Football player investigated for pushing fan

first_imgA USC player is under investigation by the Washington State University Police Department after video captured footage of him knocking over a Cougars fan after the Trojans’ loss in Pullman on Friday.The video shows No. 93 — who is listed as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Liam Jimmons — pushing a fan to the ground with both arms. At least two angles of the incident have been posted online on social media.“We’ve reached out to see if the athlete wants to talk to us,” said Steve Hansen, the police department’s assistant chief to the Los Angeles Times.The investigation comes after Washington State received $25,000 worth of fines for fans rushing the field after the upset victory. USC players had to weave through frantic fans on their way to the locker room.“It was an electric game and a very exciting atmosphere, and the safety of both fans and players always needs to be taken into account,” USC head coach Clay Helton said. “It’s hard. When you have that many fans that excited, they found their way down on the field and makes for a chaotic scene.”last_img read more

Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months

first_imgA man with almost 500 previous convictions has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to careless driving causing the death of a teenager.Thug Eamonn Lynch was driving at 165kph when he ploughed into innocent Shane Patton near Drumkeen in July, 2012. Father-of-three Lynch was drunk and had no driving license, valid NCT, tax or insurance on his car when he struck the 18 year old who had just completed his Leaving Cert.Lynch, who had more than 280 previous traffic offence convictions, as well as 50 convictions for burglary, fled to Northern Ireland following the tragedy.However, just before Christmas he was extradited under a European arrest warrant to face trial for Mr Patton’s death to which he pleaded guilty.The court heard how Lynch, who is originally from Derry, was driving his Toyota Celica with his partner just after midnight on July 12th when the smash happened.The entire smash was caught on the CCTV system of a local service station.Garda forensic examiners estimated that Lynch was traveling at 165 kph on the main Ballybofey to Letterkenny Road which is governed by a 100 kph speed limit.The late Shane PattonMr Patton, of Cloghroe, Drumkeen, emerged from a side road but Lynch was traveling so fast that he did not have time to take evasive action and smashed into the teenager.All were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but Mr Patton was pronounced dead later.The dead teenager’s heartbroken mother Julie read a harrowing victim impact statement out to the court.She revealed how Shane, the eldest of a family of three children, had just completed his Leaving Certificate and has just been accepted onto a course to train as a mechanic.Mrs Patton said that her entire family were heartbroken by the “happy, beautiful boy” who had been taken from them.She said Shane’s brother and sister, Dina and Jason, did not have someone to help them with their homework and told how his grandmother Mary had to watch Shane being buried on what should have been a celebration of her 70th birthday.Her husband and Shane’s devastated dad Martin, who was also in court, was trying his best to get on with his life for the rest of his family.“I thought I wouyld have to teach Shane about the world but I now have to teach the world about Shane. I have to tell people that it is not okay to drink and drive because it destroys families,” she added.And she added “There is no quick fix and no getting it over. There is no glue to fix all the broken hearts.”Barrister for the accused, Richard Lyons, said his client had written a note to the Patton family in which he wanted to express his deep and genuine remorse.“I cannot express in words how really, really sorry I am for the loss of Shane. I will never in my lifetime get over this. I know the heartache you are going through but I did not set out to hurt anyone, let alone hurt Shane.“I know I have destroyed your lives and I cannot express my words. I hope and pray that you will accept my apology. If I could grant one wish I would wish you had you son back. There isn’t a day that I don’t think about it and I will never get over it myself,” he said.Judge Martin Nolan firstly expressed his sincere sympathy to the Patton family on the loss of their son and brother Shane.He said that although drink was a factor, the real factor in the case was Lynch’s speed and how he could not avoid the collision because he was driving at such speed.He sentenced him to 18 months in prison for the careless driving charge and a further three months for drink driving to run concurrently.He took the other charges into consideration.The court also heard how Shane Patton’s car was in good condition, was taxed and was insured.Thug who killed teenager at 165kph after drinking session is jailed for 18 months was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:careless drivingcrashdeathDerrydonegalDrumkeenEamon Lynchshane pattonlast_img read more