Just no excuses




While reading about the tragic (auto accident) death of young Krystin Shank at the hands of Sean Michael Gittens, I was both sickened and saddened. Mr. Gittens is as reckless of an individual I’ve read about in a long time. I honestly don’t know what to do with Mr. Gittens, or people like him, that would represent a perfect solution. I do know, almost instinctively, that his one year incarceration for causing the death of young Ms. Shank is ridiculously light considering his previous driving record.

At the time of the accident he was a known danger to society. There were numerous warning signs given to the authorities prior to the death of Ms. Shank. This tragedy was so avoidable through reasonable intervention- legal, parental or otherwise- that it disgusts me.

What betting man, who still had a dollar to his name, would’ve bet against a tragic outcome with Mr. Gittens? What happened with the ankle bracelet he was wearing at the time? Aren’t there severe penalties for leaving the house while wearing those things?

This accident was a loosely scheduled meeting, a joining of the weakness in the forces of law, stupidity, trust, bad judgment and lack of respect for anything, or anyone, by Mr. Gittens. The most baffling thing about this story is how he will only be in jail for one year. That takes the cake.

My heartfelt condolences to the Shank family. Both they, and society at large, deserved much better. Brian Watson Agoura Hills


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