Driver pleads not guilty in fatal roa...

Driver pleads not guilty in fatal road-rage incident

There are 27 comments on the Newsday.com story from May 17, 2009, titled Driver pleads not guilty in fatal road-rage incident. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

Evan Potts, 22, is led away from the courthouse in Long Beach. Potts was charged with second-degree manslaughter after an alleged road-rage incident in Long Beach Friday.

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ann52

Lakewood, NJ

#1 May 18, 2009
I think it wrong that a man lost his life in what I saw as plain out and out murder , it a free for all now we can all get in fight and if we are the loser run down the other guy and we can all use our car as weapon in fight and leave the scen of a crim I for one want use a gun anymore I will us my car as a legal weapon I can kill and get a man slaughter charge dwi get charge we higher he took his feet off the break and put on the gas and ran in to a human being that he just finised having a fight with he should have call 911, the police are go home are get out and continue the fight but to run some one over it was murder and now we all can use the same defense when we have road rage.
Feces For Jesus

United States

#2 May 18, 2009
ann52 wrote:
I think it wrong that a man lost his life in what I saw as plain out and out murder , it a free for all now we can all get in fight and if we are the loser run down the other guy and we can all use our car as weapon in fight and leave the scen of a crim I for one want use a gun anymore I will us my car as a legal weapon I can kill and get a man slaughter charge dwi get charge we higher he took his feet off the break and put on the gas and ran in to a human being that he just finised having a fight with he should have call 911, the police are go home are get out and continue the fight but to run some one over it was murder and now we all can use the same defense when we have road rage.
.= a period
Learn to use one.

Better yet, come back after you have learned proper grammar.
Long Island Scammed

Mastic Beach, NY

#3 May 18, 2009
This guy Sharinn was an idiot and basically got what he deserved for getting out of his vehicle and menacing this kid. I'm happy his genetic code will not be passed on.

The kid will get off and rightfully so!
LI Raised

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 May 18, 2009
ann52 wrote:
I think it wrong that a man lost his life in what I saw as plain out and out murder , it a free for all now we can all get in fight and if we are the loser run down the other guy and we can all use our car as weapon in fight and leave the scen of a crim I for one want use a gun anymore I will us my car as a legal weapon I can kill and get a man slaughter charge dwi get charge we higher he took his feet off the break and put on the gas and ran in to a human being that he just finised having a fight with he should have call 911, the police are go home are get out and continue the fight but to run some one over it was murder and now we all can use the same defense when we have road rage.
No idea what that means.

I think this kid got scared and in a panic ran over the guy. Is it me or does $500K bail sound excessive?
please understand

Andover, MA

#5 May 18, 2009
a gentle young honest human being was killed...you don't know what happened. A beautiful life was taken...why are you people so quick to be so cold and horrible and ruthless towards another human being who was brutally taken from this world? The assumptions...you need to think that ian could be your brother, cousin, or son.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#6 May 18, 2009
please understand wrote:
a gentle young honest human being was killed...you don't know what happened. A beautiful life was taken...why are you people so quick to be so cold and horrible and ruthless towards another human being who was brutally taken from this world? The assumptions...you need to think that ian could be your brother, cousin, or son.
Gentle? BWAHAHAHHAA
Ted Striker

Nyack, NY

#7 May 18, 2009
ann52 wrote:
I think it wrong that a man lost his life in what I saw as plain out and out murder , it a free for all now we can all get in fight and if we are the loser run down the other guy and we can all use our car as weapon in fight and leave the scen of a crim I for one want use a gun anymore I will us my car as a legal weapon I can kill and get a man slaughter charge dwi get charge we higher he took his feet off the break and put on the gas and ran in to a human being that he just finised having a fight with he should have call 911, the police are go home are get out and continue the fight but to run some one over it was murder and now we all can use the same defense when we have road rage.
I'm hoping that English isn't your native language.
Maria

Oceanside, NY

#8 May 19, 2009
ann52 wrote:
I think it wrong that a man lost his life in what I saw as plain out and out murder , it a free for all now we can all get in fight and if we are the loser run down the other guy and we can all use our car as weapon in fight and leave the scen of a crim I for one want use a gun anymore I will us my car as a legal weapon I can kill and get a man slaughter charge dwi get charge we higher he took his feet off the break and put on the gas and ran in to a human being that he just finised having a fight with he should have call 911, the police are go home are get out and continue the fight but to run some one over it was murder and now we all can use the same defense when we have road rage.
We should not have to look for a defense for acting like idiots on the road. He was on the phone with 911 at the time. It was not murder-that involves intent. They should have tried this kid with vehicular manslaughter. There is no excuse to indulge in stupid drivers, and if you use that defense, then you are not helping the issue. Road rage can happen to any of us, but the actions of these two men made this turn deadly.
Maria

Oceanside, NY

#9 May 19, 2009
LI Raised wrote:
<quoted text>
No idea what that means.
I think this kid got scared and in a panic ran over the guy. Is it me or does $500K bail sound excessive?
The 34 year old had to be related to someone of power in Long Beach. Its all about who you know. Judge Smoklin is a jerk when he made the 500K bail decision and that was because they charged the kid with homicide instead of vehicular manslaughter. The worst is the judge didnt let the kids family in for the arrainment, but he allowed the media in.. Nassau county should really be all over that one. Very corrupt.

Since: Feb 09

Madison, NJ

#10 May 19, 2009
please understand wrote:
a gentle young honest human being was killed...you don't know what happened. A beautiful life was taken...why are you people so quick to be so cold and horrible and ruthless towards another human being who was brutally taken from this world? The assumptions...you need to think that ian could be your brother, cousin, or son.
according to the witnesses that saw the whole thing and caught the kid and held him for the cops. This kid was being attacked and was trying to get away from that "gentle young honest human being"
That "gentle young honest human being"
blocked an intersection just so he could catch this kid and do harm to him.
The kid was trying to get away and he stood in front of his car, based on what the people who saw what happened as it was reported, this kid acted in self defense.
How many times have we heard about road rage turning into a shooting or a stabbing?
The police will have proof this kid was on the phone calling for help. and help never came.
Based on what the witnesses said and the cell phone, if i were on the jury, i would believe a self defense verdict would be a no brainer.
Feces For Jesus

Hicksville, NY

#11 May 19, 2009
If it was an off duty officer that would have run him over, he'd be a free man right now.
jonny rotten

Hawley, PA

#12 May 19, 2009
please understand wrote:
a gentle young honest human being was killed...you don't know what happened. A beautiful life was taken...why are you people so quick to be so cold and horrible and ruthless towards another human being who was brutally taken from this world? The assumptions...you need to think that ian could be your brother, cousin, or son.
While I didn't know the guy personally, I know his type. Typical self entitled south shore a-hole. C'mon canary yellow porsche. Probably the kid cut him off or something else stupid. He saw a young skinny slacker behind the wheel so his ego lead him to confront the kid and he got his plain and simple. This moron is no different then the mid-life Dr. Lawyer or CPA that dresses up in leather on the weekend and plays wild hogs, that give you hard looks like their real bikers, and threaten you with their lawyer when you confront them. If you can't walk the walk, Dont talk the talk otherwise you'll be lined in chalk!
LI Raised

Pittsburgh, PA

#14 May 19, 2009
What was SO important for this guy to chase down this kid, block his exit, and slam on the hood of his car? If he just went his way and let the kid go his own way he would be alive today.

“Rockin' in the Free World”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#15 May 19, 2009
I wonder...was it a GOODYEAR for Sharinn?
Mainer Mike

Williston, VT

#16 May 19, 2009
AS I SEE IT ---- by Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.

I'm sure Mr. Potts' lawyer will try to reduce his client's sentence by saying that his actions were not premeditated, if the strategy of making out that this incident was an accident doesn't work in court.

But I say, what difference does premeditation or nonpremeditation make? It doesn't make it any easier for the victim's family either way.

When someone kills somebody else, I don't care if it's premeditated or not. If you murder someone, you should be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole.

Disagree? Try telling that to the victim's loved ones.

That's AS I SEE IT. I'm Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.
Fishermen

Brooklyn, NY

#17 May 19, 2009
Mainer Mike wrote:
AS I SEE IT ---- by Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.
I'm sure Mr. Potts' lawyer will try to reduce his client's sentence by saying that his actions were not premeditated, if the strategy of making out that this incident was an accident doesn't work in court.
But I say, what difference does premeditation or nonpremeditation make? It doesn't make it any easier for the victim's family either way.
When someone kills somebody else, I don't care if it's premeditated or not. If you murder someone, you should be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole.
Disagree? Try telling that to the victim's loved ones.
That's AS I SEE IT. I'm Mike "Mainer Mike" Brown.
One thing your missing... He turned to back up, then saw he could'nt , then proceeded foward... He may not have even seen what he did based on the split second decision to avoid danger... A reenactment will show all this, and the prosecuter already knows this .
banana

Union City, NJ

#20 May 19, 2009
please understand wrote:
a gentle young honest human being was killed...you don't know what happened. A beautiful life was taken...why are you people so quick to be so cold and horrible and ruthless towards another human being who was brutally taken from this world? The assumptions...you need to think that ian could be your brother, cousin, or son.
I agree. If only that kid in the Nissan would have stopped, gotten out of his car and taken a viscious beating from that "gentle young honest human being" all of this could have been avoided.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#21 May 19, 2009
Tired of the nonsense wrote:
I wonder...was it a GOODYEAR for Sharinn?
Confucius say:

Man run over by car get tired.
jonny rotten

Hawley, PA

#22 May 19, 2009
"Tire tracks across your back, I can see you had your fun" Jimmy Hendrix
what

Medford, NY

#23 May 19, 2009
Fishermen wrote:
<quoted text>One thing your missing... He turned to back up, then saw he could'nt , then proceeded foward... He may not have even seen what he did based on the split second decision to avoid danger... A reenactment will show all this, and the prosecuter already knows this .
Oh yeah, i am sure everyday someone runs over a 6'5", 230 pound person and doesnt realize what they did in that split second. Right!

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