Allentown man admits DUI death -- the...

Allentown man admits DUI death -- themorningcall.com

There are 24 comments on the The Morning Call story from Sep 26, 2007, titled Allentown man admits DUI death -- themorningcall.com. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A 21-year-old Allentown man pleaded guilty Tuesday to homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter for causing a crash last year that killed one passenger and injured another.

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Saddened

Levittown, PA

#1 Sep 26, 2007
This event has ended one life and saddened many others.
Chadsky

Souderton, PA

#2 Sep 26, 2007
What is wrong w/ the youth of today? This kid can think and re-think of how things might have ended up if he didn't drink and drive, behind bars for years. 5 to 10 years isn't enough.
It is over

New Castle, DE

#3 Sep 26, 2007
I think it is wake up time for this kid. He should go down for a long time. He has not learned anything from the first accident. I think 10 years should be enough to keep him from drinking and driving.
Just

Levittown, PA

#4 Sep 26, 2007
"Squires had a blood-alcohol content of 0.07 percent. Under state law, anyone under 21 with a content of 0.02 percent or higher can be charged with drunken driving.
"

For adults,.08 is the legal limit.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#5 Sep 26, 2007
Chadsky wrote:
What is wrong w/ the youth of today? This kid can think and re-think of how things might have ended up if he didn't drink and drive, behind bars for years. 5 to 10 years isn't enough.
It's not just kids (even though I don't consider a 20 year old as a "kid", myself); the other news story on this site today was about a 48 year old woman who was driving drunk and killed someone. These people who drive drunk and commit murder (and we all know drunk driving is wrong so, yes, I consider it murder) will be out on the streets after (maybe) a few years in jail. Meanwhile, their victims are dead FOREVER. Please, don't anyone say "we all make mistakes;" a "mistake" is when you lock your keys in your car, or forget your purse when you go to work. Killing someone is something else entirely.
concerned mom

AOL

#7 Sep 26, 2007
wow, what a tragedy to kill your friend and then go out and get caught again drunk driving, I wonder how many times he drove crunk and did not get caught?? Thank God he did not have an accident and kill someone that time.
Hogan

AOL

#8 Sep 26, 2007
The key question here (that The Morning Call will never ask, of course), is why would Lehigh County DA Jim Martin bargain away the appropriate charge in this case, Vehicular Homicide While Driving Under The Influence, for a defendant who got a 2nd DUI after killing someone? It's not like this guy earned himself a break with that 2nd DUI, right? Once again, DA Jim Martin demonstrates that he is, truly, the Best Friend Of Homicidal Drunk Drivers Everywhere. It's a crime that no one is running against him for reelection in November 2007.
Mother of teenager

Allentown, PA

#9 Sep 26, 2007
What a freaking joke our judicial system is. To even fathom the thought that this jerk will be free at any point in his life is just disguisting! This guy not only drove drunk once, but twice, if not more. And ALL he'll get is "jail time"! What did the Central Catholic kid get, oh' i'm sorry, a burial plot! Squires should get life in prison, without parole. He took a life, and affected the lives of many with his stupid, selfish actions. Way to go courts of the Lehigh Valley.
FLee BailysIrishCream

Northampton, PA

#10 Sep 26, 2007
Since when does DA Jim Martin consider the victim's family's wishes? Let me get this straight ... Martin went EZ on a drunk driver who killed someone because the victim's family "didn't want to see the kid in state prison?" I'm not buying this. What about DUI death victim families who wanted a harsher charge filed? Martin totally ignores them. And am I reading this correctly ... it seems like the victim's family who agreed to the lesser charge wasn't told about the defendant's 2nd DUI until AFTER they agreed to the lesser charge. Wow. Looks like Big Jim is fixing this case in plain sight. And watch ... nobody's gonna stop him.
Angry

Allentown, PA

#11 Sep 26, 2007
I'm sorry but this kid deserves to rot in jail forever. He took away someone else's freedom when he killed them why does he deserve to ever have his?
Denny

Blairstown, NJ

#13 Sep 26, 2007
TWO drunk driving arrests AND ONE DEATH CAUSED BY THIS PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING. This is the type that should be LOCKED UP FOR LIFE!!!!!! He's NEVER going to learn!!!
Mary

AOL

#14 Sep 26, 2007
unfortnately (alas the best laid plans of mice and men) jim Martin most likely (luck of the draw, darn) got the wrong judge here (Steinberg) and won't be able to follow through for whichever crony drinking golf buddy he promised to take care of here. Lucky for us.
Allentown

Allentown, PA

#18 Sep 26, 2007
The Mohney family has known about the second DUI since about June, and the parent's wishes are not the only reason the plea bargain was given. Take it from someone who was there.
FLee BailysIrishCream wrote:
Since when does DA Jim Martin consider the victim's family's wishes? Let me get this straight ... Martin went EZ on a drunk driver who killed someone because the victim's family "didn't want to see the kid in state prison?" I'm not buying this. What about DUI death victim families who wanted a harsher charge filed? Martin totally ignores them. And am I reading this correctly ... it seems like the victim's family who agreed to the lesser charge wasn't told about the defendant's 2nd DUI until AFTER they agreed to the lesser charge. Wow. Looks like Big Jim is fixing this case in plain sight. And watch ... nobody's gonna stop him.
Rick Heil

Oneonta, NY

#19 Sep 26, 2007
We will always miss you, Z-man...
Allentown

Allentown, PA

#21 Sep 26, 2007
I'm sure you know more than me buddy. Do you see the two from the accident everyday? Didn't think so.
Chris Mohney

United States

#22 Sep 26, 2007
Allentown wrote:
I'm sure you know more than me buddy. Do you see the two from the accident everyday? Didn't think so.
The Homicide while DUI was "dropped" because the hospital lost or never had the proper paperwork to maintain a chain of custody on the drivers blood. Once that charge was gone there was no plea bargain, Squires simply pled guilty to the balance of the charges. I told the reporter that yesterday when we spoke but she omitted it from the article. I obviously wish the whole truth had been printed. Thanks LVHC

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Since: Mar 07

been around

#24 Sep 26, 2007
Give the kid a break (only kidding). But he did fly the car 68 feet in the air!! I've never done that!!
Jon

Northampton, PA

#25 Sep 26, 2007
Mr. Mohney, thank you for the clarification on the chain of custody regarding the blood. This is incredible. As I see it, at least two things need to be investigated here. One, who was Morning Call reporter Debbie Garlicki protecting with her stunning omission of this part of your story? And two, was it really LVHC who mishandled the blood evidence (they do, after all, handle DUI death cases all too frequently; i.e., they do know the proper protocols) or did DA Jim Martin possibly have a hand in this "lost" evidence. I've heard rumors that Mr. Martin is long-time friends with a member of the defendant's family. Do you think Mr. Martin is trying to fix the case? His handling of many DUI death cases has been questionable ...
Chris Mohney

United States

#26 Sep 26, 2007
I didn't know that Jon...interesting, and thanks
turfrats

Louisville, CO

#27 Sep 26, 2007
Hogan wrote:
The key question here (that The Morning Call will never ask, of course), is why would Lehigh County DA Jim Martin bargain away the appropriate charge in this case, Vehicular Homicide While Driving Under The Influence, for a defendant who got a 2nd DUI after killing someone? It's not like this guy earned himself a break with that 2nd DUI, right? Once again, DA Jim Martin demonstrates that he is, truly, the Best Friend Of Homicidal Drunk Drivers Everywhere. It's a crime that no one is running against him for reelection in November 2007.
because the judicial system believes that people (except for sex offenders) can be rehabilitaed and again enter society and be a contributer.

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