A sad truth for cyclists in New York is that when one is struck dead by a motor vehicle most of the time no charges are filed. Unless, it seems, the victim is the sister-in-law of a famous defense attorney. Though earlier this summer charges against the Postal Service employee who fatally struck cyclist Marilyn Dershowitz were considered unlikely, the Manhattan DA yesterday surprised us all by charging 62-year-old Ian Clement with leaving the scene of an accident. It is a start.

According to the unsealed indictment Clement, a postal worker since 1987, "did not report said incident as soon as physically able to the nearest police station and judicial officer," despite the fact that he knew he had struck Dershowitz, a 68-year-old retired Manhattan Supreme Court special referee back on July 2. At the time, Dershowitz had been biking with her husband. At the intersection of West 29th Street and 9th Avenue, a postal truck moved to the right, to avoid another car, but ended up hitting Dershowitz. "He heard a thump, but he thought it was a bump or a crate. At one point, he thought the car hit him," a source close to the authorities told DNAinfo.

After the accident the late Dershowitz's brother-in-law, defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, made a very loud stink in the media after the DA's office wouldn't let him see the video of Marilyn being run down. Seems all that noise did the trick.