Don Dokken recently talked to Chuck Shute where he opened up about Vince Neil and the night Hanoi Rocks’ drummer, Razzle passed away. Don Dokken revealed why he thinks Vince Neil got away from being sentenced to a longer time in jail for Razzle’s death:
“He is (a nice guy) when he’s sober, I’ve known him for a long long time, he lived three blocks from me. He came over to my house, and he said, ‘Hey, I’m selling my 240Z because I’m buying a Pantera.’ And I bought the Z from him, and within a month, he only had that car for a month, and then he killed Razzle.
”And then I saw him a week later, which I felt bad saying it’s not my business, but I saw him a week later, and he was wasted. […]
“And I’m thinking, well, beyond Razzle, I met the girl that he hit, she was like in a Volkswagen or something. I mean, she was totally mangled for the rest of her life, she’s really crippled.
”She came to a few of my shows and said, ‘I’m the girl that Vince ran into.’ I went, ‘Oh man.’ She was on a cane, scars on her face, she really got hurt.”
About why Vince Neil wasn’t sentenced to a longer time in jail, Don Dokken said:
“I guess when you’re famous, you can get away with it. I think he was in jail for only five days. If I did that, I’d be in jail for 30 years.”