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Another SUV driver..(6 posts)

Another SUV driver..alansutton
Feb 18, 2003 4:57 PM
From AMA news:

Driver sentenced to "acts of kindness" for killing motorcyclist
Feb. 14 – An Oklahoma woman who plowed her SUV into the back of a motorcycle and killed its rider has been ordered to perform "acts of kindness" for 30 months.

In one of the strangest sentences we've heard of for killing a motorcyclist, Tulsa County Special Judge Millie Otey on February 3 sentenced Deana Barnes, 33, to 30-months probation. During that probationary period, the judge will review the case three times to see whether Barnes is "performing acts of kindness or generosity."

If Barnes abides by the requirements of the probation, her record could be wiped clean.

Barnes had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.

On July 9, Barnes was driving her Ford Expedition at 7 a.m. in Tulsa when she hit motorcyclist Larry Pittman, 34, of Skiatook, Oklahoma, from behind, police said. He died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Pittman was slowing to make a right turn when Barnes hit him. Pittman was thrown from the bike, and then Barnes ran over him, police said.

Explaining the accident, Barnes' lawyer told the Tulsa World newspaper that his client "didn't see him."

Sean Maher, AMA state affairs director, called the sentence "outrageous."

"This is just another example of why we need more consistent sentencing laws around the nation for motorists who kill motorcyclists," Maher said. "There have been successes in some states, but we need motorcyclists to work with us in more statehouses to get new laws passed."

Because of inconsistencies in sentencing around the nation, the AMA has a program called "Motorcyclists Matter" aimed at getting states to pass laws requiring mandatory minimum penalties when a car driver seriously injures, or kills, a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or other vulnerable road user.

For more information on the "Motorcyclists Matter" program, click here.

© 2003, American Motorcyclist Association
"Didn't see him"!!??czardonic
Feb 18, 2003 5:09 PM
I'm assuming that this functionally blind person had her licencse revoked.

Fat chance.
re: Someone should have the Judgetmotz
Feb 18, 2003 8:19 PM
examined and put on trial for being STUPID.
He gives 'Special Judge ' a new meaning.
That judge NEEDS to be removed from the bench...period...nmGreenFan
Feb 19, 2003 3:34 PM
Questions???Alexx
Feb 20, 2003 5:06 AM
Before you guys get all p!ssed-off here, I'd just like to ask a few questions about this case.
Was she in the far right lane? If so, why was the MOTORcyclist passing her on the right? If that is the case here, why was she even charged with a crime?
I'm sure that there is more to the story than what's written here. Anybody have the specifics?
Better get out the reading glasses.Mel Erickson
Feb 20, 2003 6:35 AM
The story says nothing about the motorcyclist passing the SUV, right or left. It says the motorcyclist was slowing down to make a right hand turn and the SUV struck the motorcycle from behind (an then RAN OVER him). There may be more to the story but from what we are given the sentence is truly outrageous.