Teen Driver Kills 2 Cyclists
This article from the San Francisco Gate details an incident where a 41 year old father and his 9 year old daughter were hit and killed by a Cadillac Escalade while riding their bikes on the sidewalk. Another daughter was hit as well, but survived. The driver, a 17 year old, was not drunk nor texting, but was traveling around 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. It’s a pretty cut and dry case, but what struck me about this tragedy was this line in the article,
After the hearing, Cabral said he believed the outcome was just, saying he thinks the boy will serve more time in juvenile custody than if he had been convicted in adult court.
The time he’s serving? Under 4 years, because he must be released at the age of 21 for being convicted as a minor. There are two things to point out here. 1. As an adult he would serve LESS than 4 years for wrecklessly driving a car onto the sidewalk and killing two individuals. 2. After four years he is presumably released from juvenile detention and handed a driver’s license as an adult?
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest proponent of jail sentencing for situations like this, because there HAS to be a better way of dealing with this crime as a manner of reform. Maybe his driver’s license can be withheld until the individual completes 10 years of serving with an alternative transportation group. Maybe he should be forced to serve the family in some way for an extended period of time. Maybe he should be involved in a campaign dedicated to those killed by reckless drivers. I guess I just don’t have much faith that, despite his “remorse”, the kid is going to leave juvenile detention and start driving in a more sensible manner. Seriously, bring on the autonomous vehicles.