Donald Sensing passes on a tragic report:

A freshman Republican Congressman from South Dakota who had served four terms as the state’s governor drove his car into a motorcycle Saturday, leaving the cyclist dead.

Police said Rep. Bill Janklow, 63, ran an intersection in his cadillac and struck Randolph E. Scott, 53, who was not wearing a helmet. Scott died from massive trauma.

The police investigation is incomplete. No charges have yet been filed.

Wear a helmet, boys and girls. And watch out for careless Congressmen.

James Joyner
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  1. John Lemon says:

    He must be the ONLY Congressman from S. Dakota, right?

  2. James Joyner says:

    Yeah, I would think.

  3. James Joyner says:
  4. I hate to be crass after reading a story like this, but let’s remember that no man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while a legislator is at the wheel.

  5. James Joyner says:

    Sad, but true.