Trial scheduled for case involving motorcyclist death

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— A two-day trial has been scheduled for the man accused of careless driving resulting in the death of a 60-year-old German man riding a motorcycle July 2 on Lincoln Avenue.

Scott Penfold, of Steamboat Springs, was driving the Jeep Liberty that crashed into Fels Bernhard. The trial is scheduled for May 15 and 16 in Routt County Court.

If convicted, Penfold faces a minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of one year in jail.

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Comments

Kat Kelly 7 months, 1 week ago

"If convicted, Penfold faces a minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of one year in jail."

So a human life is only worth 10 days in Routt County?

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Fred Duckels 7 months, 1 week ago

This whole escapade seems to be on the hush hush.

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Pat West 7 months, 1 week ago

I agree with Kat that loss of life due to "careless" driving should carry a larger penalty, including the loss of driving privileges. Remove unsafe drivers from the roads for the good of all users.

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Mark Ruckman 7 months, 1 week ago

I don't know anything about the case beyond what I read in the paper.

My 2 cents If the County was only interested in 10 days, I suspect the driver would have taken the deal and there would be no trial. Likely the County is looking for something higher and the driver thinks there is a valid reason it shouldn't be that high. Thus a trial.

If it is a trail by jury a few fine citizens of this county will hear all of the facts and opinions and come to a verdict.

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John St Pierre 7 months, 1 week ago

The driver is / was employed by one the towns Taxi services..... so "hush hush" is correct as well as his past.... shame on the DA fornot pressing this case harder....... veering across 3 lanes of traffic on a sunny afternoon... is more than careless..... complete loss of driving rights permanantly, real jail time.... and hopefully the family of the cyclist gets an attorney who guts this maniac's financial holdings......

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zak ryan 7 months, 1 week ago

That "maniac" was a long time trusted professional driver and good standing member of our community, not to mention friend to many here. Loss of life due to ignorance would be one thing, but in this case there was a medical issue that caused this accident. It was unfortunate to everyone involved, but every death is negligent or criminal. The DA has to do something, the insurance company has to do something, just like this newspaper and our comments, all routine. But the real matter at hand is that a gentleman was killed horrifically, and the other has to live with that on his conscience for life. Theres no win here...

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zak ryan 7 months, 1 week ago

That "maniac" was a long time trusted professional driver and good standing member of our community, not to mention friend to many here. Loss of life due to ignorance would be one thing, but in this case there was a medical issue that caused this accident. It was unfortunate to everyone involved, but not every death is negligent or criminal. The DA has to do something, the insurance company has to do something, just like this newspaper and our comments, all routine. But the real matter at hand is that a gentleman was killed horrifically, and the other has to live with that on his conscience for life. Theres no win here...

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Bret Marx 7 months, 1 week ago

Yeah and Mr. Bernhards family has to live the rest of there lives without a father, grandfather, friend because of Mr. Penfolds carelessness. Zak, how about you tell them his guilt is punishment enough so, sorry for your loss. Give me break! Take away Mr. Penfolds license forever!

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zak ryan 7 months, 1 week ago

If you had a sudden blackout behind the wheel, brought on by a legit medical condition youve never been diagnosed with until this point, and for reasons beyond your physical control, you hit someone, they die. Should you be rendered careless and criminal? I bet the investigating DA would say he has to take it to trial to appease the victim and general public. Have you ever had an "accident" or are you exempt from that form of acceptance Bret?

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Bret Marx 7 months, 1 week ago

Yes Zak, I have never had an "accident", in broad daylight on a sunny afternoon that lead to the death of a man! Do you know how heartless you sound when you say "I bet the investigating DA would say he has to take it to trial to appease the victim and general public." Yeah, that's the DA's job. Do you seriously think Mr. Penfold should walk? I can't understand how people in society do not want to take responsibility for there actions.

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