The son of a 76-year-old when he was struck by a car in the Soscol Avenue bike lane in April is asking for other cyclists to show their support for his father at the motorist's preliminary court hearing Wednesday morning, according to a message posted Tuesday on the Facebook page of the Napa Bicycle Coalition (Napa Bike):
One of our members, Ken Prosser, asks for our support tomorrow at a hearing for the person who ran into his father while his father was riding in the bike lane on Soscol. Here's Ken's request:
"I am writing to see if there is any interest in showing visible and vocal support tomorrow at 8:30 AM at Napa Court House (either outside, or in Courtroom Dept. E) for my father as the DA opens up the hearing against the woman who hit him while he was riding in the bike lane on Soscol almost 2 months ago.
I think it would be a tremendous opportunity to show the community and cycling support not only for him, but more importantly for cycling in general here in the Napa Valley. Anyone and everyone is invited-please spread the word (sorry for late notice)...
This was the offender's second DUI in a week and my father is still dealing with the consequences of her lack of care/judgement (although he is stubborn as a mule and progressing daily).
Again-thanks everyone for your continued support and hopefully justice will be served."
Ken Prosser's father, Kenneth Prosser, 76, suffered head and other injuries when he was struck by a Lexus heading south on Soscol Avenue at about 8 a.m. April 16.
When officers arrived to investigate the crash, they saw that the driver of the Lexus, Jenna Rubio, 23, of Napa, showed signs of impairment, police said.
Investigators believe Rubio was under the influence of marijuana and prescription medications, police said.
Rubio was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.
California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Ramos said Rubio had previously been arrested for misdemeanor DUI involving drugs while driving on the Silverado Trail south of Oak Knoll Road in unincorporated Napa County around 10 p.m. April 11.
Rubio's preliminary hearing is on the Napa County Superior Court calendar for 8:30 a.m. June 27 in department E.