Skip to comments.Boy Who Fired Bottle Rockets Into Traffic Dies While Fleeing From Angry Driver
Posted on 07/15/2005 1:39:35 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
Boy Who Fired Bottle Rockets Into Traffic Dies While Fleeing From Angry Driver
Published: Jul 15, 2005 SPANAWAY, Wash. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy who was firing bottle rockets at cars was chased into traffic Friday by an angry driver and killed by another car, authorities said.
The driver and his passenger, both 22, were arrested for investigation of manslaughter, the Washington State Patrol said.
The death came soon after midnight in this small town south of Tacoma, where the preteen and a 12-year-old cousin had been hiding in bushes while shooting the bottle rockets, trooper Johnny R. Alexander said.
A car stopped, and passenger Tyrone Sherrod got out, chased the cousin and started beating him, Alexander said. The driver, Mario N. Haley, chased the other boy, who ran onto the highway and was struck by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl.
Both men fled, but police found them at homes. Investigators determined the girl was not at fault.
Witnesses unsuccessfully tried to revive the boy struck by the car. His cousin was treated for injuries and released to his parents.
Words fail me
Wait, so they will get charged with murder because they were trying to catch the kids that were illegally shooting off fireworks into traffic?
Probably involuntary manslaughter.
I know where I was "after midnight" when I was that age, it wasn't outside shooting fireworks AT innocent people...
I have a hard time feeling sympathy for a kid who behaved like a Palestinian.
They should also charge the 'cousin' who was firing the rockets.
When someone chases them down and beats them up when their life is not in danger I imagine so.
Agreed.... a whole lot of stupid.
I don't see how that adds up to manslaughter. Maybe if they were chasing him with a knife, I guess.
They beat a "preteen", (someone less than 13), and chased another into traffic. Bottle rockets are fairly harmless, and sounds like someone completely over-reacted.
What were two 12 year olds doing outside after midnight? Where were their parents?
Actually Mario and Tyrone were assaulting them, with some
good reason perhaps but I'm sure our justice system will
work out some fair and just conclusion. Maybe make the other boy run out into traffic till he's run over then put
Mario and Tyrone away for 20 years.
That poor 17-year-old girl will have nightmares for YEARS. And I don't think there's any way she could have avoided it, short of not being on the road at all.
I feel awful for her. (I had a student once whose roommate ran over a drunk who lurched out in front of her, and the stories my student told just broke my heart.)
The guys in the car didn't just climb out of their cars and yell. The 22 yo passenger had already chased down and begun beating the dead kid's 12 yo friend. I rather doubt that the driver was planning to do anything less.
The kids shouldn't have been doing this stuff -- but to be chased into traffic by a fellow bent on mayhem is not justified. And I think it's pretty obvious that he was chased into traffic, and didn't just go there on his own.
Manslaughter is an appropriate charge in this case. Let the sentencing reflect the degree of responsibility for the kid's death.
Of course! If they want to act like that, they've got to become cops first;)
[Probably involuntary manslaughter.]
They ran from the scene (the older men did). They, the older men, did not take responsibility for their actions. Why didn't he try to revive the kid after he chased him into a moving car? There would have to be some jail time for that. And beating on a 12 year old? I would hold a 12 year old upside down by the heels while I called the cops on my cell phone. If I ran a kid into traffic, I would suddenly stop trying to punish him and do everything I could to save his life and call an ambulance.
He wasn't, and he didn't deserve this.
However, is projecting objects at moving vehicles a felony on WA?
I'd need to hear the whole story before passing judgement.
"Stupid is as stupid does"
The prosecutor is might over zealous at this point.
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