Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Breaking News...

Well, how's this for an epilogue?

No charges filed against trucker who caused crash that killed eight

Associated Press

— ELKHART, Ind. ‹ No charges will be filed against an Illinois truck driver who was trying to recharge his cell phone when he rammed into stopped traffic on the Indiana Toll Road, killing eight people...(full story)

Her Lovely Self has been fielding calls from the media all morning, which is how we learned of this latest development in the case, such as it is.

I've been trying to reach my brother, but he isn't answering his phone, which is probably just as well. I pity the first reporter who gets to BB. I shudder to think how he will react.

That's really all I have to say about this.

From Somewhere on the Masthead

Best argument yet for distracted driving laws in every state. Hands free cell phone laws certainly don't cut it. Too many drivers are distracted with too many devices behind the wheel these days. Not to mention the fast food eaters and people putting on make-up, shaving or reading while driving.

I'm sorry for this frustrating turn of events. I'm assuming civil charges will be forthcoming and hefty even if criminal penalties are nonexistent.
If I had the chance, and I didn't care about getting grounded for it, I would so beat the crud out of that guy....

Well, what goes around, comes around... God knows what he has done, and will remember that when that man is at the gates of Heaven... Well, at least, thats what my mom always says about people like that...

Hugs and Kisses to everyone at the Magazine Mansion...

I'm sorry to hear this.

Very wrong.

Not likely to help you and your family move on from this tragedy.

Take care,
As an epilogue, it makes me feel ill. I would've thought reckless endangerment or some legal variation thereof.

I'm sorry the media is hassling your family. Their pursuit of comments serves only to exacerbate an already difficult time it seems.
I'm so sorry that you have had to endure yet another painful reminder of the loss of your parents.
OMG HOW can they NOT charge the idiot with negligent homicide???????????????????????
Speechless. Big hugs to you all.
-Sigh- And a taste of real life. If only your editorials could have a deus ex machina where the Judge gave him a life sentence of helping crash victims...

My condolences to all at the Mansion.
I'm sorry too.

I've read a few accounts-apparently there's no criminal penalty for negligence in that state.

I'd have expected some kind of manslaughter ruling myself.

The widow of one of the other people who were killed has already expressed her feelings to reporters.
There is no criminal penalty for negligence in that state? Maybe THERE is where the anger and frustration and sorrow from all of the families can be channeled.

Prayers are still being offered, MM. For all.
Pursue something civilly, if only as a matter of principle. Our hearts & prayers go out to you guys.
Just, wow...
So it's illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving (if you don't have a hands-free thingy) but it's not illegal to rummage around for your charger while not looking at the road? That is ridiculous.

I'm sorry, MM.
I know that there's nothing much I personally can do for you nor will my comment carry that much weight, but my deepest condolences to you and your family and for the frustrating and mind bending turn of events.
I think Twinks said it best - what goes around definitely comes around and he'll be answering for his careless mistake someday... I hope that somebody hears this story and learns to be safer behind the wheel as a result.

MM, I'm so sorry you're
going through with this. Still thinking and praying for you all...
This is just wrong. So sorry...
It makes me sick to think people can get away with this.

My heart continues to go out to you and your family.
Civil suit. Sue the trucking company for failing to adequately instruct on safety. Sue the State for failing to enforce traffic safety as so charged by the voters. Make noise with this. You have a bully pulpit.

I mean, shit, y'know, I feel for you. You're gonna do what you're gonna do, and whatever you do is understandable. It's just that a crime of such magnitude is hard for a friend to ignore.
I saw this on the AP Wire at work and I was super-angry. Nobody ever said the world was fair, but nobody ever said we had to like that fact either.

Keep hanging in there, MM.
I'm sorry for all of it. Thinking of all of you..
I don't know what to say, MM. This is beyond ridiculous. It's not right. But I believe Stu has a damn good idea there.

Telling you I'm sorry seems like a such lame thing for me to say because it doesn't quite sum up my sympathy for this whole ordeal. Nor does it convey my utter disgust at this outcome.

Keep your head up, MM and hug your family a lot tonight.
OH MY GOD. No charges? I'm with Stu, get a class-action civil suit going. I'd sue the driver directly, though, as well as the company he worked for.

Cell phones while driving are a menace...whether talking on them or finding the charger.
I'm really, really sorry to see this.

The problem with suing anyone is that in the end, it doesn't do anything toward mending the broken hearts, and shattered lives that the driver of that truck has left in his wake.

You don't get "closure" in a courtroom.

Trust me on this.

The lawyers will get richer, and you will have to relive this. Even if the driver goes to jail, how does that help you? Does it bring back your parents, and the other six souls who were lost that terrible day?

The short answer is no.

It will give you the feeling that you are *doing something*, but aside from that, I beg you to remember the impact this will surely have on you and your entire family.

That man - the driver - must get up every morning, and look in the mirror. He knows what he did; that he killed eight people because he was careless. He will walk in a Hell of his own making for the rest of his days on this earth. There is likely no punishment that our judicial system could mete out that will compare with that.

Look inside your heart, and do what your parents would have wanted you to do. That will bring you the most peace and comfort.

Our prayers for you, and your entire family continue.


Here in NH this would be jail time and loss of commercial license. People have killed people here by falling asleep and had serious judgements levied against them. I can't believe this still
This is so f'ed up I don't know what to say. There is no justice in this world.
I'm stunned. I'll just keep thinking that he'll get his in the end.
I'm gonna have to call bullshit on that! (I wish it were that easy.) I'm so sorry...again.
I'm stunned and speechless. I'll continue to pray for you all.
So many others have said everything. It is wrong that no charges will be laid. He will have to live with knowing his moment of inattention took 8 lives. What goes around comes around. None of it probably makes you feel any better about it right now.
It's just wrong.
Thimble always seems to say it best. But I'm adding my sincere apologies and outright anger to the bunch.
Thimbelle — you phrased it perfectly. The truck driver, regardless of how much money he, his insurance company or his employer might have to pay, already has a life sentence.

My condolences to all at MM.
I don't even know what to say...wow.
Wongfull death case against the driver and civil case against the company that employs him.

I know it wouldn't be about the money, it would be the principle that this man needs to pay for his negligence SOMEHOW...it will never make it better, of course, but I am thinking some sort of vengeance is in order.
Paris gets 23 days in the klink for being stupid and he gets no time for killing 8


hugs to you all
We love you MM, and I'm so sorry that this has to continue longer than necissary...

I agree w/thimbelle. It won't bring your parents back.

I wouldn't want to live the rest of my life feeling the guilt that the truck driver must feel for taking so many lives.
The old saying about the wheels of justice popped in my head as soon as I read that article. Hang in there mister man-

I can just imagine BB being asked questions- My best bet would be that he rips of their head and (*&%^ down their throat.
You know in your heart of hearts what you need to do (or not do) in order to have the fullest amount of peace concerning this. Follow your heart and trust God's guidance.

My prayers, as always.
I'm was still getting my brain wrapped around the courage you had to possess to see your parent's wrecked Jeep when I clicked on you to read this post. I can't imagine your emotional state of mind at this point. Dude, you deserve a break. All my best....
I'm sending big hugs, prayers, and care to you and your family, including BB. May you have the strength to do whatever you must, and always feel the love of those around you.
I just don't get it nor do I understand it...

I would sue. I know so many people think what's done is done, but we could say that about ANYTHING.

*deep sigh* i'm sorry that you're going through this.

once again, thim and suldog said it better than i could.

virtual hugs to you and yours.

That's so wrong that it's sickening. May his nights be haunted. May his days be harrowing.
I'm so sorry that you keep getting all these painful reminders just when your life seems to regain a shadow of what it used to be.

I'll keep praying for you guys.
No one ever said life was fair, but this is so wrong in so many ways. It sends a message that it is okay to not pay attention, and fuss around your car, and put others in danger.

My condolences to all at the Mansion. We are always too young to lose our parents.
nice to see that this man can go free... Nice to see that he can go home to his family every day... nice to see that he may grow old and see his grandkids... you know what MM... its freaking bs... no freaking reason why that we can send Paris Hilton to prison for what she did but she didn't kill anyone for her stupidity... but yet a man who KILLED 8 people can go free.... UGH... its just not right.... just not right... do what you think will bring justice for your family... if you pursue then pursue... if you don't then you don't...

take care MM...
Neglect is neglect no matter what the form is, so why aren't there charges getting filed? Someone isn't doing their job or is this another case of politics rather than justice?

My thoughts are with you.
MM, I am beyond sorry for the whole situation. Losing Mom and Dad, like that, then, when now is supposed to be a happy time is just...well, I lack the way with words of so many of my fellow MM supporters here.

Just know my heart aches for you all. Including BB.

It absolutely sucks for an epilogue. I trust your family to somehow create another.
Am missing you MM- hope you and your family are okay. My thoughts and prayers are still (and will continue to be) with you~
I'm sorry to swear in your comments section but...are you fucking kidding me?


I don't know where the peace is going to come from for you and your family, but I hope it comes from somewhere and comes quickly. You all deeply deserve some peace, here.

So sorry.
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