DA Mark Hurlbert: Don't Drop Felony Charges Against Hit-and-Run Wealth Manager
On July 3, Steven Milo was riding his bicycle when he was allegedly struck from behind by wealth manager Martin Joel Erzinger. Rather than stop and call 911, or otherwise seek help for Dr. Milo, Erzinger fled the scene and called the Mercedes auto assistance service for help with his broken side mirror.
Now, Eagle County DA Mark Hurlbert is willing to drop felony charges against Erzinger, because he's worried that Erzinger may be unable to keep his job, where he is dedicated to "ultra high net worth individuals, their families and foundations."
See http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20101104/NEWS/101109939/1078 for more information.
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- District Attorney, Colorado 5th Judicial District
Traffic laws exist to motivate all drivers to act in a manner that is safe for other users of the road, including pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. To those of us who rely on bicycles for transportation and recreation, enforcement of laws that ensure our safety on the road is vital.
The enforcement of traffic laws should not differ depending on a driver's ability to write a check, but rather on the ability of the law to motivate drivers to drive safely. What Martin Joel Erzinger is accused of doing is clearly criminal, but dropping felony charges will set a message to drivers that the penalties for neglecting the welfare of others on the road, causing life-altering injury, and showing no concern for the victim might not be as serious as the law indicates.
While Martin Joel Erzinger would like to write a few checks and move on with his life, we must ensure that actions such as his are punished to the full extent of the law. Please do not drop felony charges against Martin Joel Erzinger.
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