Wednesday, May 19, 2010

SUV Driver Kills Two Motorcyclists At Stoplight Gets $100.00 Fine

Some things just don't true up, and there is often no acceptable answer as to why.

A few weeks ago a young South Carlina woman Malloy Hood was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the death of a motorcyclist who had crashed his bike in the middle of a Mt. Pleasant South Carolina intersection. The motorcyclist had been pulling wheelies and lost control of his motorcycle when Hood's SUV struck him and he died at the scene. Hood was beyond drunk at the time.

Yesterday Charles J. McDonald, 38 was cited for reckless driving and given a 100 dollar fine in the death of two New York motorcyclists. The two bikers were stopped at a traffic light in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina, when McDonald's the SUV traveling at 45 mph plowed into them from behind. Crushing them between his SUV and the cars in front of them.

This troubles me. How can state prosecutor Scarlett Wilson look the other way saying it was up to Mt. Pleasant police to charge McDonald weeks after her office pushed for a 25 year sentence against Malloy Hood?

In Hood's case she was clearly intoxicated, yet her driving did not cause the accident, the cyclist's death was a secondary result of "his" accident. In McDonald's case he was apparently not intoxicated yet his driving clearly caused the accident and the subsequent death of two people.


Anonymous said...

I think you answered your own question "she was clearly intoxicated"...

Anonymous said...

Hey Cedar from what I hear the guys on the bikes were all cranked up, booze and drugs when Hood came through the intersection on a green light. Chances are she would have hit them anyways. It was his turn to die. So I'm with ya there is no sense in this and no justice in South Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Could it get any more screwed up? I don't think you get a slap on the wrist for taking someone's life if your driving drunk, or driving stupid both these idiots need to be locked up. Frankly I'm more concerned about the sober idiot in the middle of the day than the drunk at 2 am.

Anonymous said...

I see this as just another example of folks not taking driving seriously, with tragic results. I have read enough comments on this forum (P&C) to know that bikers are a close nit group and not without influence and money. It will be interesting to see how this tragic event plays out. I am rooting for some sort of civil judgment, since the regular process has failed.