Friday, May 1, 2009

Death by Stupid

It turns out that State Representative Jim O'Rourke is likely to be charged with negligent homicide in the January death of Carol Sinisgalli, a 41-year-old DMV employee whom O'Rourke left a bar with, dropping her off in the freezing cold a half mile from her home without shoes or a coat. Her frozen corpse was discovered the following day by a cross-country skier.

All the characters in this tragedy are unlikeable. Sinisgalli is portrayed as a regular drunk at the Rocky Hill bar where her last night began. She apparently assaulted a handicapped man before departing the bar, and allegedly jumped into O'Rourke's car uninvited as he departed.

Details are sketchy about what actually took place between the two. According to O'Rourke, she became beligerent and left his car in temperatures in the teens without her shoes, and without her coat. O'Rourke's behavior is equally unappealing even when cast in the best possible light. He made no attempt to stop her. He had no idea if she lived nearby or not.

It is a strange scenario which appears to lack much detail or sense.

Criminally negligent homicide is, apparently, a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Seems a bit light. Maybe the Judiciary Committee would care to review this?

House Speaker Chris Donovan said back in March that O'Rourke need not resign because police said "nothing wrong took place." It was interesting at the time because I never saw anything from the police indicating nothing wrong had taken place. Anyway, this application for an arrest warrant would seem to police do, in fact, think there is something wrong.

O'Rourke ought to do the decent thing now and resign.

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