Back supportThe man charged with hit and run driving into a much-loved local bicyclist was in court for the first time yesterday, an appearance that shocked and astonished the bicycling community that had turned out in support of the critically injured Steve Norwick.

Novick 1Gary Helfrick, president of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, offers instructions and guidance to the riders in support of Steve Norwick, as they prepared to depart from Old Courthouse Square Wednesday morning. For cyclists, what happened to Steve Norwick is frightening. For drivers, says Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition spokeswoman Sandra Lupien, it should be a cautionary example.

For many of the riders who turned out Wednesday morning, there was a strong personal element to their involvement. Tom Helm, the Bicycle Coalition's president, explained he thinks of Norwick as both a friend and a teacher.

Steve signsWhile Robert Cowart was haltingly making his first court appearance, on a single charge of felony hit-and-run, a number of Steve Norwick's friends and supporters stood quietly outside the courts building, letting their message speak for itself.

(KRCB photos by Danielle Venton)



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