American citizens are considered to be innocent until proven guilty – unless it involves drunk driving, in which case a MADD-inspired hysteria takes over. Consider the following news story..
Larchmont, NY. June 10 – Mike Mezansky, a former star Mamaroneck High School baseball player accused of driving drunk and hitting a child, said his legal problems took a back seat to the more immediate concerns of the 9-year-old victim.
â€œMy heart goes out to the family,â€ Mezansky said yesterday, when he answered the door to his home just down the street from Fridayâ€™s crash site. â€œIâ€™ll deal with the legalities of everything, but the main thing is the kid being OK. Thatâ€™s all I can say.â€
The boy, William Powers, suffered a head injury, broken legs, bruised lungs and other wounds. He is at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and has been breathing with the help of a ventilator…
He is accused of striking the child on Magnolia Avenue at 7:45 a.m. The boy had just seen his sister onto a Bee-Line bus, then crossed in front of it to head home. Thatâ€™s when the white Lexus pulled out from behind the bus and struck the boy, police said.
Police detected alcohol and arrested the teen after he failed a series of field sobriety tests. He refused a Breathalyzer test, police said, and they asked for a court order to test his blood.
The results of that test are not yet known, police said today…
Here are some of the letters to the editor that followed:
Who gives a 19 year-old a Lexus? How did the 19 year-old get alcohol? Why is a 19 year-old drunk at 7:30 in the morning? What the hell kind of parenting goes on in the Mezansky household?!?
OK MAYBE I AM NUTS BUT IS THIS ARTICLE SAYING THAT THIS LOW LIFE ISNT IN JAIL? UN REAL AND HIS HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY….PLEASE IF I WAS THAT KIDS FATHER OUR LITTLE DRUNK DRIVING LOW LIFE WHO COMES FROM A GOOD FAMILY WOULDNT MAKE IT TO COURT…IT MAKES ME SICK HOW WEAK THE DWI LAWS ARE….SO NO PITTY FOR THIS LOW LIFE SHOULD OF CALLED A CAB…..
Sounds like a punk who’s parents give him everything he wants and thought he was immune to the world, on his way to making millions in baseball and thought he was untouchable. Drunk or not, he learned one hell of a life lesson right now and maybe mommy and daddy will wise up and not give a 19 year old punk Lexus.
Was the driver drunk? Yes. I don’t want to hear about the bus driver, or anything else. The reason this boy is in critical condition with injuries that he will never totally heal from, IF he lives… is because this moron drove drunk…at 7:45 in the morning.
We need to get our political representatives to take control of these horrendous happenings by enacting laws which are meaningful and punitive.
He refused a breathalizer test? Seems like a great guy huh? By the way, where was he drinking? Who was he drinking with? If at a house, the parents should be arrested as well. If at a bar, the bartender arrested.
I really don’t care if he was an alter boy all his life. You don’t get a pass on this one buddy. You may have murdered a child due to your reckless behavior, you at least injured him for life. It is Mezanskys fault that this child is on life support instead of going to the pool this summer. Instead of going to summer camp with his twin brother, he will be in the hospital or dead.
Before everyone passes judgement on the driver, lets all wait till the blood alcohol test comes back…
And now for the follow-up news story:
Larchmont, NY, June 18 - A drunken-driving charge against a Larchmont teen accused of running over a 9-year-old boy with his car last week was reduced after a blood test came back showing that the teen’s blood-alcohol level after the accident was zero…
Did that stop the hysterical letters? Following are a few written after news of the .00% blood test was made public:
You hit a child, put him in a coma, and its a traffic violation. A real poster child for responsible driving. Someone got paid off to make this go away; and he will do it again because he got away with it. Nothing but a non remorseful punk!
Daddy or mommy got this kid off, it’s not what you know it’s who you know.
How fast was this kid going anyway to do the damage that he did to the boy – it was 7:45am in the morning, was the sun not out? Ask the little boy if knowing that his assailant will remember this day always if that makes him feel better…
The man is a drunk hick with a lil bit of money..that’s whats keepin him outta prison..bottom line..point blank
This punk kid who at the age of 18 was as they say "driving while ability impaired" in my book that’s DRUNK sorry kid. No sympathy for you or your parents, who probably know that you’ve done this before.
Why did he refuse a breath test? and a field sobriety test? We all know why… sue, sue, sue!!!… he might beat the DWI, but he should have his pockets emptied.
Let’s just remember something…the legal drinking age is 21! This kid is 18…any amount of alcohol is too much!!!! He still needs to face the music.
Obviously this kid has some good connections….you don’t fail sobriety tests when your sober.
Fortunately, there are still a few who give me hope:
Regarding the recent accident in Larchmont in which 18-year-old driver Mike Mezansky hit a 9-year-old boy, now that we know the young driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.00, we would do well to remember that persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty…The young driver was therefore as entitled to the presumption of innocence as any other defendant. Unfortunately, some had all but convicted him before he had even been arraigned, let alone tried. Amazingly, the attacks are continuing even as I write this letter.
(Thanks to David Baker)