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(Cincinnati Enquirer)   Running over a boy while speeding and sending a text message is legal in Kentucky   (news.enquirer.com) divider line 100
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2006-02-02 09:27:33 AM
We hope, if nothing else, the case will persuade drivers to stop fooling with phones and other distractions while driving.

Why? After all, there doesn't appear to be a penalty for it, at least not in Kentucky.
 
2006-02-02 09:33:19 AM
Looks like I'm moving to Kentucky!
 
2006-02-02 09:34:57 AM
Cell phones... teen drivers...

/my head asplode
 
2006-02-02 10:05:34 AM
 
2006-02-02 11:36:16 AM
Is cooking meth while you're driving illegal there?
 
2006-02-02 11:42:27 AM
LOL. UR SQSHWD
 
2006-02-02 11:55:14 AM
Is cooking meth while you're driving illegal there?

only with a valid drivers license
 
2006-02-02 12:34:49 PM
The girlfriend yelled when she saw Deming's Mustang approaching, and Nhiem may have stumbled back off the curb into the path of the car. It carried the boy about 68 feet before stopping.

Maybe if the farking idiot weren't speeding in a neighboorhood and NOT screwing with his cellphone he would have missed the kid. It should be illegal to give a teenager more car in which they can handle responsibly. I disagree with the ruling and feel that what he did is no worse than driving under the influence of alcohol.

If a kid wants to drive a V8, they should be required to take further driving classes.

/has a 3 year old and a 3 month old
//uses a damn headset while on phone
 
2006-02-02 12:46:57 PM
Let me clarify, now that I've calmed down a little bit.

I disagree with the ruling and feel that what he did should be punished, as manslaughter while screwing with a cell phone is no better than manslaughter while drunk.
 
2006-02-02 01:07:25 PM
Maybe next time he'll wrap himself around a tree and do everyone a favor.

www.cameron-insurance.com
 
2006-02-02 01:07:40 PM
Wow. Just wow.
 
2006-02-02 01:09:00 PM
ROGVMGO!!!

(roll on ground vomiting my guts out)
 
2006-02-02 01:09:25 PM
Yay, I got mail!!!! Yay!!!!!
 
2006-02-02 01:09:28 PM
I lose faith in humanity more and more every day.
 
2006-02-02 01:10:08 PM
Awfully shy on details, but as the saying goes, my diagnosis: bad babysitting!
 
2006-02-02 01:10:39 PM
I disagree with the ruling and feel that what he did should be punished, as manslaughter while screwing with a cell phone is no better than manslaughter while drunk.

Ruling?

The grand jury declined to indict. That doesn't mean what the guy did was legal, just that the DA did a poor, poor job of convincing them that what he did was NOT legal.

If the DA can't sell them on a reckless manslaughter charge, he couldn't have sold them on a vehicular manslaughter charge either.
 
2006-02-02 01:10:56 PM
"Deming will have to live with that memory the rest of his life."

Big deal. At least he's not in PMIA prison.
 
2006-02-02 01:11:20 PM
Sigh. If it had been my kid, I'd have been tempted to follow this guy until he got out of his car somewhere . . . then run over him and claim I was fooling with my cell phone.

Yeah, I know. Two wrongs don't make a right. I'd still be tempted, because you've still lost your child.
 
2006-02-02 01:11:36 PM
"Oh, I'm sorry, this is when digital media is dangerous...and to think, all that time I thought it was graphic scenes depicting decapitation and gore...my bad."
mikelynaugh.com
 
2006-02-02 01:15:19 PM
another good example on why cell phones + driving should be banned


/got rear ended by a girl on a cell phone recently
//not bitter
///honestly
 
2006-02-02 01:16:13 PM
Why was the boy speeding and sending a text message?
 
2006-02-02 01:16:26 PM
If a kid wants to drive a V8, they should be required to take further driving classes.

What if he just wants to drink a V8?
 
2006-02-02 01:19:48 PM
Freakalocious

He was trying to go faster than the speed of light so he could text message himself.
 
2006-02-02 01:19:55 PM
Of course it's legal in Kentucky to murder others due to negligence.

In Kentucky it's legal to marry your cousin and spew your genetically deformed children into the welfare system. Murdering them is considered a form of mercy.
 
2006-02-02 01:20:52 PM
OMFG dood I t0ta11y h1+ s0m3on3!1!1!!
 
2006-02-02 01:21:01 PM
I think a license suspension would be in order, as a tocken punishment, but that's about it. The driver has to live with the guilt of this whole thing anyway. I'm assuming that since the child's family members weren't calling for jail time, the child probably walked out in the street at a point where many drivers would not be able to stop. Otherwise, if the driver was obviously distracted and completely ran down the child, I assume that the family would have called for jail time.
 
2006-02-02 01:21:42 PM
honk: Sigh. If it had been my kid, I'd have been tempted to follow this guy until he got out of his car somewhere . . . then run over him and claim I was fooling with my cell phone.

Yeah, I know. Two wrongs don't make a right. I'd still be tempted, because you've still lost your child.



Hooray! The obligatory "IF DIZ WER MUH KEED ID DO DIS" line. Took you people long enough. You guys know damn good and well you wouldn't do anything so why do people keep saying stuff like this? So obnoxious. On topic, it's sad, but I can kind of see why he didn't get into any big trouble. Would you people be complaining if he had ran over a dog while text-messenging? No, I'm not comparing the kid to a dog; I'm just saying an accident is an accident. Some are just more terrible than others. If the guy has a heart he'll at least apologize, and yes, the memory of living with the thought that you killed a kid is going to stick with him forever.
 
2006-02-02 01:21:48 PM
We hope, if nothing else, the case will persuade drivers to stop fooling with phones and other distractions while driving.

HAAAHAHAAAHAHAAAAHAAAAHAAA!

Right. Just like all the people who kill others while driving drunk have dissuaded everyone who might drive drunk in the future...
 
2006-02-02 01:22:16 PM
I agree people shouldn't use cell phones while driving, but the fact that he was doing it doesn't mean it was a factor in this case. Sometimes things happen too fast to react, no matter how well you are paying attention. Anyway, the sketchy details in this article aren't enough to challenge the jury. They got a lot more information than we have, and based on that they decided not to convict him. You can't send somebody to prison just because you don't like cell phones. So chalk it up to some vague story that's not worth arguing about and move on.
 
2006-02-02 01:22:44 PM
I'm surprised he's getting off scott free. Several years back we had a young man drag racing and ran a red light. He killed two people. I don't think they could prove he was drag racing, but he admitted to police that he knew he could kill some one if he ran the red light, but he thought it would change before he got there. I know he was conficted of homicide, but the ruling is or was being contested.
 
2006-02-02 01:23:49 PM
another good example on why cell phones + driving should be banned

Not until they ban eating, drinking, changing the radio station, and reading billboards too! Just because some people are too stupid to talk and drive doesn't mean that we all are.
 
2006-02-02 01:26:34 PM
Is it just me, or does it seem that a disproportionate number of dumbass kids drive the ubiquitous Ford Mustang?
And they wear their gimmie caps backwards.
Yo, word, homie..you look like a million other dumbasses.
 
2006-02-02 01:26:37 PM
Does the word "vehicular" make anyone else giggle, just because it sounds too much like "testicular?"

Or is my mind just centered too much around the cock?

/female, so don't worry
 
2006-02-02 01:26:50 PM
Would you people be complaining if he had ran over a dog while text-messenging?

Um, yes, I would. If you are driving, don't do something that requires you to pay attention to something that is not the freaking road. If some jackass hit my dog, or my kid, or my kid's dog (with or without bees in its mouth when it barks), I would be really tempted to take a couple punches at the guy, at the least. More if it was my kid, less if it was my dog.
 
2006-02-02 01:28:04 PM
My brother got hit while walking to a steak and shake and suffered brain damage and loss of memory. The chick that hit him got off with out a ticket or anything. Justice system can blow the big one.

/chick goes to my school
//am currently hittin' it
 
2006-02-02 01:31:06 PM
maotx: If a kid wants to drive a V8, they should be required to take further driving classes.


He wasn't driving an F'ing 18 wheeler for Christ's sake. So should he be allowed to drive a car if it has a V8 under the hood?

It's not the size of the engine, it's how you use/handle it.
 
2006-02-02 01:31:26 PM
ParagonComplex

Hooray! The obligatory "IF DIZ WER MUH KEED ID DO DIS" line. Took you people long enough. You guys know damn good and well you wouldn't do anything so why do people keep saying stuff like this? So obnoxious

You underestimate the passion, and stupidity, of human beings. If I were a single parent, and this were my only child, and I felt as if I had nothing to live for after this teen ran down my child ... yeah, I might consider doing something along the idiotic lines.
 
2006-02-02 01:34:47 PM
Hypothetically speaking, of course.

/has no kids
//is not stupid
\\\my slashys broke
 
2006-02-02 01:34:50 PM
StarshipPooper: He was trying to go faster than the speed of light so he could text message himself.


*giggle*
 
2006-02-02 01:37:09 PM
Driver in question:
images.ibsys.com
 
2006-02-02 01:37:11 PM
Some of you are misinterpreting this. There is obviously doubt as to whether or not the guy could have avoided the kid even if he wasn't texting someone.

Yes, he's an asshat for texting on his phone. But the relatives seem to think the kid may have fallen in front of the car at the last instant. I.E., the text messaging had nothing to do with it.
 
2006-02-02 01:38:52 PM
"The girlfriend yelled when she saw Deming's Mustang approaching, and Nhiem may have stumbled back off the curb into the path of the car."

Sounds like the kid shouldn't have been neer the street. Accidents happen. Why should anyone go to prison over it?

/rhetorical
 
2006-02-02 01:39:02 PM
Cinncitucky
 
2006-02-02 01:39:12 PM
And apparently that picture was taken not too long after the accident. Does it look like he's celebrating, or is it my imagination?
 
2006-02-02 01:41:38 PM
greaser_77 and maotx

We are also assuming he was driving a Mustang GT. The asshat may have been texting his rice-ass homies to hook him up aith a fake exhaust pipe on the left side of his car so people would think he had an 8-cylinder.

Should the kid be required to have extra training to drive a V6?

And I don't think that the DA couldn't convince anyone that it was a crime, I believe the problem was that the jury didn't believe it was vehicular homicide, because of lack of intent. The issue was that Ky needs more options to adequately prosecute cases such as these.
 
2006-02-02 01:46:21 PM
I think we should bring back the Hester Prynne school of punishment.
 
2006-02-02 01:47:11 PM
Running over a boy while speeding and sending a text message is legal in Kentucky.

It is??? (scratches off this week's To-Do list)
 
2006-02-02 01:48:13 PM
Sounds like the kid shouldn't have been neer the street. Accidents happen. Why should anyone go to prison over it?

I don't know about you, but when I'm driving in a suburb I at least slow down when I see people near the road. Hitting the number 4 three times to type a letter probably didn't help out.

Jail? Definately. Nothing long though, say just 90 days. Just enough to send a message to other asshats.
 
2006-02-02 01:48:25 PM
"Deming will have to live with that memory the rest of his life."

So this is what American justice has come to? Rather than being found guilty its enough that they feel guilty.
 
2006-02-02 01:49:53 PM
What do you expect from Kentucky?

pfft
 
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