In 2018, Evelyn Menendez, the wife of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. In 2019, she pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was sentenced to probation.
A Controversial Case in Clinton, New Jersey
The accident occurred on February 24, 2018, in the town of Clinton, New Jersey. Evelyn Menendez was driving her car when she collided with and killed William Hughes, 72. Hughes had been crossing the street when he was struck.
Menendez was apprehended by police a short time later. She was arrested and charged with reckless driving and leaving an accident scene.
Menendez entered a not-guilty plea to the charges. She did, however, reach a plea agreement with prosecutors in 2019. She pleaded guilty to reckless driving and received a year’s probation. In addition, she was fined $10,000.
The incident sparked a discussion about the role of privilege in the legal system. Some claimed that Menendez was given preferential treatment because she was the wife of a powerful politician. Others also argued that, given the circumstances of the case, she was sentenced fairly.
Understanding the Consequences of Reckless Driving and How to Prevent It
The penalties for reckless driving vary according to the severity of the offense and the jurisdiction in which it occurs. However, common outcomes include:
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation
- Insurance premiums have risen.
- Difficulties finding work or housing
How can we prevent dangerous driving?
There are several things we can do to reduce reckless driving, including:
- Follow all traffic laws
- Drive at reasonable speeds.
- Keep an eye on your surroundings.
- Avoid distractions while driving and notify the police of any reckless driving.