Last week, Keyworth Cleveland Birch was riding on the shoulder of Route 328 in Caroline County, Maryland when he was struck from behind by a car driven by Margaret Ann Satterfield. This happened in the middle of the day and the news reported that the car "veered off the road onto the shoulder". Birch later died from his injuries.
Satterfield was charged with Failure to Control Speed (punishable up to $130 and 3 points), Negligent Driving ($140 fine and 1-3 points), and Failure to yield the right-of-way in a bike lane ($1000 and 3points). But late last week the state decided not to prosecute these charges.
It's possible the state is choosing to pursue harsher penalties or that there are some facts that we don't know (perhaps the driver had a heart attack or something) that would make any charges inappropriate. I've reached out to the State's Attorney for Caroline County and if I hear anything I'll report it. But this should be watched.
Update: According to the State's Attorney, these charges were issued before the cyclist's death.
"Those charges were dismissed to allow the police to conduct a full investigation including crash reconstruction to determine whether more serious charges are appropriate, such as manslaughter. Allowing the original charges to proceed in the meanwhile could implicate some due process and double jeopardy issues. ...the nature of [any new] charges will depend on the final results of the investigation. It may be that they will issue similar or identical charges to the original."