This is the kind of story motorists need to hear. The part about spending the next 25 years in jail, anyway:
"By SARAH PROHASKA
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
FORT PIERCE — A 30-year-old man will spend 25 years in prison for plowing his car into a mentally handicapped man on a bicycle and leaving the man's near lifeless body on the side of the dark road.
A jury in March found Antonio Antwan Smith guilty of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash in connection with the April 2006 crash that killed 20-year-old Terrance White. He said little during his sentencing hearing other than to deny there was blood on his car.
White's body landed in a driveway about 70 feet from where he was hit. He died several hours later at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
After his arrest, Smith told police he thought someone had shot a gun or thrown a brick through his windshield when he struck White on South 29th Street.
Smith's family and Circuit Judge Larry Schack questioned how Smith could not have known he ran into White, who was stuck with such force that the impact severed his brain stem.
"I'm trying to imagine how you could have driven like you did, and did the damage you did and not have known," Schack said during the hearing.
Smith's family members remembered him as a fun person who could always make them laugh. They said justice was served with the 25-year prison sentence...."