Street Racing Leads To Eight Fatalities

Street Racing Leads To Eight Fatalities

There are 94 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Feb 16, 2008, titled Street Racing Leads To Eight Fatalities. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

A car slammed into a crowd of spectators watching an illegal street race, killing eight people and injuring five early Saturday morning.

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jean

Bowie, MD

#1 Feb 16, 2008
who in the hell has their children, and father, out on a f----ing street race at 3 f8723737 AM!!! I just buried my father from cancer, I thought that was bad enough. He was only 62!!
john doe

Centreville, VA

#2 Feb 17, 2008
"Crystal Gaine, 27, stood with her 13-year-old daughter"
27... 13... you do the math.
John Doe Sr

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Feb 17, 2008
Who Won??
Rob

Redlands, CA

#4 Feb 17, 2008
I wonder how many more lives are going to be taken before the community or someone takes action to stop this sensless loss of life. I pray for the victims in this tragedy and I pray that God Has MERCY on the souls who killed the innocent people in the horrible accident.
Sam

AOL

#5 Feb 17, 2008
I am disappointed in Dave Statter. I just saw the 8am news and he stuck a mike in the face of some bozo who claimed that he saw a police car chasing the car that hit the people. There is a big push down there to blame the police for this because of the number of adults involved who should have been home in bed. One guy decides that he is going to start a rumor that the police were somehow at fault and channel 9 decides to air it. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Jay

AOL

#6 Feb 17, 2008
jean wrote:
who in the hell has their children, and father, out on a f----ing street race at 3 f8723737 AM!!! I just buried my father from cancer, I thought that was bad enough. He was only 62!!
Obviously you don't understand the culture in that part of the world. In some ways its like a third world country down there. In civilized areas people are home in bed at 3am.
Hollywood_MD

California, MD

#7 Feb 17, 2008
Look at the bright side...that many more "outstanding" citizens from PG county off the streets... Can we still nominate them for Darwin Awards.
MD_Crab

Utica, MI

#9 Feb 17, 2008
Family members of those hurt and killed, and some spectators are raising He!! on TV this morning, because cops don't stop drag racing in that area.

Wait a minute.... why are those clowns out standing in, on, and around the roads at 3-4 a.m. watching cars race? Give me a break...

I'm sorry those folks lost family and friends, but seems these folks need to step back and inventory their own actions.

I suppose the dregs of the legal council community are busy contacting the families of deceased and injured, looking for a big pay day, huh?
Crown Vic

Washington, DC

#10 Feb 17, 2008
Ok. It is sad. But Honestly to bad. They shouldn't have been out there in the 1st place so tough crap they knew the risk. Should the cops had been patroling better? Yes. But ask the victims 24hrs before this happend and no they would have bragged and grinned ear to ear how happy they where they didn't and loved the COPS. I am sure some POS will try to sue because they're retard family member got hurt out there. I would say check the DNA we found the missing link. Screw 'em
Backwoods

Norridgewock, ME

#11 Feb 17, 2008
Did Hussein tell these people to go play in the traffic?
huh

Upper Marlboro, MD

#12 Feb 17, 2008
I don't understand....Did the whole family just decide to get out of bed in the wee hours in the morning and say lets watch the illegal street race? Especially the one with the daughter. How could you take your child out like that? She probably was more like a friend then a mom to her. Sad though
Lloyd

Pickerington, OH

#13 Feb 17, 2008
My thoughts exactly. These people are what I like to call "enablers", people to cause themselves or let things like this go on. They have no right to complain to the police department until they themselves try to stop this, and the first step is to stop standing on the side of a road at 3am watching this crap. Tragic, yes, but put the blame where it needs to go instead of just trying to find and excuse.
MD_Crab wrote:
Family members of those hurt and killed, and some spectators are raising He!! on TV this morning, because cops don't stop drag racing in that area.
Wait a minute.... why are those clowns out standing in, on, and around the roads at 3-4 a.m. watching cars race? Give me a break...
I'm sorry those folks lost family and friends, but seems these folks need to step back and inventory their own actions.
I suppose the dregs of the legal council community are busy contacting the families of deceased and injured, looking for a big pay day, huh?
PGPD

Clarksville, MD

#14 Feb 17, 2008
JUST FOR THE RECORD WE TRY TO STOP THE RACING, BUT ITS NOT EASY HERES WHY. WELL SEND ONE COP DOWN TO INVESTIGATE THE REPORT OF RACERS. THE COP SHOWES UP AND EVERYONE TAKES OFF IN EVERY DIRECTION, DRIVING RECKLESS THE WHOLE NINE YARDS. INNOCENT PEOPLE DRIVING IN THE AREA COULD BE HURT. SO LETS TRY TO BLOCK THE ROADWAY WITH BIG DUMP TRUCKS, AND YES WE HAVE THOUGHT OF TRYING THIS, NOW NO ONE CAN ESCAPE. NOT A GOOD IDEAL BECAUSE ONE OF THE FOOLS TRYING TO RUN WOULD RUN RIGHT INTO THE TRUCK AT HIGH SPEED AND GET KILLED. THEN THE FAMILY WOULD SAY WE SHOOULD HAVE KNOW THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND WE GET IN TROUBLE. WE ARE TRYING, JUST HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW AND KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AT THE SAME TIME.
Adam

Bellevue, WA

#15 Feb 17, 2008
Marylanders should be ashamed and embarassed that they made the national news. Maryland already has a reputation of being one of the states with the worst drivers in the country. I know because I lived there for a few years.
PGPD

Clarksville, MD

#16 Feb 17, 2008
Adam wrote:
Marylanders should be ashamed and embarassed that they made the national news. Maryland already has a reputation of being one of the states with the worst drivers in the country. I know because I lived there for a few years.
I WOULDN'T SAY THAT, YOU SEE EVERY STATE CAN TRACE HOW MUCH CRIME THEY HAVE RIGHT TO THE "COURT". SEE MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA SIT RIGHT NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER. ON THE MARYLAND SIDE WE HAVE A VERY LIBERAL COURT. THEY DON'T BELEIVE PUTTING PEOPLE IN JAIL IS THE ANSWER. VIRGINIA ON THE OTHER HAND HAS A CONSERVATIVE COURT, TOUGH ON CRIME. NOW LETS LOOK AT LAST YEARS NUMBERS. PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. MD, SITS NEXT TO ARLINGTON CO. VA. PRINCE GEORGE'S HAD 140 HOMICIDES, ARLINGTON HAD 15 IF THAT. 20,000 CARS ARE STOLEN EVERY YEAR IN PRINCE GEORGE'S. MAYBE 5,000 ARLINGTON. ITS THE COURT FOLKS, THE SOONER THE PEOPLE CRY FOR A TOUGHER COURT, THE FASTER CRIME WILL GO DOWN.
rlr

AOL

#17 Feb 17, 2008
Street racers from surrounding states know that in Maryland this is a prepayable offense, while in other states the penalty is much more severe. The first thing Maryland needs to do is make this a stricter offense. While I DO NOT condone street racing, this is a terrible tragedy that will hopefully open the eyes of the legislature and those who do this racing outside of the venue of a regulated dragstrip. It is obvious too that this is not just our teens/young adults without experience who are racing - it is all ages and races. Who is at fault is not really the point right now - illegal racing, bystanders, crown vic(no lights, speeding?, drunk?) cops chasing it? who knows, it is all a terrbile tragedy that should not have happened but it did. Now let's fix the laws so that this might not happen again.
happy1

Snow Hill, MD

#18 Feb 17, 2008
well it seems things like this happens to get rid of the dumb asses in the world. its a shame it didnt take them all out!
Proud American Girl

Washington, DC

#19 Feb 17, 2008
What LAW is going to prevent people from standing in the middle of a highway at 3am in the morning? I'm tired of hearing about how government, police, society, lawmakers are expected to protect people from their own actions. Don't stand in the middle of the highway in the dark. Period.
Joe

California, MD

#20 Feb 17, 2008
Yeah. And there are no street lights there, so if you black wearing dark clothing (usual clothing worn). HELLO!
Proud American Girl wrote:
What LAW is going to prevent people from standing in the middle of a highway at 3am in the morning? I'm tired of hearing about how government, police, society, lawmakers are expected to protect people from their own actions. Don't stand in the middle of the highway in the dark. Period.
IM_LOCAL_SO_DONT _HATE

Waldorf, MD

#21 Feb 17, 2008
Street racing is not legal. TRUE. On the other hand since the people that are making comments are not from here; they don't know how life is around here. I also know that Charles county police have been harrassing people in the area. Black and white, young and old. There is no doubt that the person in the white crown Vic was possibly chased. Instead of looking for the racers, they need to finding out why the crown vic driver would drive through a cloud of smoke with no lights on at a high rate of speed. There could have been an accident that had just happened or anything. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

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