I don’t necessarily think that vehicular manslaughter should forever bar a person from public life, but it seems that Ron Asta, who is running for Tucson Mayor as a Republican, could probably face his past a little more frankly, and he could certainly deal with his current driving problems in a manner that would show more respect for other users of the road.
Asta told the Arizona Daily Star’s Josh Brodesky that his killing of 18 year old Jennifer Reeves when he ran a stop sign in 1994 was merely “an accident.” Well, it was an “accident” in the sense that he surely did not mean to kill this girl, but his continued driving is something that makes me afraid to share the road with him.
According to Brodesky, who includes an anecdote about being a terrified passenger in a car Asta is piloting, Asta has received 13 traffic tickets since 1992 and has attended Defensive Driving School six times. He admits that he is a dangerous driver, yet continues to drive.
I wish there were a way to keep such people off our streets, never mind out of City Hall.