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(Village Voice)   Woman who drove drunk at 7:45 in the morning, ran over a teacher, and then fled the scene goes on Facebook to tell the haters to suck it   (blogs.villagevoice.com) divider line 292
    More: Asinine, Megan Merkel, Facebook, Mark Scerbo  
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2012-07-30 06:36:58 PM  

namatad: gilgigamesh: Classlessness aside, Facebook has got to be the greatest boon to prosecutors -- or conversely the greatest headache for defense lawyers -- in the history of ever.

dumb people are dumb. they sure have made things easier.

also
why wasnt she charged with reckless driving and homicide?
why was she released? without bail??

I guess she needs to kill a few more people before she is taken off the street. WHY is vehicular manslaughter so rarely charged? "she was old and drove through the farmers market. it wasnt her fault."

FFS


As someone who's mother was run over by an elderly driver (while sitting inside the waiting room of a doctors office) I have to wonder the same thing. Guy got nothing but a restricted license.

/She's fine now. Threw her across the room and messed up her shoulder, but thankfully nothing more.
 
2012-07-30 06:37:48 PM  

HellRaisingHoosier: She'll probably now be in and out of prison for the rest of her life


According to my link above, this will be #2. She was on parole for stealing a credit card when she beat some guy up and stole a TV. Got a year in jail out of it. The more I hear of her, the more I realize how bad of a person she really is. Not that he's any better, with having a six year long rap sheet six years from when he can start having a rap sheet.

Either way, I really can't tell who's the bigger loser.
 
2012-07-30 06:38:58 PM  

MAYORBOB: Are you and worldwalker telling me to get "the real facts"? Why I ought to post something really bad about you haters on Facebook. Probably just as well that I don't have a Facebook page.


Not at all, just pointing it out. Have absolutely zero interest in trolling you or whether or not you're on Facebook.
 
2012-07-30 06:39:40 PM  

ladyfortuna: Ugh, turns out they were up in the 50-55 mph zone, I am pretty sure. Local news gave a cross-road which I looked up, and the limit goes back to 30 about another half mile north of where that is. So yeah they were probably speeding, and it's only two lanes there. In fact the shoulders aren't as wide, either... because at least on the satellite picture, they're not even marked. That might be old since I think they repaved last year, but the road is a bit narrower in that area.


I live a few hundred yards from Rt. 250. What was the cross road they mentioned?
 
2012-07-30 06:40:47 PM  

FriarReb98: MAYORBOB: Are you and worldwalker telling me to get "the real facts"? Why I ought to post something really bad about you haters on Facebook. Probably just as well that I don't have a Facebook page.

Not at all, just pointing it out. Have absolutely zero interest in trolling you or whether or not you're on Facebook.


I was kidding.
 
2012-07-30 06:43:43 PM  
My parents lived on Rt. 250 for 35 years (mom moved 2 years ago), one town south in Perinton. I've driven that piece of road thousands of times. It's usually a busy road, but not at 7:45 on a Sunday morning. That time of day it should be nearly empty. There's no way that Merkel could not have seen her, drunk or not. Despite that, Scerbo is really responsible for this. I didn't see this in the linked article (mebbe I missed it), but he was passing Merkel on the right on a 2 lane road. He hit the bicyclist and knocked her into the main lane, where Merkel ran her over.

Scerbo has been in trouble over and over again. His record includes 3 DWI's and burglary. I'm guessing the only reason he hasn't been charged with DWI for this yet is that he ended up hospitalized and they are waiting on blood alcohol tests to come back.

Merkel's no angel either. He was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property after she used a hot credit card to ring up $1900 in merchandise. She was given probation, which was promptly revoked after she was charged with assault and petty larceny. She was sentenced to a year in jail at that point (I don't know how much of that she served).

I'm surprised Merkel is not in jail at this point, I'm sure Scerbo's going there once he gets out of the hospital.
 
2012-07-30 06:47:53 PM  
Story reads more like some left-coast mob hit gone wrong.
 
2012-07-30 06:49:46 PM  

namatad: LOL
I am SO MOVING to NYC!!!


Penfield is a suburb of Rochester, not NYC.
Several hundred miles away.
 
2012-07-30 06:50:27 PM  

FriarReb98: MAYORBOB: He recently got paroled hit the woman and fled the scene so he's headed back to the big house.

Not to split hairs, but he didn't flee, from the sound of it, as he's in the hospital with "serious" injuries from hitting another person on a motorcycle. He was actually arraigned there according to the article in Rochester's newspaper.

\also, from the looks of it, her backlash hasn't hit those papers yet. They'd probably lynch her if they did.


The lynch mob is out, the comments section of the Democrat & Chronicle is filling rapidly. I don't know if these links will work here as I'm a subscriber, so if the don't work for you blame it on Gannett.

Link

Link
 
2012-07-30 06:51:42 PM  

Old Smokie: To be fair, I'd do exactly the same thing.

I mean I try not to run down people while driving, but if I ever do, and they had it coming, and people are blaming me I'd tell them to fark off. DUI thing is irrelevant unless the driver did something wrong IMO.




Uh, WHAT? You'd leave the scene after running over someone? And you don't think driving drunk is an issue?

Maybe if this biatch wasn't drunk, she wouldn't have been egging her man on to act like a fool.... maybe she could have stopped or missed the woman instead of running her over.... maybe she would've been at a real job or something constructive instead of drunk early in the morning....

Holy crap.... how low are your morals?
 
2012-07-30 06:55:00 PM  

ZeroCorpse: This is why I ride my bike on the sidewalk.


illegal in majority of NY
 
2012-07-30 06:55:23 PM  
"He was on Punky Brewster, so he's a hero to me. I give him a little leeway. Besides, it's a straight shot home once he passes the school"
 
2012-07-30 06:58:31 PM  

tukatz: Old Smokie: To be fair, I'd do exactly the same thing.

I mean I try not to run down people while driving, but if I ever do, and they had it coming, and people are blaming me I'd tell them to fark off. DUI thing is irrelevant unless the driver did something wrong IMO.



Uh, WHAT? You'd leave the scene after running over someone? And you don't think driving drunk is an issue?

Maybe if this biatch wasn't drunk, she wouldn't have been egging her man on to act like a fool.... maybe she could have stopped or missed the woman instead of running her over.... maybe she would've been at a real job or something constructive instead of drunk early in the morning....

Holy crap.... how low are your morals?


Don't forget the implication that the dead cyclist "had it coming".

I'm not surprised when I read the kind of crap that Old Smokie wrote. There are a lot of really sick people in this world. It's still sad, but it's no longer surprising to me.
 
2012-07-30 06:59:49 PM  

Snuffybud: FriarReb98: MAYORBOB: He recently got paroled hit the woman and fled the scene so he's headed back to the big house.

Not to split hairs, but he didn't flee, from the sound of it, as he's in the hospital with "serious" injuries from hitting another person on a motorcycle. He was actually arraigned there according to the article in Rochester's newspaper.

\also, from the looks of it, her backlash hasn't hit those papers yet. They'd probably lynch her if they did.

The lynch mob is out, the comments section of the Democrat & Chronicle is filling rapidly. I don't know if these links will work here as I'm a subscriber, so if the don't work for you blame it on Gannett.

Link

Link


Flipping through those, I noticed that one of the comments says Miss Charming had no license. If that's true... whooboy. Also, from whoever said it upthread, apparently that might not be her, because she supposedly deactivated her Facebook after this hit the fan.
 
2012-07-30 07:01:57 PM  

trappedspirit: Upstate? Where is upstate? Is that near upskirt?


People in NYC and Long Island think "upstate" is anything north of Westchester and Rockland Counties

nyc.barstoolsports.com
 
2012-07-30 07:04:12 PM  

Snuffybud: My parents lived on Rt. 250 for 35 years (mom moved 2 years ago), one town south in Perinton. I've driven that piece of road thousands of times. It's usually a busy road, but not at 7:45 on a Sunday morning. That time of day it should be nearly empty. There's no way that Merkel could not have seen her, drunk or not.


Actually you'd be surprised how much traffic there is that time of day. I used to go to Army drill in Webster every month for seven years on 250. There were even people out before 7 AM; my last unit had 7 AM report time so I've done the drive between 6:30-7:30 many times. It's not busy like rush hour or lunch break time is, but there's still some volume of traffic. Plus you'll see tons of joggers, cyclists, and motorcycles around this time of year.

One other thing, I don't know what time sunrise was or the weather on Sunday, but I always liked that drive in the morning because I got to see it without a lot of buildings around, so it's *possible* being drunk, if the sun was bright, he really didn't see her. Not that I'm excusing him for being a COMPLETE MORON. Just thought I'd mention it.
 
2012-07-30 07:05:48 PM  

JustGetItRight: gilgigamesh: Classlessness aside, Facebook has got to be the greatest boon to prosecutors -- or conversely the greatest headache for defense lawyers -- in the history of ever.

I work for a prosecuting agency. Grabbing facebook posts is pretty much a weekly or more activity.

People are total idiots. Just as a recent example, don't post pictures of your tickets and actual photos of you and your buds at an event if you're going to tell the cops you were a couple hundred miles away at the time.

It doesn't end well for you.


Out of curiosity, how do you go about getting Facebook posts from users who have set their profiles to private? I'd be curious to know how you can extract information from those who are careful about what they post and who has visibility to their posts. Surely there must be a way, or do you legally need to request permission of some sort to defy any privacy filters that may have been put into place?
 
2012-07-30 07:08:28 PM  

Orange Guy: trappedspirit: Upstate? Where is upstate? Is that near upskirt?

People in NYC and Long Island think "upstate" is anything north of Westchester and Rockland Counties

[nyc.barstoolsports.com image 480x374]


Try being married to someone from north of syracuse. I wear she wants to strangle people who refer to anything just outside of NYC "upstate".
 
2012-07-30 07:08:41 PM  

ZeroCorpse: This is why I ride my bike on the sidewalk.


You are statistically more likely to get hit on the sidewalk.

From OneLessCar

" The average cyclist in this study incurs a risk on the sidewalk 1.8 times as great as on the roadway, and the result is statistically significant (p
The greatest risk found in this study is for bicyclists over 18 traveling against traffic on the sidewalk. Each of these characteristics is hazardous in itself; combined, they present 5.3 times the average risk.

Table 5 demonstrates that sidewalks or paths adjacent to a roadway are usually not, as non-cyclists expect, safer than the road, but much less safe. This conclusion is already well established in existing standards for bikeway design, although in our experience it is not widely known or observed."


And from other information:

"The relative rates for falls and injuries suggest it is safest to cycle on-road followed by off-road paths and trails, and finally least safe on sidewalks. While there were no major injuries reported on sidewalks, the relative rate for these events on paths was greater than the rate for roads. "

Less severe, but more common.
 
2012-07-30 07:09:22 PM  
I'd be curious to know how you can extract information from those who are careful about what they post and who control* who has visibility to their posts.

FTFM
 
2012-07-30 07:13:30 PM  
Just the other day, I saw a license plate:
SMD H8RS

/too bad I didn't have the camera with me
 
2012-07-30 07:14:28 PM  
up-ship.com
 
2012-07-30 07:17:06 PM  
Here's a link to a screengrab of her entire Facebook page, not just her comment. The image is too big to post and I don't feel like resizing and hosting it.

Link
 
2012-07-30 07:17:22 PM  
I just wonder who she's "talking" to. Are people posting hate messages on her page? If so, why not just unfriend and delete the posts?
 
2012-07-30 07:26:42 PM  
Worst. Kill-Frenzy. Ever.
 
2012-07-30 07:27:35 PM  

Sharkster: meow said the dog: As someone who sees...

MSTD, I love you, you weirdo.


Seriously? I don;t understand you guys that like that retard Meow. I have had him/her/it blocked since I first read its nonsense and hate that so many of you quote that stupidity. There is nothing enjoyable about a MSTD posting.

Now FNB on the other hand...
 
2012-07-30 07:30:18 PM  

drayno76: Bring back alcohol prohibition.


Nah, it's too good of a way to weed out the stupid from society. Alcohol really helps Darwin keep up on his quotas of retards.
 
2012-07-30 07:31:09 PM  
Put her in the poke.
 
2012-07-30 07:32:42 PM  

Profedius: "Megan Merkel was driving drunk at 7:45 A.M"- lack of responsibility "her recently paroled boyfriend" - Poor decision making skills "I was sure as hell not being a reckless driver and what happened I couldn't help" - Admission of guilt. Yes a valuable member of society she is not. My prediction is that she will be found not guilty in the death but guilty of DWI she will have to pay a fine, probation and community service. She will become pregnant by this guy before he ends up in jail and she will have the child then not be able to support it so she will turn to welfare. The DWI on her record will force who to get a low paying job so she will have to get government assisted living. She will spend her life poor and have a few baby daddies turn to alcohol and or drug abuse. She will have at least three kids all will become pregnant or get someone pregnant before the age of 16.


...And all while voting Republican too. A truly sad state of affairs this woman's life will be.
 
2012-07-30 07:33:39 PM  

serial_crusher: People seem to have missed the fact that she was on the bike, therefore shouldn't have been on the road at all, or something


huh ? where are you from. Most countries require it.
 
2012-07-30 07:36:51 PM  

Indubitably: Put her in the poke.


I meant spoke.
 
2012-07-30 07:40:49 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: namatad: LOL
I am SO MOVING to NYC!!!

Penfield is a suburb of Rochester, not NYC.
Several hundred miles away.


LOL
figure that state law determines most vehicular deaths
 
2012-07-30 07:41:18 PM  

FriarReb98: MAYORBOB: He recently got paroled hit the woman and fled the scene so he's headed back to the big house.

Not to split hairs, but he didn't flee, from the sound of it, as he's in the hospital with "serious" injuries from hitting another person on a motorcycle. He was actually arraigned there according to the article in Rochester's newspaper.

\also, from the looks of it, her backlash hasn't hit those papers yet. They'd probably lynch her if they did.


From ThatFA:

"Normally, Scerbo would not have been eligible for parole until September, but he completed a shock incarceration program at Moriah Shock Correction Facility in Essex County, Cutler said. Completing the program made Scerbo eligible for release in six months."

What in tarnation is a "shock incarceration program?" Sounds downright unpleasant.

/here we go again, google.
//you're the bestest friend ever
 
2012-07-30 07:41:35 PM  
Well at least she was honest of doing it.
 
2012-07-30 07:41:53 PM  

JustGetItRight: sethstorm: The more reason to make criminal records auto-expunge(but not any reporting for sex crimes) after time has been served. Time done, corrective action performed, get on with life without businesses being able to refuse

Sure, as soon as she does her time and her victim is made whole we'll gladly wipe the slate clean.

Well, except for the whole HER VICTIM IS FARKING DEAD part.

I actually differ from most of my conservative brethren in that I support the immediate restoration of civil rights upon reaching end of sentence for most crimes. Not expunging the record because a significant number will re-offend and that history is important, but otherwise remove many of the barriers to rejoining society but not in cases where the victim dies.

She was driving drunk and killed someone. There is no corrective action that will atone. The fact that she's allowed to continue breathing air is bordering on too much mercy. Not only should her record never be expunged, she should be ineligible for any social assistance at all. Not one freaking penny. Living in a box under a bridge eating out of restaurant dumpsters is still better than what her victim got.


I consider myself a liberal independent and I like that notion!
 
2012-07-30 07:44:34 PM  
I see that Grables Daughter has been keeping busy...
 
2012-07-30 07:47:18 PM  

justtray: Old Smokie: FTA: As Scerbo again passed Merkel to do yet another wheelie, he hit Boyum, throwing her from her bike. Then Merkel ran her over -- before fleeing the scene.

Yep, had it coming. Level of intoxication of driver is irrelevant.

Are you confused or just retarded?


Why can't he be both?
 
2012-07-30 07:48:43 PM  

ZeroCorpse: This is why I ride my bike on the sidewalk.


Way more dangerous that way.
 
2012-07-30 07:49:45 PM  

Elegy: What in tarnation is a "shock incarceration program?" Sounds downright unpleasant.


Ya, I noticed that too. I kinda wonder if it's EST or if it's just named after where it takes place....
 
2012-07-30 07:49:46 PM  
Yup, just like I thought.

Moriah is a minimum security boot camp, held in or on the grounds of an old mine. Sounds like a positively charming place to spend the summer.
 
2012-07-30 07:51:30 PM  

Indubitably: Indubitably: Put her in the poke.

I meant spoke.


Spoke her in the poke? Sounds kinky.
 
2012-07-30 07:54:46 PM  

my lip balm addiction: Profedius: "Megan Merkel was driving drunk at 7:45 A.M"- lack of responsibility "her recently paroled boyfriend" - Poor decision making skills "I was sure as hell not being a reckless driver and what happened I couldn't help" - Admission of guilt. Yes a valuable member of society she is not. My prediction is that she will be found not guilty in the death but guilty of DWI she will have to pay a fine, probation and community service. She will become pregnant by this guy before he ends up in jail and she will have the child then not be able to support it so she will turn to welfare. The DWI on her record will force who to get a low paying job so she will have to get government assisted living. She will spend her life poor and have a few baby daddies turn to alcohol and or drug abuse. She will have at least three kids all will become pregnant or get someone pregnant before the age of 16.

...And all while voting Republican too. A truly sad state of affairs this woman's life will be.


I'd bet there are at least three of her spawn that we taxpayers are supporting. Just a wild guess.

Did I say "we"? Oh, this is Fark. I should say that we people who actually earn money are supporting.
 
2012-07-30 07:58:03 PM  

justtray: Old Smokie: FTA: As Scerbo again passed Merkel to do yet another wheelie, he hit Boyum, throwing her from her bike. Then Merkel ran her over -- before fleeing the scene.

Yep, had it coming. Level of intoxication of driver is irrelevant.

Are you confused or just retarded?


I think it's some of both.
 
2012-07-30 08:03:18 PM  
I would very much push for manslaughter as a prosecutor.

You all are taking the case as distinct and separate components, ie. cyclist knocks woman down in front of car with not enough time to avoid vehicular impact, and cyclist and driver happen to be both drunk.

However, just like if you are a part of a robbery and didn't pull the trigger that winds up killing a clerk, you are still involved in the crime and responsible. If you did not participate in the robbery, maybe the robbery doesn't occur, and no one gets shot. This woman was drunk and driving recklessly along side her boyfriend. Sober people would tend to avoid lane-sharing for long with a cyclist. Sober people would be paying attention to the road and note someone riding a bicycle on the road (especially a long straightaway). Even if the boyfriend were to lose control and hit the bicyclist, a sober driver would have seen the potential for that to happen and been able to avoid it.

This "she came right at me!" defense is total shiat, because the only reason she didn't see her was because she was distracted, and distracted because she was drunk... not to mention entertained by the drunk distracting boyfriend. No drunk and willfully playing along with the reckless boyfriend, no death.
 
2012-07-30 08:04:02 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: Indubitably: Indubitably: Put her in the poke.

I meant spoke.

Spoke her in the poke? Sounds kinky.


That's what I sp(h)ear...

/Too deep?

;)
 
2012-07-30 08:07:05 PM  
Women are natural born sociopaths. Don't stick your dick in them unless you have money. What mom used to say.
 
2012-07-30 08:07:59 PM  

Shrapnel: larrycot: Wondering if we'll get a new meme out of this like DIAF.

SUDACOI... Possibly.

[i215.photobucket.com image 279x400]

The face of the meme?



Well played
 
2012-07-30 08:09:06 PM  

Tyranicle: Women are natural born sociopaths. Don't stick your dick in them unless you have money. What mom used to say.


Have some Freudian issues, do we?
 
2012-07-30 08:13:42 PM  

Ceiling Moran: halfof33: sethstorm: Liliac_Hill: [derp]

Thanks for showing your derpiness.

/PLONK

did you put her on ignore because she plugged the place taking donations for the woman these idiots killed?

That's what it looked like to me. What the hell?


Not really sure what I did, but I won't lose any sleep over it.
 
2012-07-30 08:15:29 PM  

number8: wademh: Woman uses facebook. OK, I think she's an idiot. The rest is ancillary.

When did "I don't use Facebook" replace "I don't have a TV" as the internet's most popular way for people to think they're better than others?

/fark this woman


At least 4 years ago. And it's true.
 
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