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Elderly driver avoids jail for killing 2 cyclists

Elderly driver avoids jail for killing 2 cyclists

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

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An 80-year-old man was spared jail time and placed on five years probation for driving into a group of motorcyclists almost two years ago, killing two of them.

Clarence Beachy, of Confluence, pleaded no contest earlier this year to homicide by vehicle in the Oct. 21, 2001, crash that killed Joseph W. Ehland III, 44, of McDonald, and Jonathan G. Kranik, 27, of Perryopolis.

"I'm truly sorry that these two men had to die," Beachy told the men's families in court.

Prosecutors said he was driving too fast and not paying attention when he clipped a car and then drove into a group of 13 people on motorcycles on Route 711 in Connellsville. Beachy, who was 78 at the time, hit Ehland, while Kranik swerved to avoid the accident and hit a tree, authorities said.

As part of his plea, Beachy will lose his license for a year and must be retested before getting it back.
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As part of his plea, Beachy will lose his license for a year and must be retested before getting it back.
Gee, what are the odds of that? 1 in 1? A monkey could get a driving license in this country (US); no offense monkey.

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A monkey could get a driving license in this country (US); no offense monkey.
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besides, i never said i had a license

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thats bulls*** that man should not be allowed to drive NEVER!
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thats bulls*** that man should not be allowed to drive NEVER!
I,OTOH, think he should be banned from driving


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I'm w/everyone else. Take his liscense away forever.
Whats the point of throwing him in jail anyway? It's not like thats going to punish him. What do old people do anyway? Sit around all day and watch their stories. Plus he'd finally have people to talk to. That would be like a resort for that guy. And he's 80, no one is going to want to make him their sweet heart.

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Whats the point of throwing him in jail anyway? It's not like thats going to punish him.And he's 80, no one is going to want to make him their sweet heart.
lol thats funny...

but yeah i think old people should be tested every couple of months...

out here in Az once you get a license it doesnt expire until you hit 65 yrs old, even if you get it at the age of 18... what kinda sh*t is that...
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You have to feel for the prosecutor. Imagine in court this old pr*(_s lawyer would show a frail old man scared by some "outlaw bikers" or some such rubbish. The jury would look for ways to get grandpa off.

Maybe the families can lodge a civil action ?

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Chances are he will never see the end of his probation and might even not see his license back again. Not to say that would be a huge lose anyways, since there are already WAY too many cages out there hunting already.
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I'd F**kin kill him!!! I hate people like that with no regard for others!
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