Driver should be thankful |

Driver should be thankful

While it’s easy to be sorry in hindsight, one fact remains glaringly clear … Two people were killed as a result of the decision by Kelli Lynette Townsend to drive that afternoon with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. She made that decision voluntarily and in so doing, condemned to death a young women 22 years of age and a retired local educator of 76.

There is no fair compensation for loved ones killed due to the reckless disregard of Ms. Townsend that day, but the court did hand down a sentence that provides for both punishment (one year each vehicular manslaughter) and treatment (one year lockdown alcohol rehabilitation) and seven years probation for her reckless and thoughtless acts.

The sentence reflects the concerns of both victims’ families to the extent possible while sending a message to others about the life-altering consequences of drinking and driving.

Ms. Townsend will be free to resume a life of her choosing in three years. She will be free to share love of family, friends and community. Three years may seem to her a long time to wait, but really, think about it … unlike those others you involved in this drama, you get your life back.

Scott McDermid


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