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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cuba man sentenced in motorcycle accident that killed his wife

Cuba man sentenced in motorcycle accident that killed his wife

By Ruth Bogdan, Special to the Olean Times Herald

SMETHPORT, Pa. — “It just doesn’t take much for an accident to happen on a motorcycle. And it doesn’t take much of an accident for a horrible, horrible outcome.”

That was the message 51-year-old Cuba, N.Y., resident Raymond T. Maedl Jr. said he wants to impress upon people, he told the crowd in McKean County Court on Friday. Maedl appeared before President Judge John Pavlock to be sentenced for charges stemming from a motorcycle accident that killed his wife, Jeanie Maedl.

On April 27, Raymond Maedl was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his wife as the passenger on Westline Road in Lafayette Township. District Attorney Raymond Learn said the couple had just left the Leekfest in Westline.

According to the information to which he pleaded guilty, the motorcycle went out of control while approaching a righthand bend in the road, and it struck the guardrail. Jeanie Maedl was thrown from the motorcycle.

Authorities found he had a blood alcohol content of .095 percent; the legal limit is .08 percent.

Maedl pleaded guilty Sept. 25 to charges of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol and summary charges.

Maedl will serve nine to 23 1/2 months in McKean County Jail and 29 1/2 months of probation. Pavlock added that Maedl may petition for release from jail after five months if he either is fulltime employed for five months or completes at least 420 hours of community service by that time.

He will have to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, too.

In his statement to Pavlock, Learn said, “These are tragic circumstances.” However, he added, “The facts are still true — that this woman is dead and it was her husband’s fault because he was drinking and driving.”

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10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Originally the States wanted a BAC of .10 ( which was conservative), however the Federal Govt. wanted a BAC of .08 from every state or they would cut-off federal funding ($$$). This was a result of MAD (Mothers against drunk driving), who were sleeping with the politicians.
Anyway, this man has suffered enough, they were mutually out for a good time and an accident happened. Anything the courts do is over-kill. Leave him alone , he has 'paid' enough.

Anonymous said...

he will suffer with it for ever im sure as will all the ems and fire dept members that had to see and try to provide care for her. i can see not makin an example of him being just over the limit but he needs not be slapped on hands either. what if you or your family member would have been coming the other way and been hurt or killed by him. that is a busy place that day of that event.

Anonymous said...

My grandparents were killed by a drunk driver who said he was going to kill himself when he got into his car so I understand a little about this stuff. Just because he had an accident and his BAC was over the legal limit, doesn't mean that's why the accident happened! People get careless, don't pay attention to the road and many other distractions while driving. People wreck while they're sober all the time killing innocent people. Let's not put the blame on alcohhol everytime someone's BAC is over .08. Sometimes accidents "just happen" As we put this guy behind bars for almost 2 yrs, while he is still hurting from losing his wife, we are allowing drug sellers and users to murder our kids and steal from our homes, with very little consequence.

Anonymous said...

This is a tough situation. A perfect example of when exceptions should be made for certain cases. Most stereotypical Harley riders ride to drink, are rude, attention seekers, stinky, loud, and disgusting members of society. He seems like a great guy and family man and true enjoyer of life. This jail time may be justice, but justice from what? His family and I'm sure his wife would not like to see him locked up for this. He was close enough to the legal limit this should be overlooked considering the damage he did to himself. He is suffering enough. It was a tragic even that he did not plan to happen. Just a terrible story, but by the sounds of it he has a strong family and I'm sure they will all come out strong.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, someone again loses their life due to the LEGAL drug of alcohol. When is our government and society going to wake up and realize how much alcohol costs our society? The associated costs of alcohol abuse through broken families, CYS, Domestic Relations, legal trials, counseling, incarceration and on and on cost FAR more than the tax revenue the state makes on alcohol sales. If the government wants to gain another revenue stream, legalize marijuana too. It has far less of an impact, contrary to what the typical alcohol swilling redneck says! . The accident rate caused by DUI has gone down in CO since the legalization of marijuana there. That is because there are fewer people drinking and crashing. You can spout all of your "Reefer Madness" quotes but facts are facts. People who just have to have "something" are now smoking a PLANT which isn't a great thing to drive under the influence of, but is better than driving drunk.
My condolences to the Maedl family for this sad situation. A loving husband and wife enjoying life and a family forever changed due to a split second accident. Whether alcohol caused the crash or not, alcohol was involved. The judge has to follow legal guidelines, or our society would forever be in chaos due to an individual judge's discretionary use of punishment. I had a close family friend killed due to a drunk driver 26 years ago. The pain is still raw knowing the true cause of the accident!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with 12:20. I'm not a marijuana user but I drink frequently (and I don't drive when I do). Other than making some people brain dead, if marijuana were allowed it would be a plus for society. It's already used heavily, just illegally. There's money to be made here and it's a safer additive to social events than alcohol. I have seen too many close people get into trouble over alcohol over the years. And yes, it is the alcohol that helped influence their stupid decisions.

Anonymous said...

Once again liberal idiots turn a tragedy into making dope legal. Just another example you can't fix stupid you can only sedate it!

Anonymous said...

We, as a society, have created and passed laws that clearly state the penalty for driving under the influence of a very specific amount of alcohol percentage in our blood. If you choose to drink and drive, you recognize and accept the consequences of any and all situations that may arise, whether your fault or not. If you aren't ready and willing to accept the risks of drinking and driving, up to and including the death of yourself and/or people you love, then simply don't drink and drive. It's really that darn simple.

Anonymous said...

My question is this: Why did the
wife get on as she knew her
husband had been drinking? She
may have been herself. My heart
goes out to this family and to
this man as I'm sure this is
something that will haunt him
forever. God bless them all.

Anonymous said...

3:29.. This can't be summed up any better.