoon in 2013 has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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: