This really bites.
Novotny says he was just trying to get Koilada’s license plate number. And the Powers That Be are evidently backing him up.
Why didn’t he get it when they were all standing around discussing the damage, at the toll plaza?
His trailer hit Koilada’s Honda when he pulled alongside him–how do you get a license plate number from alongside the other car?
You didn’t see the original articles from last September, and the Tribune wants $2.95 to give them to me so I can show you, but Mrs. Novotny was on the cell phone to the 911 dispatcher continuously throughout this whole chase. So, the Powers That Be have the situation under control, Stefani. You’ve reported the crime to 911, let them handle it. So maybe your insurance deductible won’t cover the license plate bracket, so what? If you can afford a stock car hobby, and a Bronco and trailer to pull it, surely you can afford a $20 license plate bracket. So why does Jimbo feel a need to make like Rambo with his bigass SUV and run somebody off the road? Answer–'cause he’s a low-self-esteem asshole who is threatened by virtually everybody in the whole wide world, and I would surmise, is perhaps a bit of a racist. My guess would be that once he and Koilada met face-to-face at the toll plaza, and he saw that his “adversary” was a dark-skinned “foreigner”, he felt safe letting his road rage roll. Anybody wanna bet this wouldn’t have happened if the driver of the Honda had been another WASP guy, or a mom with a baby in a car seat?
Witnesses said Novotny was furious at the toll plaza. After reading the articles, my guess is that Koilada wasn’t “leaving the scene of an accident”–he was just confused and frightened and trying to escape a furious asshole who refused to be pacified by exchanging names and addresses. I’d walk away, too.
And I feel sorry for you, Stefani–being married to a bully can’t be easy.
So Koilada, a 27-year-old Prospect Heights software programmer, breaks his neck and dies 10 days later without coming out of his coma, and Novotny gets a ticket for improper lane usage and pays five hundred bucks.