This is the end result of the death of Robert Wilson a fellow rider that rode with the Oldfarts many times. His death was a tragic accident and in my opinion justice was not served with the decision of the court. The following is copied from the Sacramento Bee..........Ken
Texting driver gets 5 years in prison for hitting motorcyclist who died in Sacramento
Published Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012
Anger burned all over Preston Wilson. He was mad at the woman whose text messaging behind the wheel of her car resulted in his father's death. He was mad she got only five years in prison for it.
"In my mind, he was murdered," Preston Wilson told Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lawrence G. Brown on Monday, about the traffic death of his 64-year-old father, Robert Wilson. "An accident is something you stop and help at. That's killed. Murdered is when you see what happened and drive off. That's what happened here."
What also happened just before 10 p.m. Oct. 24 on the northbound Capital City Freeway near El Camino Avenue is that Sequoia Monay Jones – driving on a suspended license, and without insurance – was texting a friend on her phone. With her head down, she clipped the right side of Robert Wilson's blue Suzuki motorcycle. Then she parked her Volkswagen Beetle and walked away – after another car ran over Wilson and killed him.
"The part that makes me mad is this lady is going to get to go home in less than five years," Preston Wilson said, while "my kids never get to see their grandfather again."
Brown imposed the term on Jones with harsh words about how a young woman's preoccupation with her communications gadget took the life of the North Highlands Navy veteran who was a longtime motorcycle enthusiast.
"Much has been said about the dangers of text messaging while driving, and yet it persists," Brown said. "This case serves as a tragic precautionary tale. The defendant engaged in reckless and senseless behavior, and now as a result of the incident, a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother, a brother-in-law, an uncle is dead."
The text-messaging vehicular manslaughter case may be the first of its kind in Sacramento. Officials in the District Attorney's Office said they are not aware of any others in their jurisdiction.
Elsewhere in Northern California, texting fatalities have produced disparate sentencing results.
Eric Kenneth Dungan, the text-messaging drunken driver who ran over and killed Rocklin police Officer Matthew Redding in 2005, was sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison – on a second-degree murder conviction.
Sonoma State University student Kaitlyn Dunaway, meanwhile, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter after she texted-while-driving and killed a 2-year-old girl in a Rohnert Part crosswalk. She received a 120-day county jail term, 115 to be served on electronic monitoring. The case featured a dispute over the fault of the girl's mother, who stepped in front of Dunaway's car, according to media reports.
In Sequoia Jones' case, she pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter along with felony hit-and-run. She also lied to authorities by telling them a flat tire precipitated the wreck, according to her probation report.
"I hope you never get another cellphone when you get your freedom back," the 38-year-old Preston Wilson told her in court. "And I hope you're smart enough to stay the heck away from cars. Because you, my friend, don't deserve freedom. You don't deserve a vehicle. You don't deserve a cellphone. You don't deserve your life."
Jones, 22, worked two jobs to support her daughter, according to her probation report. She had completed two years of a certified nursing program. But she also had the equivalent of a juvenile conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court papers filed by the District Attorney's Office. Her driver's license had been suspended a month before the fatal collision for failing to appear in another case, the records said.
In a letter to the court, Jones apologized for "my failure to appreciate the dangers of driving and texting."
"I sit in my cell and I'm always thinking about what I did and I lay in bed and mourn for Mr. Wilson and his family and how my careless and stupid acts brought such hardship," she wrote.
Her lawyer, Donald Heller, said Jones was driving home from a cousin's house at the time of the wreck. Heller said the messages she sent were never recovered.
"She said it was just innocuous texting, which kids do all the time," Heller said.
Brown, in sentencing Jones, told Preston Wilson the woman could have been sentenced to a maximum of seven years but that she benefited by entering her no contest plea before trial. Brown said there were "no guarantees" she would have been convicted.
"Mr. Wilson," the judge said, "if you think the law is too lenient for that offense, I would encourage you to go talk to the folks down the street at the Legislature and have them look at the statute to see whether or not it needs to be strengthened."
Outside court, Preston Wilson said he has begun to make inquiries.
"If someone gets killed from texting, it's not justifiable," Wilson said. "It's not an accident. You've consciously made a decision."
State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, the California lawmaker most closely associated with distracted driving legislation, said his focus is more on increasing fines for text messaging while driving than on adding punishment in the few cases of horrific consequence.
"In this case, it's another tragedy that could have been avoided," Simitian said.
California Police Chiefs Association lobbyist John Lovell said Monday the Wilson case caught his attention.
"In the wake of this sentencing and the judge's comments, we're bringing this issue before the legislative committee of the association to see about backing a bill to make changes," Lovell said.