Train Accident: Man dies when his min...

Train Accident: Man dies when his minivan is struck by a train ...

There are 24 comments on the Fox6 story from Feb 18, 2010, titled Train Accident: Man dies when his minivan is struck by a train .... In it, Fox6 reports that:

A man who drove his minivan around the gates at a railroad crossing in Washington County is killed when his vehicle is hit by a freight train.

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Casey OConnell

Oconomowoc, WI

#1 Feb 18, 2010
I think it is despicable that the media, specifically Fox 6, has posted both close-up still photos and a VIDEO of the mangled minivan in the story. Knowing that this was the place where a man spent his last few moments on Earth is difficult for anyone to view, let alone his family and friends!!! Has anyone in your industry thought about how posting these may affect them??? Or the poor souls who witnessed the accident and have to live with that horrific memory?? I can understand the desire to report the story first, but doing it in such a tacky and thoughtless manner is upsetting. My heart goes out to this man's loved ones. Hopefully they did not view these difficult photos, adding to their pain.
Tara

Fond Du Lac, WI

#2 Feb 18, 2010
What a moron!! I grew up not far from those tracks and he is not the first to get hit there. It seems they just don't learn, the trains really cruise through that crossing.
society

Sussex, WI

#3 Feb 18, 2010
How dumb can you really be, trying to go thru the tracks while the bars are down and lights are going...Frickin idiot
victim of demented gary

United States

#4 Feb 18, 2010
Moron yes, dumb yes, idiot yes, but this was a suicide, as he drove around two cars and the gates and stopped his car on the tracks! Dont feel sorry for this mental midget
victim of demented gary

United States

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Casey OConnell wrote:
I think it is despicable that the media, specifically Fox 6, has posted both close-up still photos and a VIDEO of the mangled minivan in the story. Knowing that this was the place where a man spent his last few moments on Earth is difficult for anyone to view, let alone his family and friends!!! Has anyone in your industry thought about how posting these may affect them??? Or the poor souls who witnessed the accident and have to live with that horrific memory?? I can understand the desire to report the story first, but doing it in such a tacky and thoughtless manner is upsetting. My heart goes out to this man's loved ones. Hopefully they did not view these difficult photos, adding to their pain.
what about the poor souls who had the missfortune of ever meeting this sorry, blame everyone else -for his problems loser? this guy was an alchoholic,drug addict, bankrupt, foodstamp, medicaid, unemployed loser who blamed every one else for his own ineptness good ridence
someonewhocared

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 19, 2010
Yes, it was most likely a suicide. Not because Gary was a moron, or a dumb idiot. He was a broken man who had drug and alcohol problems, physical pain, and anxiety issues. Top that with being out of work, losing his home, losing certain friends, and being in constant physical pain... he became hopeless.
Gary was also a very intelligent, talented, bright and caring man who could have still had a lot to offer, had he had the strength to receive the right kind of help.
There may be those who were "victimized" by him, but at the same time he was a victim of his own insecurties, and fell into the grips of addiction at a very early age.
He was loved and will be missed by MANY...(we, the victims of not being able to help him when we wanted to so bad.)
Rest in Peace, Gary. I love you.
someonewhocared

Columbus, OH

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Casey OConnell wrote:
I think it is despicable that the media, specifically Fox 6, has posted both close-up still photos and a VIDEO of the mangled minivan in the story. Knowing that this was the place where a man spent his last few moments on Earth is difficult for anyone to view, let alone his family and friends!!! Has anyone in your industry thought about how posting these may affect them??? Or the poor souls who witnessed the accident and have to live with that horrific memory?? I can understand the desire to report the story first, but doing it in such a tacky and thoughtless manner is upsetting. My heart goes out to this man's loved ones. Hopefully they did not view these difficult photos, adding to their pain.
I totally agree. I am one of those family or loved ones! Although, seeing the pictures brought reality to the situation, it was devastating to see and will be hard to erase those pictures from my mind.
Lucky

Valparaiso, IN

#8 Feb 19, 2010
I think that everyone could have done without the additional photos of the wrecked car, especially with the train and it's lights in the background. I had the misfortune of actually being hit by a train in my car, it is horrifying. I am lucky to be alive, however I am haunted by the event and traumatized. My accident was not purposeful, and hearing about someone who may have tried to end a life this way is hard. We would all be better off with less information on this story, especially the family grieving the loss of a loved one. Lastly, those of you preaching about what an idiot the guy was and such are ignorant, don't judge unless you have been there or KNOW the individual in question.
lily

Stevens Point, WI

#9 Feb 22, 2010
victim of demented gary wrote:
<quoted text>what about the poor souls who had the missfortune of ever meeting this sorry, blame everyone else -for his problems loser? this guy was an alchoholic,drug addict, bankrupt, foodstamp, medicaid, unemployed loser who blamed every one else for his own ineptness good ridence
That is a really rude thing of you to say. If you want to talk shit about the guy that is fine but you don't need to post it so that the whole world can read it. Grow up:) Gary was a good person and he was also love by many. This is a very unfortunate incident. He will be missed greatly!
An old friend

United States

#10 Feb 22, 2010
I was a friend of Gary's although I hadn't seen him in a few years. I am saddened to learn that his problems took him to this conclusion. He was a warm, caring, funloving man & he will be missed.
victim of demented gary

United States

#11 Feb 22, 2010
hey lilly you ignorant slut, you are so clueless its not even funny. Gary it turns out was not a good person, he was pure evil hated by more people than loved. I too was conned by his charming demeaner, so i understand your ignorance but when all the facts are out (Of which you know very little) you will see how childish your rude stupid remarks truely are
Soul Sister

Lakeville, MN

#12 Feb 24, 2010
Time passes,memories Fade.
We Change reality to suit our needs.
We rely on plans we make.
But sometimes things change unexpectedly.
What is it in us?
A spirit & strength from out of nowhere
That keeps us in tact,
When the life we planned has collapsed?
A numbness at first,
Then hurt, then anger, then peace with God.
After all
We are only Human
We will meet again
That's life.

I will always love you bro. "Until we meet again"!
Sarah

United States

#13 Feb 25, 2010
victim of demented gary wrote:
Moron yes, dumb yes, idiot yes, but this was a suicide, as he drove around two cars and the gates and stopped his car on the tracks! Dont feel sorry for this mental midget
what is wrong with you? What happened to you as a child to make you so horrible now?
Sarah

United States

#14 Feb 25, 2010
victim of demented gary wrote:
hey lilly you ignorant slut, you are so clueless its not even funny. Gary it turns out was not a good person, he was pure evil hated by more people than loved. I too was conned by his charming demeaner, so i understand your ignorance but when all the facts are out (Of which you know very little) you will see how childish your rude stupid remarks truely are
you know your not coming off as any better here. Maybe you had a problem with Gary but why would you call someone a slut? Do you even know her?
Wow not only do you attack the dead but you attack someone you don't know. If Gary was horrible than who the fuck do you think you are? You're not coming off any better on here whoever you are.
re stupid sarah

United States

#15 Feb 25, 2010
how are you coming off sarah? this 4 time dwi drunk loser probably would have killed you or some else with his selfish cowardly acts. did you even know gary and how much of a bum this maggot was? where the fuck do you get off being so stupid as to chime in on something you nothing about?
Soul Sister

Lakeville, MN

#16 Feb 26, 2010
re stupid sarah wrote:
how are you coming off sarah? this 4 time dwi drunk loser probably would have killed you or some else with his selfish cowardly acts. did you even know gary and how much of a bum this maggot was? where the fuck do you get off being so stupid as to chime in on something you nothing about?
It is obvious that the problem is with you & not Gary. If you can't learn to forgive, your anger will destroy you. Please get some help. Gary had a beautiful heart. He had his demons like every one does. Unfortunately in his case, they won. Don't let yours do the same.
Lily

United States

#17 Feb 26, 2010
victim of demented gary wrote:
hey lilly you ignorant slut, you are so clueless its not even funny. Gary it turns out was not a good person, he was pure evil hated by more people than loved. I too was conned by his charming demeaner, so i understand your ignorance but when all the facts are out (Of which you know very little) you will see how childish your rude stupid remarks truely are
Maybe you should use spell check next time. You seem like a lonely sorry bitter soul yourself. It must be nice to be perfect. I know more than you think. Thanks again for being so rude. Hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day:)
Shocked and Saddened

Milwaukee, WI

#18 Mar 1, 2010
I just learned of Gary's death when friends directed me to read the article. They didn't know how to tell me that someone who I had known much of my life and cared for a great deal had died this way. I am horrified by some of these comments. Anyone who really knew Gary would also know that he was an intelligent, interesting and compassionate man. Yes, he had a great deal of problems, but that does not diminish the fact that Gary was a wonderful person. I hope his family does not come across these nasty comments.
re ignorant lily

United States

#19 Mar 2, 2010
hey lily maybe you should use fact check next time! Did you know gary was a 4 time dui drunk. Did you fill out his bills for him while he was in jail on huber? What about the fact that he screwed over every friend that he had? Ask his ex-wife and her family about what a weasel this bum was! Did you know gary was a sex offender? How about his conspiracy to defraud his friend to the tune of $2000? Did you know gary hated jews and that his grandfather felt the same way? How about his $70,000 bankruptcy? And for the record even Ted Bundy knew some people who thought he was a swell guy and a good person! Gary jon lewein didnt have it bad, the people in Haiti have bad! What about the people in the Congo- they have it bad. Gary lewein had everything in the world going for him and HE pissed it away. And by the way im not bitter im happy as hell and always have been, I'm just trying to set you straight on the reality of gary jon lewein. This guy was Poor white trash and nothing more elegant than that.
someonewhocared

Columbus, OH

#20 Mar 10, 2010
I find it extremely appalling that anyone could talk of Gary in this way, whether or not you had problems with him. "Victim of Demented Gary"....sounds like you are the demented one.
Gary was far from perfect (like EVERYONE), but he WAS a GOOD person, and would never have intentionally hurt anyone. Sex offender? Whatever!
You should be ashamed of yourself for disrespecting a man who is not here to defend himself. I am here to defend him, and will do so until the day I die.
Gary fought damn hard to combat the demons that haunted him, and on a cold dark winter day he felt hopeless. God bless him for the fight he gave to win against his addiction. West Bend will never be the same without the light and the magic that Gary possessed.

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