A Connecticut driver who has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of a 14-year-old teen, is suing the victim’s parents for negligence. The driver, David Weaving, who has a history of five previous drunk driving convictions, is serving a 10 year prison sentence for the wrongful death of the teenager. But Waving is claiming that since the youth was not wearing a helmet, the parents are at fault in the death of the youth.
Court documents show that Weaving was passing another vehicle in a posted 45 mph zone and was traveling at approximately 83 mph when he struck the youth. In a recent article it also stated:
” He’s also seeking more than $15,000 in damages, saying he’s endured “great mental and emotional pain and suffering,” wrongful conviction and imprisonment, and the loss of his “capacity to carry on in life’s activities.”
“It drags the pain on,” said Joanne Kenney, a stay-at-home mom with two other children, ages 2 and 13. “It’s a constant reminder. Enough is enough. Can you just leave us alone and serve your time?”
Prisoners nationwide file tens of thousands of court actions a year on allegations ranging from wrongful convictions to poor jail conditions to civil rights violations, according to federal judiciary data. But lawyers and victim advocates say it’s not often that convicted criminals sue victims and their families.
The Kenneys say Weaving’s license should have been permanently revoked in 1999 under state law because of the multiple convictions. They’re seeking permission from the state claims commissioner to sue the Department of Motor Vehicles and its commissioner, Robert Ward.
The department has acknowledged it made a mistake in not revoking Weaving’s license and said it has taken steps to prevent similar problems.
Common sense seems to have been thrown out the window. Whether or not the youth was wearing a helmet, having been struck by a vehicle at 83 mph would have killed the teen. This is lunacy.
What do you think?