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Daily Reflector Editor Emeritus Al Clark. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Aileen Devlin

Daily Reflector Editor Emeritus Al Clark. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Clark: Case of lost innocence

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Hushed murmurs and louder cries swiftly followed Pitt County District Court Judge David Leach’s announcement of a $25 fine without court costs for a young man whose heavy-duty pickup truck smashed into a car on a rain-slicked Greenville street in May 2013, killing a 20-year-old university student.

In the angst that rose from the courtroom last week was the question any reasonable person would ask: Where is the justice in such a trivial punishment for someone responsible for the sudden death of another?

But then, is any court capable of finding real justice in a case like this one?

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I agree

This kid is responsible for the death of another. He didn't mean to kill anyone but how many go to jail when clearly they didn't mean to do whatever they did. I would like to see him speak to other HS kids and warn them that driving is a big responsibility and that they don't want to become like him. Time will tell if he is just a punk with a big truck or a man who owns up to what he did by helping others learn from his poor decision making.

al's pollyanna world

Unfortunatey, Al has it wrong.The insignificant sentence will teach this kid nothing.He will repeat his poor driving skills because to a young adult he has had no,zero,ramifications.We should establish Liz's Law, that requires a minimum of 30 days in jail for any death caused by inattentive driving while using a cell phone.The judge made a big screw up .$25 a joke.

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