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Charges in Gemma Snowball's death not strong enough
Re: Mother says charges not enough (NewsLeader, Feb. 26)
What are we coming to? A 25-year-old, vibrant, loving, beautiful woman is killed in a crosswalk coming home from work March 2013.
And the driver is getting away with minimal charges. Yes it was dark, yes it was raining, and yes she had every right to be in the crosswalk at that time.
The driver decided to make an illegal left turn where he shouldn’t have, and that was a calculated decision on his part. He wasn’t out to kill somebody, but nevertheless it happened.
To use a ridiculous statement like “the weather may have had something to do with the accident” is absolutely unbelievable, and a grasp at a straw to make the charges minimal. He knew what he was doing when he made that illegal left turn, the weather had nothing to do with it.
Why did it take one year to bring charges against him?
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I feel blessed to have known Gemma Snowball as a co-worker and a dear friend. She and her folks were with us on an Alaskan cruise in September 2012 as my husband and I renewed our wedding vows and celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Memories of that special time are still treasured.
There are so many of us who feel the charges against Mr. Follack are a slap in the face.
Perhaps if Mr. Follack had a loved one hit in a crosswalk displaying a “no left turn” sign, they would look at these charges differently.
I regularly correspond with Margaret Snowball (Gemma’s mother) and feel the devastating disappointment, pain and heartache she feels regarding the recommended charges causing the death of her daughter. Nothing will bring Gemma back, however this entire crime seems shrouded in a lack of fair justice in our judicial system.
As an organ donor Gemma lives on in several people—what a wonderful tribute to a vibrant life cut so short.