Another deadly crashThe woman who died in the wrong-way drunken driving crash on Route 3 was a family friend. I did not know her, but my wife's mother did. I'm told Melissa Leminen was bright, energetic and full of promise. How sad. Patrick Byrne is charged facing murder charges in her death. This is the right charge. Byrne is innocent until proven guilty, but Leminen is dead, and police say it's the result of his actions.
This accident also falls under the state's new drunken driving regulations known as Melanie's Law, which carries with it certain mandatory penalties for people convicted on charges of driving under the influence. Melanie's Law was supposed to prevent more families from having to bear the same tragedy as the family of the adolescent girl for whom the law is named. Hopefully that will be true some day, but right now it seems too many individuals still don't get it. Police logs in newspapers all over the state still show people being arrested for driving under the influence. |