Teen Sentenced in Fatal Folsom Crash

Teen Sentenced in Fatal Folsom Crash

There are 41 comments on the News10 Sacramento story from Oct 5, 2007, titled Teen Sentenced in Fatal Folsom Crash. In it, News10 Sacramento reports that:

The second teen involved in a Folsom street racing crash that killed a beloved teacher was sentenced to six months in juvenile hall Friday.

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justice

Newport Beach, CA

#1 Oct 5, 2007
This is a joke. 6 months for killing someone?
bob

Auburn, CA

#2 Oct 5, 2007
why are the parnets alowing these young people too have these fast cars? whake up people, the parents need too share the blame!
Linda

Citrus Heights, CA

#3 Oct 5, 2007
I have to stop reading about this case, it makes my blood pressure go too high. 6 months and 800 hours of community service for taking someones life. This is beyond a joke as well as an insult to the victims family. Keep handing these dumb, no good punks these light sentences, and they will NEVER learn their lesson. I say put em away for life.
Scott

El Dorado Hills, CA

#4 Oct 5, 2007
"He was very remorseful," said the teen's uncle Brian Bendix. "He is very sorry and he took full responsibility for his actions."

"The younger generation needs to realize that accidents happen quickly," said Bendix. "One minute you think you are playing and the next minute you are responsible for your actions."

Remorse doesn't bring her back or pay the debt thats owed!
Responsibilty for ones actions mean thinking first. If these are the words of this killers family then its understable why he ACTED without concern for the lives of others. Six months is not the price for taking a life, it's just enough time get out of the public eye. Why do the stupid ones always walk away. My sympathy goes out to the McNew family.
vin944

Rancho Cordova, CA

#5 Oct 5, 2007
The problem with this juvenile system is that there is no recourse for your actions. If you play the game and you lose, you don't really lose. Juveniles get away with everything. Six months is nothing. He took her life and he said he's sorry. What if the judge sent him away for life and then he said he was sorry. The kid would be locked up for life, which is unfortunate, but how many other lives do you think this message would save. You wouldn't see this kind of deadly behavior (kids horsing around) anymore.
bob

Auburn, CA

#6 Oct 5, 2007
why doesen't anybody comment on parent responsibilty?
Linda

Citrus Heights, CA

#7 Oct 6, 2007
Scott wrote:
"He was very remorseful," said the teen's uncle Brian Bendix. "He is very sorry and he took full responsibility for his actions."
"The younger generation needs to realize that accidents happen quickly," said Bendix. "One minute you think you are playing and the next minute you are responsible for your actions."
Remorse doesn't bring her back or pay the debt thats owed!
Responsibilty for ones actions mean thinking first. If these are the words of this killers family then its understable why he ACTED without concern for the lives of others. Six months is not the price for taking a life, it's just enough time get out of the public eye. Why do the stupid ones always walk away. My sympathy goes out to the McNew family.
Scott, You picked up on the words spoken by the uncle the same way I did. What a cold man he sounded like. He refers to racing on a public street as "playing"? Sick, sick man.
JLR

Roseville, CA

#8 Oct 6, 2007
I saw the cars after this accident and this is just absurd that they get just 6 months in juvenile hall for this? Who lets a teenager drive cars like these? I feel like this is just a slap on the wrist for some rich, arrogant teenagers who probably won't learn from this at all. 6 months for murder?!?!?! This is insane.
shocked

Truckee, CA

#9 Oct 6, 2007
I am amazed that you can kill someone and get only a slap. The issue is our court system and our DA's office. Why weren't they tried as adults? Had this been Placer County, they would have gotten much stiffer penalties. We need to look at what happens in Sacramento and how the DA's office handles situations. One crime in our county and they get a slap. Same crime in another county and they get justice served. My deepest sympathies McNew family.
yata sacramento

United States

#10 Oct 6, 2007
Agree with allthe post's this is not a fair sentence !!SHOULD BE A LOT MORE.
Brenda

Stockton, CA

#11 Oct 6, 2007
One thing about teens, most of them not only don't think first, but to them, 6 months seems like forever. IMO, their sentences should be at LEAST 53 years - one year for each of that wonderful woman's life. But there is a reason, albeit unfair, that teens are given such light sentences. This is just one of many examples of most teens not having the capacity to handle the responsibility of driving, and everything that goes along with it. Just as we all wonder where a teen shooter gets his hands on a gun, I, too, wonder how much responsibility the parents played in these 2 having the vehicles to commit such a terrible crime.
Fifth Generation

United States

#13 Oct 6, 2007
Bob, Kel --- as a parent, I can tell you flat-out, that, no matter *what* the parents preference, if a teenager decides to do whatever stupid stunt comes into his/her head today, s/he's going to do it.

I seem to recall this incident taking place while the young people were presumably on their way home from school. Thus, the parents in this case would have been comfortably confident that the kiddies were doing just that -- coming home from school.

Unfortunately, they made some unwise decisions along the way.

Oh, granted, having expensive cars is definitely a bad idea with young and inexperienced drivers. Much better that each driver a clunker. At least until he's out of HS. Doubtless, the parents were thinking more of the safety of their own children than the possibility of having the vehicles stolen, or having that vehicle misused in this dreadful fashion.

That said, I have to agree with all of you that six months/800 hours does not begin to cover that young man's obligation to the McNew family.

Perhaps both young men should be called upon to write a letter of apology to the McNew family, every year, on the anniversary of the incident. For how long? How about for 53 years?

Not delivered directly to the family, of course, but passed through the hands of the Courts, both to ensure compliance, and to protect the McNew family.

We don't have enough teachers as it is. To lose so fine a teacher as Mrs. McNew is a double tragedy.
the news

Lincoln, CA

#14 Oct 6, 2007
I agree, parents need to be aware of what their children are doing. In this case, these two juveniles made their own bad decisions. Ones an adult and the other was almost an adult. If the six month sentence was nothing but chores, chores, chores,and more chores. I would not have a problem with six months. The entire court system needs to be fixed. If mommy and daddy do not want to punish their kids, then the judge needs to step up and do it.
smoke20

Winters, CA

#15 Oct 6, 2007
I feel that the punishment fit the crime. I have said it before, the teens were not 100% responsible for this crash.

That section of Iron Point is a straight away, the "mother/victim" should have been paying attention before she pulled out onto the road. If she was a decent driver and was paying attention she would have seen the cars racing & obviously not pulled out.

The teens do not deserve a prison sentence for this "one mistake".

Since: Sep 07

Sacramento

#16 Oct 6, 2007
smoke20 wrote:
I feel that the punishment fit the crime. I have said it before, the teens were not 100% responsible for this crash.
That section of Iron Point is a straight away, the "mother/victim" should have been paying attention before she pulled out onto the road. If she was a decent driver and was paying attention she would have seen the cars racing & obviously not pulled out.
The teens do not deserve a prison sentence for this "one mistake".
You say "One Mistake" these kids took someones life!!! DUMB@** They should not have been speeding in the first place! You must be a friend of these idiots! At least they will have to suffer conciously with this for the rest of their lives that they killed someone for a "mistake"
Jen

United States

#17 Oct 6, 2007
smoke20...what are you smoking? The woman killed wasn't at fault and the boys shouldn't have been racing down the street!
The boys who killed this woman showed they are not mature enough to have the privelege to drive. The kids involved in this incident need to receive a more appropriate punishment...more than six months in jail.
vin944

Rancho Cordova, CA

#18 Oct 6, 2007
smoke, If you play the game you must be prepared to lose. Where she pulled out from on Iron Point is about a blind spot as you can get. Furthest thing from a straightaway. She had already crossed the two west bound lanes and was hit in the median because he couldn't negotiate the curve at the speeds he was at. The skid marks may still be there. I see these punks racing all the time and the reason they do is because there is no recourse for their crime. They think it's commonplace. How about that guy that got locked up for 2nd deg murder after drunk driving and killing the Rocklin cop. Make you think twice before getting into the car after a few brewskies.
Joe Mama

United States

#19 Oct 6, 2007
Obviously these kids were not responsible enough to make sound decisions. The parents should share in the responsiblity and the punishment. There are too many idiotic parents out there who are happy to throw a set of keys at a child just because they can pass a drivers test. Parenting should not end just because the child can pass a test. If the parent doesnt share in the responsibility then the child should be tried as an adult.

Its people like mr smoke that makes the system fail. Sure, anyone can make a mistake. But doing something idiotic that is going to cause another human being to never take a breath of air again is beyond being "a mistake", its a crime with willfull intent.
bob

Auburn, CA

#20 Oct 6, 2007
Joe Mama, you are so right,parents take note!
SM Damery

AOL

#21 Oct 6, 2007
18yr(17 at the time?) makes a bad decision and a mom/teacher dies. Now do we as a society punish the kid-of course we do-do we ruin another life-no we don't. We know that Susan McNew would want this young man to learn,be remorseful and teach others to not make the bad choice he did. We need to educate and get away from the "punishment".

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