BTW I noted the victim is from New York City. I suspect that the fact he is a "back Easterner" may have something to do with how this case is being treated.
for a lot of people it's easy to empathize with a bad driver
Too bad Erzinger didn't try to cheat in a race, then he could have gotten a felony charge.
Mark Hurlbert sure seems like a useless DA.
Outrage aside, it seems the point of protecting the driver is to make sure he maintains an income stream that can be used to compensate the victim following a civil suit.
I'm sure it does. So does the fact that the DA has political ambitions. He tried to run for state senate as a moderate Republican this year ... When you live in an area as wealthy as Vail, letting the rich know that you think they deserve impunity must be pretty good for political fundraising.
Milo wrote in a letter to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert that the case “has always been about responsibility, not money.”
“Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,” Milo wrote. “Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.”
Despite what is implied in the Vail Daily, Dr. Milo never asked me to plea Mr. Erzinger to a felony. Dr. Milo asked that I plead Mr. Erzinger to a felony deferred judgment and sentence.
What this means is that Mr. Erzinger would plead to a felony leaving the scene of an accident, and the judgment would be set aside.
In either two or four years, as long as Mr. Erzinger met certain conditions, the case would drop off his record and he would be allowed to seal this case. Since there was no alcohol or drugs involved, the only conditions I could legally ask for were that he pay restitution and stay out of trouble.
Given that he had a clean history, Mr. Erzinger would essentially have been able to write a check, and the case would then be dismissed. On top of that, while Dr. Milo was still probably recovering from his injuries, Mr. Erzinger would be able to say that he had no criminal history and even deny that anything had happened. That is not something I could stomach.
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