17-year-old Lyle Topa has had his driver’s license banned for life after making some serious infractions against the law and causing harm to others. Do you think he deserves the punishment?

In October 2011, Topa made the unfortunate choice of street racing while drunk. And with three passengers in his car. He hit a tree, and one rider wound up in a coma (but survived). Today, a judge hearing his case declared that Lyle would never again hold a driver’s license, for the rest of his life. Before this, Topa had also, “had his license revoked twice before — in less than two years of driving.” Topa’s family wants to appeal the conviction, and restrict the ban until he’s 21 (an odd age of choice, considering the case). [via Jalopnik]

Some of the celebrities featured in our gallery received no more than a slap on the wrist. If they were in Topa’s situation, do you think the punishment would have been as severe?

What do you think of the judge’s decision? What would you do if your driver’s license was taken away for life?