Friday, November 19, 2010

Some people are too important to expect them to follow the law

Driver kills boy on bike, sues boy’s parents
by Sarah Goodyear
15 Nov 2010

[Story #1]

Woke up this morning to a truly depressing story in my Twitter feed. It's about a man serving a 10-year sentence for killing a 14-year-old boy with his car in Prospect, Conn. The boy, Matthew Kenney, was riding his bike in the road when, according to prosecutors, David Weaving tried to overtake another vehicle at 83 miles per hour in a 45-hour zone. He was convicted of manslaughter in the case.

Now Weaving is suing the boy's family for not making their son wear a helmet (bike helmets are mandatory for kids under the age of 15 in Connecticut, but not wearing one does not constitute a violation under state law).

That's right. The man is suing the parents of the boy he was convicted of killing for "contributory negligence."

Before killing Kenney with his car, Weaving was convicted four times for driving drunk. He got his license back every time...

[Story #2]

...[A] high-end financial manager named Martin Joel Erzinger... allegedly hit a man on a bicycle with his car and then fled the scene. Erzinger was allowed by the Eagle County District Attorney to avoid a felony charge in the case:

"Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it," Hurlbert said. "When you're talking about restitution, you don't want to take away his ability to pay."

This despite the fact that the man allegedly hit by Erzinger, Dr. Steven Milo, had let the DA know that money wasn't an issue as far as he was concerned:

Milo wrote in a letter to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert that the case "has always been about responsibility, not money."

"Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway," Milo wrote. "Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case."

Milo was left with spinal cord injuries, bleeding on the brain, and damage to his knee. Erzinger was left facing misdemeanor charges...

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