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Memories persist as Megan is released

Original post made on Sep 25, 2008

Burning candles can still be found flickering at the roadside memorial where 6-year-old Amy Malzbender was killed in a hit-and-run accident nearly 16 months ago on Miranda Avenue.

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Posted by CAR
a resident of another community
on Sep 25, 2008 at 8:10 am

I can't believe you can hit and kill someone, drive away and serve less than a YEAR in jail. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by rx
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 25, 2008 at 8:32 am

It is time to move on, hatred rots the soul

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 25, 2008 at 11:44 am

Just one of those sad, awful stories. I feel sorry for everybody--yes, including the young driver.

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Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 25, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Unfortunately, these kinds of killers regularly get slaps on the wrist. Look at the case of James Council, who recently drove his car across a double yellow line and into oncoming traffic, killing two people in Cupertino. He says he fell asleep at the wheel. He is charged with 2 counts of vehicular homicide, but I doubt he will serve more than 1 year in jail. Unless the driver is DUI, the sentences are so light that they have little deterrent effect on other drivers.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Let all parties in this tragedy rest in peace, it is time to move on.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 26, 2008 at 1:01 am

Greg K.,

A year in jail is not a slap on the wrist.

And what sort of deterrent would you expect there to be here? People make mistakes--they misjudge how tired they are or how well they drive. Someone who's been driving two years doesn't have the judgment of someone who's been driving twenty.

Nobody intends to go over the double yellow line because they fell asleep at the wheel. If nothing else it puts them in danger of a head-on.

I mean not ending up in a fatal accident is a much bigger deterrent than a jail sentence. So deterrents aren't the issue, more effective prevention is.

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