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Old 01-30-2010, 11:01 AM   #16
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How horrible! That just makes me sick. It seems like there are several things the state could do to prevent it from happening again to someone else, but they just won't. I'm so sorry you all have to go through all this.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:03 AM   #17

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Kevin, I am so sorry. It is a tragedy that you lost your father that way, then to add insult to injury, they're letting the offender go scott free. He is out there, perhaps still using, AND still driving. Outrageous!!
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:04 AM   #18
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Kevin I am so sorry to hear of this failure of justice. This judge should not even be in his seat. How can anyone with any grain of intelligence claim that drugs taken by this driver did not impair him. Again Kevin I am so sorry that your family have to endure this on top of your Dad's death.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:22 AM   #19
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Wow. How absolutely ridiculous! This is so infuriating, words can't even begin to describe how I feel about this.

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:31 AM   #20
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Kevin & family, i am so sorry.

While from a legal standpoint, i *sort of* understand where this judge is coming from, from a COMMON SENSE standpoint, this is absolutely ridiculous.

the likelyhood of a known drug abuser, particularly those kinds of narcotics, being completely sober at almost 9pm is pretty much nil, especially if he had all of that stuff in his car. i don't buy it for a second.

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:33 AM   #21
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How sad and frustrating
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:35 AM   #22
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Kevin, I really don't know what to say except that I'm so sorry any of this is happening to your family. I think it's outrageous that the charges have been dropped.

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I have experienced the pain of sudden loss of my father and brother. One consolation to our family was that if it had to happen--someone hadn't "done it to them". They died of natural causes. Our family agreed that it would be so much more difficult to "get over it" if there was someone who caused their deaths. Someone is to blame for your father's passing and that is just soooo hard to swallow! This is a true injustice and I am so very sorry. God bless you as you try to work through this (and hopefully have the satisfaction of some kind of justice).

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I will be writing to the courts and commenting on the article when I get home. Xanax negatively effects your ability to drive especially when you first take it as opposed to it being in your system for a few days (the initial dose kicks your butt; after a few you are more stable). Combine that with cocaine and this man could not possibly drive safely. It even says so on the bottle. This needs to be brought back into the court room.

I'm so sorry to hear this. It's as frustrating as Seans near fatal crash a few years ago. An exfriend was driving and under the influence and a speed hog. Sean dud not know he had drank so much and was in the passenger seat and two friends in the back. They rolled over three lanes of the GSP causing two to be ejected. One did not make it. Sean has permanent injuries in his shoulder as a result. The driver never served a day in his life because he was good friends with the cops on the scene and investigating it. It's beyond aggravating.

I'm so so sorry. Keep your chins up.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:10 PM   #25
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Reading that article just made me literally sick. It's disgusting that this guy is getting off. Is he not being charged for anything? Please tell me he isn't getting off totally scott free. Were there other charges, like for the drugs and paraphenalia found in his car? Or is he getting a free ride or that too? I will be writing to the State Attorney's office as well.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:25 PM   #27
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Kevin, I am sorry you and your family have to go through this. The article is very sad. As others have noted, there are several other possibly chargeable offenses based on what was found in the car (assuming that the officers did the search within constitutional bounds). I hope that enough correspondence to the State's Attorney office brings about change.

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Unlike the statewide standard for alcohol intoxication, Florida does not have a definition for cocaine impairment. Successful prosecutions of drug-related DUI cases must rely on police working with a lab that performs quantitative testing to backup the observations of officers who make the arrests, according to interviews with police and toxicology experts.

Yet, there is no plan to do any quantitative testing "for now?" When, then?? It seems a bit sickening this decision to drop charges is being done without quantitative testing to either prove or disprove the levels of cocaine to properly justify this decision.

Kevin, I am sincerely sorry. Proper prosecution and justice of the dirtbag who did this to your father and family will not bring him back, but it perhaps it could have let you sleep a bit better knowing the criminal justice system could have worked and this dirtbag will not be doing this to anyone else. It is a shame the State of Florida can not uphold themselves to the job they are being paid to do.

I wish peace for your family, despite this horrible decision.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:43 PM   #29
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Kevin, I have no wisdom to share, just letting you know I, too, agree this is outrageous. I am sorry for the pain they are causing you & your family.

Can't someone *make* them re-test the blood for the amount of cocaine (not like THAT should matter because a logical person would think that ANY in his blood would be enough to deem him guilty...)? Can they get him, as the others suggested, for possession? Or how about for lying to the investigating officer?

I know if I were getting on a bus or an airplane, I would not want to hear that the driver/pilot "only has a little cocaine" in his/her system, but not enough to be an impairment...duh.

I'm so sorry your family is going through this.

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #30
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That is an absolute disgrace!!!

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