Deputies Investigate Fatal Apollo Bea...

Deputies Investigate Fatal Apollo Beach Accident

There are 160 comments on the Tampa Bay Online story from Feb 29, 2008, titled Deputies Investigate Fatal Apollo Beach Accident. In it, Tampa Bay Online reports that:

One person has died and two more are in the hospital after a car hit a utility pole on Apollo Beach Boulevard about 7 p.m. this evening west of Fairway Boulevard. via Tampa Bay Online

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ICU

Ruskin, FL

#142 Apr 27, 2008
Just so you know...anything you post online can be seen by people. Myspace is NEVER private and you make certain choices to post things or put up pictures and that is your decision. Don't get upset when it comes back to bite you. You changed your mood to "high", not me. I am not making any assumptions. I have vistited your page on numerous occasions and friends of yours. I may even know you or be one of your friends. I have seen plenty of pictures, they may not be there now but they were. Just wondering why you would post a promise to people to set a good example and than change your page to "high". I can't prove anything and I don't need to. I was just letting you know that in order to be a man of your word, your actions must support them. Otherwise it comes across as complete BS and insincere. This really isn't about you anyway. This whole topic is about Sam and what happened to him. You accepted a challenge from someone who wanted to know if Sam's death was an eye opener for any of David's friends. You said it mattered and I believed you until I was online and saw your mood. That's it.
Number 4

Ruskin, FL

#143 Apr 27, 2008
Myke wrote:
First you cant prove a thing, i do not have any pictures of me drinking." Partying hard and take chances with peoples lives"? I don't take chances with anyone's cause i don't drink and drive because I DON'T DRINK IN THE FIRST PLACE!Second you can stalk my myspace all you please ITS PRIVATE and there's not one picture on there that suggests that I'm HIGH or doing ANYTHING ILLEGAL. But hey keep making False assumptions if that's what keeps you going and helps you sleep at night.
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What suggest your high is the mood on your myspace that says your high! Watch what you post because just because you think your on private and no one can see what your up to doesnt mean that it truely is. Nothing on the web is "private" Go and pray for David but no matter how much you pray that kid is going to prison where he belongs. Hes gonna get a real wakeup call when he finds out that mommy and daddy cant pay his way out of this one. Myke your not the one drinking and driveing that killed someone but I would choose your friends wisely.
Myke

Lutz, FL

#144 Apr 27, 2008
I stated a promise about telling people about drinking and driving , Which i dont do so my mood has nothing to do with this anyways. Im not getting upset over what anyone says on here.
ICU wrote:
Just so you know...anything you post online can be seen by people. Myspace is NEVER private and you make certain choices to post things or put up pictures and that is your decision. Don't get upset when it comes back to bite you. You changed your mood to "high", not me. I am not making any assumptions. I have vistited your page on numerous occasions and friends of yours. I may even know you or be one of your friends. I have seen plenty of pictures, they may not be there now but they were. Just wondering why you would post a promise to people to set a good example and than change your page to "high". I can't prove anything and I don't need to. I was just letting you know that in order to be a man of your word, your actions must support them. Otherwise it comes across as complete BS and insincere. This really isn't about you anyway. This whole topic is about Sam and what happened to him. You accepted a challenge from someone who wanted to know if Sam's death was an eye opener for any of David's friends. You said it mattered and I believed you until I was online and saw your mood. That's it.
Myke

Lutz, FL

#145 Apr 27, 2008
Thats fine too, I pray for him everyday whether he goes to prison or not. He is still my bestfriend nothings changing that. And far as that myspace on here its changed. so that one no longer works
Number 4 wrote:
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What suggest your high is the mood on your myspace that says your high! Watch what you post because just because you think your on private and no one can see what your up to doesnt mean that it truely is. Nothing on the web is "private" Go and pray for David but no matter how much you pray that kid is going to prison where he belongs. Hes gonna get a real wakeup call when he finds out that mommy and daddy cant pay his way out of this one. Myke your not the one drinking and driveing that killed someone but I would choose your friends wisely.
Number 4

Ruskin, FL

#146 Apr 28, 2008
No matter what we do or say on this blog nothings gonna bring Sam back. No matter what david killed someone. And no matter what no one can fix the broken hearts from this "accident". Its so sad that Sam had to go out like this but this is life. He is in the most amazing place and will be there for ever. God had a plan and sams road to heaven was finally finshed. He was young and died in a horrible way but god needed him. So he went. David made a horrible choice and will be serveing a lifetime of regret. I hope that he will get out of prison and have a wife and kids and live the life Sam never got to. All I have to say is good luck with the rest of your life because that one time you opened up the bottle and shut the car door will change your life forever.
Praying

Tampa, FL

#147 Aug 18, 2008
I am praying for David. I really hope he learned his lesson and get's a second chance.
Christina

Wesley Chapel, FL

#148 Sep 1, 2008
I just moved out here to Apollo Beach, and just read this very sad story..I lost my mom when I was 8yrs old (she was 29) in a car accident due to a drunk 18 yr old behind the wheel. I can say that if these parents would raise there kids to be responsible adults and teach them there are conquences for each decision, these things would not happen. The man that killed my mom only got 10yrs on good behavior..good behavior..Even if this 17 yr old KID doesn't remember anything..who cares he was the one responsible for KILLING another person..he should be punished to the fullest. I hope he lives with this.
fran

AOL

#149 Oct 15, 2008
does anyone have contact with Sam's family or know how they are holding up? My sister just called and told me what happend and i'm completely in shock over this.
Kim

Broadview Heights, OH

#150 Oct 22, 2008
fran wrote:
does anyone have contact with Sam's family or know how they are holding up? My sister just called and told me what happend and i'm completely in shock over this.
Fran-
They are holding up as well as can be expected. They are very wonderful people and they loved Sam so very much.
Kim

Broadview Heights, OH

#151 Dec 22, 2008
Never forgotten. Sammy, you are missed every day. We are all still here waiting for justice. You should have been with everyone this holiday season and sadly you are not. We miss you very much. I am hoping that the person responsible for taking you from us will be behind bars soon enough.
Fran

Watertown, CT

#152 Feb 15, 2009
Kim wrote:
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Fran-
They are holding up as well as can be expected. They are very wonderful people and they loved Sam so very much.
Hi Kim! Thanks so much for replying.. yes, Sam was an amazing person and great friend! i was actually doing some cleaning today and found their Riverview address. I'm not sure if they're still living there but i'm going to send them a card regardless. Are you a family friend or relative? I remember they had family in long island but i don't remember anyone from ohio.
Kim

Broadview Heights, OH

#154 Feb 17, 2009
We are friends of Sam's and now his parents and his sister. I live in Riverview my post shows Ohio because of my company. If the address that you have for the street starts with P C than you have the correct address. They still live here.
Christina

Zephyrhills, FL

#155 Feb 17, 2009
The reason "kids" get into trouble like this, is b/c there parents do not care what they do..17 and drinking..I lost my when I was 8yrs old..she was 29..b/c of a drunk 18yr old..Where are the parents..Shame on the parents, I hope there is Justice! God bless the familys affected by this!
Fran

Watertown, CT

#156 Mar 18, 2009
Thanks Kim!! I sent them a card a few weeks ago.. if you speak with them please let them know they're all in my thoughts and prayers! Sam was such an amazing person and he'll always hold a space in my heart <3 If you or anyone want to email me i can send you my email or facebook.

Fran

Watertown, CT

#157 Mar 18, 2009
ps. I sincerely hope that the selfish waste of human life that did this suffers eternally! Age is NO EXCUSE for irresponsibility and recklessness!!!!
the truth

Valrico, FL

#158 Mar 27, 2009
Alright I'm just going to let everyone know how incompetent they sound. You have ignorant people posting and talking about David, saying he needs to sit in a prison cell for 10 plus years to learn a lesson. If you ever actually got to know someone before making assumptions you might realize how much of an asshole you are to this kid. If you don't think he's remorseful, think again!! This kid knows what he did, and if you ever get to sit down and speak with him, you can tell that before he even says one word. As far as him remembering anything, it's true. If it weren't for his parents informing him of the accident, to this day he still would not be aware of what happened that day. David has to live with this the rest of his life, and trust me he will never forget what happened that day. Not to mention those who think he's just going to continue on the same path, he began giving back to the community as soon as he was healthy enough to. As for all the false information spreading throughout this forum, I just want to clear some things up. As I look down on a copy of the official police report and the drawn diagram of the occurring accident, I would like to mention a few key things that are important. In the police report it is made clear by the officer on the scene, that alcohol was not involved at the time of the accident. Although, it was found in his blood at the hospital, the original police report will have a great impact on a jury, especially considering that it clearly stated there was no alcohol involved according to the officer's investigation. Also, the report also states a range of possible speeds based on the length of tire tracks, and it is not anywhere near over 90 miles/hr. So please, before you post make sure you're someone who is speaking based on fact, not by what you hear in the news, or what your wives friends are gossiping about. Alright I've wasted enough of my intelligence on this forum.
A friend to Sam

Wichita Falls, TX

#159 Mar 28, 2009
Perhaps we are not reading the same police reports? How did this underage kid magically have alcohol in his system at the hospital but it was not in his system at the time of the accident? The officer at the scene was more concerned about the injuries and would not have been able to administer any field sobriety test to a teenager with a head injury. So rather than accuse other people of gossip and mistruths perhaps you should actually read the reports and understand that people who loved Sam do not have him anymore. If David has remorse than that is great. He should. Perhaps he will get to live a relatively normal life one day but the facts are that he was drunk and driving recklessly. He killed someone who was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had a life and a family that loved him very much. You are not doing anyone any favors by turning your anger on the people that loved Sam. Support your friend or family member if that is who David is to you but don't try to detract from the real facts of the case by your obvious lack of information in the case. If he doesn't remember the accident than he is another victim of his reckless behavior but it still doesn't change any of the facts. He will still need to be punished for breaking the law and for taking someone else's life. When he gets out he hopefully he will move on. At least he has the chance to live, marry one day and have children. Sam will never have the opportunity to do these things. His family will never have the opportunity to make more memories with him. This is not gossip. This is fact. David was drunk and should not have been drinking in the first place since he was only 17 and he was driving his car at an alarming rate of speed around a corner that was posted at 30 mph. This is also not gossip but fact. He tested positive and legally drunk for alcohol in his blood at the hospital. Again fact not gossip. He bought the alcohol at a store that day....fact not gossip. So if you want to discuss FACTS than I am all about it. Bring it.
the truth

Valrico, FL

#160 Mar 28, 2009
Nobody knows more about the facts than I do. Out of respect for David, I'm not going to mention these facts to just anyone. However, I would like to mention, yes, alcohol was involved but not to the extent you have heard in the news or believe there to be. Now this is a fact from a firsthand point of view. As for me not knowing anything about the case, you are completely wrong. I know exactly what happened that day, and I laugh at your poor attempt to construe the facts of the case that you know nothing about. Were you in contact with any of the three victims that disastrous day? Also, let me ask you, how do you know where the alcohol was bought? As for me not reading the reports, have you had read my last post, I received an official copy of the police report and drawn diagram of the accident. Where have you gotten your facts? The internet, Wikipedia? Let me inform you that the internet is not always fact. Don't believe everything you read on an internet where anyone can post anything, and say that it is fact. A fact must be proven, and as far as I can see, I hear some good arguments from you. However, these are soley based on your opinion. I would be more than happy to believe you if you would please present some hard evidence that I do not already have. Therefore, if you say he bought beer himself from the store, were you there? Also, you say he was driving at an alarming rate of speed. Were you in the car, did you see him, and what is your definition of an alarming rate? As far as me taking my anger out on Sam's family, I'm not. I have personally paid my regrets to his family. I just wanted to provide everyone with the real truth, and stop all the negative opinions of people spreading throughout this forum. Please show me that my facts are incorrect, I would love to see you prove me wrong. However, take my word for it, you cannot discredit my facts.
Kim

Broadview Heights, OH

#161 Apr 9, 2009
A firsthand point of view would have required you to be in one of the vehicles or a witness to the accident. I highly doubt that you were. You so called "facts" are ludicrous and just so you know the documents that you have seen are a matter of public record and not everyone gets their only facts from the internet. Bravo for giving your condolences to the family of Sam "personally". This leads me to believe that you are not the driver of the car because he has not reached out to them yet. Not once. Accuse the poster of attempting to misconstrue the facts but the truth is that all of the facts will come out in a court of law. Including the BAC levels that you vehemantly deny were a factor. The last time I checked you had to be 21 years of age to consume alcohol. If you black out from driving drunk and kill someone that will not excuse you because you have no memory of doing so and if David does have memory loss it still does not excuse what happened. In fact if he goes to jail it should better for him because he won't remember what he is missing out on since he has "amnesia". Sam has been gone for over a year now and still nothing has been done....how is that for a real fact?????
Kim

Broadview Heights, OH

#162 Dec 22, 2009
Update on the case to anyone who wanted to know. The sentencing took place on Friday 12/18/2009. David was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 10 years probation once he gets out with mandatory drug testing. He also has a lifetime license revocation and must serve 150 hours of community service requiring him to speak to kids about the consequences of drinking and driving. There are no winners here. Families were destroyed and this case was a terrible tragedy to every person involved. RIP Sam! We all love you and miss you every single day. Keep sending the signs that you are still around...we know you are!

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