Justice For Thanh Vu
  • Petitioned Judge Bradley C. Walker

This petition was delivered to:

Judge Bradley C. Walker

Justice For Thanh Vu

    1. Meg Sweeney
    2. Petition by

      Meg Sweeney

      St Paul, MN

The morning of September 24, 2010 is one that is forever engrained in the minds of those closest to a dear friend. Sirens pierced the cold morning air, while tires squealed away from the scene where Thanh Vu lay bleeding as a result of the car that had just run him over. Lying on the ground taking his last few voluntary breaths of life, the paramedics and police were on their way. Upon arriving at the scene Vu was pronounced brain dead and unresponsive, he was transported to Immanuel St. Joseph's hospital located in Mankato MN to be placed on life support, where he died later that week.

The accounts that occurred after this incident have been nothing but bold lies, false statements, and a man who made no effort to spare Thanh his life, left to walk around the city of Mankato upon reaching a plea bargain. The only stories in print are of his accounts, which according to police records have yet to be truthful.

Aaron James Whiteaker is the individual that is at fault for the actions of that night, he was the one driving the car that ran over vu, he was the one who didn't stay at the scene, report the incident, or come forward in the following days - instead instructed all passengers of the car that night to place the blame on the minor whose car it was, knowing she "wouldn't get in as much trouble".

After police started investigating the other passengers of the car and stories started to fall through, they learned Whiteaker was in fact the driver - released the minor from custody and brought Whiteaker in for questioning, where even then he still maintained it was the 17 year old girl.

When this crime was committed, on September 24, it is stated in court documents that Whiteaker was still on probation from previous charges in a separate case. His probation was to be up in 2012 [that would be 2 years after he ran over Thanh]. The justice system states that if a person who is on probation a) commits a crime b) is charged with crimes, or in this case both a and b, they are to be sent back to jail for the remainder of their probation and then also serve the sentence they are given for the most recent charges. Basic math is: Whiteaker is 20 - within 3 years he has been charged with 5 separate felonies and 3 misdemeanors, two separate cases, one involving a death. Red Flag anyone?

After serving 8 months in Blue Earth County Jail, Whiteaker and the state of MN reached a plea bargain, resulting in no trial, and he was allowed to walk out of jail that day and freely move about the populace of Mankato again. The plea bargain contains one of the four counts he was charged with - the misdemeanor of leaving an accident where great bodily harm was present. Not the felonies he was charge with: vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, or failure to report an accident - but the slap on the wrists of leaving the scene where someone was injured.

With this plea of guilt to leaving the scene, there is a typical 1 year jail sentence attached to it; along with the plea there is the promise of a downward departure. For those of you who don't know what that entails, is basically this: a downward departure means in 10 years this charge will be off his record - he is free to get a job like you and me without having to report his crimes to his employer.

The purpose of this petition is to show our strength in numbers for a voice that has been silent for the duration of 'justice' being served. Thanh doesn't have a voice anymore - but we do, and by signing this and gaining the attention of the judge we could possibly change the recourse of history and have a steady hand in this for Thanh. This petition is to encourage Judge Bradley C. Walker to make the right decision and take note to the amount of concerned individuals involved, take note that Thanh wasn't just somebody; but someone. We lost a great friend, person, infectious laugh, bright smile, best friend, better half, son, brother, and beautiful soul - let's speak up for his memory to be left as a proper depiction of who he was and how he will be remembered.

Today would have been Thanh Vu's 21st birthday - the best present you can give him, is a voice by signing the petition and sharing this story with your loved ones. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, may God continue to bless your life and may Thanh continue to always be the best guardian angel one could ask for.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Giving-Thanh-Vu-A-Voice/229383507088157

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. 600 Signatures reached at exactly 10:37pm last night, God Bless you all

      Meg Sweeney
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone involved in this and willing to stamp their names onto something thats so important to those of us that knew Thanh - and is important enough for people to stand up for what's right even though they didn't know Thanh.

    2. Nearing 600 signatures!!! I can't believe how much support is present.

      Meg Sweeney
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you!! It will never be said enough.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 100 votes in one day!?

      Meg Sweeney
      Petition Organizer

      That's just unreal and completely appreciated - Thanh is watching over everyone right now smiling so bright (have you felt the sunshine lately :D) Keep it up and pass it along as much support as possible is the ultimate goal.
      Thank you & God Bless

    5. Keep Up The Good Work!!!!

      Meg Sweeney
      Petition Organizer

      Hello All!! 250 signatures in 2 weeks is wonderful - I'd like to request that you all really amp up the efforts and share the link with WHOMEVER and WHEREVER you can - any and all support is openly welcomed, power in numbers = strength for justice

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Good job folks let's keep this thing going - we only have until Aug 1

      Meg Sweeney
      Petition Organizer

      Court hearing is Aug 1 for sentencing

    8. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • MiaoMiao Qu CARROLLTON, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      My baby brother was also killed by a hit and run driver, and he would also by 21 this year. It devastates me that incidents as such happens so often and people fails to see the injustice in our current law regarding hit and run. A heartless individual hits/kills another human being and left him to die!!! Whiteaker would eventually ave his life back, but the victim is gone FOREVER!!

      May peace be with Thanh Vu and his family!!

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    • Corinna Nielsen MANKATO, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      Although I do not have as devastating of a story, Judge Walker is a very PERSONAL, UNFAIR man and shouldnt be a JUDGE! That is all I can say until after my case is through!

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    • Stef G GAYLORD, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      I also posted 2 links to my facebook account. One showing the complete story that I have read on this site and the other link is one that goes directly to signing the petition. I hope to help continue on the road to getting the 1000 signatures needed. Hope this helps. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

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    • Stef G GAYLORD, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      I never knew Thanh, but this story touched me. It is wrong, and truly blows my mind, how someone could get away with just walking away from something like this, like nothing just happened. Let justice be served. Let it be served in the name of Thanh Vu, and let him RIP. May his soul live on forever with the ones he loves.

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    • Courtney Thompson EAGAN, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      Miss you. Love you. Always and Forever xoxo

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