Chula Vista Star-News, October 21, 1965 - Nancy

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Chula Vista Star-News, October 21, 1965 - Nancy - re- THREE MONTHS FOR Viciim's Moilier Dii ier...
re- THREE MONTHS FOR Viciim's Moilier Dii ier Over Driver's Sentence A distraught Chula Vista mother is bitter this week about what she termed a "ridiculously light sentence" sentence" imposed on a sailor convicted of the vehicular manslaughter death of her daughter and three other youths in a headon collision over the Labor Day week end. "According to the sentence that drunken driver received for killing four youngsters in the prime of life," said Mrs. Anthony Raso, 150 Murray Ave., Chula Vista, "I could wait for him (Rowe) to come out of jail, run him down with my car and get only three months!" ' THE SAILOR, Smith Rowe, 28, a second class boatswain matfr of the destroyer USS Boyd, was sentenced by Su perior Court Judge Robert W. Conyers, to three months in the county jail. Rowe said he had no recollection recollection of the accident after drinking beer in Tijuana. As a condition of three year's probation, Rowe's driver's license license was suspended for one year. '.' . '' '" " . Rowe collided head-on head-on head-on with a Volkswagen Sept. 4, while driving southbound in the northbound lane of U.S. 101 between Sycamore road and Dairy Mart road. ' f KILLED IN the collision were Mrs. Raso's daughter, Phyllis Messina, 21, and Nancy Nancy Dahlinger,. 20, both of 175 E St, Chula Vista. Also killed were Gary M. Hathaway and FOUR DEATHS' John Joseph Linden, both 19, and both of the attack transport transport USS Renville.'. ; . r - A fifth charge of felonious drunken driving was dismissed after Rowe pleaded guilty to the four manslaughter counts. In 1958, Rowe was convict- convict- : ed of misdemeanor drunken driving and served 60 days in Bethlehem, Pa., the court was advised. MRS. RASO, KNOWN throughout Chula Vista s Kitty, the co-owner co-owner co-owner with her husband, Tony, of La Bella Pizza Gardens on, Third ave nue, said: : ; . : ' "The judge said he was being being lenient b e c a u s e Of the man's children. If Rowe were to go to prison, his children in Virginia would go without support. I feel sorry , for his children, but I am a mother, too, and the others killed with my Phyllis also had mothers. "He was told he shouldn't drink," Mrs.-Raso Mrs.-Raso Mrs.-Raso said, "but he has already served a sentence sentence before this for drunken driving. Are they going to follow him around to see that he doesn't drink? i "HE'LL COME out and do (Continued on Page A-2) A-2) A-2)

Clipped from Chula Vista Star-News21 Oct 1965, ThuPage 1

Chula Vista Star-News (Chula Vista, California)21 Oct 1965, ThuPage 1
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