It's been almost a year, and Michael Patton still wants justice. To him, that means seeing criminal charges filed against the driver who killed his son.
The person behind the wheel wasn't a drunk driver or a texting teen. Records show he was an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who dozed off on his way home from work, killing two U.S. Marines who were stranded on the freeway in Orange County in a disabled vehicle.
Investigators with the California Highway Patrol have asked that prosecutors consider criminal charges against the deputy, Michael Miscione. The Orange County district attorney's office confirmed last week that a homicide prosecutor is considering the matter.
“The loss of any life is a tragedy not only for the victims' family, but for the entire community that loved them,” Kimberly Edds, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, wrote in a statement to The Times on Thursday. “One of our veteran homicide prosecutors is carefully reviewing the facts of the case to determine what criminal charges can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
To Michael Patton, that came as a welcome development.
“We are hoping to see that the district attorney does prosecute and that he does end up doing some time,” he told The Times. “The police are not above the law.”
In a statement Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it was aware of the “tragic accident” involving an off-duty…