The United States legal system is touted as the best in the world. But times like these make you wonder just WTF is so wrong that could let this happen ...
This has been all over the news in the DFW area, I don't know if it has made it national yet.
A car crash on I-35 in Lewisville, TX at 2:00am this past Sunday morning tore a family apart. Candace Hull, mother, and driver of the family sedan, died on the road. Her 13 year old daughter died at the hospital a couple of hours later. Anthony Hull, her husband, and two children of 12 and 16 years remain in the hospital.
The driver of the other vehicle, Patrick Barton, and his passenger were not injured.
Barton has been arrested and spent time in jail three times since 1999 for DWI. The 29 year old man was out on parole from his last DWI at the time of the accident. He was drunk as a skunk again when he slammed into the Hull's vehicle from behind at a speed much higher than the speed limit. Hull's car, traveling at or near the posted speed limit of 65, was hit so hard that the trunk was forced up into the front seat area.
A family has been devestated because a habitual drunk driver was allowed to once again get behind the wheel. How many times is this terrible story going to be repeated before the nation pulls its head out of its ass and starts dropping the hammer on people who drive drunk?
Barton now faces two counts of murder. He lawyer will try to plead it down, an overworked DA's assistant will probably accept the plea to keep from going to court, and the judge, who just sees a crowded courtroom, will give him 3-4 years in jail - with time off, he'll be on parole in 2 years, free to go out and kill someone again.