My sense is that the DA here intends to make an example out of these morons, and I hope the prosecution is successful.
Why an example?
Because it delivers a message to anyone irresponsible enough to try something this stupid that they will be held accountable. That should give pause to some of these idiots . . . although I’m sure there will be some who will ignore that message and go right on being idiots no matter what.
Along with that message of zero tolerance for the teen behavior, I’d also like to see the parents held accountable. I mean, FINANCIALLY accountable.
They should have to pay the victim’s hospital costs, and in this particular case, substantial damages to the deceased’s survivors. (Like what his lifetime earnings WOULD HAVE BEEN . . . times 100!)
If they are upscale yuppies, they should have to sell their home and all their toys (like boats and such).
In any case, whatever their socio-economic status, they should be cleaned out.
Alas, that will likely NOT ever happen.