Man Given 20 Months For Fatal Greenville Crash

A Greenville man accused of driving while impaired and striking a motorcyclist back in 2009 has been found guilty of death by motor vehicle.

According to the Pitt County Clerk of Courts, Robert O'Neal was sentenced Monday in Superior Court to 20 to 33 months in prison for the death of 31 year old Edwin Jimenez, Sr. on July 11th, 2009. Jimenez was riding his motorcycle on Wimbledon Drive in Greenville when O'Neal's vehicle struck him, killing him instantly.

Jimemez was the general manager of the Denny's Restaurant and his employees planted a tree in front of the restaurant in his memory.


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  • by Jus on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Mr. O'Neal is getting off light. He should have been charged with First Degree Murder, and eligible for the death penalty.
  • by Retired Po Po Location: Pitt County on Jul 26, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    Sure do wish the voters would spend some time in District Court. It would let them see the cr*p that goes on in the court system with DWIs and FARCES like the Kandy Smith "Court". The "Judges" and the DA/ADAs need to "get a pair"!
  • by who's drinking? on Jul 26, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    There is always the probability these judges who think the law is set too low to really indicate impairment are drink & drivers themselves. Can someone get them off the road? If not off the bench?
  • by repeat after me on Jul 26, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Someone who drinks ANYTHING and drives doesn't give a darn about his/her own life, let alone anyone else's. I don't care if they didn't kill anyone and just got ticketed, they need JAIL time. And no more driving privileges whatsoever. If they injure or kill anyone, I'd get harsher than that. They were trying to kill just as anyone running around with a loaded gun shooting it who just happened to missed.
  • by melissa Location: greenville on Jul 26, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    to "thats nothing" all I can say is when it is one of their family members that is killed by a drunk driver then they may start ruling differently. We need harsher punishment for crimes anyway.
  • by billie Location: kinston on Jul 26, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    Its great to have such balanced judges in our system.he and the defense atty.should all be jailed for misrepresenting justice.once again the victim is lost in the legal mumbo jumbo of the legal system.
  • by Mark Location: Kinston on Jul 26, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    It's a shame when our society let's something like this happen. He was drinking and he killed someone. He should be in prison for the rest of his life!
  • by Thats nothing!!! Location: Pitt County on Jul 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    You should visit district court and watch Judge Vincent and several other judges find DWI's not guilty when they are blowing .10, .11, .12 or higher or refusing the testing and the judge says, " I know you blew that, but I still have some doubt that you were impaired." I have also seen people come in and try to plead guilty and the judge will not let them without paying a lawyer to be with them. If the person involved thinks he's guilty, what more do you need? WE NEED TO ELECT NEW PROFESSIONAL JUDGES AND NOT PRIOR DEFENSE LAWYERS THAT WATCH OUT FOR THERE OLD COMRADES!!!
  • by SoManyMike on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    The same way these criminals are allowed to appeal when the verdict or sentencing doesn't go their way, there should be a committee or board that can intervene when sentencing is too lenient. This is stupid. It is an insult to the victim and his family and one more example of how our justice system fails us on a daily basis. He would get more time than that if his intoxicated driving had resulted in even a scratch on an officer.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jul 26, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    What a joke. 20 months!!! Our fine Judicial System at work once again.
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