Should a person who was driving intoxicated and caused a wreck ending the death of another be prosecuted? What if that drunk driver fled to another country to escape possible charges? What if ten years has passed? These questions are all too familiar to those who have been reading the Austin American Statesman newspaper.
In response to a fellow classmate of mine, and in regard to the post “Woman to be extradited to the US to face charges; parents of victim clash on punishment for crime”, I would like to add my personal opinion as well as pose some questions for readers to think about.
The young woman who was driving drunk in 1996 was Evelyn Mezzich. Once she realized the consequences and severity of killing 18 year old Lindsay Brashier while driving intoxicated, Evelyn fled to
There are many disagreements about the extradition of this woman. Lindsay’s dad believes that since Evelyn has apologized, she should be left alone to get on with her life. And, Lindsay’s mom feels that Evelyn should pay the price for her decision to drive drunk. I, personally, believe that Evelyn should be extradited and tried as an adult for driving while intoxicated as well as for vehicular manslaughter, and any other law she may have violated by fleeing the country. Yes, Evelyn was young when she killed Lindsay. But, I truly believe that the justice system was being fair by offering her six months jail time and ten years probation (before she decided to flee). She was old enough to make the decision to drink and drive, knowing that the consequences could cost another person her life. Evelyn fleeing to