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Old 04-09-08, 01:30 AM   #1
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He hit cyclist, then hit a ped, now sentenced

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That is one tough case. I know the prevailing sentiment around here is that someone like hm should rot in prison, and that might be right. A very large civil judgment against him is the only real compensation for the victim's family, and a long prison sentence cannot deter negligence (except his own).
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As if the Jewish faith isn't dying enough as it is, they have to go around accidentally killing eachother.
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That is one tough case. I know the prevailing sentiment around here is that someone like hm should rot in prison, and that might be right. A very large civil judgment against him is the only real compensation for the victim's family, and a long prison sentence cannot deter negligence (except his own).
Few perpetrators have the financial resources to make a "large civil judgment" effective.

A well-publicized prison sentence, lifelong requirement for weekly public service work, and permanent driver's license revocation just might deter negligence.
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As if the Jewish faith isn't dying enough as it is, they have to go around accidentally killing eachother.
I'd like to argue with the notion that a driver talking on a cellphone who strikes a pedestrian has had an accident. That's the idea that keeps getting people like this defered sentences. Manslaughter is the right idea.
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Few perpetrators have the financial resources to make a "large civil judgment" effective.

A well-publicized prison sentence, lifelong requirement for weekly public service work, and permanent driver's license revocation just might deter negligence.
I tend to agree... in the eye of the public, motorists often get off scott free... while there may be some civil judgment that later occurs, it generally does not get the publicity of a criminal charge.

One somewhat poor example would be the OJ trial... where the criminal proceedings were quite heavily followed, but the civil proceedings were almost "off the record."

It seems to me that publicizing that perpetrators are penalized and how should be part of the process of criminal deterrence.
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How about that he be treated like a sex offender. The court should order that he's not allowed to live within 1/4 mile of pedestrians or bicyclists, he is no longer to have a cellphone or driver's license, and he must report his place of domicile to the authorities, whose database of such offenders will be publically available so the rest of society can be vigilant if necessary.
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Unbelievable.
Civil judgment may be difficult. assets may not be under his name on anything.
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"Regardless or not if he's a good person," Holifield said, "he's a lousy driver."
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"There were no skid marks to show Schwartz tried to brake, Senior Assistant City Attorney Kevin Kilpatrick said. "He wasn't paying attention.""

Or he has ABS brakes, like most modern cars do. Are skid marks really still used as a sign that someone tried to brake? Skid marks to me indicate a loss of control of the vehicle.

"But Holifield said no jail time would bring Nakata back."

Well duh. I fail to see how the irreversibility of the crime is somehow an argument for a lighter punishment, nor the length of their prayers.
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ABS brake will usually still leave marks at the start of hard braking. . . It looks similar to a burnout marks. ABS doesn't kick in till the brakes/wheels lock up, not usually before.
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That is one tough case. I know the prevailing sentiment around here is that someone like hm should rot in prison, and that might be right. A very large civil judgment against him is the only real compensation for the victim's family, and a long prison sentence cannot deter negligence (except his own).
I don't think he should rot in prison. He should do community service and be banned from operating a motor vehicle for life.
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"Regardless or not if he's a good person," Holifield said, "he's a lousy driver."
No attack on any religion intended by the following comment - it is a wake-up call for those who have the gall to believe that their faith will excuse their bad driving - while they simultaneously threaten others' safety through this belief.

I've got news for him and anyone else with a "(insert religious figure's name of choice, or 'Darwin,' for that matter) is my Co-Pilot" license plate - Divine Intervention does not apply to the directional coordinates of your steering wheel, and most certainly never at all times.

Neither will prayer solve something irreversible after the fact, regardless of your faith. What's done is done.

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P.S.: Forgive my rant, but after perceiving multiple motorists with this bumper sticker driving with the same capabilities of a drunkard (three of which were not actively holding the steering wheel for extended periods of time, for the pavement permitted some margin for error), I felt obligated to complain about the subject.
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As if the Jewish faith isn't dying enough as it is, they have to go around accidentally killing each other.
Maybe you should read the article again. The man the Rabbi hit and killed, Tatsuo Nakata, was Japanese. While it's possible that Mr. Nakata had converted to Judaism, it's not likely and is not implied in the article. Given the random nature of the event, I don't understand your comment.
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I'm guessing GreenPremier thought the previous victim was Jewish?

If that is the case, I wouldn't jump to that conclusion...
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ABS brake will usually still leave marks at the start of hard braking. . . It looks similar to a burnout marks. ABS doesn't kick in till the brakes/wheels lock up, not usually before.
Granted. But I still don't think a lack of skid marks is necessarily an indicator that he didn't attempt to brake. I'm not saying that he did or didn't, it just struck me as an odd comment to make.
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skid marks only indicate that the car's wheels locked up or the car drifted off axis. With ABS and dynamic electronic stability control systems, skid marks are becoming less frequent. A lack of skid marks doesn't necessarily indicate that person didn't try to stop or avoid the person or car he hit. I don't know what was being driven in this case, but a lack of skid marks is often incorrectly cited here to explain what a driver was doing.
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I think somewhere it said he was driving an early 90s Oldsmobile wagon?
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You are right. A 1991.

According to the Seattle Weekly, he has quite a driving record.
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Scary. Good thing he doesn't have a drinking history...........
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skid marks only indicate that the car's wheels locked up or the car drifted off axis. With ABS and dynamic electronic stability control systems, skid marks are becoming less frequent. A lack of skid marks doesn't necessarily indicate that person didn't try to stop or avoid the person or car he hit. I don't know what was being driven in this case, but a lack of skid marks is often incorrectly cited here to explain what a driver was doing.
Those things usually are only found on higher-end cars and more recent cars. . . Do you consider a 91 Oldsmobile wagon either of those? And all those things look nice on paper but they TCS/ESS still take driver input into account, so hard braking inputed by pressing hard on the brakes gets picked up by these systems, as use the brakes to the traction-limit of the tires. Real world tests still show skid marks, for most cars.

But we are getting off topic, talking about car technology in a cycling forum.
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skid marks only indicate that the car's wheels locked up or the car drifted off axis. With ABS and dynamic electronic stability control systems, skid marks are becoming less frequent. A lack of skid marks doesn't necessarily indicate that person didn't try to stop or avoid the person or car he hit. I don't know what was being driven in this case, but a lack of skid marks is often incorrectly cited here to explain what a driver was doing.
"Not necessarily" is such a common retort.
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That is one tough case. I know the prevailing sentiment around here is that someone like hm should rot in prison, and that might be right. A very large civil judgment against him is the only real compensation for the victim's family, and a long prison sentence cannot deter negligence (except his own).
I don't think he should rot in prison... however, he shouldn't be allowed to drive... I mean he hit 2 people one of which died... how many does he have to kill or maim before he is no longer allowed to drive?
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