Mike Katz

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Mike Katz
Monday, July 25, 2005
Age: 65

Location:
Olive
St. Louis
United States

On a sunny, summer morning, with light traffic, a man whose driver’s license was already suspended, struck and killed a retired man who was bicycling on a straight road to his synagogue. The lack of any charges for criminal negligence suggests that St. Louis County prosecutors have set an irresponsibly high standard for punishing drivers who kill.

Robert Rush's arraignment has been postponed to January 18 pending possible pleanegotiations. The municipal charges are driving while suspended, driving without liability insurance, failure to keep a proper lookout, and driving without a seatbelt. These are all misdemeanors (which is why we are talking about municipal court). Rush will plead guilty to something on January 18.

Michael Katz could have been anyone of us. Mowed down by a truck from behind on a straight and level road.