It’s a sad state of affairs when someone who admits to causing a death while driving under the influence of drugs is sentenced to just six months in jail.
The 57-year-old victim, Steven Kane, was a Coast Guard Academy graduate, a scientist at Brookhaven National Lab, a brother and son. He was killed doing one of his favorite activities — cycling — on Route 25 in Calverton.
But while Mr. Kane’s family and friends must now live a lifetime without him, the man who hit him while driving under the influence of methadone coming from a county clinic — with four kids in the car, no less — will soon walk free.
Whether it’s a loophole in state laws, a flawed methadone administration program or a failure to gather and present evidence remains a moot point now.
We can only hope that those who are in positions to do so will fix whatever problems exist so Mr. Kane’s death was not in vain.