Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Man convicted of reckless driving in crash that killed cyclist

Came across this on the blotter.

A Hays County jury found an Austin man guilty of reckless driving Friday for his involvement in a crash that killed a bicyclist in 2007, said Fred Weber, first assistant district attorney for Hays County.

Bradley Danz will probably face two years of probation when he is sentenced next month on the misdemeanor charge, Weber said.

Danz hit Adam Raymond, 36, of Austin, head-on while rounding a curve on Mount Gainor Road just south of Dripping Springs on March 23, 2007, killing him, a Department of Public Safety report said. Danz’s Dodge Ram 3500 pickup swerved into the middle of the road as he rounded the curve about 6:30 a.m., the report said.

A Hays County grand jury declined to indict Danz in June of 2007 on felony charges of criminally negligent homicide.

The district attorney’s office then filed the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving against Danz on June 21, 2007, Weber said. Danz turned himself in several days later and posted bond of $2,000, Weber said.

“We felt like he was responsible for the death of the victim and felt like the charges were appropriate,” Weber said. “I think justice was served and hopefully people will be more cautious in the future.”



Okay, so I am glad that there is some kind of repercussion for killing someone, but two years of PROBATION?? WTF??? I mean WTF?? I', sure the driver said something along the lines of "I didn't see him" or "He came out of no where". To me this is bullshit. In my opinion, the guy needs to at least serve some jail time. I don't care if he did it on purpose or not, taking a life is fucked and the fact that he is getting off with probation is shitty to me.

This really gets to me too.... “We felt like he was responsible for the death of the victim and felt like the charges were appropriate,” Weber said. “I think justice was served and hopefully people will be more cautious in the future.” Really? So do you really think this is going to make people pay more attention? I doubt it.



Tell me what you think.....



til next time


OLC

3 comments:

rokreuzburg said...

I agree with you les... that shit is wrong. Accident or not, that's someone's life, probation isn't enough, How about busting his ass and paying the family of the deceased man a bunch of money each year, so that he is working double overtime all the time... that might be better than jail time.

iam3rik said...

that's total bullshit. reckless driving PROVES it's vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, but Texas doesn't even classify it that way. the harshest laws in other states typically say 3-15 years with no parole in the first year. if he was under the influence, it'd be a totally different story...he's dead either way. fucked.

KarlWithAK said...

We live in a society driven by money. Make them pay in cash... People will start thinking twice when they can't afford to by food, booze and put a roof over their heads.


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