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Old 03-08-2012, 08:25 PM   #46
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:54 PM   #47
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Semper Fi Paul.
Paul's widow, Liz, was a Marine, too. I'm sure she appreciates all the support she's received.

The second attempt to conduct the arraignment is scheduled for next Friday, 3/16/12. As you may recall, the SUV driver hadn't yet hired a lawyer at the 2/15/12 hearing, 11 months after Paul's death, so it was postponed and he was given an additional month's grace.

It's now the last week to express yourself to the judge via the San Diego City Attorney, so please contact:

Andres Carnahan, Deputy City Attorney
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1200 3rd Ave., Ste. 700, San Diego, CA 92101
acarnahan@sandiego.gov

RE: March 21, 2011 Vehicular Manslaughter of Paul Palika on Interstae 805 in Clairemont Mesa, CA

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Old 03-09-2012, 11:40 PM   #48
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I tried to send an email to the City Attorney, however it did not go thru. It was probably blocked as it was sent from the Philippines.

I was in San Diego last March for the birth of my Grandaughter, and remember this.

I can only hope that he gets the maximum. Over run traffic at 80 mph in the rain, he should not be allowed to drive ever again.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:25 AM   #49
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I tried to send an email to the City Attorney, however it did not go thru. It was probably blocked as it was sent from the Philippines.

I was in San Diego last March for the birth of my Grandaughter, and remember this.

I can only hope that he gets the maximum. Over run traffic at 80 mph in the rain, he should not be allowed to drive ever again.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:00 PM   #50
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I got this e-mail from Liz Palika a few days ago:


Thanks, everyone!
The attorney said he has an inch high stack of letters and emails for Paul! Yeah!
He will give the entire stack to the judge at the appropriate time.
You all don't know how much this means to me.

Liz

The new arraignment is scheduled for next Friday, 3/16/12. .

It's now the last opportunity to express yourself to the judge via the San Diego City Attorney, so please WRITE TODAY !!
Let's try to add another inch or more to that stack before the trial !!
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:43 PM   #51
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Here's the latest from San Diego:



From: Liz Palika
To: Nancy Foote
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 10:26 PM
Subject: The arraignment


Hi, Nancy and Walt,

Andreas Carnahan, the district attorney, called today and said the plea will probably be made on Friday April 6, 2012, at 930am in Department 2, 220 Broadway, in San Diego, CA
Any of Paul's friends who wish to appear and want to make a personal statement should contact him at acarnahan@sandiego.gov.


I know lots of people sent in letters and emails and those will be shared with the judge.
However, if anyone wants to make a statement, Mr. Carnahan would like to know about it.


Please share!


Thanks.


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Old 03-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #52
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San Diego City Attorney Invites Personal Appearances and Statements on 9:30am Friday, April 6

3/16/12 Update from Paul's widow, Liz:


"Andreas Carnahan, the district attorney, called today and said the plea will probably be made on Friday April 6, 930am, at Department 2, 220 Broadway, in San Diego. Any of Paul's friends who wish to appear and want to make a personal statement should contact him at acarnahan@sandiego.gov.

I know lots of people sent in letters and emails and those will be shared with the judge. However, if anyone wants to make a statement, Mr. Carnahan would like to know about it.

Please share!

Thanks.

Liz"


Department 2, 220 Broadway, San Diego, CA:


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Old 04-03-2012, 10:27 PM   #53
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New court date

FYI for any of you that were planning on heading to San Diego on Friday 04/06/12:

The court date has been postponed until May 4th. Please pass the word. Thanks.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:31 AM   #54
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Another Continuance

The May 4 court date has been postponed until May 11.

From Paul's widow Liz' email: "The DA said to have the victim's impact statement ready - which it is - as he believes this will be the final court date - knock on wood - as the young man's attorney has been in touch."
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:40 PM   #55
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Question:

Looking at that photo, that drivers side door is pretty messed up. An SUV sliding down the freeway at 80mph isn't exactly experiencing maximum deceleration, so how was the impact into the drivers side door so severe without some incorrect judgement? I'm trying to figure out if this really is a no-way-out crash. Obviously we don't have enough information to determine that for sure....
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #56
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Looking at that photo, that drivers side door is pretty messed up. An SUV sliding across the freeway hitting a tractor trailer, then richocheting back across the road in heavy traffic at 80mph isn't exactly experiencing maximum deceleration, so how was the impact into the drivers side door so severe without some incorrect judgement? I'm trying to figure out if this really is a no-way-out crash. Obviously we don't have enough information to determine that for sure....
We're trying to get it before the court system, then they can figure it out.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #57
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Delayed Again

Nancy Foote and Walt Fulton, Paul's friends and former employers at Streetmasters, were in court again today. Walt sent this email afterward:

"...the defendant's attorney asked the judge for more time for discovery and this request was granted. There is another date in June, but there is no guarnetee that this will be the last, unfortunately."

To recap:
3/21/11
"SAN DIEGO -- A motorcyclist is dead after a crash with a Lexus sport utility vehicle on a rain-soaked stretch of Interstate 805 Monday, prompting a significant freeway closure at the height of the morning commute, authorities said.

The fatality on southbound Interstate 805, just north of Balboa Avenue, happened just before 6 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP, the driver of the SUV was traveling too fast for the conditions. The SUV clipped a semi-truck before crossing several lanes and colliding with the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was thrown nearly 75 feet and killed, the CHP said. The motorcyclist was later identified as Paul Palika of Oceanside.

The CHP said the driver of the SUV is not expected to face charges. The driver was not injured in the collision..."
http://www.10news.com/news/27262205/detail.html

2/15/12
". . ., At the arraignment today, the young man did show up. However, he wanted a public defender but makes too much money for one. So the arraignment was postponed a month so he can hire an attorney."
http://www.streetmasters.info/paulpalika/index.html
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:22 AM   #58
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condolences

Just saw this and as a newer rider(past year) I have a high respect for any instructor. I will keep family in prayers
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #59
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Today, per Walt Fulton, Paul's friend and former employer:

"It is my understanding that the next court day is July 18, but I don't know the time, yet. This should be the last court appearance. I am told that [the SUV driver] is pleading guilty to manslaughter. All the information I have at this time."
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:09 PM   #60
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Pleading guilty to manslaughter seems like the right thing to do.

It seems all too often the system does not work as it should, lets hope it does this time, and the Judge does what is right, and fair.
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