The judge entered the courtroom; the jurors were seated.
“The people call James O’Connor,” intoned Kendra Rudolph, the
It was a June morning in 2015 in Marin County Superior Court.
O’Connor, a firefighter and paramedic with the Southern Marin Fire
Protection District, was sworn in, then asked to recount the events of
April 16, 2014. Working with an ambulance crew that day, he responded
to a reported assault in Mill Valley, at the busy intersection of East
Blithedale and Camino Alto.
There, they found Roman Laskowski, a 55-year-old carpenter, “leaning
up against a concrete wall,” recalled O’Connor. “He was bleeding from a
laceration on the bridge of his nose,” which appeared to be “deformed.”
“When you say his nose was deformed …,” asked Rudolph, nudging the
witness to provide jurors with a more graphic description.
“It was pushed over to one side.”
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BY AUSTIN MURPHY • ILLUSTRATIONS BY DAVE URBAN
In the wake of increasing tension between drivers and
riders, and more distracted driving, the best hope might
be the next generation and a firm “howdy.”