Homicidal Maniac gets a slap on the wrist.
Want to know how to get away with murder? Kill someone with your car.
As long as you are sober, you will get away with murder.
“Miranda Pacheco was guilty of careless driving and not vehicular homicide when she drove off pavement and killed a bicyclist on a roadside path.”
Societies acceptance of Vehicular Homicide has never been so blatantly obvious as this jury’s verdict shows. It’s o.k. to kill someone if you are driving your car.
For a cyclist, you can’t get any further from a car than a separate bicycle path. That has an embankment and chain link fence separating it.
But bad things happen to good drivers. Right?
Well let’s see.
“She killed a bicyclist then got popped for DWI.”
“Miranda Pacheco has already proven she’s one of the most dangerous drivers in Albuquerque and now she’s at it again.”
n. the crime of causing the death of a human being due to illegal driving of an automobile, including gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving or speeding. Vehicular manslaughter can be charged as a misdemeanor (minor crime with a maximum punishment of a year in county jail or only a fine) or a felony (punishable by a term in state prison) depending on the circumstances. Gross negligence or driving a few miles over the speed limit might be charged as a misdemeanor, but drunk driving resulting in a fatality is most likely treated as a felony. Death of a passenger, including a loved one or friend, can be vehicular manslaughter if due to illegal driving.”
n. operation of an automobile in a dangerous manner under the circumstances, including speeding (or going too fast for the conditions, even though within the posted speed limit), driving after drinking (but not drunk), having too many passengers in the car, cutting in and out of traffic, failing to yield to other vehicles and other negligent acts. It is a misdemeanor crime. A “wet reckless” is a plea in a drunk driving prosecution allowed to lessen the penalty when the blood alcohol level is close to the legal limit.”
What we need are stricter laws for “reckless driving”.