One Missing After Flooding Sweeps Car...

One Missing After Flooding Sweeps Cars Off Road Near Altoona

There are 69 comments on the WHOtv story from Aug 11, 2010, titled One Missing After Flooding Sweeps Cars Off Road Near Altoona. In it, WHOtv reports that:

One person is missing following flash flooding east of Altoona. Authorities say three cars were swept off the road and into Mud Creek near the intersection of Northeast 80th and NE 54th.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WHOtv.

First Prev
of 4
Next Last
Carl

Greenfield, IA

#62 Aug 12, 2010
wondering wrote:
<quoted text>
Sorry Runnells Res perhaps this hits a little too close to home for you. Not being insensitive, just wondering. And not, not just like I was, I'm alive and I've never killed any of my friends. There is more to this story than we all know now. 16 year-olds running around with 21 year-olds at 4am is a recipe for disaster. Clearly this was a disaster and tragedy. I will hug my teenager tighter tonight and use this as an example of what not to do.
Don't apologize, it was just a question, you were not being disrespectful.
Carl

Greenfield, IA

#63 Aug 12, 2010
Confused wrote:
<quoted text>
Can somone decifer this for me.
I think it was something about catching a dog in a banana patch.
Sue ---polk co

Saint Louis, MO

#64 Aug 12, 2010
wondering wrote:
I mean no disrespect to those involved but does anyone know why 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 21 from several different communities were enroute to mitchellville at 4am during a very bad storm?
wow.......there is a time and place for everything. You just wondering, maybe ought to do it silently??? just saying, pretty heartless.
Sue ---polk co

Saint Louis, MO

#65 Aug 12, 2010
Grandmother wrote:
<quoted text>
I completely agree with you. The parents of these teenagers need to apply some parental control to advoid situations like this.
I'm a grandmother myself....but I would hate to have to admit some of the stupid stuff I did at that age. Hind sight people........keep that in mind when you are judging these parents.
ankeny

Des Moines, IA

#66 Aug 12, 2010
I am so sorry for the family and the SEP community as once again a tragic death of a teen. I have 3 teenagers myself I set rules and hope my kids follow them but you cant be everywhere all the time to know what they are doing. I doubt these parents knew the kids were out and about at that time! How many of you as teens said you were staying somewhere and went somewhere else??? Every parent out there should give your child an extra hug and tell them you love them you never know if that is the last time you will see your child Godbless this family..
Medic323

Portland, OR

#67 Aug 12, 2010
Sue--I think the point many are making on here through their "judgments" is how pissed they are that something preventable happened. the whole scenario smells and any person employing critical thought knows it. None of us in here want to see another news story like this one. People bitching about 13 airing the 911 call? Hmm...maybe it'll wake a few people up and prevent another instance like this if these kids and parents have that reality check in their face. Swiftwater incidents such as this one are in huge fashion PREVENTABLE.
amen

Albany, GA

#68 Aug 13, 2010
well I know one the boys very well, and as hard of a life lesson this turned out to be I think reality of it all is still setting in and he is realizing how lucky he is and I think this is goin to make him a diff. person. Hes very shaken still and having a near death experience plus loosing a friend is some tough reality to digest. It sucks it had to come to the loss of a young womens life tho. I just hope all these kids see the severity of all this and their actions contributing to the accident and change their lives for the better. I pray for Jessie and her family and so sorry it turned out the way that it did. I know as a parent you cant always be with your children but you can shape them and teach them early right from wrong and maybe then they would be smarter than to let their actions get to this point. I know I was not like this at their age and I will be damned if my kids will be when they get there too.
Sue ---polk co

Chesterton, IN

#69 Aug 13, 2010
Medic323 wrote:
Sue--I think the point many are making on here through their "judgments" is how **** they are that something preventable happened. the whole scenario smells and any person employing critical thought knows it. None of us in here want to see another news story like this one. People bitching about 13 airing the 911 call? Hmm...maybe it'll wake a few people up and prevent another instance like this if these kids and parents have that reality check in their face. Swiftwater incidents such as this one are in huge fashion PREVENTABLE.
I totally agree with that.... I just think that is a lot easier to see in hind sight. I think prayers and thoughts are what is needed. Not judgment of parenting.
Medic323

Portland, OR

#70 Aug 13, 2010
I am with you Sue and largely agree with your fair points. At this time, these parents are absolutely devastated by having lost a child. People on here who want to totally throw the parents under the bus aren't being fair to them. For all we know the parents could've been very specific on when these kids were to return home, but the kids deviated from the original parental order/request. So again, casting blame on grieving parents serves no purpose and does no good.
Along with your post of prayers and thoughts goes the hope in my heart that people learn from this preventable tragedy. 16-21 year olds also need to use more sense than to be out driving around at that time of morning in violent weather. The 20 year old kid in the video talked about how he immediately demanded that they all get the car windows down so they could escape. His judgment there and command probably saved all the lives of those in that car. A very level headed and timely decision. It is somewhat haunting to think if this young man would've stepped up and told the rest of the group ahead of time to just head to a friends house and get off the roads. I realize what I just said is in hindsight, however if one of the kids had shown some sense and leadership prior to venturing out in violent thunderstorms we wouldn't be blogging about this. And for all of you calling all in this story kids? The 16 year olds are teenagers as we all know. But the people in their twenties are adults and had the chance to act like it. This is just so sad. As a person in public service, I just hate to see preventable fatalities, especially with such a young person. May God be with the family of Jessica and the SEP community dealing with this horrible event.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 4
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Altoona Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
yes Jul 22 yo 1
why so evil? Jul 22 racer patrol 1
Review: Fletcher Estates Apartment Homes (Apr '14) Jul 18 Ticked Pink 5
News Ankeny to tackle teen drinking (Oct '06) Jul 14 concerned citizen 4
News Your 2 Cents' Worth Submit brief anonymous comm... (Jul '09) Jul 11 Victim Side 177
News The Latest: Clinton: Obama must negotiate bette... Jun '15 Sterkfontein Swar... 4
ing nylon panties under thier male clothes (Oct '14) Oct '14 anonymous 1
More from around the web

Personal Finance

Altoona Mortgages