New Bedford Man Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years



New Bedford Man Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years

Almost a year ago, we reported on an accident where a 13 year old boy was killed by a motorist driving while sending a text message.  Yesterday, the driver was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges.

While I have to give the driver some credit, he took responsibility for his actions, I’m once again left with this syncing feeling… if I were the parents of the boy who was killed, what would I feel a just punishment would be?

Sure, the driver will be spending 2 1/2 years behind bars, but that doesn’t do anything to help bring their son back or make it safer for other children.  I know no more about this driver than what I’ve read, but someone who freely admits there wrongdoings would seem to be a reasonable person.  He certainly made a stupid mistake, one which I can only assume he will regret for the rest of his life.  Is putting him behind bars a reasonable punishment?  I think I’d rather see him have his license suspended or revoked and ordered to do significant community service.  Perhaps organize a speaking tour, where he can tell up and coming drivers about his accident and why it’s dangers to text or talk on the cell phone while driving.

What do you think?


  • Dennis
    Nov 13, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Its certainly is good to see that there exists a penalty for killing a cyclist, but disappointing to see that you actually have to charge yourself.

    Suspension equal to third DUI?

    Driving "rights" revoked?

    Pro-cycle community service?

  • Barry
    Nov 14, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Mark, I think this time you are really being too lenient. No jail time for killing someone due to not paying attention while driving sends a message it is not that serious an offense, and anyone can sound contrite when they are about to be sentenced. But maybe 2 1/2 years is excessive.

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Perhaps I am being a bit lenient, but I just don't see what good sticking this man in jail does. I honestly have a very hard time wrapping my head around how I would react, should something horrible like this ever happen to one of my kids. I'd like to think that my main goal would be to try and ensure this never happens to another parent. The best I've been able to come up with is to keep this guy off the road and make sure he tells other people his story.