Bond denied, benefit planned in cyclist case

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 11, 2014
A photo of Greg Germani with his dog, Ruby. Photo provided by Beth Anne Harrill

A photo of Greg Germani with his dog, Ruby. Photo provided by Beth Anne Harrill

A man accused of intentionally running down a cyclist will remain in jail for now after a judge denied his bond request.

The family and friends of Greg Germani have another fundraiser planned for him as he prepares to return home from the hospital next week.

The Star Community Bar, located at 437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307, will host the Benefit For Greg on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm. There will be a raffle and an auction, with proceeds to pay for things like Germani’s medical bills, transportation fees, and home modifications. Germani is still recovering from a brain injury he suffered on June 9.

“We’re hoping he can be somewhat independent,” his brother John Germani said. “We’re not counting on it, but we’re hopeful for it.”

Germani is perhaps best known as the creator of the Atlanta Time Machine website, which publishes “then and now” photos of the city.

Police allege that Joseph Alan Lewis intentionally used his red Dodge Nitro to run over Germani, who was riding his bike on Flagler Avenue in Atlanta’s Piedmont Heights community. Police also accuse Lewis’ girlfriend, Shanelle Woodard of helping him cover up the crime. She’s charged with tampering with evidence and hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

Lewis has retained attorney Dwight Thomas, whose clients include rapper T.I.

There was a bond hearing in Fulton County Superior court on Nov. 4. His request was officially denied on Nov. 26, his brother said.

“We’re thankful for that,” he said.

John Germani said the family is appreciative of the support Greg has received.

“On behalf of Greg and his loved ones, we hope to see a great crowd out on Friday night,” he said. “We are all so very grateful for everybody’s love and support for Greg during this difficult time.”

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  • Chelle S.

    I’d like to know more about the defendant and his background. For some reason, I’ve gotten the impression that he was/is spoiled and pampered; the fact that he could afford that vehicle, the Midtown apartment, and a high-priced attorney – despite not having more stable employment than being an “aspiring rapper” – indicates that this kid has been indulged. How does he arrive in a place where he cannot cope with the everyday conflicts and frustrations that befall the typical Atlanta motorist? What combination of upbringing and inborn psychology contributed to such a malignant, disproportionate rage?

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