Two days after 7-year-old flower girl Kate Flynn died in a wedding limousine struck by an allegedly drunken driver, her grieving mother described how she cradled her daughter's severed head as others were rescued from the carnage.
"As I crawled out of the car, the only thing that was left of Kate was her head," Jennifer Flynn said Monday at Winthrop University Hospital.
I cannot imagine the anguish. Ann and I were at a wedding July 8 and the flower girl was adorable. I imagined how beautiful my Little Girl would look as a flower girl (and bride). I cannot fathom going from those feelings to holding her severed head on the curb in a matter of hours because some sub human piece of garbage was too selfish to dry out a few hours before he took to the road.
What makes this worse is that the driver will probably not spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Police allege that Martin Heidgen of Valley Stream drove the wrong way on the southbound Meadowbrook Parkway when his pickup truck crashed into the limousine at about 2 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
"Drunk driving did this to us," Flynn said. "I don't want people to think this was a car accident. It was so much more. ... Kate was stolen from us. ... But the life that she led -- and I want people to know this too -- was fabulous. ... But she was taken, and it was taken with drunk driving."
I don't know enough about law to comment authoritatively, but those charges seem weak.
S 125.15 Manslaughter in the second degree.
A person is guilty of manslaughter in the second degree when:
1. He recklessly causes the death of another person; or
2. He commits upon a female an abortional act which causes her death,
unless such abortional act is justifiable pursuant to subdivision three
of section 125.05; or
3. He intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide.
Manslaughter in the second degree is a class C felony.
If there is more of the book to throw at him, such as vehicular manslaughter, they should throw it.