Inmate sues family of 14-year-old he mowed down

Brett Michael Dykes

To borrow a term from Sarah Palin, David Weaving has "cojones." Or something.

Weaving, a 48-year-old Connecticut man with a history of drunk driving offenses, is serving time on manslaughter charges. And he has filed suit against the parents of the 14-year-old bicyclist whom he killed when Weaving lost control of his vehicle while going 83 mph in a 45-mph zone in Prospect, Conn., on April 27, 2007. Weaving is accusing the Matthew Kenney's parents, Stephen and Joanne Kenney, of "contributory negligence" because they didn't force their son to wear a helmet while riding his bike. Weaving is seeking more than $15,000 in damages for the "great mental and emotional pain" he's suffered from the incident.

Joanne Kenney told the Associated Press that Weaving's suit is "a constant reminder" that "drags the pain on." She also said that she wants to tell the man who killed her son to "just leave us alone and serve your time."

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and State Victim Advocate Michelle Cruz said they found his suit appalling. Cruz called it "unsound" and "offensive" and said: "It takes obviously a very unique individual to go after the family of a deceased child."