• Yanks Intern Killed

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2007 · Comments (2)

    Sad news from the Yankees family:

    The New York Yankees are saddened to announce the passing of media relations department intern Matthew Wasser, 22, who passed away tragically early Sunday morning in Waltham, Mass., as a passenger in a cab hit by a person charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

    Matt began working with the Yankees media relations department in the spring of 2007, dealing extensively with local, national and international media covering the team on a daily basis.

    Born and raised in Bernardsville, N.J., Matt was to graduate from the College of New Jersey in December, 2007 with a degree in Communications. He is survived by his parents, Marilyn Gottlieb Wasser and Eric Wasser, and siblings Jason and Stephanie.

    “A loss of this magnitude is impossible to put into words,” said Yankees Director of Media Relations Jason Zillo. “Matt will long be remembered for his boundless enthusiasm and uplifting, selfless spirit. The Yankees family reaches out to the Wasser family during this tremendous time of grief, as we keep his loved ones and friends close to our heart.”

    Services will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sholom on 594 North Bridge Street in Bridgewater, N.J. The family asks that any memorial gifts be sent in Matt’s name to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Cancer Society or Joe Torre’s “Safe at Home Foundation”. To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.

    I said this when Steve Swindal got busted for DUI and I’ll say it again: I consider DUI as attempted vehicular manslaughter.

    For the sake of the Wasser family, I hope the courts punish the person behind this terrible crime. This is a tragedy – someone so young, minding their own business, and taken for no reason whatsoever outside of someone else’s inconsiderate behavior. It’s beyond sad.

    Comments on Yanks Intern Killed

    1. Pete
      October 23rd, 2007 | 8:49 pm

      Nothing yet on the college’s site – it’s actually my alma mater. Tragic to lose a fellow grad…

      That must have been a helluva commute, though. Trenton’s 2 hours outside of the city, and then he goes home to MA on the weekends on top of that. Lotta driving, yeesh.

    2. Lee Sinins
      October 23rd, 2007 | 9:34 pm


      A couple of legal points–

      1) “attempted vehicular manslaughter” is actually a contradiction. The law can’t recognize that. To make a baseball analogy, it’s like saying there was an accidental intentional walk. The law considers attempted manslaughter to suffer from the same kind of flaws as that would.

      2) I actually think it should be classified as murder. It is intentional killing. One intentional drinks. One intentionally walks to one’s car (or staggers, legally the exact method of getting to one’s car doesn’t matter). One intentionally puts the keys into the ignition. One intentionally drives the car.

      That’s enough to constitute intent. A fatal accident is a natural and probable consequence of such an intent.

      That makes it murder.

      Unfortunately, by defining DWI deaths as manslaughter, legislatures disagree with me. And, they are the ones with the constitutional power to make that call, not me.

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