Greenville, South Carolina
(It's either second-degree manslaughter or third degree, but I'm talking about killing someone on accident.)
Bob is driving home from work early: sober, refreshed and in possession of all his faculties. Bob is a safe driver, never had a ticket, never been pulled over; made a citizens arrest once on a jaywalker. The dude is a great guy; makes Smokey the Bear and Scruff McRuff look like thugs. But anyways, he's driving home. He's pulling up to a red light about fifty yards away when the light suddenly turns green. So obviously, he resumes the speed limit, five under the speed limit, to go through the green light. When... A pedestrian jumps in front of his car, intentionally or not, no one knows. The person is killed instantly and becomes abstract art on the asphalt. Bob calls the cops.
Should Bob be arrested for second (or third, I'm pretty dang sure it's third) degree manslaughter? Is that fair? He did nothing wrong; he killed someone with his vehicle, yes; but on no fault of his own. Should he really be sent to prison?
I'm just curious about what everybody thinks about it.
I mean if he was drunk, tired or mentally/physically unfit to operate a motor vehicle, then yes; haul him away for negligence. But by no fault of his own? I don't agree.
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