Westerville man charged in mother's d...

Westerville man charged in mother's death

There are 24 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 20, 2009, titled Westerville man charged in mother's death. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Westerville man has been indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with an Athens County crash that killed his mother.

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Homer

Pickerington, OH

#1 Aug 20, 2009
You play you pay... what a shame
Charles Hortrey

Corona, CA

#2 Aug 20, 2009
Not. If I am on that jury there's no way I find him guilty of homicide. Nope. That is ridiculous. He is punished enough dealing with the fact he was responsible for his mother's death. Drunken driving, yes.
JWT

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 20, 2009
Charles Hortrey wrote:
Not. If I am on that jury there's no way I find him guilty of homicide. Nope. That is ridiculous. He is punished enough dealing with the fact he was responsible for his mother's death. Drunken driving, yes.
How could you not find him guilty if he KILLED his mother? Do you know the definition of guilty?
mark

Marion, OH

#4 Aug 20, 2009
you do the crime do the time and get over it hey maybe get 28 days like the NFL player
Liberty

Johnson City, NY

#5 Aug 20, 2009
My thought would be to ask the father, or other family members, what they feel is best. If they don't want the son prosecuted...then the government should stay out of this family's business.
tammy15

Westerville, OH

#6 Aug 20, 2009
Charles Hortrey wrote:
Not. If I am on that jury there's no way I find him guilty of homicide. Nope. That is ridiculous. He is punished enough dealing with the fact he was responsible for his mother's death. Drunken driving, yes.
The same could be said if he killed a complete stranger. He would have to live with the fact of knowing that also. Send him to court. And I hope you don't pull jury duty that week.
Marshall Tucker

Gaithersburg, MD

#7 Aug 20, 2009
Obviously we'll never know the truth, but one has to wonder, why his mother let him drive the car when he was intoxicated ?
OutragedOhioan

Benton Harbor, MI

#8 Aug 20, 2009
I bet this never would have happened if we had a law banning drinking and driving!! Oh, wait, we have that law and people still do it....hmmm, that's weird. Well, maybe we just need some more laws! Yeah, a law banning texting, and heck-fire, all cell phone usage, too! And eating and putting on makeup and remonstrating children and checking directions, too, all of it...a law against all of it for our own protection!! And while we're at it, let's make a law that says if you don't have your hands at 10 and 2, you can be fined up to $500, and that if your tire tread it too low, you go to jail for a mandatory 60 day sentance.
lester

United States

#9 Aug 20, 2009
It has been arbitrarily decided when a person is legally drunk. In fact, that level of alcohol in the blood gets changed from time to time. It is ridiculous to base things like this case on something as arbitrary as THE STATE's fiat decision about when somebody is drunk. Down with tyranny.
ANON

Rochester, NY

#10 Aug 20, 2009
Well, have you ever thought that maybe his mother was impaired also? Don't judge til you KNOW the facts.
ANON

Rochester, NY

#11 Aug 20, 2009
The jury will learn of all the facts, so let's allow THEM to judge him, not us. All of his history will come to light during this trial and justice will be served, period. You don't know if this person is "living with guilt" or not. Do you know the dynamic of the family? Like I said, the jury will do the deciding.
Outraged

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 20, 2009
This is all crazy talk. There is a law against drinking and driving for a reason. No we don't know the whole story. If the mother was drunk ... still the son thought he was ok to drive. If he is a grown man (even though he was her son) he took it upon himself to get behind the wheel of the car. They have taxi's all over. He should have call one or called someone else to pick them up. If he loves his mother the way any child should ... he should have thought about it before he drove. I know he will feel guilty all his life about his decision. But again there is a law that prohibits driving while intoxicated and it is there for a reason. As for his family I am sure they probably do not want him going to jail, but later he can say he has paid for his crime.
ANON

Rochester, NY

#13 Aug 20, 2009
TO "OUTRAGED": We can go back and forth on this one all day. I ABSOLUTELY agree with you... I can't say more on this except: Impaired driving is impaired driving is impaired driving! But ---- again, the jury will learn the whole truth! And justice WILL be served. I believe in the system....... sometimes.

Since: Jun 09

United States

#14 Aug 20, 2009
How drunk was mom if she couldn't drive?
Wow

Chillicothe, OH

#15 Aug 20, 2009
I am 26, and my heart goes out to Chris. I mean, everyone should know, he didn't do this intentionally. I am sure he could've made better decsions, because I refuse to drink and drive. I just know that the poor guy lost his mother, and now has to live with being the one that took her life.
LAA

Grove City, OH

#16 Aug 20, 2009
OutragedOhioan wrote:
I bet this never would have happened if we had a law banning drinking and driving!! Oh, wait, we have that law and people still do it....hmmm, that's weird. Well, maybe we just need some more laws! Yeah, a law banning texting, and heck-fire, all cell phone usage, too! And eating and putting on makeup and remonstrating children and checking directions, too, all of it...a law against all of it for our own protection!! And while we're at it, let's make a law that says if you don't have your hands at 10 and 2, you can be fined up to $500, and that if your tire tread it too low, you go to jail for a mandatory 60 day sentance.
Actually, I think the government needs to protect us from driving automobiles, period. Think of the lives that would be saved if driving were outlawed. I'm sure our current leaders see the wisdom in this and are moving in this direction.
Hurting

Westerville, OH

#17 Aug 20, 2009
He did love his mother...very much!! Yes she was drunk. He did call someone.Funny how they don't mention that this happened on the day we had the worst ice storm.No one would or could come and get them. They could have sat there and froze to death. He drank much earlier in the day and ate nothing because the family was busy.This man has children and a family. He is not an alcoholic he is a good person and father. He hurts everyday. We all do. If you have never been in this situation and do not understand the pain then you should not leave a comment. It does not matter if a jury finds him guilty. He is eternally punished with the loss of his mother.He did not intentionally kill his mother. I know that the last thing she would ever want would be for her child to be put away for this.
Hurting

Westerville, OH

#18 Aug 20, 2009
lester wrote:
It has been arbitrarily decided when a person is legally drunk. In fact, that level of alcohol in the blood gets changed from time to time. It is ridiculous to base things like this case on something as arbitrary as THE STATE's fiat decision about when somebody is drunk. Down with tyranny.
Thank you for that. Family that was in the car all know the truth. No one would have let that happen if it was thought he was truly "intoxicated" maybe the alcohol level was high, but for him he was not non-functioning.
Yep

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 20, 2009
JWT wrote:
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How could you not find him guilty if he KILLED his mother? Do you know the definition of guilty?
Do you know the definition of common sense. Two wrongs don't make a right. Do you think the mother would want him jailed?
Big Hank

Cleveland, OH

#20 Aug 21, 2009
I doubt he gets convicted of murder, and the family testimony will make sure of that. My heart goes out to all involved, and yes - he made a mistake - but to live with the feelings of guilt over an error in judgment is something much worse than any jail time he may get. Most of the readers have gotten behind a wheel when they should not have, so think twice before casting the first stone.

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