I see what you're saying, Kneale, but legally it is. His reckless speed and disregard of warning signs are intentional, yes, but the impact is an accident. I'm not excusing him, and people are rightly prosecuted for accidents everyday...due to negligence and/or recklessness. He did not intend to hit an injure a 6-year old girl, after all, and intention is yet another culpable mental state when it comes to criminal offenses.
Like I said, I'm not saying he shouldn't have been prosecuted, but I guess I just assumed he's a young kid himself, and like most young men, he just assumes not only will he never be maimed or killed, but that he will never maim or kill anyone else....not unintentionally anyway. I just think it's also sad that the arrogant-self assurance of youth that will fade as he ages has at this point screwed up his life for the foreseeable future, too...justifiably, of course, but it's still not something to cheer. In short, what may well be otherwise decent young people wasting their lives over a stupid decision is...unfortunate.
On the other hand, I could be wrong about him, and if he's an older (I didn't see an age in either article) asswipe who should know better and blames the victim (I know his lawyer did, but that's expected), then F**k him. I just don't wanna engage in internet lynch-mobbing bloodlust without knowing the defendant's outlook and past conduct. Hey, it's certainly possible to favor criminal sanction and at the same time feel some compassion for the defendant.
A personal example, I had a defendant write me what seemed to be a mostly genuine letter from jail before trial apologizing for unloading 16 rounds from a Baretta 92 9mm at me and my partner. He missed...amazingly. I didn't have any problem forgiving him. I did, and I do. That didn't mean I believed he shouldn't be vigorously prosecuted. He should have. He got 30 years (enhanced), and I believe that was just. It's still a pity he threw his life away in that way, though.