The father of a driver accused of killing two bicyclists last summer recently urged Gov. Rick Perry to veto a bill that generally would have required motorists to give vulnerable road users more space when passing them.
Cyclists believe it was in poor taste for Kenneth Bain to take a position. So do family members of Meredith Hatch, who was killed instantly when Bain’s son hit her and another biker after a late-night party, according to police reports.
In an e-mail message to the governor, Bain, a certified public accountant and former Duncanville City Council member, urged Perry to veto the bill. Bain’s position: “Roads are for vehicles, not slow bikes.”
“You will have radical bikers taking license numbers of cars and reporting them because they thought they passed too close,” he wrote in the e-mail that was recently released as part of a public information request. “Let the bill die.”
Bain’s 25-year-old son, Kenneth, faces involuntary manslaughter charges after the Lincoln Navigator he was driving hit Meredith Hatch, 38, and Michael Alfaro, 36, from behind on a Sunday, according to a Grand Prairie police report.
The senior Bain said the bill would have given cyclists a “false sense of security.”
I’m trying to picture what a “radical” bicyclist might look like. I’m pretty sure an excess of hair would be a key component, but beyond that I’m not sure. You just stay classy, Kenneth Bain.