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A Law For Lonny

Building a Vehicular Homicide Law in Oregon

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Lonny Friberg, 62, of Scappoose, OR was killed by a careless
driver on March 18, 2008 but because Oregon has no vehicular
homicide law, the other driver was never charged with a crime. His
daughters are fighting for a new law which would allow these types of
homicides to be prosecuted.

What is Vehicular Homicide?

In most states in the United States, vehicular homicide is a crime. In
general, it involves death that results from the negligent operation of a
vehicle, or that results from driving whilst committing an unlawful act
that does not amount to a felony. In general, it is a lesser charge than
manslaughter. In the Model Penal Code there is no separate category
of vehicular homicide, and vehicular homicides that involve negligence
are included in the overall category of negligent homicide.

All states except Alaska, Montana,
Arizona and Oregon have vehicular homicide statutes. These laws
have the effect of making a vehicle a potentially deadly weapon, to
allow for easier conviction and more severe penalties. In states with
such statutes, defendants can still be charged with manslaughter or
murder in some situations. The victim may be either a person not in the
car with the offender, such as a pedestrian, cyclist or another motorist,
or a passenger in the vehicle with the offender.