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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Noor Almaleki...the Trial Continues

Noor, who should have been loved and protected by her father

The things you learn sitting in trial....

Accident reconstructionists have figured out at what speed of impact by a 4000 pound vehicle the human body will do certain things. Can't find my notes at the moment but by memory it goes something like this:

At 14 miles an hour, human bones will get a fracture.

Around 20 miles an hour, you get compound fractures.

At certain angles, you get deflected off the vehicle.

At other angles you go up on the windshield.

And at certain angles and speeds you continue on up from the windshield and over the roof of the vehicle.

Reconstructionists have determined the Almaleki jeep was going as much as 28 miles an hour during the incident in which Amal (40) and Noor (20) were hit. Hit first, at an angle, Amal survived. Noor, several feet away from her friend, was hit after Mr. Almaleki took a sharp left turn without decelerating.

Noor died after 13 grueling days of broken bones and smashed organs struggling to repair themselves but ultimately falling to infection.

Was her father at her bedside whispering words of encouragement and delicately squeezing her hand? Serial Shooter victim Paul Patrick, shot by serial killer Sam Dieteman and still suffering multiple complications from those wounds, has been in the hospital this past weekend. That's what we at his bedside have been doing for him and an international crowd of well wishers has been doing from afar via FaceBook. That's the human response in the face of suffering.

But Noor's father, by his own admission and legal defense, at first watched the mayhem surrounding his daughter's crushed body from a nearby Walgreen's parking lot. Then he hot footed it to Mexico and then on to London. He was in a panic, his defense said, but not in so much of a panic that he couldn't analyze and reflect on the American point of view on hit and run. He felt motivated to escape American law, but not motivated to run to his daughter's side.

Mr. Almaleki, as a professional truck driver, had to know a little something about mph and driving safety.

At 14 mph you get your first human bone cracking.

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