Wrong-way driver kills Wisconsin girl...

Wrong-way driver kills Wisconsin girl, 14

There are 23 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 12, 2009, titled Wrong-way driver kills Wisconsin girl, 14. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 14-year-old girl is killed by a suspected drunken driver going the wrong way on a Winnebago County highway.

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Danny Boy

Cottage Grove, MN

#1 Jan 12, 2009
I am sure he will get what he deserves...60 days in jail, with full cable and then 3 years probation.....

cases like this should result in immediate sentencing to DEATH, no questions asked...why should he be able to walk away after taking someone elses life?..I am sure he will be behind the wheel soon and driving drunk once more....you know it will be true as does the judge who will set him free...how sad but, infortunatley, how true.......
Christopher Mankey

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 12, 2009
Why is it the drunk driver seems to be the one who survives these crashes? Something wrong with this picture. Maybe some prosecutors should grow a pair and do what they recently did in New York - bump the charge up to 2nd degree murder under the concept of "depraved indifference." A 25-to-life sentence would be more fitting than the year or so of probation these perps tend to get around here.
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 12, 2009
Christopher Mankey wrote:
Why is it the drunk driver seems to be the one who survives these crashes? Something wrong with this picture. Maybe some prosecutors should grow a pair and do what they recently did in New York - bump the charge up to 2nd degree murder under the concept of "depraved indifference." A 25-to-life sentence would be more fitting than the year or so of probation these perps tend to get around here.
There's a theory that because the person is drunk that their muscles are more relaxed and therefore they don't suffer as much injury in a crash.

As to prison time, if it's a first time offense that doesn't cause death then I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but if they get caught DWI again then throw the book at them.
Tinker Bell

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jan 12, 2009
A suspected drunken driver. What if this person was texting or talking on the cell phone instead, would the above posters be demanding the same penalties?
Well well well

Maple Plain, MN

#5 Jan 12, 2009
Driving drunk, or talking on the phone or texting, if you cannot control what your doing and you hurt someone you should suffer for that, it is really sad that a young girl is gone cause of the blatant disregard for the actions of someone else, and truly to be driving while drunk should be an automatic sentence to be set in prison for min of 10 years to give them time to think.

And true the sad part is this jackass will be out there again and do the same thing cause some lawyer or judge is doing what the law says,
WisconsinEd

Sparta, WI

#6 Jan 12, 2009
Can we send this stupid bastard to New York to be sentenced? Please?
Christopher Mankey

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jan 12, 2009
Sarah D wrote:
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There's a theory that because the person is drunk that their muscles are more relaxed and therefore they don't suffer as much injury in a crash.
As to prison time, if it's a first time offense that doesn't cause death then I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but if they get caught DWI again then throw the book at them.
"Get caught again" you say? So you would be willing to sacrifice another life just to allow your "benefit of the doubt" for a drunken driver?

If someone gets drunk and kills we need to get that person off the road NOW. Not give them "benefit of the doubt" and wait for the inevitable second offense.

“I believe, and he is the one”

Since: Sep 08

United States of America

#8 Jan 12, 2009
Danny Boy wrote:
I am sure he will get what he deserves...60 days in jail, with full cable and then 3 years probation.....
cases like this should result in immediate sentencing to DEATH, no questions asked...why should he be able to walk away after taking someone elses life?..I am sure he will be behind the wheel soon and driving drunk once more....you know it will be true as does the judge who will set him free...how sad but, infortunatley, how true.......
I have to agree with you on your feelings about getting what you have done. Our country is getting relax on saving lifes, that the people that obey the laws pay more then the law-breakers... That is why we have a prison system that is busting at the seams. We need to make the punishment fit the crime.....
Me in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jan 12, 2009
Let's see...23 years old, drinking, driving, kills and innocent child?? Make him stand on the corner with a sign that says, "Hey, I drove drunk and killed someones daughter, what should happen to me??" Start letting the victims families have a go at these wastes' of space!!

Maybe they shouldn't be so humane in the judicial system, get with it!! I'll bet he'll be driving drunk again in no time...with the courts approval I'm sure.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#10 Jan 12, 2009
Me in St Paul wrote:
Let's see...23 years old, drinking, driving, kills and innocent child?? Make him stand on the corner with a sign that says, "Hey, I drove drunk and killed someones daughter, what should happen to me??" Start letting the victims families have a go at these wastes' of space!!
Maybe they shouldn't be so humane in the judicial system, get with it!! I'll bet he'll be driving drunk again in no time...with the courts approval I'm sure.
A person from Wisconsin on his fifth DWI conviction had his license returned to him because he was caught on federal property. He appealed the suspension of his license because the judge did not have jurisdiction on to revoke his license on non federal property!! Go figure that one out!!

Since: May 08

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Jan 12, 2009
Tinker Bell wrote:
A suspected drunken driver. What if this person was texting or talking on the cell phone instead, would the above posters be demanding the same penalties?
if it were my 14-year-old daughter, probably.
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#12 Jan 12, 2009
WisconsinEd wrote:
Can we send this stupid **** to New York to be sentenced? Please?
In N.Y.S. this "HIGHWAY TERRORIST" would get 1&1/3 to 3 years in prison maybe,an early parole.
Guaranteed if this young girl were shot with a hand gun, 40 gazillion anti gun nuts would be all over this like fly's round honey. Homicide by D.W.I. is Americas only socially accepted Crime of Violence, and we have to change that now.
Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate,
Castleton, N.Y. 12033
Me in St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jan 12, 2009
Rockin John wrote:
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A person from Wisconsin on his fifth DWI conviction had his license returned to him because he was caught on federal property. He appealed the suspension of his license because the judge did not have jurisdiction on to revoke his license on non federal property!! Go figure that one out!!
Somehow, that does not surprise me, I love our judicial system's rightousness!!
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#14 Jan 12, 2009
If I'm not mistaken your State has a serious problem with those who drink and drive. I read somewhere that there is over 25,000 repeat Drunk Drivers there. There are way too many of those who feel sorry for the Drunk, Saying they didn't mean to do it, made a mistake, they have an alcohol addiction.The Truth is Drunks don't Think about any
results of their actions.
I speak to 100's of these people every other month and it is a sad thing that they don't learn from the media how dangerous this is.On the evaluation sheets some of the replies are scary ie:
"I heard things I had never thought of before"."I knew these things happened but I had never given it a thought". Then there are those who grasp what we say and promise not to Drink and Drive and will try to keep others from doing so.
We Victims are in no way prohibitionists, all we ask is not to get intoxicated and drive and Kill or seriously injure others.
Bill Dikant, Victim Advocate
Castleton, N.Y. 12033

“Brandon killed 4-4-06”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#15 Jan 12, 2009
Its time for society to start voicing thier outrage against drunk driving. Too many innocent people, every year, are killed by these criminals. Do not wait until someone you love is killed by these devients. These criminals think only of themselves and to NOT give a damn when they kill someone. Our justice system is way too lenient when dealing with DWI fatalities. Hopefully, this puke will get whats coming to him. Godspeed to this family whose child was murdered.

“Brandon killed 4-4-06”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#16 Jan 12, 2009
Tinker Bell wrote:
A suspected drunken driver. What if this person was texting or talking on the cell phone instead, would the above posters be demanding the same penalties?
Suspected means..........innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If he was texting or talking on the phone he still committed murder. Keep making excuses for these A-holes who care only of themselves and not the innocent victims.

“Brandon killed 4-4-06”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#17 Jan 12, 2009
Me in St Paul wrote:
Let's see...23 years old, drinking, driving, kills and innocent child?? Make him stand on the corner with a sign that says, "Hey, I drove drunk and killed someones daughter, what should happen to me??" Start letting the victims families have a go at these wastes' of space!!
Maybe they shouldn't be so humane in the judicial system, get with it!! I'll bet he'll be driving drunk again in no time...with the courts approval I'm sure.
Well said and not a bad idea about having this puke stand with a sign. What goes around comes around!

“Brandon killed 4-4-06”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#18 Jan 12, 2009
Christopher Mankey wrote:
Why is it the drunk driver seems to be the one who survives these crashes? Something wrong with this picture. Maybe some prosecutors should grow a pair and do what they recently did in New York - bump the charge up to 2nd degree murder under the concept of "depraved indifference." A 25-to-life sentence would be more fitting than the year or so of probation these perps tend to get around here.
The man that killed my son had 3 prior DWI areest. The grand jury returned a charge of 2nd degree murder. Guess what the judge did during trial......Threw it out. Stating that drunk driving is NOT depraved indifference! Don't figure!!!
CANDACE

Middleton, WI

#19 Jan 12, 2009
There can only be two reasons I can think of why there are not tougher laws on drunk driving.

One: Too many politicians are guilty of it and they aren't about to spend any time in prison for it.

Two: The revenue from the drunk drivers is already in proposed budgets, having return DWI's fund the courts and prosecutors offices plus fuels the economy with lawyers fees and Bail bonding. Oh and the increases in auto insurance because of it doesn't hurt that business either.

If you can think of any others feel free to comment.

If they think alcohol excess if a disease or addiction then so is drug use and they should be treated equally. The prisons are full of drug users.

“Brandon killed 4-4-06”

Since: Jul 08

United States

#20 Jan 13, 2009
CANDACE wrote:
There can only be two reasons I can think of why there are not tougher laws on drunk driving.
One: Too many politicians are guilty of it and they aren't about to spend any time in prison for it.
Two: The revenue from the drunk drivers is already in proposed budgets, having return DWI's fund the courts and prosecutors offices plus fuels the economy with lawyers fees and Bail bonding. Oh and the increases in auto insurance because of it doesn't hurt that business either.
If you can think of any others feel free to comment.
If they think alcohol excess if a disease or addiction then so is drug use and they should be treated equally. The prisons are full of drug users.
Well said Candace.

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