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Justice Not Served For Cyclists: Colorado Not So Cyclist Friendly

Colorado DA drops felony hit-and-run charges against billion-dollar financier because of "serious job implications"
This comes from the same DA who charged two women cyclists as FELONS for switching number plates at the Leadville 100 some years back...
20101116-Picture 6.png Colorado District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has dropped felony charges against Martin Joel Erzinger, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney wealth manager who controls $1 billion in investments, because financial rules would require Erzinger to notify his clients that he was charged with a felony, and this would have "serious job implications" for the financier. Erzinger is facing charges for allegedly rear-ending cyclist Dr. Steven Milo, and then leaving the scene of the crime. Milo, a liver transplant surgeon, has spinal and brain injuries, disfiguring scars, and will likely be in pain for the rest of his life.

Dr. Milo was bicycling eastbound on Highway 6 just east of Miller Ranch Road, when Erzinger allegedly hit him with the black 2010 Mercedes Benz sedan he was driving. Erzinger fled the scene and was arrested later, police say.
Erzinger allegedly veered onto the side of the road and hit Milo from behind. Milo was thrown to the pavement, while Erzinger struck a culvert and kept driving, according to court documents.

Erzinger drove all the way through Avon, the town's roundabouts, under I-70 and stopped in the Pizza Hut parking lot where he called the Mercedes auto assistance service to report damage to his vehicle, and asked that his car be towed, records show. He did not ask for law enforcement assistance, according to court records.

Erzinger told police he was unaware he had hit Milo, court documents say.

When Avon police arrived he was putting a broken side mirror and a bumper in his trunk, court records say

Erzinger, an Arrowhead homeowner, is a director in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Denver. His biography on states that Erzinger is “dedicated to ultra high net worth individuals, their families and foundations.”

Contact Morgan Stanley's Denver Office if you would like to compliment them on the moral fiber of their employees.
Morgan Stanley & Co.
16 Market Square
1400 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tel: +1 303 595-2000
Fax: +1 303 595-2127
Also, feel free to email them as well.

Milo wrote in a letter to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert that the case “has always been about responsibility, not money.”

“Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,” Milo wrote. “Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.”


Is this who Colorado wants to represent them in Senate??
As a family man this DA should put himself in another's shoes. What if he or his children were seriously by a hit and run driver? Would he then care enough to enforce state laws?
Before I step off the soap box, please do not let this or other senseless incidents go unchallenged, we need to stand up for ourselves before we are completely pushed off the roads, both physically and legally.

Here is the CONTACT INFO on how to reach the driver. From his account

Sign the petition, almost at 15,000!


Posted by Elgee at 11/16/10 19:11:21

feel free to copy and past my letter to morgan stanley:

To whom it concerns;

I am writing to you in search of an answer. I would really like to know
your stance on employing a person who has used his high paying financial
position to finagle his way out of a felony hit and run? It is just
appalling that your company is allowing Martin Joel Erzinge to use his
position in your company as an excuse to why he should not be charged with
the felony account of running over cyclist Dr. Steven Milo, who now needs a
liver transplant not to mention the spinal and brain injuries he has or the
heinous scars and lifetime prognosis of pain.
Will Morgan Stanley Smith Barney really stand by and allow their name to
run through the mud because of one employee who thinks they are above the
rest of our society just because of his annual earnings. I understand that
Mr. Erzinge would have to disclose a felony charge to his clients. Is that
more damaging to your company then having your company publicly associated
with this despicable man? All of us make mistakes in our lives. Most of us
have to live up to them and learn from them.


Posted by adam bixby at 11/17/10 06:38:25

Here is the note I have been sending to MIke Hulbert. PLEASE FEEL FREE to cut and paste:
Your dealing in the Erzinger case makes me embarrassed to be a Coloradan and a human. You bring a new level of slime to politics. How is the career of a financial advisor more important than the life of a doctor. Maybe in your horrible little world this makes sense. But not to those of us who have a soul. Thank you for your hard work "protecting" the people of Colorado.

Posted by Chris Olivier at 11/17/10 09:41:34

Here is the contact information for DA Mark Hurlbert
Summit County District Attorney's Office
P.O. Box 488
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Phone Number:
Fax Number:


Posted by Chris C Olivier at 11/17/10 09:47:17

Are they sure it wasnt Andy Richter that hit him?

Posted by Dr. Ricard Pants at 11/19/10 12:26:58

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