Deadly Boat Crash; Steve Nixon convicted on two misdemeanors in July crash that killed one in Lan...

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A Lancaster County judge convicts a Richmond fire captain of two misdemeanor charges tied to a deadly boating accident back in July.
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Jimmy

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The reason Mr. Nixon has not been terminated, is because he has to have his day in court. He is innocent until proven guilty.

Just because he has charges against him, the city can't fire him, until the charges are proven and he is found guilty of a felony!

Having misdemeanor's, don't justify an employee to be fired.

Also being a Fire Captain doesn't mean he is above anyone else or should know better. He could have well been a Major in the armed services, a Priest, a Lawyer, Doctor, city council person, senator or anyone else that is working in today's world!
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I believe he will be found innocent of all felony charges. I believe once the jury sees this fine man, a captain of a fire department who has led a good life, combined with how much he has already suffered, they will vote not guilty!!!
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We're behind you Steve!
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The adults in this group consumed 55 alcoholic drinks at the restaurant, in addition to all the beer in the boat! They all bear some responsibility for this tragedy. No one forced all that alcohol down their throats. One of them should have been designated driver, if the others wanted to get that trashed. They all knew he was way too drunk to drive. Apparently they were too drunk to care? And who was going to drive home when they got back? Hmmm???
He took both hands off the wheel, turned his back on the front of boat and wheel, put his arms up in the air and hollered out in joy.
How many times prior to this had he driven his boat drunk? Driven his car drunk? Sentence is not severe enough. Yes he's facing felony charges. But will they be sloughed off too?
This was an accident that could have been prevented. He is clearly at fault. That poor teacher died because of his actions.
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#25
Oct 14, 2010
 
Um, can you read? 7 charges were certified to the grand jury so they are not finished yet. I am sure he will get time on the other charges. That was only for the drinking while boating & 1 other charge.
Lori in Henrico wrote:
I am absolutely astounded at the outcome of this story. This is a Fire Captain, a public servant in his community, that literally got away with murder. How is it that he was charged with misdemeanors and no jail time? How is it he arrogantly was chewing gum in court? It disgusts me that just because of a "good prior record" that this allows for someone to not be held accountable for his actions. I can't imagine how the family must be feeling about this. I personally have someone I know that was killed by their father backing over them in his boat. The father was arrested for being drunk and high for his own daughter's death. At best, this should have been man slaughter. So, in essence, is our justice system saying it's alright to get drunk and kill someone and only pay $500 as punishment? It's no wonder people feel our country has gone down the tubes with this sort of "justice". Sickens me to see that just because it's your "first offense" , that is was treated as an "accident". I'm sure this man has cleaned up many wrecks of people that were driving under the influence with his occupation. To me, it makes it very clear that he should have known better. Shame on him for doing it, Shame on us for allowing people in our justice system to make decisions for this type of punishment to be treated as equal as not having an animal license.
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Oct 14, 2010
 
Karl wrote:
The adults in this group consumed 55 alcoholic drinks at the restaurant, in addition to all the beer in the boat! They all bear some responsibility for this tragedy. No one forced all that alcohol down their throats. One of them should have been designated driver, if the others wanted to get that trashed. They all knew he was way too drunk to drive. Apparently they were too drunk to care? And who was going to drive home when they got back? Hmmm???
He took both hands off the wheel, turned his back on the front of boat and wheel, put his arms up in the air and hollered out in joy.
How many times prior to this had he driven his boat drunk? Driven his car drunk? Sentence is not severe enough. Yes he's facing felony charges. But will they be sloughed off too?
This was an accident that could have been prevented. He is clearly at fault. That poor teacher died because of his actions.
You are 100% correct!!!!
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Oct 14, 2010
 
TREE DOGS wrote:
One year suspended and a 500 dollar fine,thats b.s.He should be put away for at least half and made to pay the 2,500.00.Thats what wrong with our country now,suspended sentences,early paroles,lessee charges for previous good behavior.The law was boken and the penaltys need to be applied and held up no matter who it is or what they did for a living.
Also the mother of the children that was on the boat should also be brought up on chid endangerment charges also,she took her children and put them on a boat with her husband who she knew was under the influence.
you did not read the article either!
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You are 100% correct!!!!
she was drinking too? Sad but true! I agree they all should have known better if they wanted to kill themselves - they should have left the kids at home. Who gets drunk with a bunch of kids around anyway?
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#29
Oct 14, 2010
 
Seriously he is not the only "guilty" one - i agree the others should be brought up on charges. Sad that someone was killed and children got hurt. But ALL of the adults were drinking including the teacher that sadly was killed.
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Very sad story!:( How come he is the only one being attacked? He is 100% guilty, absolutely, but isnt it funny how most people commenting on this story are acting like they have never had a few beers and partied with friends and family. He was on a boat, sure, but we drink and watch our kids at the beach, cocktail by the pool with kids and family, and if something were to happen all the adults should be held responsible. Bottom line.. ALL the adults present that night are to blame. If you get into a car with a drunk driver, the driver is not only to blame if you get injured, they were adults and they made a decision. Its very sad that young lady lost her life, but she too was an adult and got on the boat willingly. And the only reason most of you are attacking him is because he is a fire captain... you all are not perfect and neither is he. He will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life and im sure he is deeply sorry for what he did.
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Oct 14, 2010
 
We never expect the unexpected untill it happens and that is when we always question the what if's. I pray for the Nixon family.
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Ashley wrote:
Very sad story!:( How come he is the only one being attacked? He is 100% guilty, absolutely, but isnt it funny how most people commenting on this story are acting like they have never had a few beers and partied with friends and family. He was on a boat, sure, but we drink and watch our kids at the beach, cocktail by the pool with kids and family, and if something were to happen all the adults should be held responsible. Bottom line.. ALL the adults present that night are to blame. If you get into a car with a drunk driver, the driver is not only to blame if you get injured, they were adults and they made a decision. Its very sad that young lady lost her life, but she too was an adult and got on the boat willingly. And the only reason most of you are attacking him is because he is a fire captain... you all are not perfect and neither is he. He will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life and im sure he is deeply sorry for what he did.
Your point is???? That no one should make a negative comment about this man because he is a fire captain??? Would you like to press charges against all of the adults on board including the young woman who willingly died???

You are right, no one should ever be arrested for drinking and driving because we have all done it, so it makes it OK.

It amazes me how much arrogance firemen and their families actually have!!!
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Starfish wrote:
We never expect the unexpected untill it happens and that is when we always question the what if's. I pray for the Nixon family.
What if firemen actually practiced what they preached including safe driving!! What about distracting fellow drivers and playing games while driving? What about following certain citizens vehicles around for sport?? What about inviting and encouraging complete strangers to harass someone while they are driving??? Or having them follow someone in and out of businesses for 5 years just because they think it is funny. No one deserves to be harassed!!!
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I think the unfortunate thing here is that you are hearing about more and more of these types of things happening with people in "public safety" positions.
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Karl wrote:
The adults in this group consumed 55 alcoholic drinks at the restaurant, in addition to all the beer in the boat! They all bear some responsibility for this tragedy. No one forced all that alcohol down their throats. One of them should have been designated driver, if the others wanted to get that trashed. They all knew he was way too drunk to drive. Apparently they were too drunk to care? And who was going to drive home when they got back? Hmmm???
He took both hands off the wheel, turned his back on the front of boat and wheel, put his arms up in the air and hollered out in joy.
How many times prior to this had he driven his boat drunk? Driven his car drunk? Sentence is not severe enough. Yes he's facing felony charges. But will they be sloughed off too?
This was an accident that could have been prevented. He is clearly at fault. That poor teacher died because of his actions.
This is a tragedy!! I hope we can all learn a lesson from this sad story!! Peace to all.......
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Your point is???? That no one should make a negative comment about this man because he is a fire captain??? Would you like to press charges against all of the adults on board including the young woman who willingly died???
You are right, no one should ever be arrested for drinking and driving because we have all done it, so it makes it OK.
It amazes me how much arrogance firemen and their families actually have!!!
Did you pick and choose what you wanted to read and respond to? Yes ALL the adults should be held responsible. And i never said, you idiot, that you shouldnt arrest for Drinking and driving.. my point was that we have all done things and didnt think about the what ifs until after it was over and done. EVERYONE went out on that boat willingly, so unfort the events that followed are on them. And as far as that young WOMAN goes SHE WAS AN ADULT SHE KNEW DRINKING AND DRIVING WAS ILLEGAL BUT SHE WANTED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.. so yes she is just as responsible.
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claudio julio yo wrote:
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What if firemen actually practiced what they preached including safe driving!! What about distracting fellow drivers and playing games while driving? What about following certain citizens vehicles around for sport?? What about inviting and encouraging complete strangers to harass someone while they are driving??? Or having them follow someone in and out of businesses for 5 years just because they think it is funny. No one deserves to be harassed!!!
SERIOUSLY??!!!
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Your point is???? That no one should make a negative comment about this man because he is a fire captain??? Would you like to press charges against all of the adults on board including the young woman who willingly died???
You are right, no one should ever be arrested for drinking and driving because we have all done it, so it makes it OK.
It amazes me how much arrogance firemen and their families actually have!!!
It amazes me how stupid you are !!! If your house ever goes up in flames or a loved one stops breathing (which I do not think you have) please go call a garbage man, he may show a little less arrogance !!!!!!!! lol lol lol
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claudio julio yo wrote:
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What if firemen actually practiced what they preached including safe driving!! What about distracting fellow drivers and playing games while driving? What about following certain citizens vehicles around for sport?? What about inviting and encouraging complete strangers to harass someone while they are driving??? Or having them follow someone in and out of businesses for 5 years just because they think it is funny. No one deserves to be harassed!!!
What is your point julio?

Did someone harrass you? If so report them to the police in the area where it happened.

No one wants to hear you babbling on about something that isn't to this case!
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This man being a fire captain, or police captain has nothing to do with this case.

It is germane to it.

What if he were the Mayor? How would that affect it? Or maybe a state senator?

The man has served his department and made it up the ranks, no thanks to none of you naysayers.

Just because he didn't exercise not drinking and operating a boat at night, does not make him a bad fireman at all.

Yes he screwed up and he is paying for that. How many would trade places with him, if you had a chance too??

He will be going back to trail soon and will have to face the felonies charges. In fact he may have to do some hard time in prison. Will this make all you naysayers happy?

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