Retired Trooper Charged with DWI in F...

Retired Trooper Charged with DWI in Fatal Crash

There are 196 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Apr 28, 2008, titled Retired Trooper Charged with DWI in Fatal Crash. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

A retired state trooper is accused of being drunk when he drove the wrong way on a western New York road and crashed into another car, killing a Pennsylvania woman.

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Billy Bob

Grand Island, NY

#1 Apr 28, 2008
This guy should be charged with murder.
PopeEggsBenedict

Buffalo, NY

#2 Apr 28, 2008
Only 1,000 was his bail too. 1,000 bail for murdering another person.

Unfreakingbelievable....
Dan Alden ny

Buffalo, NY

#3 Apr 28, 2008
Are you kidding me or what...$1000.00 bail whats up with that, why is it becasue he was a State Trooper, if that was you or I and killed someone we would have bail set at a Million or so, give me a break, Now this woman is dead becasue of his poor judgment, and come on what kind of example is he setting being a State trooper...I hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life...this poor woman was only 38 years old with a family...Lock him up and throw the key away, he does not deserve to be on the streets..he took her life now take HIS!!!!!
nosemorethanu

Warsaw, NY

#4 Apr 28, 2008
Bail is not set based on the crime, its based on the flight risk.
For real

Wilmington, DE

#5 Apr 28, 2008
It should be considered vehicular manslaughter.
A family friend

Binghamton, NY

#6 Apr 28, 2008
Having worked with Wendy at AVX, it saddens me terribly to know that she has passed into eternity at such a young age, leaving behind two teenage daughters at a time in their lives when a mother is vital to their upbringing. Wendy was an only child, leaving behind a bereaved mother. My heartfelt prayers go out to her family. The young people getting ready to party at graduations and proms -- PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE! You never know when your life could change!
barrack

Depew, NY

#7 Apr 28, 2008
only in america!!good job there smokey
Kristi

United States

#8 Apr 28, 2008
He was heading to work drunk??
peopledontthink

Jamestown, NY

#9 Apr 28, 2008
My thoughts are with this ladies daughters and mother at such a hard time. No one thinks twice about driving under the influence. Obviously this guy should have known better and hes out on bail?? What happens when he does it again??
Marlene

Utica, NY

#10 Apr 28, 2008
If rumor has it right and he was heading to work at the casino, what was he doing trying to go South on Rt 219?
Was he so drunk that he didn't know what exit of the expressway that he got off?
Vic

Conesus, NY

#11 Apr 28, 2008
Kristi wrote:
He was heading to work drunk??
He's retired, silly.
ricks tally ho

Cary, NC

#12 Apr 28, 2008
when joel daniels gets him off, hes got a good jobs as a bartender at my Genesee st. club.
Robin

United States

#13 Apr 28, 2008
Another tradgedy where the innocent die and guilty get to live.. Doesn't seem fair.. Almost always is the way it happens though.. You know I know what I have good punishment for people that do this sort of thing.. Make them tell the family that their loved one was killed.. Make this guy look into the faces of the family of this woman and say those words..
pita

Buffalo, NY

#14 Apr 28, 2008
Vic wrote:
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He's retired, silly.
can;t you read? it stated he;s retired from being a state trooper now he;s working at casino
Friend_of_a_Frie nd

North Tonawanda, NY

#15 Apr 28, 2008
What you might not know about Dave is that he has a loving wife, step-children in their 20's, and a young daughter, of just 13, of his own. Initial reports are sketchy and should be treated as such. To sit there and say he should rot in jail appalls me. As a retired State Trooper he undoubtedly knows the weight of his actions, and as the Olean Times Herald reports is reacting as such. The paper in Olean also reports that his BAC was .05 which is under the legal limit. Furthermore he was leaving from a United Way charity benefit that night, not a reckless party. So while you sit there damning him, take a step back for a second and realize how easily this could have happened to someone in your family or yourself. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Kearns. I am not arguing that this is not a horrific tragedy, but leave it to a jury who has been presented both sides of the case to decide fault.
Friend_of_a_Frie nd

North Tonawanda, NY

#16 Apr 28, 2008
Excuse my misspelling of the victim in the last post. Mrs. Karnes* it should read.
Stephanie

Arcade, NY

#17 Apr 28, 2008
I am very curious to know how come the drunk one is ALWAYS the one to live. The sober ones always die. So sad.

My condolences go out to the family.
Robin

United States

#18 Apr 28, 2008
Stephanie wrote:
I am very curious to know how come the drunk one is ALWAYS the one to live. The sober ones always die. So sad.
My condolences go out to the family.
The ones that have been drinking are relaxed and don't tense up before the crash.
chris

Honeoye, NY

#19 Apr 28, 2008
thats the police 4 ya,how many times have you seen acop talking on a cellphone while driving?
How many times have you seen a cop blast by you with lights on just so they can go thru traffic.how many times have you see them double parked (not on a call) ex. store ,bank,fastfood
cops always drink and drive when off duty.iknow a couple of cops that bowl.there hammerd every time they leave.but thell be the first to pull us over and take us to jail.And to make it so bad they have tintsd windows. WOW
hypocrite

Buffalo, NY

#20 Apr 28, 2008
Friend_of_a_Friend wrote:
What you might not know about Dave is that he has a loving wife, step-children in their 20's, and a young daughter, of just 13, of his own. Initial reports are sketchy and should be treated as such. To sit there and say he should rot in jail appalls me. As a retired State Trooper he undoubtedly knows the weight of his actions, and as the Olean Times Herald reports is reacting as such. The paper in Olean also reports that his BAC was .05 which is under the legal limit. Furthermore he was leaving from a United Way charity benefit that night, not a reckless party. So while you sit there damning him, take a step back for a second and realize how easily this could have happened to someone in your family or yourself. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Kearns. I am not arguing that this is not a horrific tragedy, but leave it to a jury who has been presented both sides of the case to decide fault.
so, people have no right to criticize someone who drinks alcohol and drive a car, and not being conscious enough to recognize that he is on the WRONG side of a high way. He killed someone, but he doesn't deserved to be condamned.

I am sure you'd be the very first one to forgive Dave if he drives under influence and killed your family member.

And yes, the justice system is always fair, leave it to them, tell that to the family of Sean Bell.

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