Back in October I noted this very sad local story, where a 65 year-old gentleman with a prosthetic right leg lost control of his car at a school, pinning three children and a mother against a concrete wall, producing tragic results.
Now the follow-up. The driver, Enrico Caruso, has been found guilty of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and faces jail time. The Boston Herald quotes one of the jurors.
"We believe he lost control of the car and probably his foot was stuck in between the gas and the brake that precipitated the car to accelerate,'' said one of the six jurors, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"Driving is not a right, it's a privilege,'' the juror said. ``We all have a responsibility to follow the law. If one deviates from that, you have to be responsible or accountable for your actions.''
The statement of the man's son, who understandably does not want to see his disabled father in jail, is so wrong.
"He's beside himself over this. He was from the beginning. Everyone is a victim.''
No, the driver of the car is not a victim. He is the source of the tragedy, through negligence. It's sad that your father must be punished for this negligence, but so he must. That does not make him a 'victim', however.