If your life or the life of someone you love has ever been touched by the horror of vehicular manslaughter, you may find this compilation disturbing. For fans of trivia and the macabre, you’re in the right place. Click if you missed PART 1 or PART 2 of this article.
Famous vehicular homicide cases, in detail (Cont.)
- March 22, 1991: Boston Celtics point guard Charles E. Smith leaves the scene of an accident resulting in the death of two Boston University students, An Trinh, 21, of Placentia, Calif., and Michelle Dartley, 20, of Ridgewood, N.J. Smith served 28 months of a 4-1/2 year sentence involving vehicular homicide
- May 6, 1992: New York club owner and best friend to Frank Sinatra, Jilly Rizzo, is killed by a hit-and-run driver. The driver is convicted of second degree murder and is in the middle of a 15-years-to-life sentence
- August 17, 1998: Singer Eddi Serrano of the group Yaqui is killed in Los Angeles while bicycling. A hit-and-run driver is responsible
- 1999: Two-time Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach Mike Shanahan and friend Mickey Bertini were in a car in Chicago that was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Bertini was killed
- August 29, 1999: Former NFL linebacker Jaime Fields is killed in a car accident. The surviving driver runs a red light, collides with Fields’ vehicle, then flees the scene on foot
- January 14, 2003: 25-year old NFL cornerback Dwayne Goodrich struck and killed two young men who were pulling people from another burning car wreck to safety. Goodrich is currently serving 7-1/2 years on two counts of negligent homicide
- January 28, 2003: 28-year-old pop singer from the band H-Town Keven Conner (“Dino”) and his 22-year-old fiancee Teshya Rae Weisent are struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Houston, Texas
- June 14, 2003: Catholic Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien is convicted in the hit-and-run death of Jim Reed, 43. Reed, who was intoxicated and jaywalking, is struck by O’Brien, who was just leaving mass. O’Brien serves four years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. He resigns as head of the Phoenix, Arizona diocese
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Vehicular homicide without a vehicle
A 30-year-old Raquel Nelson of Marietta, Georgia, is convicted of vehicular homicide even though she wasn’t driving a car. While crossing a street on foot with her three children, a drunk driver strikes and kills her 4-year-old son. The driver is charged with hit-and-run first degree homicide by vehicle and cruelty to children initially, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, charges are later dropped to just hit-and-run. Despite the fact that the driver had previously been convicted of hit-and-run, he serves only six months. Nelson, however, is sentenced to serve up to 36 months for not crossing the street in a crosswalk. Pedestrian advocacy groups go crazy, pointing out that there are no adequate crosswalks in the area. The Atlanta-Sandy-Springs-Marietta, Georgia metro area is reportedly the 11th most dangerous in the country for street crossings by pedestrians. Between 2000 and 2009, 800 pedestrians were killed in automotive accidents.
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