August 5, 2005

Buy Crack, Get Arrested, Get Released, Kill

And yes I'm angry, in case you were wondering.

Driver's past not enough for drug test - Narcotics offenses plague man who struck professor (New Bedford Standard Times)

Behind the wheel sat a convicted drug dealer, who was arrested just days before on a charge of buying crack cocaine. [...]

Mr. Demoranville has a four-page rap sheet that includes arrests for driving to endanger, larceny and federal drug distribution charges.
He would still be in federal prison had he not cooperated with the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to court records.
A federal judge cut short Mr. Demoranville 12-year sentence after he gave prosecutors "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of other persons," according to court records.
He was released on July 9, 2004, according to a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

I have nothing really coherent to say about this at the moment.

Posted by James at August 5, 2005 10:17 AM
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Being unable to keep your vehicle on the road doesn't constitute probable cause? Wow.

Posted by: Julie at August 5, 2005 11:08 AM

Wow. Beloved community man, loved by thousands, both yound and old, struck down by low-life scum. I Like this headline.

Posted by: Jake at August 5, 2005 11:42 AM

Yeah, swerving into a jogger is not probable cause somehow. Even when you check the guys rap sheet. WTF?

Posted by: briwei at August 5, 2005 11:49 AM

"Mr. Demoranville has a four-page rap sheet that includes arrests for driving to endanger, larceny and federal drug distribution charges."

Pull him over, run his licence, see the priors, and bring him in for a nice blood test. Perhaps Prof. Kaput's horrible death will be the test case the state of Rhode Island needs to strengthen existing law or enact new law to enable police to get these people off the roads.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 5, 2005 12:06 PM

It's another thing to add to the 'why?' list. Why was this man driving on Chase Road at that particular moment? Why couldn't Kaput wait 5 more minutes to run? Why wasn't this man in jail?

My mind has been adding to the list all week.

Posted by: Sara at August 5, 2005 12:06 PM

Rhode Island? Huh? I guess it would be nice if Rhode Island did it, but I think it would be more likely in the state where it happened.

Unfortunately, since it happened in a part of Mass. that is apparently invisible to our state government, perhaps Rhode Island is a better bet.

I thought I had no idea who Kaput was until I saw his picture. Then I recognized him. He's the one math prof from SMU I could have picked out of a lineup.

Posted by: Julie at August 5, 2005 12:19 PM

Yeah, we're over here in a forgotten corner of Massachusetts.

No way to say whether drugs were a factor in the accident, and "what if" is a horrible game to play.

When I reflected on the accident, I had concerned thoughts about the driver. Even a conscientious and careful person can have a horrible set of circumstances befall them, and be responsible for causing a tragedy.

What bothers me the most about this story is that this person does not impress me as conscientious. Other adjectives come to mind. None of them gracious.

Posted by: James at August 5, 2005 1:01 PM

I thought the same thing, James. What a thing to live with, having accidentally extinguished the life of another. But if you're handing out recreational drugs for profit, you're obviously not concerned with the lives of others. And that is what bothers me the most, and always has. Disregard for the life of others. It makes me sick.

It seems ridiculous to me, if you're on a public roadway and you have an accident, that you are not automatically tested for drugs and alcohol. It's a public roadway.

Posted by: Maggie at August 5, 2005 2:18 PM

Oh, sorry, I misread the story and thus misplaced the incident in RI.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 5, 2005 2:31 PM

I have never been a huge fan of the war on drugs and don't consider it to be much of a success. I don't think the drug laws are partucularly effective at improving our society. But my opinion has more to do with dealing with the problem dispassionately than what I think about drugs themselves.

This driver shows a pattern of dangerous lack of care taken with his life and the lives of others. And when you've got that sort of pattern going for you, bad things happen. Jim, unfortunately, happened into the proximity of this living disaster. And bad things happened.

Posted by: James at August 5, 2005 3:03 PM

My uncle from New Bedford tells me you might finally be getting a Boston commuter rail extension after all these years. Maybe a constant stream of MBTA service complaints would be an effective back-door way to remind legislators that the south coast exists.

Posted by: Mike at August 5, 2005 4:10 PM

I hope your uncle is right about the extension, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

I bet I will be out of the workforce before that ever happens.

Posted by: James at August 5, 2005 4:18 PM

Your uncle isn't exactly wrong about the commuter rail (I've been following it closely), but it's in a VERY long-term plan. So, it will still be more than a couple of years before anything happens.

They actually do know we exist. We can tell because of the elaborate care with which they neglect us.

Posted by: Julie at August 5, 2005 4:21 PM

Speeding and weaving along RockODundee, RussellsMills, Chace, Tucker, and Bakerville Roads. I'm sure if the cops sobriety-tested the miscreants they do stop (about .01% of the actual offenders), there would be a higher number of DUI judgments and a much lower rate of bikers and joggers who end up in the bushes.
Or worse.
(AND, with the number of campaign donors who live in this neighborhood, you'd think there'd be cops everywhere.)

Posted by: ThirdMate at August 5, 2005 4:54 PM

Rhode Island drivers don't even need to be wasted to be a threat as this state, with Mass close behind in second place, rated number one for the most clueless drivers in the country. The classic example of this is the expectation that one can simply gun it after a light changes to turn left in front of oncoming traffic. I can't even begin to count the number of times some idiot has done that. I've never seen that kind of driving anywhere else in the U.S. but it's routine in New England.

Posted by: Alan Fraser at August 7, 2005 8:47 AM

True. I didn't see much of that in Florida. OTOH, most busy intersections around Orlando had left turn arrows, so there was seldom much temptation to do that.

Posted by: Julie at August 7, 2005 9:54 AM

I heard on the news lastnight, that this jerk got arrested lastnight, but on unrelated charges... Can anyone verify this? I'm trying to find the story.

~Jake

Posted by: Jake at August 7, 2005 9:55 AM

I've found the story... Here is a link...

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/08-05/08-06-05/a01lo324.htm

~Jake

Posted by: Jake at August 7, 2005 10:03 AM

Funny, the headline says he was arrested because of the accident, even though he wasn't. That's the s-t for ya. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Julie at August 7, 2005 2:17 PM

The gunning a left on a green is not common in 'New England'. I am certain it is NOT common in CT, where I lived for 24 years; it is also not something I had ever witnessed or heard of in VT, NH or ME. The first time I encountered it was when I moved to New Bedford 2 years ago. The worst driving I have ever witnessed is in RI and SE-MA.

Posted by: Sharon at August 8, 2005 11:31 AM

I always got the feeling that CT would rather be part of a NJ/NY tri-state thing than be part of New England.

I've noticed a new thing in the Cambridge/Somerville area--left on red. I'm guessing they think, "Well, if I can go _right_ on red, why not left, too?" Perhaps most disturbingly, I've seen this done often by MBTA bus drivers in Davis Square, Somerville.

Of course, the feeling that "yellow means step on it" is common here in MA, which is probably what Alan is getting at in his post.

The key to driving in the city here is to avoid making eye contact. By making eye contact with the other driver, you are saying "Go ahead of me, I don't mind. I can wait." This eye contact avoidance technique is probably the result of rotaries and road construction messes, both of which we have in abundance in Massachusetts.

Posted by: Patti M. at August 9, 2005 8:42 AM

I thought Alan was referring to the cute practice of making your left turn as soon as the light turns green, without concern for whether or not the people ahead of you who are going straight through the light will slam on their brakes to avoid hitting you. They also do it when the light is about to turn red, but I don't find that quite as vexing. This is worst at intersections that don't have dedicated left-turn lanes, because the driver is holding up all the cars behind him who don't even want to make a left turn.

Usually, around here, if traffic is heavy, someone will take pity on you and let you go anyway, but some people can't wait that long.

Posted by: Julie at August 9, 2005 9:22 AM

Yow, that's dangerous. This comes back to my comment about avoiding eye contact. Dimes to doughnuts those "jump out early" left-hand turners are not looking into the eyes of the oncoming drivers!

Posted by: Patti M. at August 9, 2005 9:55 AM

I think they probably have their eyes shut. I know I would if I was going to drive like that!

Posted by: Julie at August 9, 2005 10:16 AM

This is why I like taking the Commuter Rail to work. There are too many crazy people on the roads!

Posted by: Patti M. at August 9, 2005 10:44 AM

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