Sentence too light for driver, 79, who killed 3

April 9, 2014 

Staff Photographer

Doreene Landstra, 79, accompanied by her son, walks past a television news camera as she appears Wednesday before Judge Robert Farrance at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald


Talk about mixed emotions. The article and accompanying picture on the front page of the April 3 Herald, showing 79-year-old Doreen Landstra at her court appearance really caught my attention. Being a senior citizen myself, I felt both empathy for her yet surprise and disappointment at her driver's license being revoked for only a year.

Granted, it was an accident, but she did in fact kill three people. She is also seen in court supported by a walker. You have to wonder what her physical capabilities are with regard to coordination and reaction time. It is not my intention to point a disparaging finger at all older drivers, but in this case I strongly feel that her license should have been permanently revoked.

David Altenbach


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