Letters: week of Dec. 14

Driver involved in fatal collision deserved stiffer charge

Sir: On Dec. 5, The Observer published a story under the headline: “Woman dies one week after crash.”

That was my neighbour, and she died on Oct. 21.

A Sarnia Police spokesman is quoted as stating that lengthier scene investigations are the norm when collisions involve life-threatening injuries or death, and that, “This case didn’t meet the threshold.”

The article further states that a 27-year-old man was charged with failing to stop for a red light.

What? Dangerous Driving is defined as “a marked departure from the standard of care of a responsible and prudent driver” and Dangerous Driving Causing Death can get you 14 years in jail.

I would say that “Disobeying A Red Light” was the root cause of my neighbour’s slow death, and should fall under the above definition.

Disobeying a red light gets you three demerit points, a $350 fine, a conviction registered on your driving record for three years, possible insurance increases, and determination of fault in accident cases.

I would say the driver in this case was as lucky as you can get.

 

Ed Williamson
Sarnia