Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DUI Dishonor Roll

Roadside memorial to Dan Haley, Rt. 116, Hadley

Last week marked the two year anniversary of the tragic death -- some would consider "murder" -- of Daniel Haley, 24, killed by wrong-way drunk driver Brittini Benton only a month before he was set to graduate from UMass with a degree in chemical engineering. 

For Benton it was her second offense at drunk driving.

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Last weekend (Easter Sunday morning no less) Amherst police arrested Jesse Bollinger, age 29, for allegedly drunk driving at around the same early hours of the morning that Dan Haley was killed.  It was also his second offense.  

He was arraigned In Eastern Hampshire District Court on Tuesday, and his case was continued until May 1st so he could hire an attorney. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Larry,

What ever did happen to Brittini Benton? I feel like I read it but can't remember.

Thanks,

Larry Kelley said...

5-7 years in a state prison.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/10/brittini_benton_convicted_in_m.html

Anonymous said...

Larry,

Thanks, It seems very unjust when you consider she took away 2/3 to 3/4 of his life. How hard is it for drunk drivers to call someone, walk, or sleep it off. Brittani deserves a 60 years with a sign around her neck that says something to affect "self absorbed murder"

Sorry, rather disgusted by the whole affair.

Anonymous said...

Based on that article, was she drinking while pregnant?

Larry Kelley said...
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Anonymous said...

I read the article as saying...

April 2012 (accident)and June 2013
(original sentencing date which was postponed to childbirth recovery)

Fourteen months apart- so she was
not pregnant at time of accident.

Larry Kelley said...

Good point.