Ramblings of the Mad Cow » 2008 » January

He’s got great big brass cajunas!

Not only did this guy hit a kid on a bike with his car and kill him, he then turned around and sued the kid’s family, for the damage to his car!

From CNN

Driver drops bid to sue family of boy he killed
HARO, Spain (CNN) — A Spanish businessman withdrew a controversial lawsuit Wednesday against the family of a teenage boy he struck and killed while driving a luxury car.

Tomas Delgado had filed a suit asking the dead boy’s parents to pay him €20,000 ($29,400) on the grounds that the collision that killed their teenage son also damaged his Audi A-8.

News of the case sparked outrage in Spain and generated deep sympathy for the parents of 17-year-old Enaitz Iriondo Trinidad. He was riding his bicycle home to a campground when Delgado’s car hit and killed him in August 2004.

Hundreds of people descended on a courthouse in northern Spain in a show of support for the boy’s parents Wednesday. They broke into applause when word came that Delgado had dropped the suit.

The businessman had insisted in a recent television interview that he was a victim, too. He was not present for a court hearing Wednesday. His lawyer told the court that Delgado felt that the extensive publicity amounted to a public lynching.


A traffic report said Delgado was traveling 113 km per hour (70 mph) in an area where the speed limit is 90 km (55 mph). An independent expert hired by Trinidad’s family said Delgado was going 173 km per hour (107 mph).

Shortly after the collision, a judge dismissed criminal charges against Delgado after concluding that he had committed no criminal infraction, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

The teen’s mother, Rosa, told the newspaper that the family was given three days to appeal the judge’s ruling, but they were too distraught to pursue it. She also told the newspaper that her family’s lawyer advised her and her husband not to pursue criminal charges.

After the collision, Delgado’s insurance company paid the family €33,000 ($48,500).

Two years after the wreck, Delgado sued the family for damages to his car and for car rental cost.

Wow. Just wow. I can’t imagine having such an attitude where he’s not just amazed that he’s out walking around free, he actually believes that the family is at fault for any damage to his car. Amazing. Humans never cease to amaze me.


During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No.” said the Director, “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a room with or without a view?”


We could all certainly do more to be ‘green’ these days. I know I am trying. We’re recycling again. In Virginia we did, but they had curbside recycling so it was very easy. Here I’ll actually have to get off my rear to take the cans and paper to be recycled, but it’s so worth it.

If you’re interested in going green in DeSoto County, here’s a list of local places to drop off your goodies. Also be sure to check out some great online resources for more ways to “Go Green”!


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