Julie with a B

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Parents are ALSO responsible
Santa Rosa has had a series of serious car crashes involving teens, high speed, and death. They often include drinking and powerful cars speeding along local highways. Certainly the teens are culpable for their behavior. But how about the parents who have purchased brand new high powered cars for 17 and 18 year olds? What are you people thinking? This is a status symbol that can kill them. Of course teens need a way to get to after school jobs and sports, but chose a vehicle that does not tempt them to prove how "hot" they are. Also? How about this teen, who had her driver's license suspended and her mother allowed her to drive the mother's Mustang anyway?
From Press Democrat:
Mother Charged in Fatal Teen Crash
The mother of a 17-year-old Santa Rosa girl who crashed a car Nov. 4, killing two teens, is facing criminal charges for allowing her daughter to drive that night on a suspended driver's license.Prosecutors charged Debbie Rodgers, 53, with three misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and letting an unlicensed driver operate her car.Kelly O'Connor was driving her mother's Mustang the night of Nov. 4 when the car careened out of control on Sonoma Avenue and crashed, killing Montgomery High School student Lorelei Leonhardt, 17, and recent graduate Scott O'Neal, 19.Rodgers was present at an Oct. 26 hearing when Court Commissioner Cynthia Denenholz ruled that O'Connor could not drive until Jan. 3 as punishment for being cited last summer for going 95 mph on Highway 101.


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