Harsher penalties for hit and runs

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 Petition to enact Daniel's Law

 

     This petition is to ask Kentucky lawmakers to enact a bill, called Daniels law. It will site stricter penalties for hit and run crimes and to make DNA kits available to all police departments in the state of Kentucky for anyone arrested on felony charges. Federally, this is a law, but the funding isn't there for rural departments. Hit and runs are not even considered violent crimes. According to Nolo law Kentucky doesnt have a vehicular homicide statute. This law should be changed.

 

     On November 13th, 2020, our son was killed by a hit and run driver. The coroner said Daniel Ray Logsdon II was killed instantly. The driver fled the scene with no remorse for human life. During, a one month time frame, there was 7 other hit and runs. Our families have yet to see justice. The laws in Kentucky for a hit and runs vary and go on a case by case basis. Every case is different. The driver in our sons hit and run was speeding at 61mph in a 35mph zone.

 

     Cases are categorized into 3 sections, none of which are harsh penalties.

     Reckless homicide carries 1-5 years in prison with a fine of $1000 to $10,000.

     2nd degree manslaughter or vehicular manslaughter carries 5-10 years in prison with $1000 to a $10,000 fine.

     Last but not least, murder. This option is used the very least in hit and runs. Even if it causes death. It has to be a capitol offense to qualify as a murder charge. This offense carries 20 to life and is rarely used in hit and runs.

    

     There is very little transparency in hit and run cases. The cases are not treated as top priority cases like a murder with another type of weapon. In my opinion, a vehicle is a weapon as well, if used in a hit and run death. Our sons case is being investigated by a traffic unit and no homicide unit is involved and the traffic unit has very little help. This could stand to be changed as well. Help these officers help us. Help me get the justice our son deserves.