Hero & Zero: Help a hero & a DUI

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Mountain biking pioneer and inventor Charlie Cunningham, held as a hero in the hearts of many, needs a helping hand. Cunningham rode solo on Azalea Hill in Fairfax in early August and had an accident, which left him with serious injuries. The Fairfax resident suffered from head trauma and broken bones, but was soon back at home. Six weeks later, the man who created the first aluminum mountain bike was back in the hospital with a subdural hematoma attributed to the accident and underwent emergency brain surgery. Today, Cunningham is mending slowly at a rehab hospital, working on his speech and ability to swallow. Let’s help Charlie Cunningham on his trail to recovery. A GoFundMe page is raising funds for expenses not covered by insurance.

Zero: You’re a zero if you drive under the influence, crash and completely shear off a power pole on Francisco Boulevard East, causing a power outage to the neighborhood, which is what occurred last Saturday at 2:40am. San Rafael police officers arrived on the scene and initiated a DUI investigation. It was determined that Lakiya Striplin, 36, was too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle and he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.  Fortunately, Striplin, the only occupant of the car, wasn’t injured; however, PG&E shut off power to the San Rafael neighborhood to make repairs. Of course, the busy road was closed for many hours. Geez, call a cab or sleep it off in your car next time.

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