Friday, May 16, 2014

Let's Regulate Guns Like Cars, Right?

Because no one abuses cars, right?

3 Children Boarding Bus Struck By Hit And Run Driver In Brockton
Three children were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brockton Thursday morning.

It happened just after 8 a.m. at the corner of Myrtle Street and Warren Avenue as they were crossing the street to get on the bus.

Yainira Boria, 38, of Brockton was arrested and charged in the accident, Brockton police said. A short-time after the incident, officers found the car involved and spotted Boria nearby at a corner drinking a beer, according to police.
There's video that accompanies the story that tells a lot more. Like the car was stolen from out of state. And Boria doesn't have a license. She denied even being in the car, even though multiple witnesses - and video surveillance - placed her in the car at the scene. Of course, she also said she didn't know she hit any one.

Watch the video. The bus stops. Kids run out to the bus, and she plows right over them. She stops, gets out, then gets back in and takes off. As a parent who has watched his kids get on and off the bus (and sometimes, yes, they don't look for traffic like they should), it is positively horrifying.

Given that it's Massachusetts, they'll probably fine the kids for damaging the vehicle.

People misuse tools. It's a sad fact of life, but it is a fact. When we focus on the tools, like we do after a school shooting, we ignore the person misusing the tool. Even worse, we dehumanize the crime itself - why, if only [certain tool] was more regulated, this never would have happened.

Except it will happen, because we've taken all the blame off the person.

That is all.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"A short-time after the incident, officers found the car involved and spotted Boria nearby at a corner drinking a beer, according to police"

Why wasn't she in jail?

Gerry

Armed Texan said...

Given that it's Massachusetts, they'll probably fine the kids for damaging the vehicle.

It depends on her immigration status right? If she's a natural born citizen or naturalized, they might give her a warning for failure to stop. If she's here illegally, then they'll give her another EBT card to make up for the trouble of losing her stolen car.

It's quite possible that she was so shaken up that she decided to crack a cold one to take the edge off. Alternatively, it muddies the evidence for DUI if the cops find you drinking, legally, and not driving before they can perform a sobriety test. If so, that shows some cold-blooded calculation on her part.

Jay G said...

I had that same thought, AT.

If she was loaded when she plowed into those kids, having a beer when they caught up to her was the only "smart" thing she did that day. Since they can't *prove* that she was under the influence while she was driving, they can't hit her with a DWI.

What she doesn't realize, I think, is that leaving the scene of an accident, involving children, with witnesses, is going to see the most serious charges possible leveled.

Especially if the arresting officers suspect that she was, in fact, inebriated when she hit those kids.

This will be an interesting one to follow indeed...