Man won't face felony in death of pedestrian

Jul 26, 2009 Full story: Centre Daily Times

Prosecutors have decided there is not enough evidence to pursue a felony charge against driver Michael Babin Jr., who police say briefly left the scene of the March 7 crash that killed disabled pedestrian Scott Hilliard.

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Appleton, WI

#1 Jul 29, 2009
Sad about the death, but the criminal justice system isn't a personal revenge machine, it is the machine that the state uses to address violations of the state. Civil courts are where INDIVIDUAL justice occurs.
Angela Jackson

New Freedom, PA

#2 Jul 30, 2009
So Gary you said that the justice systems isn't a personal machine which I agree, but the Centre county justice system is corrupt and has been for years. I live in Clearfield county and I can tell you that Babin would have been arrested for leaving the scene of the accident. We have not only a lawyer in the family but also a retired detective state police department, who is helping us in deciding which road to take as far as a civil suit.

Escanaba, MI

#3 Jul 30, 2009
Angela Jackson wrote:
We have not only a lawyer in the family but also a retired detective state police department, who is helping us in deciding which road to take as far as a civil suit.
There you go. It's what we have in the US; maybe it's not ideal, but it's better than any of the other countries.
Brian Schultz

Clarence, PA

#4 Jan 22, 2010
Mr. Babin did indeed flee the scene and there is more to this situation that reported in the press of which none is to Mr. Babin's advantage. I agree with Mr Groux in that the criminal justice system is not for personal revenge however I live in Centre county and am well aware of the very corrupt law enforcement officers and district attorney. Did anyone ever stop to think that Mr. Hilliard may have been discriminated against in his death by who he was in his life by law enforcement and the DA due to issues such as race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual preference etc in the fact that Mr. Babin was so 'babied' and 'hand held'. Vicitms of crime are often discriminated against due to law enforcement seeing them as less than desirable and not worthy of an aggressive investigation, arrest and charges against their killer. Just ask any black man killed by any white man in NYC. Mr. Hilliard is being discriminated against due to who he was and was judged not worthy by law enforment and the DA. They may even think Mr. Babin did the community a favor. Much, much more to this than in the press. Dirty, corrupt and prejudiced centre county. If Mr. Hilliard were wealthy, affluent, lived in an expensive home and were a professional Mr. Babin would be a convicted felon.

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