Probation given in fatal hit-and-run at Berwyn train station

A man who fled after driving his sport-utility vehicle into the Berwyn train depot and killing the station agent two years ago will not serve time in prison. Full Story
Aztek

United States

#23 Aug 28, 2008
Looks like another rich white man gets off and prevails because of a corrupt society!! If he wasn't rich I bet he would be in jail! They said they let him go because he donated millions to charity and had a clean record! I think that is bull! He killed her and hid in Oak brook because he knew he was guilty, If I were her family member I would sue!!
fuzzy

Chicago, IL

#24 Aug 28, 2008
this piece of s!!!! better have his license revoked at least so he doesn't get the chance to be stupid again,,,or maybe his lawyer doesn't care about human life,,,,
American

Chicago, IL

#25 Aug 28, 2008
ed be wrote:
Probation and community service for what he did? He perverted the law to its fullest and got away with murder. He should be behind bars for a long long time.
White Privilege
Millerl

Chicago, IL

#26 Aug 28, 2008
Sad wrote:
Please remember this name:
Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas Tucker
Hopefully, he is up for retention real soon!
Just another liberal butthole. I'll bet he votes for Obamma.
Blame Jodi not Eddie

Wethersfield, CT

#27 Aug 28, 2008
MURDERER

“This won't hurt a bit!”

Since: Aug 08

Chicago

#28 Aug 28, 2008
John Elert wrote:
I sure hope Mr. Pocina's blood, that was found inside his vehicle, was tested for BAC.
John, dried blood cannot be tested for BAC. It needs to be a sample directly from the patient and put in a lab tube. It is unfortunate, because he was more than likely drunk or under the influence of drugs. Running away makes it very suspicious doesn't it? This man is a murderer and a coward. He should be thrown in jail with the other animals just like him.

“This won't hurt a bit!”

Since: Aug 08

Chicago

#29 Aug 28, 2008
American wrote:
<quoted text>
White Privilege
Huh? I know that you aren't implying that he got off because he is white! That chip on your shoulder must be very heavy.
Paid off for sure

Chicago, IL

#30 Aug 28, 2008
The judge was paid off for sure. There is no reason this coward should have been let go. You know he is still on the road driving any way he wants knowing "money talks and walks."
To the judge, you are as bad as the people who let pedophiles out.
rico

Chicago, IL

#31 Aug 28, 2008
I think judge got paid.
Commuter from Lyons

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Aug 29, 2008
This story doesn't mention it, but my recollection from the time of the incident was that he was hiding out in order to avoid a breathalyzer test. I don't know if he would have gotten off tougher if he'd been charged with DUI in addition to the reckless homicide, instead of leaving the scene of an accident, but he apparently wanted to avoid that.

My question, though, is whether he still gets to keep his driver's license. Someone who could drive fast enough on a narrow side street to become airborne and crash into a train station probably doesn't deserve to have the keys to anything heavier than a moped, even if he doesn't have the drinking problem I assume he has.

But the same thought occurred to me: this is probably once situation where the civil courts may be able to do something where the criminal court couldn't or wouldn't. And apparently this guy thinks that his money exempts him from accepting responsibility as a human being; so he should be hit where it hurts him.
Aztek

United States

#33 Aug 29, 2008
Commuter from Lyons wrote:
This story doesn't mention it, but my recollection from the time of the incident was that he was hiding out in order to avoid a breathalyzer test. I don't know if he would have gotten off tougher if he'd been charged with DUI in addition to the reckless homicide, instead of leaving the scene of an accident, but he apparently wanted to avoid that.
My question, though, is whether he still gets to keep his driver's license. Someone who could drive fast enough on a narrow side street to become airborne and crash into a train station probably doesn't deserve to have the keys to anything heavier than a moped, even if he doesn't have the drinking problem I assume he has.
But the same thought occurred to me: this is probably once situation where the civil courts may be able to do something where the criminal court couldn't or wouldn't. And apparently this guy thinks that his money exempts him from accepting responsibility as a human being; so he should be hit where it hurts him.
He wasn't jailed because he was rich and gave alot to charity and most likely the judge got his share.
Dave

Round Lake, IL

#34 Aug 29, 2008
Just remember the judge's name - Thomas Tucker.
Rhymes with "corrupt f*cker"...
ENH

United States

#35 Aug 31, 2008
to the Talmage family: please sue him civilly and get some justice. The fattest envelope rules in court. despicable beyond belief. how is reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and manslaughter not criminal? cook county sucks.
American

Chicago, IL

#36 Aug 31, 2008
"Wanderling said Pocina had "never been arrested in his life" before the crash and had been an upstanding citizen who had done work raising money for charity."

The Judge Thomas Tucker Foundation I am sure.

One law for Them, another one for Us.

And Republicans cry that is "class warfare" to talk about such disgusting favoritism as this.
Clifton Clowers

Machesney Park, IL

#37 Aug 31, 2008
American wrote:
<quoted text>
White Privilege
Sadly you are correct. Correct as in G.W. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Limbaugh.....and many many more/
Laura

Berwyn, IL

#38 Aug 31, 2008
I will remember this come election time. Judge Thomas Tucker should never preside over another trial. As for Pocina, well he will have to deal with his own demons.
here kitty-kitty

Chicago, IL

#39 Sep 19, 2008
Is there any word from Kathleen's family on a civil suit?

Honestly, this is the biggest legal travesty I have heard in a long, long time.

Please spread the word far and wide to your fellow Chicago-ians, and anyone else. Do not re-elect Judge Tucker.
Agnes Blumgarten

Machesney Park, IL

#40 Sep 19, 2008
here kitty-kitty wrote:
Is there any word from Kathleen's family on a civil suit?
Honestly, this is the biggest legal travesty I have heard in a long, long time.
Please spread the word far and wide to your fellow Chicago-ians, and anyone else. Do not re-elect Judge Tucker.
In Cook county you can only vote on a judge's retention. A sixty per-cent no vote is needed to force the vacation of their office. Hopefully, this will be the outcome!
here kitty-kitty

Chicago, IL

#41 Sep 22, 2008
Agreed, Agnes. I am hoping enough people tell a friend, who will then tell a friend...

Being the daughter of an attorney, I know full well how these "agreements" are worked out and for something like this, it really disgusts me. this is literally a slap on the wrist to someone who KILLED another human being, and this excuse of a man doesn't have the manhood to stand up and acknowledge it. How brave he must be to hide for over 3 weeks and have his family and friends lie for him.
rico

Chicago, IL

#42 Sep 22, 2008
Clifton Clowers wrote:
<quoted text> Sadly you are correct. Correct as in G.W. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Limbaugh.....and many many more/
What no Daley or Kennedy?

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