Sunday, June 19, 2005

Hard to believe it is not a law already

According to the original news articles, Emily Caveness actually hit Stephen Gates as he changed a tire on the side of I-40. She proceeded to drive several miles and had no intention of stopping until flagged down by witnesses to the accident. She pulled over at this point and Rabah Samara proceeded to drive them to Raleigh where he was stopped by Raleigh police and charged with DUI.

I think that this article on "closing the loophole" is very misleading in that Emily Caveness did not stop immediately as is implied in this article but several miles down the road. This article also does not mention the fact as in other articles in Raleigh News & Observer and Durham Herald that Carl Fox, DA for Orange County made a plea bargain and she was only charged with a misdemeanor (Maximum sentence of 60 days) of "failing to report an accident". Outrageous!!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2005

Seatbelts save lives??

It has come to our attention that the South Carolina Highway Patrol has a state produced propaganda video in DVD format that they are using to make their case for "seatbelts save lives". There is a long segment in the middle where it shows pictures and names of people killed on SC roads who were not wearing their seatbelts. In the middle of this video is Jay Jarman's name along with his picture!

How can SC Highway Patrol use Jay as a statistic for seatbelts when motorcycles aren't equipped with seatbelts?? SC is sending the message that Jay was killed because he didn't wear his seatbelt. He was killed because two thugs violated his right of way and left the scene!

If SCHP has included Jay in their seatbelt statistics, we can only assume that they have included other motorcycle deaths (and probably bicycle deaths and any other vehicular death that isn't equipped with seatbelts).

SCPD had the nerve to imply that we should feel sympathy for the men that mowed him down because they were not "people of means", Judge Hudson, judge for the first bond hearing felt compelled to threaten our family and negotiate a deal to release them from their bond (he was later reprimanded & denied future office), the court system felt that the youthful promise of Brogan & Urban was more significant than their "poor judgement" that killed my brother and quickly awarded them the "privilege" of probation, and NOW the SC Highway Patrol (without our permission or prior knowledge) wants to USE Jay's death to pad their seatbelt statistics!

This is an outrage!


Welcome to JFJ blogger.
This site began as a tribute to Jay Christopher Jarman.
In the early morning hours of Saturday May 17, 2003, less than 24 hours before his 36th birthday, my brother was killed by a hit and run driver.
Two people from West Virginia, the driver, Brandon Lee Brogan and his passenger, Mark Daniel Urban, altered our lives forever when they hit my brother and left him to die on Hwy 17 N in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
We hope to utilize this addition to the site to highlight relevant news as well as help other victims in their quest for Justice.