DALLAS -- A state appeals court has overturned a Southern Methodist University law professor’s conviction of intentionally striking a bicyclist with her car.
Jane Dolkart had been sentenced last summer to five years of probation after a Dallas County jury convicted her of aggravated assault Monday.
But a three-judge Fifth Texas Court of Appeals panel in Dallas reversed the conviction last Wednesday.
It ruled that the trial judge gave a Dallas County jury flawed instructions.
Jurors had agreed she used her car as a deadly weapon when she hit Tommy Thomas, who was riding a bicycle at White Rock Lake last May.
Note to my cycling friends: Stay off the road.