A decade after fatal N.C. crash, emotions remain strong

There are 20 comments on the Apr 7, 2009, PilotOnline.com story titled A decade after fatal N.C. crash, emotions remain strong. In it, PilotOnline.com reports that:

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lady biker

Clayton, NC

#307 Oct 9, 2012
John Rentz wrote:
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Dude:
What happened was a tragic crime. It was a tragic crime that called for the severe punishment of the offender. However, I am not aware of any drunk driving death in America that has been punished as severely as Ms. Marvin has been punished She has been imprisoned since 1999, and will not be eligible for release until more decades have passed. I think she should be released now with time served.
Dude:
yes, what happened was a tragic crime, crime being the operative word. this happened to be Ms. Marvin's 3rd DUI, the first 2 were plead down to reckless driving. as one who was at the scene, in the middle of the scene, i don't think she got enough time.

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#308 Oct 10, 2012
lady biker wrote:
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Dude:
yes, what happened was a tragic crime, crime being the operative word. this happened to be Ms. Marvin's 3rd DUI, the first 2 were plead down to reckless driving. as one who was at the scene, in the middle of the scene, i don't think she got enough time.
Thank you for your comment. I am aware of Ms. Marvin's record.

Do you know of any comparable offense in America that has been punished as severely as Ms. Marvin's?

I do not.
Observer

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#309 Oct 10, 2012
In November 2010, Corey Lamar Henderson of Louisburg, NC was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in a fatal drunken driving wreck.

Prosecutors said Henderson, 34, was intoxicated on Aug. 29, 2009, when his car hit and killed Eddie Ogburn, 28, on Old Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

Henderson had two previous driving while impaired convictions, prosecutors said.

Pretty similar case.
Observer

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#310 Oct 10, 2012
Sorry..

Henderson = 30 years for 1 life.
Marvin = 14.5 per life

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#311 Oct 11, 2012
Observer wrote:
Sorry..
Henderson = 30 years for 1 life.
Marvin = 14.5 per life
Nothing for you to be sorry about.

I disagree with the consecutive sentencing that Ms. Marvin received. There are predators who commit very serious crimes, who in total will serve much less time than Ms. Marvin. Mr. Henderson may receive good time credits that will result is his early release, and may be released after serving 25.5 years, or thereabouts. Ms. Marvin's with good time credits may be released after serving 51 years, or thereabouts.

I do not have a problem with punishment for violent crimes, and I consider drunk driving a violent crime, particularly when it involves the death of an innocent person. I do have a problem with over punishment, and strongly feel that Ms. Marvin is being over punished.
Observer

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#312 Oct 11, 2012
It was a horrible accident that could have been prevented if only MM would have learned her lessons from the two previous DWI charges.

People blame the state for not following through with the original DWIs. People actually blamed the parents of the children for allowing 17 year olds to be in a car together although they were doing nothing wrong.

The only person to blame is MM.

With that being said, I too believe the punishment was too harsh in regards to the consecutive sentencing. I DO NOT believe there was enough time given for each life that she took but I also believe that since this was all out of 1 accident, it should not have been a consecutive sentencing case.

I believe a political example was made of her and I also believe she could do better on the outside than on the inside.

Finally, I believe that if there was a possibility of a reduction in the sentence, 95% of the recommendation should have to come from the parents of the lost children.

If the parents believe should be released early, then I believe that would hold a lot of weight.

Personally however, I don't think the conversation should even be talked about for another 15/18 years though.
long distance

United States

#313 Nov 22, 2012
Missy Marvin was an alcoholic. When she drank, she lost every last strand of judgment; under the influence, she couldn't stay away from a vehicle any more easily than she could have stopped breathing. Her real mistake was not to get clean after the first wake-up call, the first DUI.
Without a doubt, the primary tragedy-- dwarfing all other considerations-- was the loss of 4 innocent lives, wholly due to her recklessly poor decisions, to her repeated mistakes. But those of us who knew Missy can vouch for a (distant) secondary tragedy: the loss of a genuinely kind, bright, joyful, funny person who, if she had been able to address her alcoholism... if she hadn't made hopelessly poor decisions... may have done some good in this world.
To the families of the four deceased: our tears fall with yours, more than 10 years later.
To those on this board who are filled with anger, I refer you to Mavy Stoddard, who lost her husband when a deranged Jared Loughner went on a rampage in 2011. At Mr. Loughner's sentencing, she said "You took away my life.... And my reason for living. And you did this because you wanted to," Stoddard told Loughner. But then, she added, "I forgive you."
A wise woman, she.
Beach Cab Driver

Portsmouth, VA

#314 Feb 2, 2013
That's what I thought. I also still think that the conditions and positions of the vehicles defy the laws of physics, given the described accident. I also find if hard to believe that she is in prison for life for an accident. A perversion of both the laws of physics and the laws of North Carolina.
Beach Cab Driver

Portsmouth, VA

#315 Feb 2, 2013
What I thought: genuinely kind, bright, joyful, funny person

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#316 Feb 3, 2013
I understand all the mistakes MM made. And more than once. Normally DUI deaths are deemed "manslaughter". MM was charged with Murder. The prosecutors got away with overcharging MM so they could climb the ladder.

So Missy is rotting away in prison, essentially for the rest of her life. Is everybody happy?
Steves bottle

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#317 Feb 3, 2013
Beach Cab Driver wrote:
That's what I thought. I also still think that the conditions and positions of the vehicles defy the laws of physics, given the described accident..
What don't you understand?

The kids were on on Ocean Bay Blvd (Colington rd.) at the stop light facing west towards Colington Harbor. MM was traveling north on the bypass headed towards Colington intersection. The light turned green for the kids and when they went forward, they were struck by MM who went through her red light.
doormat

Fayetteville, NC

#318 Feb 3, 2013
turn her loose, take down the monument..
Citizen

Candler, NC

#319 Feb 3, 2013
She deserved every bit of her sentence. What if those were your girls or boys killed? Think about it. They will never do anything on earth again.
MM had her chances. 3 strikes your out.
She will at least see the sun shine and exit prison before she dies. But she doesn't deserve to.
Not when a $10 cab ride could've saved all of this.
What a selfish b!tch
Jerry

Manteo, NC

#321 Feb 4, 2013
My heart goes out to all involved. It was a very hard time for this community and our visitors from up north. Those crosses are inappropriate on so many levels. You would think all involved would like to remove the road distraction from the DOT right of way, and not cause another accident there. DOT and KDH throw each other under the bus when asked whose jusridiction it would be in to get them removed for public safety. Every year I put a cross up for Missy Marvin there, who lost her life that day also, as far as she is concerned. Someone takes it down, take the others with you. Sorry for this loss.
doormat

Fayetteville, NC

#322 Feb 5, 2013
very well said jerry..
biker lady

Wilson, NC

#323 Feb 5, 2013
Beach Cab Driver wrote:
That's what I thought. I also still think that the conditions and positions of the vehicles defy the laws of physics, given the described accident. I also find if hard to believe that she is in prison for life for an accident. A perversion of both the laws of physics and the laws of North Carolina.
Have you ever seen an accident where 1 car was t-boned by another car? I have.
mike truth

Kitty Hawk, NC

#324 Feb 5, 2013
I see Missy has many friends coming to her defense on this forum. My question is, Where was your concern when she was drinking and driving? She was caught twice before. But how many times did she actually commit the crime and didn't get caught. I don't let my friends drink and drive. She murdered 4 people. Four people who were just starting their lives. And you are complaining that she life in prison. REALLY?
fobx

Warren, OH

#325 Feb 5, 2013
I read about and see police officers drive under the influence. So don't act like you all are so perfect . That accident could have happened at that intersection without anyone drinking. All 4 sides of that light should stay red for about 10 seconds. The local know better then to pull out there without looking but not everyone does

Since: Apr 09

Kitty Hawk, NC

#326 Feb 6, 2013
Actually fobx, sometimes the local lights do have a delay, probably as a result of this infamous accident. The bypass/Kitty Hawk Rd intersection is just about as dangerous as the Colington rd intersection and sometimes (I think the cops can turn it on) the lights in all 4 directions are red for quite a few seconds. I think it's a good idea.

After that accident I take a bit more time looking both directions when I get a green.
The Real Russ Lay

Elizabeth City, NC

#327 Feb 6, 2013
To the person in pot #320-you are both a coward and immature. Keep it up and you will find yourself on the other end of a lawsuit. If you have any courage, tell us who you really are. I'd be more than happy to meet you--in person.

Russ Lay
Outer Banks Voice
Nags Head, NC

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