A Texas Judge Reject Plea Deal for Blind Motorist

Trena Mitchell, who is legally blind, is accused of causing the death of Richard Craig " Hat Trick" Schroeder, in December when she pulled out in his path.  Mitchell who has been cited before for driving without a license, had worked out a plea bargain with prosecutors where she would plead guilty to second-degree felony manslaughter and be placed on deferred probation, which essentially meant no jail time.

Once this deal became public, outraged motorcyclists across Texas and Louisiana  began a letter writing campaign flooding State District Judge Ralph Strother's office with more than 1,200 letters  condemning the plea bargain.

Schroeder, a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse was out  that day collecting toys for children whose parent(s) are in jail. According to police reports, Mitchell pulled her Honda Accord into Schroeder's path, causing his Harley-Davidson to collide with her Honda Accord, sending him almost 100 feet from the point of impact.

Motorcyclists from across Texas and surrounding states began circulating an email call to action and the letters began flooding the courthouse.  Most say they feel prosecutors and judges do not place the same value for a motorcyclists life as they do for the general public.

Brian "Spock" Peterson, a 51-year-old member of the Confederation of Clubs & Independents told the Waco Tribune, “It is conspicuous when a biker is killed or injured that he gets different treatment because there is prejudice and discrimination against us riders,” he said. “Another thing is that we are more vulnerable, so we are involved in a lot more accidents that are not our fault, and we would like to see punishment be equal, and we are not seeing that.

Mitchell's attorney told the Tribune that the biker's letter writing campaign is inappropriate and the judge should not influenced by public opinion.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of motorcyclists are saying they will attend a rally to show support for the victim either before or during the August 17th trial date.

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  8. I ride a Motorcycle but I think the real issue is get the "legally blind" people off the rode for all the Motorist……motorcyles and vehicles!! What idiot is allowing theses people to even have a drivers license???????????? To me it is actually giving them a license being able to kill because they are "legally blind" If the doctor considers them legally blind then he should be required to notify the bureau of motor vehicles so the can recall their license!!!!!

  9. Let her out. Then publish her address and get a rope. This shit should be first degree murder as should killing somebody while DUI/DWI.

  10. ditto “mtnbikerx”. Many times a biker’s killer isn’t even ticketed. I’m appalled that the judge would have let her slide. They ought to think about confiscating her car while she’s in prison.

  11. So if this idiot had crushed a baby carriage and killed the infant. Would the courts have been so lenient?

  12. I don't see how a legally blind person operating a vehicle is much different than driving under the influence. IMPAIRMENT is a punishable offense, what happened to 'DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS' ??

  13. I'm glad the letters made a difference and the judge sees that a bikers life is just as valuable as everyone else's. I'd like to know who the lady's lawyer is to send letters to him so maybe he'd start thinking like the judge.

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