Woman charged in fatal accident free ...

Woman charged in fatal accident free on bail...

There are 13 comments on the Capitalnews9.com story from Dec 26, 2006, titled Woman charged in fatal accident free on bail.... In it, Capitalnews9.com reports that:

A Latham woman accused in a deadly drunk driving accident is now free on bail. Megan Vogel, 22, was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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Laura

Troy, NY

#1 Feb 12, 2007
I think its not right how shes out on bail. she killed my grandmother.Its messed up how they let someone that was drinking and driving out on bail. it should of been more then 75,000 bail.Her whole family misses her.i love you grandma <333
Tonya

Delmar, NY

#2 May 7, 2007
I have to agree. I can't believe you can kill someone and then be sitting home watching t.v. days later. Her children will always miss her, the person responsible for killing their Mom shouldn't be living her life as usual.

I hope Megan thinks about what she’s done, the life she took, everyday for the rest of her life.

Donna, you will be missed!!
beccky

Newburgh, NY

#3 May 19, 2007
she is a person too, killing someone by drinking and driving doesnt make it okay, or justify her freedom. but her jail sentence is a lost of her freedom. she is going to pay. the world would think differently if it was you going to jail. your mom and dad wouldnt think it was fair if it was you. remember there are ALWAYS too sides to a coin...you could someday be on the other side....Megan will not have a chose but to be reminded of that night everyday of her life, does she need the added pressure? My heart goes out to all involved.
James

Albany, NY

#4 May 20, 2007
Megan is going to pay a very high price for this incident. As a class D Felon, her sentence will be 2 and a half to seven years in state prison. Parole boards from what I have heard do not let DWI offenders off early, especially if manslaughter is involved. If her behavior is good in prison, my prediction is that she will be paroled after 5 years. Then she will have 2 years of parole to complete the total of the 7 year sentence. The 2 years of parole will be miserable when she gets out. No drinking alcohol, no driving for 6 months (after paroled), after the 6 months of license revokation (which is the least of her worries), she will be required to obtain full time employment for the two years on parole, probably will have a "curfew" at the age of 27, and will have to report to a parole officer each week or more for 2 years. If she does try to get relicensed to drive after the 6 months of revokation she will have to have an ignition interlock on any car that she may drive legally for 2 years. As a felon, it will be unlikely that she will be able to obtain a professional job, or a "decent" one for a very long time if ever. She won't even be able to obtain a job in most restaurants, because many serve alcohol. She won't be allowed to work at an establishment that serves alcohol while on parole unless she gets something called a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities by a judge. That will be hard to come by I believe because she caused a death from the DWI crash. She'll be about 29 years old when she is truely a "free" person again. Then she'll have to start from scratch rebuilding her life again, coming to terms with her life at that point, and meanwhile attending "treatment" for alcoholism and going to AA meetings during the 2 years of parole. At that point if she's lucky enough to meet and keep a boyfriend/husband, she will be older by the time she gets to have kids if she wants them (most women want kids). She'll be in her 30's probably by the time that happens, if it does. She'll probably have a lot of depression and self-loathing for the next 5 years in prison, the 2 years on parole, and building her life back up after that's over, if she is even able to. This young 22 year old girl (maybe 23 by now) will have lost her youth and be highly stressed for over a decade. The Megan Vogel of December 23, 2006 is basically dead. A different person will surface in about 7 to 10 years, good or bad, but will be a different person with the same name. If anyone thinks Megan is not paying enough for what she did, they are wrong. She is going to pay BIG TIME. Compared to the life she could have had, she is going to have a very rough life for quite a while. I am not advocating DWI and manslaughter in any way, but to think she is not going to pay enough for what she did is not accurate at all. She is up against the biggest challenge of her life for mere survival. I feel very badly for her.
frances

Syracuse, NY

#7 Sep 4, 2008
for me to feel bad for megan.. well i figure it this way.. we all have to make choices. she chose to make the wrong one. we get our license and we know we are up against. if you dont you shouldnt have it in the first place. at least she is young and has her life ahead of her. my sister doesnt. she didnt have the choice to live a longer life and enjoy more years with her children and grandchildren. i feel she chose this path, she needs to deal with everything that gets thrown her way. just as donnas family has to deal with our loss...

Since: Jun 08

Albany, NY

#8 Sep 5, 2008
She needs to LOSE all privileges of life. She CHOSE to drink and KILL so why should she have any rights at all the rest of her days?? She deserves to have NONE just like the lady she killed. Megans family suffering means nothing in comparison to the families lives she's affected with her stupidity.
My best friends daughter was in that car and begged Megan to let her out. Megan would NOT. She's a reckless idiot and needs to pay the ultimate. Do you all know who her father is??? THATS why she's gotten off practically scott free! Justice in America is no more.
ALL drunk drivers caught need to spend 6 months in jail, period. Maybe they'd think twice if they lost their jobs and more BEFORE they took an innocent life.
MRAC77

Clifton Park, NY

#9 Dec 27, 2008
I DON'T THINK THAT MEGAN PLANNED TO KILL SOMEONE THAT NIGHT IN DECEMBER OF 2006. YET THE FACT REMAINS SHE DID. THE REASON SHE DID THIS WAS BECAUSE SHE HAD A FIGHT WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND DECIDED TO TRY AND DRINK AWAY HER SADNESS AND OR ANGER. AS WE CAN ALL SEE THAT WAS THE WRONG CHOICE AND IT ENDED UP TAKING SOMEONE'S LIFE AND THAT ISN'T RIGHT. I AM 100% AGAINST DRINKING AND DRIVING AND I MYSELF DO NOT DRINK WHICH MAKES THIS WHOLE INCIDENT THAT MUCH MORE HARD TO TAKE. MY GOOD FRIEND'D GIRLFRIEND WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER WHO JUST HIT HER AND LEFT HER FOR DEAD ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. IN MY OPINION THE ALBANY COUNTY DA SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE THE PENALTIES STIFFER FOR THOSE WHO MAKE SUCH POOR DECISIONS AND DRINK AND DRIVE.
erika

South Orange, NJ

#10 Jan 2, 2012
She could care less that this has happened she still drinks and doesn't drive only because she can't I was in prison with her she has no remorse for what she has done its unfair
Frances

Troy, NY

#11 Dec 25, 2012
No remorse huh? I gave her a chance to meet me and apologize for what she did but was taken back by my request. I didnt feel she was sorry at her sentencing.. She also got out early on good behavior.. It has been six years yesterday since she has been gone.. now I see this post and makes me angry that if she is not remorseful who is to say she wont do this again? She could have killed many others .. and she doesnt give a shit?
Frances

Troy, NY

#12 Dec 25, 2012
I am from Troy NY.. NOT BOLTON LANDING.
kab28

United States

#13 May 3, 2013
I was in with Megan too worked with her even. She did show remorse for her actions. More remorse than some of the other ppl that were in there. She took advantage of programs that were offered in there and got herself into college. Its hard to judge someone's remorse because u need to act hard in there a lot of the time. I must say when I first met Megan I felt indifferent towards her. She's not a bad girl though. She's actually very smart and this life experience deff made her realize her wrongs and turn her into a better person. I am sorry for the loss the family has suffered because of her actions. Megan is not the monster some make her out to be though. She is very sorry for the life she took. And maybe she just wants to move on with her life instead of having this constantly thrown in her face. We live everyday with our guilt and shame while trying to get our lives back. We don't need reminders
erika

Lawrence, MA

#14 May 22, 2013
If she didnt cry to me and tell me she shouldnt be in jail and missing out on her life she was just some old cab driver i wouldnt feel that way
mt riga

Watervliet, NY

#15 Apr 25, 2014
Her father is a big loser that why she it too

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