Deadly driver charged with “improper turn, no insurance”


Update 11/5/2010: The driver charged with traffic violations that resulted in the death of Susan DeSotel turned himself in to police last night.

Update 11/4/2010: It says here that the arrest warrant for Robert Fleming was issued today.

Based on comments from a number of Eastern Iowa cyclists in various forums, they are unimpressed with the performance of law enforcement authorities in this case. That is what you might call an understatement.

If the driver is still around somewhere nearby, “we’ll run into him again sooner or later.”

That’s the best you can do when someone is killed? Seriously?

Shame on you.

Update 10/25/2010: CRPD Lt. Cory McGarvey says the traffic charges against Robert H. Fleming are simple misdemeanors.

He added: “We cannot find the driver. We feel he left town.”

CRPD asked the county attorney to issue a warrant for Fleming’s arrest.

Posted earlier today:

The driver who turned in front of cyclist Susan DeSotel, resulting in the collision that took her life, has been charged with “improper turn and no insurance.”

That information came in an email from Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham to Monica Vernon, a council member who followed up on my request for information. No other details about the charges – when they were filed or what the penalties are, for example – were provided at the time. Look for more details this week.

Improper turn and no insurance.

It says a lot about the limitations of state law in Iowa and, of course, about the driver, Robert H. Fleming.

3 Responses to “Deadly driver charged with “improper turn, no insurance””

  1. 1 John V October 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I’m speechless. Nothing will bring Susan back though. It sucks having her gone. No… sucks doesn’t begin to describe it… there is no describing the void that’s left.

  2. 2 John V August 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    A year ago yesterday Susan died. B.J., thank you for following up on her story. I drove the route that Robert Fleming drove at 6pm and then again at 6:30pm on July 29th of this year to see if the “sun in his eyes” defense was really true. As I suspected it was a lie since the sun was quite high in the sky and could not have been a factor. It’s funny how little what happens (or doesn’t happen) to Fleming matters compared to what happened to Susan. I don’t think there is ever going to be closure. I guess it will have to be enough to think of Susan every hour of every day and remember how full of life she was.

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