Just cause – Signatures for justice may do little in Say case

Lisa Wilson, the woman torn from a motorcycle in a hit-and-run accident and then dragged by a car, is gathering signatures to demonstrate the public’s outcry for justice in her case.

Byron Say was arrested Feb. 16 after several high-speed chases and faces no charges for the injuries Wilson endured when he allegedly ran her over in June 2005.

Wilson, who has gathered at least 1,000 promised signatures “just in case” Say gets a slap on the wrist, is involved in a civil suit against him.

Say faces charges of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, allegedly found in his possession the day Wilson was hit by a car.

He is also accused of methamphetamine trafficking, first- and second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and two counts of possession of paraphernalia, related to a March 2006 arrest, and third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and attempted tampering with physical evidence.

Because of double jeopardy protection, Say has not been charged regarding Wilson’s injuries because residents can’t be charged in the same crime twice, and the charge initially filed in the incident only cited an allegation of DUI — not vehicular injury.

While it is possible that the judge could consider the signatures when determining sentencing, the judge has already ruled on the legal issue of double jeopardy, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Mark Zenger, Wilson’s attorney in her civil case against Say, said he is “still active in the process of negotiation and weighing options.”

Whether Say enters a plea or accepts a plea deal offered by the prosecuting attorney is yet to be determined. The judge does not have to honor any agreement forged by the attorneys.

Sentencing, however, would occur at a later date than the next scheduled court appearance slated for April 5.

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