Vet given 4 years in hit-and-run

Vet given 4 years in hit-and-run

There are 158 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from May 21, 2008, titled Vet given 4 years in hit-and-run. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Area veterinarian Rachel Easterly apologized to Tommy Sullivan Jr.'s family Wednesday before a judge sentenced her to four years in prison for striking the 15-year-old with her car and driving away.

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Kamikaze USMC

United States

#1 May 22, 2008
I am sorry that she did not get 15.

"Error in judgement." Jeez. She drove off hoping not to face it.

I guess this is the popular phrase these days among attorneys. "My client robbed a bank but naturally it was an error in judgement."

The good news the games have just begun. She will face civil proceedings that will wipe her out financially and she will lose her practice, her home, and most things around her. So hell will come to visit her on earth. If only she had stayed at the scene. Her fault or not, she should have faced it.
This sentence given seems fair if she had rendered aid and comfort and stayed at the scene.

Arm chair judging is fun, but I don't know all the facts of the case either. Only this newspapers version.
Very Disappointed

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 May 22, 2008
I am very disapointed in our judicial system that allows a person like this the commit a crime and get away with it.She should have been giving a least 10yrs in prison.Is it because she is a veterintarian?
If it was an "average"person would the sentenced be the same? I think not.If she didn't know what she hit then why would she first,clean her car with solvent and leave it covered and second try to get a car repair person to come to her house to repair the damages sounds like guilt to me.Then the defense attorney had the nerve to say she had a lapse in character there are millions of killers in jail serving longer than 4yrs that had a lapse in character.My heart goes out to the Sullivan family because this "animal" left their son to die in a gully while she sobered up,washed the car and tryed to get it repaired.Then she had the nerve to say she forgives Mr Sullivan how noble of her.What he did was wrong but justified but what she did was simply unjust.
u2dam

Pawleys Island, SC

#3 May 22, 2008
To light of a sentence...this is a person's life taking forever...and she tried to sneak away and get off scott free....I can see why the father went haywire a while back...
seabone

Myrtle Beach, SC

#4 May 22, 2008
She should lose her license to practice medicine - of any kind. She did not attempt to render aid nor even call 911 for someone else to help this innocent child. She took an oath. She chose to completely disregard it and even have simple human decency and she also knowingly took a life and ruined a family. No matter what her prison sentence, she should lose her medical license.
The father, who is alive, obviously feels more anger and rage than most people can even imagine. He's being punished with every breath.
I hope that he will find a way to come to terms with her reprehensible behavior and realize that anger kills, too: it's just more slowly. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy.
Mr. Sullivan will remain in that darkness or he can CHOOSE to be in the light.
I pray the whole family will choose to walk in the light. With counseling, it is possible. Don't give her any more of you.
Bless you Tommy and your family.
penny

Summerville, SC

#5 May 22, 2008
I think she should have gotten the full sentence!
GOLFLVR

Moseley, VA

#6 May 22, 2008
IMPEACH THE JUDGE. This is just more evidence that in South Carolina promenent people can get away with murder.
Local 5-0

Hilton Head Island, SC

#7 May 22, 2008
Four years? Are you kidding me? She hits a child, and leaves him to die in the ditch for hours and hours. What kind of sick perosn is she, and what kind of sick person is the judge in this case? I hope she gets her ass beat in prison on a daily basis and left for dead day after day. The world would be better off if if she were to just junp in front of a speeding car herself and die. People would like that, I know I would!
business as usual

Irving, TX

#8 May 22, 2008
Just another case of if you have money you can get away with anything. I hope the judge is as nice to the victim's father for his lapse of judgment, but somehow I doubt it.
SHOVELHEAD

Glendale Springs, NC

#9 May 22, 2008
It goes to show the justice system aint worth a hoot any more. The kids dad knew this would happen that is why he took the action he did i hope sincerely she looses everything she has in civil court.
Cliff

Conway, SC

#10 May 22, 2008
We should all be in prayer for both Easterly and the family who has lost a son. Two wrongs don't make a right. I agree that she should not have left the scene and tried to cover up what she did, but who knows what we would have done in the same situation, drunk or not. When something like that happens, we like to think we would do the right thing, but you make a decision in that split second, then you live with it. And when you make the wrong decision, you probably go thru Hell on Earth every moment.
non biased

Pelion, SC

#11 May 22, 2008
Am I reading about a different case? What she did to Thomas Sullivan was an accident. What she did afterwards was a crime. She is NOT be punished for killing the child, she is being punished for covering it up. It was AN ACCIDENT.
What the father of Tommy did was PRE-MEDITATED attempted murder, firing at a police officer and deserves life in prison. This paper and TV stations have fanned the flames of hate. Why don't they send some of that against someone who WILLFULLY tried to kill people?
Carl

Marietta, GA

#12 May 22, 2008
I'm with most of y'all on this. If this was any normal joe-blow on the street, it'd be a life sentence. Or at least something close. This woman (if you can call her that, due to the fact it denotes a touch of humanity) committed vehicular homicide. Then very calculatingly attempted to cover it up. She never turned herself in for the crime, she was found. If this was me, they'd have me sent up the river for pretty close to life. It was known she was drinking, although since it was 10 days later, they couldn't hang her for D.U.I.. Now what? The man who owns Wild Wing Cafe, who was drunk when he killed that biker about 2 weeks ago, will he receive a ruler slap on his wrist???? I hope not!
Laurie Ronan

Conway, SC

#13 May 22, 2008
Where has justice been served!!? This women admits to killing this boy! This sentence is a joke!
Yeah right

Conway, SC

#14 May 22, 2008
It was NOT an accident! If she simply hit a pedestrian she would have stopped. Why did she run? Did she have something to hide? WAS SHE DRUNK? If so then it is MURDER because even an idiot knows that drunk driving can kill. Four years is a complete travesty of justice. Is the judge on the take? Is his precious dog one of her paitents?

OUTRAGEOUS!!!! She willfully left that child to die in a ditch. A DITCH!!!! That is MURDER!!!!
Carl

Marietta, GA

#15 May 22, 2008
Accident!!!??? This was no accident... An accident is something that happens that is uncontrollable. This was totally controllable. No, this was simple stupidity. If you go out drinking, and you hit something...(Car... person... etc.) You deserve the full extent of punishment the law can dish out. Taxi cabs are there for a reason. Use them!!!!
dr justice

Columbia, SC

#16 May 22, 2008
not nearly enough time
Disappointed

Myrtle Beach, SC

#17 May 22, 2008
For his emotional distress at the time, Sullivan, Sr. should receive the same sentence or less. But I bet you his punishment will be much harsher. I feel for the Sullivan family to know that in 4 years this woman will be out on the streets and putting her life back together. During her 4 years in prison, Easterly should have a life size poster of Sullivan, Jr. on the ceiling of her cell and his face should be the last thing she sees before closing her eyes at night and she should have to wear his picture with the words, 'my poor judgment killed this young man', while doing her 500 hours of community service. In other words, public humiliation should be her sentence.
Carl in Murrells Inlet

Marietta, GA

#18 May 22, 2008
And by the way... I'm quite certain she cried. But, I am also quite certain she cried solely because she was caught. I'd love to hear from people worked for her, during the 10 days before she was found. How was her demeanor during that time????
Not surprised

Frankewing, TN

#19 May 22, 2008
Accident!!! Yes let's please not hold anyone accountable for their actions. Obviously it is the good 'ol boy AND GOOD 'OL GIRL system.
equalizor

Myrtle Beach, SC

#20 May 22, 2008
Can you believe this good old boy system? This one got drunk, ran over a child, and left the boy in a ditch to die seven hours after the accident and she will be back on the street in only a couple of years with good behavior. This is a prime example of the good old boy system at work. I hope the family will sue her in civil court and they should get one of the good old boy lawyers, if they want to win here in Horry(good old boy) County. What a joke folks; this verdict is unbelievable.

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