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Mandeville Canyon Road Rage Doctor Trial Set for 9/17

laist_1.jpgDr. Thompson's rear windshield, post-"accident."

Thanks to DJ Wheels via Twitter and Midnight Ridazz.

Earlier this morning the trial was set for People vs Christopher Thompson, the "Road Rage Doctor" who caused a crash with two cyclists over Fourth of July weekend in 2008 in Mandeville Canyon.  The case against Thompson will begin on September 17 at the LAX Courthouse.

For a quick refresher, witnesses state that during a July 4th training ride along Mandeville Canyon, Dr. Christopher Thompson, not to be confused with Dr. Alex Thompson, began tailgating and harassing two cyclists that were riding abreast.  As Thompson passed them, one of the cyclists made an angry gesture at him.  The good doctor responded by cutting the cyclists off and slamming on his breaks.  Pictures of the incapacitated cyclists and the bloody hole left in the back of Thompson's window became a rallying cry for cyclists and created a media storm after they were first posted at LAist.

Outraged cyclists have been attending all of the criminal pre-trial hearings against Thompson and provided details to each other.  Through his attorneys, Thompson has maintained his innocence and that this crash was just an "accident."

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