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Letter: Fatal crash in Lodi was not just an accident

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am

I am writing in response to the uncle of Ryan Morales. He wants people to have mercy on his nephew. He stated, “He had an accident. Everybody makes mistakes. He’s loving, he’s caring and he’ll help anybody. He just had an accident. He’s having a hard time dealing with this.”

To this I would have to say, “Poppycock!” How can you say, “He just had an accident?” He had a horrible collision that killed and horribly injured people! This young man has no respect for anything other than himself. He has convictions for domestic violence, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, evading police and more. He knew that he could evade police by driving at extremely high speeds because they would withdraw from the chase because it wasn’t safe. He has a suspended license.

If the accusations are true, he made a choice on that day to drink alcohol with his father to an extreme. He then made a choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and drive at an extremely dangerous speed while under the influence of alcohol. These, dear uncle, are choices, not mistakes! This was not an accident, this was a horrible collision that could have been prevented if he had made better choices.

It is obvious that Ryan has no regard or respect for anyone other than himself by the choices he has made. So does he deserve mercy? I would have to say no. Does he deserve forgiveness? Maybe so, if he truly is sorry for his actions, but that would be up to all the family members of the people he is accused of killing and those he injured — and whether forgiven or not, he still has to be held accountable for his actions.

Barbara Bradley

Lodi

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4 comments:

  • Linda Lynch posted at 3:11 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    Linda Lynch Posts: 1

    WELL SAID MRS. BRADLEY
    IT IS NOT LIKE HIS GAS PEDDLE GOT STUCK AND CAUSED HIS CAR TO GO THAT FAST. THAT WOULD BE AN ACCIDENT HIS WAS CHOICES AND WHAT THE HELL WAS HIS FATHER THINKING FOR LETTING HIM DRIVE AWAY DRUNK.
    ALL I KNOW IS WHEN YOU LEAVE A BAR OR PARTY AND YOU DRIVE DRUNK AND CAUSE A WRECK THEY TO ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE ARE'T THEY I CAN'T HELP BUT TO WONDER WHAT THE HELL DAD WEREN'T YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR SON'S SAFETY AS WELL AS OTHER'S ? I' M JUST SAY'IN HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SLEEP'IN AT NIGHT? I FEEL YOUR JUST AS RESPONSIBLE

     
  • Quan Pham posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Nov 19, 2013.

    qpham63 Posts: 31

    The attitude of the uncle is to be expected. No one ever becomes such a rotten human being alone. It is years of permissive parents and other extended families who should have dope slapped the kid and tell him that he is acting selfish and should straighten out but it is precisely this way of minimizing destructive, selfish and dangerous behavior as something less that created this type of individuals. Look behind heinous crimes and you most likely will see this type of parents as well as other older members of the family coddling and helping develop a future loser, selfish criminal or just a plain pain in the ___.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:46 pm on Tue, Nov 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Lauchland - I could understand the uncle stating that they were there to support their nephew and still loved him regardless of this tragedy that he recklessly caused.

    But to make the statements that he did, i.e., "he had an accident, everyone makes mistakes," was a gross understatement of the type of consequences this person faces and the 6 lives he destroyed and the others who were injured.

    One would state, "he had an accident" if he had hit a utility pole or a fire hydrant or if minor injuries had been the result.

    It is no "accident" to drive 100 MPH, drunk, and talking on a cell phone with the result that 6 people were killed and others injured.

     
  • Ted Lauchland posted at 11:42 am on Tue, Nov 19, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 258

    The statements from the uncle really has nothing to do with the facts nor does it justify any of the tragic happenings because of Ryan Morales' actions. Instead it is merely a plea for his life as I would expect from any family member. Grieving is not held special solely for the obvious victims of the crime. The victims list is longer than you might think. Does he deserve mercy? - Let the jury decide.

     

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