A driver whose van struck and killed a bicyclist in Pittsfield Township in July was sentenced today to two years of probation.
Nicholas Wahl, 20, of Clinton, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in a sentencing agreement that allowed him to avoid jail time in the death of Tim Pincikowski, 45, of Saline.
Judge Melinda Morris sentenced Wahl under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which means he won’t have a criminal record if he successfully completes probation.
My first impression when first reading this was along the lines of WTF?
But, as in many things, there is more to the story.
Mike Pincikowski, Tim Pincikowski’s son, said after the sentencing that the punishment is what his family was looking for, and jail time would only have served to hurt Wahl’s family and take more out of his life.
“We didn’t want anything negative to come out of it for anybody,” Mike Pincikowski said. “And what was given as a sentence to Nicholas is something that myself and my family believes is beneficial to himself and the community in a way that a jail sentence never could be.”
I’m not sure how much I can agree with that position. But, on the other hand, it was not decision to make. The Pincikowski will heal in the manner they themselves find appropriate.
There is a whole lot going on in the comment section (annarbor.com & scroll down) following that article. As you may imagine, people are all over the map.by