7.13.2005

Where There's A Tragedy . . .

Last Sunday in Fort Worth, a 44-year-old woman put her vehicle in drive instead of reverse and ran over and tragically killed a 3-year-old boy. She had alcohol on her breath and was arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter. So the cops take a sample of her blood, check it for alcohol, and (surprise) it was .06 - below the legal limit of .08. So the charges were dropped, right? Noppers. The police will refer the case to the DA's office for prosecution because, according to Sgt. Don Hanlon, she didn't do well on the Field Sobriety Tests. Hey: Anybody out there think they could keep their foot in the air for 30 seconds or take 18 steps heel-to-toe without error after you just ran over a three year old? It's all part of a growing trend of "If there's a tragedy, there must be a crime." That's not necessarily so. The Star-Telegram story is here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I once blew a BAC of .05 and I was so drunk I could barely stand. So you don't have to be .08 to be considered "intoxicated".

Anonymous said...

That is terrible when some one can barely stand after a BAC of .05. Very sad.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad commentary on our world when there are no longer accidents. Someone must be blamed...someone must be sued...someone must be punished.