The fiancée of a Forest Park bicyclist, who was killed last summer in a hit-and-run crash while crossing Harlem Avenue, is fearful that the driver of the car that ran into her betrothed on the night of June 1, 2014 will not serve any jail time.
Bob Skolnik, Fiancee of Hit-and-Run Victim Fears Plea Deal, Forest Park Review, 3 March 2015
How about all the lives that will be ruined by not setting the precedent that killing people while driving is taken seriously and will be punished?
Send a message that if you kill someone while driving you will be punished and have your life ruined and you might save more future lives. But that kind of thinking requires being able to think more than 2 seconds into the future.
Yeah, a statement like that is easier to swallow when someone stops and takes responsibility for their actions. When they flee a strong punishment is appropriate I think.
Wow, just wow. Agree, I can't see a judge saying that in many, if any, other cases.
"Judge Paula Daleo doesn't want to 'ruin' two lives in this tragedy".
Shouldn't she consider that the driver ruined a lot more than two lives by his actions?
Question - could it be possible because his fiance is in Florida, the victim may not be as visible/real to the judge because she doesn't have to look into the faces of his grieving loved ones? I would think that would be very hard to say if you saw the faces of the people whose lives have been impacted by the hit-and-run driver.
Sure and I suppose a bunch of cyclists could stand in for her in the courtroom. I don't think it will make much of a difference knowing how these judges roll but we should show her we're watching.
Take away his driver's license and ban him from obtaining a drivers license in any of the 50 states.
That wouldn't "ruin his life"; he doesn't need to go to jail, and it sends a clear message to offenders who commit crimes like this.