(Closed) teen guilty of homicide for texting while driving. thoughts?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
  • poll: What are your thoughts on this verdict? Do you text & drive?
    Jury got it right. This kid is guilty of homicide : (103 votes)
    32 %
    He should pay for what he did, but a homicide charge is a little harsh : (78 votes)
    25 %
    Totally unfair! He is a young kid who made a mistake : (12 votes)
    4 %
    I always text and drive and i think it's fine : (3 votes)
    1 %
    I always text and drive even though i think I shouldn't : (10 votes)
    3 %
    I sometimes text and drive : (53 votes)
    17 %
    I never text and drive : (59 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @bostongirl27:  It’s a shame, but I have to agree with the charges.

    ETA: I don’t text and drive.  It’s not worth it.  I am the person that looks out for other idiots on the road so I don’t get hurt.  I saw a woman with her hands on top of the steering wheel yesterday so she could text.  I wanted to scream out the window for her to pay attention to the road.  People will never change.

    Post # 4
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i don’t see how people think texting and driving is ok…. it’s common sense that you shouldn’t take your eyes off the road, you’re car is a weapon.  end of story

    Post # 5
    1774 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I never text and drive. And yes, that kid should have been found guilty. It’s not like it’s news that it’s dangerous to do that. He made a choice. It killed somebody.

    Post # 6
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Texting and driving is stupid and dangerous. That kid decided to ignore the law and do something reckless that led to the dealth and serious injury of others. He should have the book thrown at him. 

    ETA: I remember the pep talk my mother gave me when she bought me my first car. “You’re in control of a deady weapon. Accidents happen but if you’re at fault then you have to pay the price. Don’t be stupid.”. 

    Post # 7
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d tell him it wasn’t a “mistake” to get behind the wheel of a car and CHOOSE to text while driving, much like if someone is intoxicated and they CHOOSE to drive a car.  A mistake would be like turning left instead of right, not choosing to engage in irresponsible behavior.

    edit- I can see the justification for vehicular manslaughter versus vehicular homicide though… I’m on the fence about that distinction.

    Post # 8
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I agree with the charges as well.  I admit that very occasionally I do text and drive, but I don’t type the texts, I speak them into my iphone and definitely only at a red light.  If I really need to communicate with someone while driving, I call and use my hands free headset.  But in general, I like to keep talking on the phone while driving to a minimum, but if I do it, I only feel comfortable if I can still have both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road.  Texting while driving is hugely irresponsible and dangerous.

    Post # 9
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2005

    I totally agree with the verdict.  It is the same as making the decision to drink and drive.  I think this also sends a good message to other teens, and adults really, that this is a serious issue and people need to be held accountable for their decisions, mistake or not.


    Post # 10
    3626 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It’s a horrible mistake – he didn’t mean to kill someone, but unfortunately he did, so I do think he should go to jail. So sad for the teen’s family as well.

    Post # 11
    2006 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    ughhh i hate how people text and drive!! My sister does this and laughs when i tell her that its dangerous in a “oh whatever” kind of way.  It makes my blood boil (and she’s my older sister, not some teenager).  the only only only only time i even READ a text driving is if i’m at a stop light and all the cars around me are stopped as well.

    I feel a homicide charge is a little harsh, but can’t think of a more appropriate alternative.  He did something wrong and stupid and someone died because of it.

    Post # 12
    996 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @bostongirl27:  I kind of agree with the son on this one…..the kid should face repercussions but no I don’t think he should have to serve jail time or have a permanent record over this–presuming that he didn’t try to flee the scene


    I have been close to a case like this. My sister’s ex was rushing to her house to see her before she left for the weekend and struck and killed someone who was jaywalking. He was so scared he kept on going–wasn’t sure what to do. He tried to turn himself in afterwards but they arrested him before he had the chance. He had his whole life ahead of him-18 years old, with a full scholarship at NYU and he is serving 7 years and when he gets out he will have a felony on his record, no college/employer will take him

    I don’t condone what he did–hell I even had to testify against him as a witness, I didn’t like it but it was the right thing to do–but I think that people can be a bit flippant—in this case it truly was an accident and the teenager did not try to do anything dishonest by running away. 

    Post # 13
    5096 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would favor vehicular manslaughter over vehicular homicide, but aside from that, I agree that he should have been charged and convicted.

    Post # 14
    13014 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m on the fence about homicide.  At the very least, it’s negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter.  But lumping him in with Charles Manson seems extreme.  I do agree that he needed to face stiff penalties, and I hope other people learn a lesson from this as well.

    I won’t even talk on my cell phone while driving, and if it’s an absolute emergency, I’ll use a bluetooth or pull over.  No  texting whatsoever.  Usually my phone is in my purse in the backseat.

    Post # 15
    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @bostongirl27:  I heard about it on NPR, and as sad as it is that he has to suffer his punishment, I agree with the charges as well. Everyone makes mistakes, sure, but they those mistakes don’t usually end up in the death of someone else. His absolute need to text while driving, led to someone losing a member of their family, a friend, etc. His actions directly led to someone’s death, so I get the homicide charge. It’s something horrible he’ll have to deal with it, but there’s no text message that can’t wait until you’re parked.

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Well, they could have gone for vehicular manslaughter instead of homicide, which I think is much more appropriate. Seems like they were trying to make an example out of him!

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