Sunday, July 16, 2006

Callous Killing In Minneapolis

In a scene reminsicent of the "run down" killing in the late summer of 2005, which I reported on here and here among other posts, the latest incident also involves a narcissistic, callous (alleged) criminal wiping out the life of an innocent person.

In 2005, Simone Stillday, with a carload of like-minded garbage people, purposely ran over Evelyn Geng, who, at the time of the crime was participating in what Mayor R.T. Rybak would call a "high risk" lifestyle: pumping gas. In this latest incident, an as yet unidentified male ran over a woman in the drive-through area of McDonalds while she was participating in the high-risk activity of "getting fast food", killing her instantly.

Accidents happen, of course, but this appears to be no accident.

By initial reports, it seems the driver had a careless and reckless disregard for human life. It should come as no surprise that someone died following such behavior. The driver has not been charged, and should be presumed innocent, but if the evidence shows a wanton disregard for the safety of another human being, then this is a particularly egregious crime and punishment should be swift and sure.

KSTP Eyewitness News reports: "Name released of woman killed in drive-thru".

23-year-old Isabel Chaves was run over and killed in front of her family at a McDonald’s in South Minneapolis Saturday.

The accident happened around noon at the restaurant at 24 th St. W. and Nicollet Ave. S.

Police say the woman was hit by a man who left the drive-thru [Ed. - at a high rate of speed, per TV news accounts] after an argument while on his cell phone.

"A black male had pulled up in a Navigator truck, and he was arguing with somebody in the window about his order, and he was on his cell phone at the same time,” says witness Shawn Williams.
Haven't we all seen such behavior ad nauseum? You can picture this, right? A self-absorbed narcissist, driving an expensive vehicle, talking on a cell phone, and arguing with a service person. He doesn't get what he wants and storms off in a childish fit of anger and runs a woman over in front of her family.

There are too many of these type of people out there, the type of people who set themselves up for trouble. It might be the guy who parks his shiny car sideways across three parking spaces, just daring someone to bump up against it. Or the person who parks in a handicapped space without a permit. Or the person who stops his car in the middle of the road to talk to his friends, not caring about traffic piling up behind him (and daring you to say something).

This is the same type of person. His attorney will make him out to be a victim, of course, but let's see what the facts reveal, then we can draw our own conclusions.

What he should get, if found guilty of a crime, is 20 years at hard labor with no chance of parole, but we know that he'll would get a slap on the wrist and be on his way while his victim remains dead and her family suffers.