Man convicted in fatal hit & run to l...

Man convicted in fatal hit & run to learn his fate

There are 15 comments on the WPRI Providence and Rhode Island story from Sep 25, 2008, titled Man convicted in fatal hit & run to learn his fate. In it, WPRI Providence and Rhode Island reports that:

The man convicted of killing a soldier in a hit and run accident, should learn his fate Thursday.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WPRI Providence and Rhode Island.

Lindsay

Rumford, RI

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Justice has been service...My heart goes to the family of the victim.
kathy laforest

AOL

#8 Sep 25, 2008
i am the mother of norman soullier all the facts did not come out at trial or sentencing, my son was not drunk and had a concussion and because i took him right to the police station and not to the hosiptal his attorney would not put that in, and we have the hosiptal papers to prove it, my son did not know what had happened it happened so fast, no one knows my son he is nothing like what they protrayed him in court, it seems like this turned into a high profile case as the judge said and it should not have been its who you know.
Anne Corkran

Bennington, VT

#9 Sep 25, 2008
I find it funny that they say justice has been made. First of all Someone was drunk in this accident, which was not the defendent. 2nd he was also driving on a suspended licence. Also it called an accident where people should be forgiven. Now if the tables were turned and norman would have died you woouldn't even be writing about this.. I know that no one deserves to die and my heart does go out to the family. But there were many laws broken by the other driver also. And to put the blame all on one person is insane!!!! Not only was the sentence to long be he has to live with this for the rest of his life. Norman is one of the nicest, sweetest people I know. It is ashame that he is going to lose out on so much of his and his families lives.
Kim G

Chicopee, MA

#10 Sep 25, 2008
The media used sensationalism to slant the story and make Norman look like a "bad guy." Anyone who knows Norman knows what a hard worker he is and how remorseful he is of the events of that evening. I can't imagine the pain James family must feel and my heart does go out to them, but an accident is an unintended and unplanned event. A longer sentence will not bring him back - and it wouldn't matter if Norman spent 1 year or 10 years, the greatest punishment of all is living with what has happened. It is upsetting to know that the information regarding his concussion was not entered in court because I think the shock of an accident should very much have been part of the judges decision. My heart goes out to Norman's family and children who have been subjected to the state using to him to "send a message."
get your story right

Meriden, CT

#12 Sep 26, 2008
Norman was drinking that night he ran like a coward to hide from what he did. the hospitals were check and he never was at one. He has a prior history of driving records and drug abuse. He went around bragging how he would get off and had no remorse until he found out he had to do time. Jim's license was not suspended. I feel bad for his family but he has to do his time Jum and his family have to do life
Little Ron

Warwick, RI

#13 Sep 26, 2008
Why did Norman leave the scene of the accident? How could he NOT know he hit another car?
ruddy

AOL

#14 Sep 26, 2008
get your facts straight guy from cumberland he did not run like a coward and its funny the police didnt find him but his family did and he did not have his cell phone with him, he does not have prior history of drugs he got caught with some pot when he was 19 thats all, and we have the hosiptal records to show norman was there and we also have papers saying that the victim had a suspended license. and to little ron norman was in a large work truck the victim had a small car the only visible damage to the truck was the drivers side headlight and bumper.
little b

AOL

#15 Sep 26, 2008
I agree the victims family had alot of pull in the town and in the court system, and was surprised to find out that when the accident happened his friends that were behind him did not call the police they called the victims father fire chief of north smithfield, doesnt that seem strange, sounds like the scence could of been altered to me.
this is sad

Meriden, CT

#16 Sep 26, 2008
He had the best lawyer in RI, don't you think he would of used all the evidence everyone is talking about if it was true. It sounds like it would have been overwhelming in court and a lesser sentence would have been given
Kim G

Chicopee, MA

#17 Sep 26, 2008
Not all evidence can be presented in the courtroom. Both sides of the case are able to object and get evidence thrown out of court. That is a fact of the U.S. judicial system. Also, channel 12 is about reliable as fox news. The news station presents the story in a very slanted way to obtain viewers.

"get your story right" were you friends with Norman? I find it very hard to believe if Norman did not brag "how he would get off and had no remorse until he found out he had to do time" with his friends and family - that he would have bragged to you, a coward too afraid to post under his or her own name, and a stranger.

Concussion is a change in mental status caused by trauma (shock). It is accompanied by confusion, loss of memory, and, sometimes, loss of consciousness. Anyone ever been in shock after a car accident? I know I have and I didn't have a concussion.

The sentence is far too long and two wrongs do not make a right.
alice

Pascoag, RI

#19 Sep 27, 2008
hey guy from providence you must be some low life and have nothing better else to than make up crap .i guess you are talking about yourself maybe you need to get a boyfriend .ha ha ha He has a wife he doesnt go that way and know i will report you slime
Jacalyn

Plainville, MA

#22 Oct 7, 2008
I find the criminal system is bogues. A man kills someone though irrgance he only gets seven years I think the judge sould get seven years for sentencing him for that and parole in 26 months hell what wrong with the system a person with drug problems get almost life and killing with drunk driving rape gets a few years we have the wrong judges doing the wrong job. That person should have gotten 20 years for the lost of the person who was killed
Linda

Rumford, RI

#23 Oct 7, 2008
Jacalyn wrote:
I find the criminal system is bogues. A man kills someone though irrgance he only gets seven years I think the judge sould get seven years for sentencing him for that and parole in 26 months hell what wrong with the system a person with drug problems get almost life and killing with drunk driving rape gets a few years we have the wrong judges doing the wrong job. That person should have gotten 20 years for the lost of the person who was killed
I don't think we have the wrong judge doing the job. The problem is that money buy the law. If you have money, you will walk or will just get a slap on the wrist..
Amy

Cumberland, RI

#24 Nov 15, 2008
If anyone is interested in the truth, the fact is that Norman crossed the center median. He was not in control of his vehicle which resulted in Jimmy's death.(Any concussion would presumably have happened upon impact, and therefore had no bearing on actually causing him to cross the median.)

Whether or not Jim was drinking is irrelevent. If someone came into your house and shot you and you had been drinking is that person somehow less culpable? Your logic makes just about as much sense.

Yes, I called Jim's family; I did not call his father, I called his step-father ... who, by the way, is not a fire chief. This was AFTER the police had already been notified.(Yes, although I was in shock, I still had the fortitude to make a phone call.) God forbid something like this ever happen to you, I hope you have friends with sense enough to call you in hopes that you could be with your loved one when they take their last breath.

Furthermore, no family members were at the scene of the accident until after emergency personnel arrived, so you can rest easy knowing the scene was not tampered with. And, really, let's be honest; if your son died and you had "pull" wouldn't the person responsible be serving more than 24 months?

The fact of the matter is that two families have been destroyed and will never be the same. You can channel your anger into blame, but it will never change the results. Ultimately, Norman knows what happened and has to bear that cross on his own. No judge could ever impose a sentence more severe.
sorry

Pascoag, RI

#25 Oct 6, 2010
i feel so bad for the family of norman

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

North Smithfield Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News North Smithfield home robbed, suspects throw it... Jul 4 sarge251 1
I'm looking for a serious relationship Apr '17 Layne 1
News A Paranormal Investigation Is Revisited in Horr... (Oct '13) Mar '17 sexdude2000 2
News Popeyes is Coming to Woonsocket (Feb '16) Feb '17 Todd 5
News Two Teen Girls Face Child Porn Charges ... For ... (Mar '06) Feb '17 Phart Stupidly 1,108
Castle Luncheonette to re-open March 1st. 2016! (Feb '16) Jan '17 Hims Be 2
does anyone know anything about Nelson Olivier? (Aug '10) Jan '17 Hims Be 2

North Smithfield Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

North Smithfield Mortgages