Driver in fatal hit-and-run deserves a second chance

05/13/2014 2:05 PM

05/13/2014 10:52 AM

Re "Driver in fatal hit-run claims he fell asleep" (Page A1 , May 7): Paul William Walden caused enormous grief that victims' families will continue suffering for a long time. Thus, he must be prosecuted and punished, not only to give the family members justice, but also to assure that he will not cause the same pain to other innocent families.

However, I think Walden did not kill with malicious intent. Walden claimed he fell asleep because of a long, exhausting drive. He acknowledged his mistake, and it seems like he is willing to confront the consequences of his actions.

Therefore, if Walden is given a lighter sentence in prison, where he can get off drugs and obtain a second chance at living a different and better life, it will be the best justice for both the families of victims and Walden.

-- Hoyeong Jang, Sacramento

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