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Posted on: November 19, 2021

News Release: DA’s Office Files Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter Charges Involving a Cyclist

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18, 2021


Contact: Bobbi Mauler, 925-957-2214 

bmauler@contracostada.org


DA’s Office Files Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter charges involving a cyclist

Martinez, Calif. – The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has charged Lori Everett with a misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter in violation of Penal Code section 192(c)(2), for striking cyclist Joseph Shami with her vehicle in Lafayette on April 13, 2021, shortly before 7:00 AM.

Mr. Shami was an incredibly experienced cyclist who lawfully entered the roundabout at the interchange of Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road. Despite Mr. Shami’s bright helmet and colorful clothing, the motorist failed to yield, and struck the victim cyclist who was in an established lane of travel.

Tragic roadway deaths like this are avoidable. To ensure the safety of our community, the Office of the District Attorney implores motorists to be active, attentive drivers and to be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists when sharing the roadways.

Case information: DKT# 01-197626-5

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