The death of Fairport teacher and cyclist, Heather Boyum, has those in the cycling community calling for stiffer penalties for motorists who strike a cyclist. Boyum was killed in July after being struck by a motorcyclist and the driver of the car behind him. Her death sparked outrage since it was revealed that, just days before the crash, the motorcylist had been released from prison after serving time for two felony DWI convictions. The motorcyclist is charged with manslaughter in this case. The driver of the car faces manslaughter and DWI charges. Those who knew Boyum, and those who have been inspired by her story, are holding a meeting on August 30th to talk about ways to make roads safer for cyclists. Triathlete Mary Eggers, MVP Healthcare Cycling Director Todd Scheske and Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn were interviewed.
Plus, a local organization that helps our nation's heroes lead productive lives after a traumatic brain injury is a finalist in a national competition from the The Home Depot. CDS Monarch's "Warrior Salute" program is competing against three other veteran's service organizations. "Warrior Salute" is finishing the Nucor House, a transitional residence that helps soldiers returning from combat with PTSD learn to cope with life outside of the military. They need more votes and all it takes is a click a day! CDS Monarch Director of Corporate and Annual Giving Amber Johnson and Warrior Salute Program Manager Tom Tartaglia join us in studio.