Teen on probation asks to go to Grammys

Feb. 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

FRANKFORT, Ill., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A wealthy Frankfort, Ill., teen, who seriously injured a retired couple by running a stop sign, has been denied permission to attend the Grammy awards.

Will County Judge Sarah Jones denied Sayeed's request, noting he has yet to send his court-ordered apology letters to the victims.

"I recall the damage that he did to those people," Jones said. "Going to the Grammys is a privilege, not a right."

On May 9, 2009, Raihan Sayeed, then 16, ran a stop sign going 62 mph in a 35 mph zone. He struck the car of Gerald and Marybeth Ryan broadside, causing it to roll three times.

Marybeth, 63, was hospitalized for a week in intensive care for a lacerated liver and bile duct, broken facial bones, arm and ribs, and a partially severed tongue. Gerald suffered a broken arm and leg, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

Sayeed was charged with felony aggravated reckless driving, punishable by as long as three years in prison. However, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving in November and was sentenced to probation. Although he had previously been cited for speeding twice, his license was not suspended but he was ordered to adhere to a 10 p.m. curfew.

Sayeed submitted a request Monday to attend Sunday's Grammy awards, as well as five unspecified family vacations throughout the year. All were denied.

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