Excessive? Sounds about right to me.

Although Wayan has privately begged the rest of us to leave the car&snow bitching behind after this weekend, lest we become “MetroDriverBitching DC blog” I am going to throw this one last one out there. The Post ran an article yesterday on the “McMissile” case, a cute little term to describe Jessica Hall’s throwing a drink into another car on the highway. Her outbreak has resulted in a felony conviction under 18.2-154, apparently, and she has gotten the minimum sentence (according to WaPo, but not the above VA law link), two years. The Post quotes Hall as saying “Two years! What did I do?”

What did you DO? Well, with your 6-months-pregnant sister in your car, you slewed your vehicle onto the shoulder, accelerated up next to another driver, then threw something into their car. Aside from the obvious property damage, what if they’d reacted to that with shock and accelerated unexpectedly or jerked the wheel, striking another car or, Grod forbid, a pedestrian/road worker? An automobile is two tons of motor-driven metal and killing someone with one isn’t too hard.

“Now people are going to see me as an angry, road rage, convicted felon. And it really upsets me,” Hall said. Well, golly, why would they see you that way? Maybe because that’s exactly what you are. You were reckless with the lives of the people in your car, the car you threw the drink into, and all the cars around them. Your most immediate victims are more generous than I – perhaps that’s no surprise – and think community service would have been just fine, but I personally will be glad to have two years where I know I won’t be sharing the road with you. Here’s hoping the judge doesn’t reduce your time.

2 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    This sounds silly at first – two years for thrown a cup of ice? You are right on, Don. There’s more to it than simply splashing someone. People who say this is not a big deal don’t get that things can be dangerous even when no actual injuries or property damage takes place. This incident could have been very serious and I am glad the jury thought so as well.

    To quote Det. Tony Baretta, “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Of course, that was before Robert Blake had his wife knocked off.

  2. sa-ra (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    … well, the other party COULD cause serious accidents as well by cutting off other cars. and they just get away with it.

    … also war terminology (missile) seems to be cool with lawyers as well.

    … if you cut off other cars, and stay cool, and cut off some more cars, and dont even signal when changing lanes or cutting off some more cars – you are cool. unpunished. and dont have to prove that you are not a camel. the conclusion is – be aggressive driver, but do not throw any missiles.

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