Victim’s Family Looks to Change Law

SCRANTON -- The family of a college baseball player killed in a DUI crash last year is looking to change state law. They say their son's killer was still allowed to drive, even though it was her second DUI.

Shane Rivenburgh was on his way to play baseball for Lackawanna College in April of 2016 when his motorcycle was hit by Lisa Mecca of Archbald.

Mecca was found to be high on Xanax during the crash. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced her to four to 10 years behind bars for homicide by motor vehicle.

Mecca hit a motorcycle in an intersection in Archbald. Blood tests would find that Mecca had high levels of prescription pills in her system.

"It wasn't an accident. It was a choice," said Shane's dad Scott Rivenburgh.  "She made the choice to do that every single day until she finally killed someone. Then she thought, 'Oh, I need help.'"

We met with the family members of the motorcycle rider who was killed. Shane Rivenburgh, 18, he was on his way to play in a Lackawanna College baseball game that afternoon in April.

It wasn't until August that Lisa Mecca was charged. It was her second DUI in a year's time and the Rivenburghs say she shouldn't have been allowed to drive while waiting to be charged.

"It was exactly a year and a day after she was arrested before for DUI, so it probably wouldn't have happened if she had a stricter sentence, or her license taken away the first time," said Shane's sister Ari Rivenburgh.

The family has crafted Shane's Law, a bill making its way through the state legislature that would require DUI offenders to stay off the road while they await trial.

"I mean, all of our kids, all of our parents, all of our grandchildren are exposed to these people every day and we don't know who is and who isn't, and we need to take the license away immediately if people, especially a second offense, that has harmed someone," said Shane's mom Cathy Rivenburgh.

State Senator John Blake wrote Shane's Law. It has been introduced in the state legislature.

As for the driver in this case, Lisa Mecca, she started serving her four to 10-year sentence immediately.

15 comments

  • ARCHIE BEAL IS A SCUM

    Just like if you were to fire a gun while intoxicated, whether you injured anyone or not, you can be charged with unlawful discharge, have your license to carry revoked, and have your weapons confiscated. Should have revoked her license and confiscated her car after the first DUI until she can pass a drug test

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    Motorcyclists are killed all the time by inattentive drivers, and those drivers don’t get charged with anything more than a minor moving violation. It seems there has been a lack of accountability for a while for those with 4 wheels in relation to those with only 2.

  • Richard Maliszewski

    That only applies when there is a question of guilt and investigations into the matter are needed. When you are tested and drugs/alcohol are found in your system you are guilty at that point. There is no question of innocence or guilt.

  • Richard Maliszewski

    Finding a large amount of prescription drugs in your system is proof you are guilty. There is not trial, just a hearing before the judge and sentencing. What defense does a person have when they are drug laden.

    • JohnKimball

      There are grey areas though. What if, as an example, someone leaves a party and decides to go sleep for the night in the back seat of their car instead of driving home. Then a police officer comes along and deems the person was trying to drive home drunk, does a breathalyzer and the person fails. Is this proof of guilt? This is why we are innocent until proven guilty.

  • Richard Maliszewski

    Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you get caught you will be enlightened to that fact.

  • Nobody important

    Innocent until proven guilty? When your blood test results come back with high levels of Xanax or alcohol in your system, or you blow into that little breathalyzer and it’s above the LEGAL limit, you are guilty.

  • Writer Girl

    Drunk and high drivers kill innocent people. Something needs to be done about them. They’re dangerous.

  • buzzed driver

    Oops , Guilty before trial ? Well there is a instant violation of our civil rights . The issue here is the massive delays on DUI’s and that is what needs addressed , I have a friend whom has had his DUI (3rd) delayed over a year by the courts ( not him) On the plus side he has not had a drink since that DUI , I had tried to confront him prior as other friends too. The courts issue is a case pending that affects the sentencing, Sad mess by our lawmakers.

    • Kraven Morehead

      Technically driving is a privilege and not necessarily a civil right. PennDOT can suspend a license independent of the Criminal proceedings.

      • Ron

        “PennDOT can suspend a license independent of the Criminal proceedings.”

        Correct, I have had peers who were initially charged with DUIs that were later settled in court in plea deals with no charge, and they still result in license suspensions because of PennDOT policy

    • Boy Bye

      How about taking a precaution so someone else doesn’t lose their life. This would be equivalent to taking someone’s passport while awaiting trial. Obviously this person cannot control themselves because twice is two times too many. I think it’s amazing that they are thinking of someone else’s child in their time of sorrow, and maybe you should too, because it just might be your child they save.

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