William Crum Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Road-rage poster-boy William Crum was sentenced to 15 years in prison for intentionally swerving his car into a passing motorcycle. Video of the incident (see below) showed a car veering into motorcyclist Eric Sanders and his passenger Debra Simpson, causing them to crash.

When confronted after the crash, Crum was filmed callously saying “I don’t care.”

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William Crum Indicted

William Crum Still Awaits Trial

Well he should care now. According to the Star-Telegram, a two-day jury trial convicted Crum of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury.

Sanders received minor injuries while Simpson spent time in the intensive care unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for a broken arm, scrapes and bruises.

Crum has been in jail since his arrest in Oct. 19, 2015. According to our resident legal expert John Brutus, Crum faced a maximum sentence of 20 years per charge. By that regard, 15 years may seem light, but unless he receives probation, the 69-year-old Crum could be in prison until he’s 84 (minus credit for time served).

Shortly after his arrest, Crum blamed his sudden swerving on a spider bite, though it’s not clear if that was brought up in his defense at trial. Crum also placed the blame on Sanders for trying to pass on a double-yellow line. According to an update on a GoFundMe page he set up, Sanders said he was ticketed for the pass attempt but his case was dismissed because Crum was driving below the minimum speed of 45 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Paul Deane Paul Deane on Apr 12, 2018

    That old man who swerved his car into that motorcyclist will probably die in jail and I'm glad. He deserves to be in prison Fuck that pathetic old man.

  • John W Tobin John W Tobin on Jul 15, 2022

    Anyone who says something like, "well, he passed in a no passing zone" and believes for even one second that that is reason to be murdered should themselves not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.