Mother Outraged Driver Who Killed Son At UConn Got No Jail Time
BOSTON (CBS) – A University of Connecticut student who hit and killed a classmate while driving a bus on campus has made a deal with prosecutors.
Lukasz Gilewski will spend two years on probation and face a $90 fine for failing to yield for a pedestrian.
The mother of the young man from Westminster who died is not happy about it. Linda Plamandon says, “When you lose a child to such a senseless act of negligence, there is no closure at all.”
Plamandon says her son David received no justice. The 20-year-old student was killed last year when he was hit by a school shuttle bus as he was walking through a campus crosswalk. The driver, 22-year-old Gilewski, has been spared jail time after pleading no contest to negligent homicide and failure to yield to for a pedestrian. The school is calling it a tragic incident.
Linda Plamandon states, “But this was the fault of the driver, this was not an accident, it was a fatal collision that took my son’s life.”
“What I wanted to see him with was a charge of manslaughter,” says Plamandon
Linda says her son David had dreamed of becoming a doctor, but his greatest joy was his love of singing. She said that, “He was really proud of the Acappella group he was in at UConn. He was a minor. He never sweat the small stuff, and lived his life to the fullest everyday.”
She is now forced to live her life with a lot of unanswered questions in regards to why Gilewski did not react preventatively to her son’s presence in the crosswalk. “Why he proceeded into the crosswalk when David was there first? Why didn’t he honk his horn or sway away from David? Why didn’t he slam on the brakes?”
Police say Gilweski was driving under the speed limit, but waived to another bus driver shortly before the accident. His commercial drivers license has been revoked.