Hopefully this isn't a repost
A Traffic Court judge has ordered a Cook County court deputy to attend traffic school for hitting a highway worker.
"It's time to have a refresher course in driving," Cook County Circuit Judge Earl Hoffenberg told Tony Lampkin on Wednesday.
He said Lampkin was "obviously in a hurry" when he hit highway worker Michael Ochoa.
"His conduct was totally reckless," Hoffenberg said.
Lampkin, who was in uniform but off-duty at the time, hit Ochoa, of Chicago, on an outbound Eisenhower Expy. ramp last Sept. 2 after going around a car stopped at a traffic signal.
Ochoa, who suffered minor injuries, was on the ramp to check the signal. Lampkin also ran over the signal.
He was found guilty of reckless driving and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was sentenced to supervision and eight hours of traffic school, and must pay a $500 fine plus court costs.
Lampkin has said the car at the ramp was proceeding forward on a green light, then stopped unexpectedly, causing him to swerve.
The driver of the car stopped at the signal, Anarbol Avalos, testified Wednesday that he stopped because the light turned red. He said Lampkin also hit his car. Both Ochoa and Avalos said Lampkin was going fast on the ramp.
"I saw he was going fast. I got nervous," Avalos said.
Noting that Lampkin apologized to Ochoa after the accident, Lampkin's attorney, Frank Howard, argued that his client had meant no harm.
"Judge, it was an accident," Howard said. "Accidents happen."
"Accidents happen with the way your client was driving," Hoffenberg responded.
Ochoa said he was satisfied with the result of the case.
What happened to the huge signs on the highway that always talked about what would happen to a person if they were to hit a highway employee?