STOUGHTON (WBZ) ― A 4-year-old Stoughton girl struck by a car driven by an elderly woman died overnight, the Norfolk District Attorney's office said Sunday morning.
Diya Patel died at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where she'd been flown after the accident Saturday morning.
Rest in Peace, Diya.
Now, I understand that a certain amount of coverage is simple sensationalism - "If it bleeds, it leads". The story of a young child mowed down by an oblivious elderly driver in front of her family tugs at the heart strings and provokes much commentary. The usual suspects are calling for laws, testing, etc. which may or may not help the issue. However, given the cravenness of the average MA politician, there's very little chance they'll do anything to anger the whiteheads, one of the most active voting blocks going...
What is interesting is this:
Police say charges may be filed against the driver, whose name is not being released at this time.
Excuse the hell out of me, but what the fucking fuck? This senile old biddie plowed into a kid in a crosswalk. How the hell can they not file charges? Failure to yield? Vehicular manslaughter? Negligent homicide? It would seem that there are a plethora of charges that could be levied at someone who blatantly disregards the traffic laws of the Commonwealth and causes the death of another person.
I can guarantee you this, though. If I were to pick up one of my guns, walk into a busy area, and start pulling the trigger, I would be up on first degree murder charges before the last casing hit the ground. Why do we treat people who misuse automobiles so lightly? If you are so out of control of your mental facilities that you can't brake or even slow down for people in your path, you're just as out of control as some lunatic randomly shooting at people. But yet the punishments are hardly comparable - I'd wager she is not charged with any crime, and at most might lose her license.
When we start treating the misuse of all tools equally I'll start believing that gun control is anything other than an attempt at authoritarian control...
That is all.
UPDATE: Thanks, Bruce, for the link. Also wanted to point out that the driver's license has been suspended - yes, suspended, not revoked - and she has been charged with vehicular homicide.
That's a good start.