Farmer's Market Driver Receives Probation ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Farmer's Market Driver Receives Probation

An 89-year-old man who killed ten people and injured several others when he lost control of his car and drove it through a farmer's market has managed to escape a prison sentence. George Russell Weller was convicted in October (20OCT06) of ten counts of vehicular manslaughter for the incident in July (16JUL03). Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson believed that Weller's actions were callous, but felt that the defendant was far too sick to go to prison. He said, "Mr. Weller chose to steer into the people, plowing into the crowd and literally launching bodies into the air as his car sped 2 1/2 blocks. "I believe the courts have to be practical as well as principled. I don't see any purpose of sending Mr. Weller to jail or prison. It wouldn't do anybody any good."

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