Missouri man given shock time in fatal crash

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CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri pharmacist who was suffering a diabetic episode during a fatal accident has been sentenced to 120 days in prison.

A Jefferson County judge on Tuesday ordered 52-year-old Thomas Griggs to serve the “shock time” for a February 2013 crash that killed Londa Crump of Crystal City.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Griggs told officers he remembered getting lost on Interstate 55 that day but doesn’t remember anything about the crash in Crystal City.

Prosecutors said Griggs didn’t properly manage his blood sugar levels that day.

Griggs’ attorney, Ethan Corlija, said Griggs following his doctor’s advice on using insulin to manage his Type 1 diabetes.

Griggs pleaded no contest in February to second-degree involuntary manslaughter.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

6 comments

  • Annonomys

    This is really messed up. A drunk driver kills someone and they do not get jail time they just get probation, but you are going to punish this man because he’s a diabetic. Our court system is so messed up!!!!

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Messed up, alright. That fat skin-head Illinois State Trooper kills two girls while texting while driving 126MPH to a fender bender, and gets probation. Then he tries every month to get his driver license back – like we should EVER give it back to him! Meanwhile, incompetent and just plain arrogant truck drivers kill and main, and never go to jail. And we all know that DWI punishments are all over the place: sometimes strict jail time just for a couple of two-beer checkpoint offenses, other drunks KILL and go free if they’re wealthy enough, etc.

    The bottom line is I guess this pharmacist must not be very wealthy or well-connected, because if he were, his rich lawyer would have gotten him out on just probation. Maybe he even did something more serious not mentioned in this article to get such punishment, like said something smart-mouth to a cop.

    Of course, I’m not saying this guy should go completely without recourse – he should know better! But “shock time” for not controlling your diabetes? A little over the top, I say.

  • S. Shannon

    He was not drunk. Read the article carefully. He is a diabetic and had a black out, even though he was managing his diabetes according to his doctor’s orders. Diabetes is a difficult disease to manage, especially Type 1. So even though you do things right, you can still blackout without any notice. This is simply tragic all the way around.

  • Karl

    As a Type 1 diabetic with an extreme hypoglycemic event, Mr. Griggs suffered an acute medical emergency that was beyond his control. It had tragic consequences but it serves no purpose
    to incarcerate him. To punish him for a medical condition with jail time.

  • Pat

    This is a tragic situation for all involved. The person is a Type 1 Diabetic and that type can be very brittle and labile. They can go into a hypoglycemic state very quickly and not realize what is happening. Do the research. It is not due to noncompliance with your medical regimen. It is the disease. The most cautious compliant Diabetics have low and high blood sugars. He did everything right and still had a medical emergency, a hypoglycemic event. It is not “russian roulette” as was stated in several of the articles.
    I suggest to those that believe he had control over this situation to volunteer with a place caring for Type 1 diabetics, ( a children’s hospital) and see for yourself how devastingly unpredicatable this disease can be for everyone. It happens in minutes, seconds and is life threatening. To incarcerate him, why? Because he has this disease? Very disheartening.

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