It was as horrific a crash as any of us will ever want to read about, much less experience ourselves.
But it hardly seems an accident.
Monique E. Sullivan drove up the wrong side of the divided River Watch Parkway on Dec. 10 for several miles and into other vehicles at high speed – with no apparent attempt to correct her route, slow down or avoid the other drivers.
One of those other drivers, Amelia Hiltz, 33 – the mother of two small children – was so seriously injured that she died, after lingering until July 23.
It’s a miracle that another of the drivers, Maureen Floyd, wasn’t killed when Sullivan’s SUV landed on top of hers. Perhaps a series of miracles.
If there has been some divine intervention in this tragedy, now the work is up to us humans.
It’s time to get at the truth, and mete out some justice.
Sullivan, who has now had a murder charge added to multiple counts of aggravated assault and vehicular assault, stands innocent before the law. We look forward to some answers from the courts. The victims in this case deserve nothing less.
They’ve gotten none so far from this woman, who was uncooperative with authorities after all the devastation she caused.
Regardless, if she’s found guilty for either wantonly or purposely causing such ruin to so many innocent lives, we’d be hard-pressed to recommend anything but the longest prison term possible.
If this was no accident – and it sure as heck doesn’t look like one – then it was nothing more than a wholly contemptible, inhuman attack on innocent motorists.
We hope the court system will treat it appropriately.