William Crum Is Completely Unaware of How Desperately He Needs a Lawyer
Oct. 27, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Based on the dramatic video of the incident, it looks an awful lot like William Crum decided to take justice into his own hands by swerving into a motorcycle as it illegally passed him on a double yellow line:
In the video, which has now been viewed more than 1 million times on Facebook, you can see Sanders (who is in front) encounter a slow group of cars. When he goes to pass them, the video shows one of the cars swerve into Sanders’ lane just as he passes, hitting the motorcycle and throwing Sanders and his girlfriend off.
Sanders’ friend then confronts the driver on camera.
“What were you doing? You hit them,” you can hear the friend say.
“I don’t care,” the driver of the car says.
That man repeatedly says he doesn’t care. His reasoning?
“I got stung by a wasp,” he says in the video.
In a few quick moments, Crum made some of the most common soon-to-be criminal defendant mistakes around.
First, he committed what to many will look like a pretty obvious crime, and he just so happened to do it while being video recorded. While still on video, he went on to provide what will seem to many people a really stupid explanation. Is it possible that he was suddenly stung by a wasp at just the wrong moment? Sure. Is it probable? Of course not.
That leads to Crum’s second mistake, the fact that his initial reaction more or less ruins any chance he ever had of convincing anyone that his story is true. After all, if he was just a good guy who had been stung by a wasp and involuntarily swerved, injuring a biker and his innocent passenger, it’s unlikely he would have immediately responded with apathy. “I got stung by a wasp, I’m so sorry” might not have gotten Crum off without any trouble, but it certainly beats “I don’t care, I got stung by a wasp” when it comes to convincing people you didn’t mean to do it.
At first, it was unclear whether anything was going to happen to Crum, but the biker wasn’t so lucky:
Sanders was cited at the scene for passing in a no-pass zone and for driving with an invalid license.
That’ll teach him to pass on a double yellow, right? Being slammed by a car while committing said traffic violation and suffering road rash and various cuts as a result apparently doesn’t have the sort of deterrent effect a stiff fine and some points on the ol’ driving record are going to have on Sanders. I get that he did something wrong and that the law is the law, but do we really have to waste everyone’s time with this?
Eventually, charges came down against Crum:
Crum was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Monday afternoon. His bond has been set at $150,000.
And has Crum maybe learned his lesson and quit saying things that make him seem guilty? It would seem he hasn’t:
We asked Crum if he would like the chance to apologize.
“To her,” he said, referring to Sanders’ girlfriend. “But to him, no. Because he was doing something illegal.”
I almost have to respect the guy. Crum, with his “he broke the law” mentality justifying pretty much anything he could ever want to do to Sanders, is basically the civilian-citizen version of the cop who cited Sanders for a petty traffic violation despite the fact it resulted in him being the victim of a felony. I doubt Crum isn’t at least somewhat aware that his previous statements didn’t do him any favors, yet he continues to improve the authorities’ case against him.
Now, it seems Crum is hoping to sell the story that he happened to see Sanders as he rode by and thought to himself, “oh, he’s breaking the law by passing me,” and then suddenly got stung by a wasp, instantly slamming into said law breaker.
Crum is now making statements from jail too, and they don’t seem to be any better for his cause:
“I’m pissed off, just to put it bluntly,” Crum said. “Because the other guy didn’t get charged with anything, and his own video incriminates him.”
Did no one tell him Sanders was charged? Is everyone just playing a game where they see how deep a hole Crum can dig? Perhaps, as things may be getting even worse for Crum:
News 8 also learned Tuesday afternoon the Department of Public Safety is also investigating “multiple” reports of past incidents possibly involving Crum, including another motorist who was run off the road last Friday in an unrelated incident.
Crum remains steadfast, however:
“If he hadn’t been breaking the law, it wouldn’t have happened,” Crum said.
William Crum remains in the Hood County Jail with a $150,000 bond. He said he refuses to get a court-appointed attorney.
Crum’s criminal history includes a conviction for reckless driving, a charge he characterized as “trumped up.”
Crum’s continued focus on the traffic violation committed by the biker he rammed with his car is hardly a surprise, but his refusal to get a court-appointed lawyer shouldn’t be either. Although it may be that he believes he is too important to have a mere public defender represent him, he seems like just the type to worry that having a lawyer will make him look guilty. It’s almost amusing considering how guilty he has made himself look and that a lawyer might have been able to save him from charges in the first place had he kept his mouth shut.
A lawyer also would have told him not to talk about his prior conviction either. Up to now, everything suggests not just that Crum has some serious road rage, or at the very least driving, problems, but that he also absolutely refuses to accept responsibility for anything. Even if the prior conviction was “trumped up,” using that sort of language will make even the most innocent person sound like a guilty ex-convict who totally lacks remorse. Furthermore, arguing that a prior, where you either admitted guilt or were found guilty is bullshit, is never a good idea when you’re also going to have to argue the other related type of thing you did on video, and possibly another thing you did shortly before that ,are bullshit too.
As easy as it is to hate Crum, I almost feel bad for him. Mostly, though, I hope he changes his mind about a lawyer. He’s made it quite clear that he needs one.