Teen in-line skating hit and killed in Des Moines

A 17-year-old boy is dead after he was hit by a car while in-line skating in Des Moines. Full Story
Nancy B

Villa Park, IL

#26 Jul 7, 2008
semaj wrote:
<quoted text>What was the driving doing one the sidewalk at 2am. Regardless to what time it was the driver was DRINKING ABD DRIVING!!! What kind of question was that? It's summer if its hot people have a tendendcy to enjoy themselves doing what they like to do later and sleep in later. That's why its called "SUMMER BREAK". Let's stop blaming the victim. Stop seeing things twisted!!!!
Who is blaming the the guy that got hit
some of people find it odd that he was out at that hour on roller blades. Lighten up dude!!!
Nancy B

Villa Park, IL

#27 Jul 7, 2008
Barry wrote:
You people obsessing on the fact this kid was roller blading so late and nothing else are pathetic. He was on the SIDEWALK. No, there is really nothing that unusual about it. Would it be just as alarming if he was on a bike or skateboard?? You people are nuts! TRAGICALLY this poor kid was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed by a moronic drunk driver. Period! My prayers go out to his family.
Hey Pathetic Barry lets see you blow a gasket when you read the post from nomw in Northbrook. Because he is asking about where the kids parents were and why he was out at that hour. Come Barry i want to see you hit the ceiling on that one.
9mm Gay Pride

Redford, MI

#28 Jul 7, 2008
Logical wrote:
<quoted text>
Point is, unless working the night shift, most normal people are sleeping at 2 a.m. Just thought I'd tell you so now you know.
The kid was on vacation. A lot of people on vacation stay up late. A lot of teenagers stay up late when not in school. A good number of people who don't work the night shift are up late for various reasons. Go outside at 2am and you'll be surprised at the number of people who are still out and about and not at work.
semaj

Oak Forest, IL

#29 Jul 7, 2008
Barry wrote:
You people obsessing on the fact this kid was roller blading so late and nothing else are pathetic. He was on the SIDEWALK. No, there is really nothing that unusual about it. Would it be just as alarming if he was on a bike or skateboard?? You people are nuts! TRAGICALLY this poor kid was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed by a moronic drunk driver. Period! My prayers go out to his family.
Thank YOU!!! Now I know there is another sane person in this world. The two of us must do lunch one day.
South Side Chick

Palos Hills, IL

#30 Jul 7, 2008
This is so sad! Like someone else already posted, its summer break and he is 17! I could see if he was like 12, ok then he should not have been outside at that time. But 17? I don't think the curfew even applies to teens 17 and up? Please everyone pray for this boy's mother that she will have the strength to get thru this horrible time in her life!
Logical

Chicago, IL

#31 Jul 7, 2008
9mm Gay Pride wrote:
<quoted text> The kid was on vacation. A lot of people on vacation stay up late. A lot of teenagers stay up late when not in school. A good number of people who don't work the night shift are up late for various reasons. Go outside at 2am and you'll be surprised at the number of people who are still out and about and not at work.
They're pretty much bangers and thugs...not anyone you'd want to exactly mingle with!
semaj

Oak Forest, IL

#32 Jul 7, 2008
Nancy B wrote:
<quoted text> Who is blaming the the guy that got hit
some of people find it odd that he was out at that hour on roller blades. Lighten up dude!!!
Lighten up? Are you kidding me? If asking why was he out at 2am is not blaming him what is? They are saying he should have been in the bed so a freaking drunk self-centered loser could drive anywhere he wants to not on the street where normal people drive!!!!Instead of saying why did this creep drink and get in the car? Stop making excuses for stupid people. Oops I mean stop making excuses for yourself.
semaj

Oak Forest, IL

#33 Jul 7, 2008
Logical wrote:
<quoted text>
They're pretty much bangers and thugs...not anyone you'd want to exactly mingle with!
Then we should stay off of "RUSH STREET" don't want any of those gangbanger or thugs throw their drink glasses at us from the chairs while the eat and drink at the sidewalk cafe's. or standing in front of the allnight clubs they might throw their beer cans at us.
night shift

Naperville, IL

#34 Jul 7, 2008
The driver, 19-year-old Colby Dunagan, was initially charged with speeding and operating a vehicle with a broken windshield., Valdez says Des Moines police have now charged Dunagan with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, hit-and-run and intoxicated driving.
1.Why is intoxicated driving added on after they found out he hit someone.
2.why were other charges dropped such as broken windshield, and speeding have the found out that he wasn't speeding or something.
3. Who gives a shit what they were doing at 2 am im sorry to the people that dont have a life past 5 pm but the rest of the world keeps on turning after you go to bed. Not everyone is a 9-5 kind of person.
skywalker

Bolingbrook, IL

#35 Jul 7, 2008
night shift wrote:
The driver, 19-year-old Colby Dunagan, was initially charged with speeding and operating a vehicle with a broken windshield., Valdez says Des Moines police have now charged Dunagan with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, hit-and-run and intoxicated driving.
1.Why is intoxicated driving added on after they found out he hit someone.
2.why were other charges dropped such as broken windshield, and speeding have the found out that he wasn't speeding or something.
3. Who gives a shit what they were doing at 2 am im sorry to the people that dont have a life past 5 pm but the rest of the world keeps on turning after you go to bed. Not everyone is a 9-5 kind of person.
exactly my point, if he was stopped for speeding and driving an auto with broken windshield and cited... why add drunk driving later? And, while up holding the deceased kid's rights, lets not forget that the driver has not been proven to be guilty of drinking and driving. What would the 30 posts say, if the kid was not drunk?
Curfew or not, loitering at 2 am is not my idea of summer break. Shows poor discipline and lack of parental guidance. I was a trouble maker at that age, but never went honing my roller blading skills at 2am.
Heart felt condolences to the family of the kid, May his soul rest in peace! Stop commenting people, and pray for both these kids.
Marty

Wichita, KS

#36 Jul 7, 2008
Bad things happen at 2am. Time to be inside, unless working.
easyE

Dublin, OH

#38 Jul 7, 2008
What is so wrong with being out at 2 am? We always did that when I was still in high school. I turned out okay. Stop blaming the kid for being out late. If the child is trustworthy why would his parents worry about him being out late. I suppose if the person was in his 30's or if this happened around 8 pm, then we focus on the driver?
semaj

Oak Forest, IL

#39 Jul 7, 2008
skywalker wrote:
<quoted text>
exactly my point, if he was stopped for speeding and driving an auto with broken windshield and cited... why add drunk driving later? And, while up holding the deceased kid's rights, lets not forget that the driver has not been proven to be guilty of drinking and driving. What would the 30 posts say, if the kid was not drunk?
Curfew or not, loitering at 2 am is not my idea of summer break. Shows poor discipline and lack of parental guidance. I was a trouble maker at that age, but never went honing my roller blading skills at 2am.
Heart felt condolences to the family of the kid, May his soul rest in peace! Stop commenting people, and pray for both these kids.
Praying for the family for sure. How do you know his parents was not sitting on a porch nearby taking in the cool night breeze while their son was skating. Perhaps if you wre honing your skating skills at that age you would not have gotten in trouble. No one can tell a person what the right time is to do what they do or have you forgotten Jack this is AMERICA.
Why

Freeland, WA

#40 Jul 7, 2008
Why was this kid out skating a two in the morning? Prime time for drunk drivers. I'll be praying for the family.
Barry

United States

#41 Jul 7, 2008
Sorry "Logical", you must not have had a life when you were a teenager. The kid was 17 and it is summertime. Kids that age with friends are out late during the summertime. God forbid, maybe he was actually having an innocent time over at a friends house playing video games or something and had a short trip home. Like someone else said you act like the kid was 12 or something. I am not saying I know what he was doing or where he was coming from but c'mon people, does it really matter. I am assuming you people are not all crazy and are just looking to get a reaction. That kind of goes back to the nothing better to do because you don't have any friends. "Logical" - I am sorry for your unhappy childhood.
dan

United States

#42 Jul 7, 2008
Out at 2 AM is fine. Killing someone while driving drunk is homicide. Where were the driver's parents? Take the kid away from them after he does his time in jail.
semaj

Oak Forest, IL

#43 Jul 7, 2008
dan wrote:
Out at 2 AM is fine. Killing someone while driving drunk is homicide. Where were the driver's parents? Take the kid away from them after he does his time in jail.
If justice is done he will be a ripe old age too old for his parents to take care of him anyway.
concerned

United States

#44 Jul 7, 2008
Nancy B wrote:
<quoted text> Who is blaming the the guy that got hit
some of people find it odd that he was out at that hour on roller blades. Lighten up dude!!!
Maybe the kid is right it is okay to be out skating at 2 am, but I would rather be wrong and alive than right and dead.
Lake County

AOL

#45 Jul 7, 2008
It's a tragedy.

But, if I know my modern teens, I wouldn't be the least bit suprised if the teen skater wasn't:

- wearing all black (and thus the driver couldn't see him)

and

- listening to loud music on his ipod (and thus he couldn't hear the car coming).
concerned

United States

#46 Jul 7, 2008
9mm Gay Pride wrote:
<quoted text> The kid was on vacation. A lot of people on vacation stay up late. A lot of teenagers stay up late when not in school. A good number of people who don't work the night shift are up late for various reasons. Go outside at 2am and you'll be surprised at the number of people who are still out and about and not at work.
I am sorry, but my son comes home from work at 1:30 am and there is not a soul out on the streets. walking, rollerblading, skate boarding or anything else.

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