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Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Professor Shlomo Bentin’s death deemed an accident

Update 12.26.12: New details released by Berkeley police indicated the dump truck did not collide with Bentin. Despite the fact that Israeli Professor Shlomo Bentin was hit and killed by a dump truck while riding his bicycle, no criminal charges will be filed against the driver, according to Berkeley police. “Our officers finished their thorough […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Hundreds of bike crashes near UC Berkeley over 5 years

By Zusha Elinson / Bay Citizen  Shlomo Bentin, a world-renown neuropsychologist, bought a bicycle last summer to commute to UC Berkeley from his home two miles away. An expert on facial recognition, the 65-year-old Israeli was on a one-year research sabbatical at the university. “He took up biking in Berkeley because people in Berkeley bike,” said Lynn Robertson, a […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Berkeley’s rocky relationship between paving and bikes

When Israeli neuroscientist Shlomo Bentin died after a bicycle accident last Friday, many of the commenters on Berkeleyside were convinced they knew the culprit: the poor state of the pavement on Bancroft Way. “The pavement quality going down Bancroft is in absolutely atrocious condition,” wrote one commenter. “The reason this could have a bearing on […]