The headline reads, “Fatal Crash Blamed On Cell Phone User“. Shawn Cates, while blathering on his cell phone crossed the centerline, crashed into Deila Lucaj. The crash killed Jucaj.
Terrible. Outrageous. We should ban cell phones, right? Well, maybe not.
Since then, prosecutors said they have learned that Cates had drugs in his system — cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines — which will likely up the charge to involuntary manslaughter, punishable by 15 years in prison.
But even if the drugs hadn’t been found, Cates — whose lawyer said the crash was an accident, nothing more — would still be facing the possibility of 2 years in jail if convicted of killing Lucaj while talking on his phone, authorities said. State Police and Macomb County officials believe it may be the first cell phone-related negligent homicide charge in Michigan.
Now, I have used my cell phone while driving – on more than a few occasions. I have never, however, been loaded up with coke, speed and pot at the same time.
I would hazard a guess that the mass quantities of drugs in his system were at fault here. But hey Mr. County Prosecutor, let’s try to make a political point out of someone’s death. What do you say?