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DisneyKevin 01-30-2010 09:55 AM

Article about my Dad's death in the Orlando Sentinel
 
Hi Folks,

I'm posting the link to the article about my Dad's death because I think what the state of Florida is doing is an outrage.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...0,641621.story

The DUI manslaughter charges against the man that hit and killed my Dad have been DROPPED.

The article explains why.

I apologize that this is not the most pleasant article to read....but I feel like I have to let people know.

There is a place to comment, so if you feel the need, please do so.

This whole thing is having a devastating effect on my family.

Sugardimples 01-30-2010 10:05 AM

Kevin, I am so sorry that this is happening. I know from personal experience how devestating this is.

Shasta 01-30-2010 10:07 AM

Wow! I can't see how in the world the law could allow him to get out of this. DUI means driving under the influence. It isn't DUIA (alcohol). When Ambien first came out, I'd heard of cases against people who were driving early in the morning and still influenced by Ambien they had taken the night before.

Obviously Cocaine and Xanax will influence someone. Kevin, I'm sure this has really been hard on your family. Has your mother considered a Civil Rights case?

Pooh's Hunny 01-30-2010 10:09 AM

Kevin, I have lurked on these boards for a couple of years, but this is my first post. I felt compelled to tell you that I have felt your pain and understand your families frustration. Years ago I list my best friend to a drunk driver. Charges were dismissed because of some stupid technicality and the killer got off with a slap on the wrist. And to place any blame on an elderly victim is just cruel. I am very sorry you and your family have had this unnecessary pain added to your grief. Your dad sounded like a wonderful human being, it is a shame that his memory is being besmirched by someone who is a criminal.

jharrowell 01-30-2010 10:14 AM

I'm so sorry Kevin, I wan't to write something eloquent but all that keeps going through my head is "it's wrong". :(


:hug:

DizMom11 01-30-2010 10:16 AM

Could we organize a petition or letter writing campaign to help fight this?

disneyholic family 01-30-2010 10:22 AM

outrageous! based on what's said in the article, they could test for drug levels if they wanted to, but they don't...
the on-scene description of his behavior by police officers certainly point to impairment....
it's just crazy...
I'm so sorry Kevin - it must be so difficult for your family......or rather, making it that much more difficult....how upsetting...

DisneyKevin 01-30-2010 10:23 AM

If you wish to write a letter to the State Attorney, the information is as follows:

NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Lawson Lamar, State Attorney
415 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 836-2400

The person handling this case was the Assistant State Attorney, Robert Egan.

Thank you for your kind words.

Shasta 01-30-2010 10:33 AM

Kevin, it would be a good idea to share this information with the Florida Division of MADD. I feel they would have an interest in this and they have a lot of influence in politics. I'm going to write them a letter and forward the link you provided to the Orlando Sentinel.

http://www.madd.org/fl

I just sent this to MADD

Hello, my name is Perry Launius and I live in Flowood, MS. A friend of mine, Kevin Klose and his family in Orlando have a story to share and I feel a terrible injustice has been done to them by the judicial system.

I’m asking you to take a moment to read the article in the Orlando Sentinel I’m providing and if you feel impelled, contact the state’s attorney below. This is the exact type of crime that MADD fights daily. I think you’ll feel the same way after reading the article.

Thank you,
Perry Launius

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...0,641621.story


NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Lawson Lamar, State Attorney
415 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 836-2400

The person handling this case was the Assistant State Attorney, Robert Egan.

elemusing 01-30-2010 10:41 AM

This is so sad. I did leave a comment on the OS webpage. And I am sending a letter to the State Attorney as well. I am so sorry for this travesty. It saddens me to know you lost your father, but now they are just rubbing salt in your wounds. My deepest sympathy to you, your brother, and your mother, Kevin. :(

DizMom11 01-30-2010 10:44 AM

There is strength in numbers - I encourage us all to call, write, or email. We can be a force to be reckoned with.

NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Lawson Lamar, State Attorney
415 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 836-2400

The person handling this case was the Assistant State Attorney, Robert Egan.

cdotla 01-30-2010 10:49 AM

Kevin - I am so, so sorry. This is devestating to hear.:sad1:

Shasta 01-30-2010 10:49 AM

If anyone finds an email for Robert Egan, please provide it. I can't find a list of email contacts on the Ninth Judaical Court site. I plan to write a letter but it doesn't hurt to shoot a few emails too.

Annette_VA 01-30-2010 10:51 AM

Kevin, that is outrageous! I am so sorry that they're adding insult to injury. That guy deserves to rot in you-know-where. :mad:

IWISHFORDISNEY 01-30-2010 10:54 AM

It wont let me leave a comment but what an outrage. Kevin my prayers go out to your family this is such a disgrace. My neice was killed by a drunk driver and they deamed her life to be worth $14K. That wont even cover the couseling bills for my SIL and BIL and nephew. The whole system is messed up. I will definately be writing a letter about this.


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