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Windsor Township, Berks County Crash Claims Life of Teenager: 1...

There are 35 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 27, 2009, titled Windsor Township, Berks County Crash Claims Life of Teenager: 1.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A 15-year-old boy was killed yesterday while riding in a car that became airborne and crashed into a barn after colliding with another car on Route 61 in Windsor Township, Berks County.

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Arrest Obama

Slatington, PA

#23 Jul 27, 2009
Cracker Buster wrote:
<quoted text>You obviously are a devil worshipper since you have no compassion for anyone or anything !!!
Helmet is tooo dam tight

Since: Apr 09

Bethlehem, PA

#24 Jul 27, 2009
Arrest Obama wrote:
<quoted text>Helmet is tooo dam tight
But I HAVE to keep it on tight so it doesn't fall off!:)
Bobsled

Kutztown, PA

#25 Jul 27, 2009
I live in Hamburg, I knew the driver of the car, and i drive 61 EVERYDAY. I drove past the accident about 30 min after it happened. The area where this happened is not dangerous in ANYWAY. The whole portion of 61 that they were on was newly paved and perfectly fine. This can only be blamed on the persons involved. I am sorry for the family that this happened to, and that a 15 year old boy was killed. But we need to be honest, i guarantee the passenger was not asking his brother to slow down or stop, but cheering his brother on. This is a tragedy, but it happened because a couple of kids were not thinking about anyone but themselves. It is a shame that people need to be killed in order for them to see what they were doing was wrong
Ratz Sass

Bethlehem, PA

#26 Jul 27, 2009
What a shocking lack of compassion is displayed here!

This could have happened to anyone who was going "at a high rate of speed" alongside another person doing the same as they passed a barn on a dangerous road.
Bobsled

Kutztown, PA

#27 Jul 27, 2009
....And as for the police in Hamburg, it is a joke. They are never out patrolling or looking for speeders, and everyone in the area knows this. You can speed as much as you want on 61, from Leeseport, to Port Clinton and not have to worry about seeing a cop or any sort of law enforcement.

The car in the accident was also heavily modified, but still should not have been racing on the street. But i know there are no "road courses" around here, and the nearest drag strip is Maple Grove, i am not giving that up as an excuse but i am saying it doesn't help. It is not that kids should not have fast cars and modify them, it is just that they need places to take them and drive them as they want in a "controlled" enviroment
John Johnson

Emmaus, PA

#28 Jul 27, 2009
First off my sympathies to the Berk family. As for the predominately negative posts. You are probably all hypocrites or worse. It is easy to judge people when you have no clue what your talking about. There will be charges filed if Codie survives. He will have to live everyday knowing the results of his actions. So to all you who think you are to good or perfect to have something like this touch your life I hope reality cracks you across your smug faces. Codie and his family deserve our sympathy and prayers and if you cannot offer these your silence will do.

“Carbon Neutral”

Since: May 07

Berks and Lehigh Counties

#29 Jul 27, 2009
HMMM wrote:
Most of 61 is a death trap. I unfortunately travel it as I live in the area. To say people drive like it is a raceway would be an understatement. I would love to see the statistics on how many have perished on that road, i think it would be very scary.
Route 61 should be an expressway between the Warren Street Bypass in Reading and I-78 in Hamburg. It really is a killer road. Several Hamburg High students have been killed in the past few years. Sure, they were young and didn't know how to control their cars, but that doesn't take away from the dangers inherent in the road itself.

Route 61 was improved through St. Clair and north toward Frackville and I-81. If nothing else, Route 61 should get the same treatment Route 309 is getting through Coopersburg today - signalized, limited left-turns, jughandles, whatever it takes. But it should be an expressway.

Not to make light of a terrible circumstance, it might get two birds with one stone if 61 were turned into an expressway at the same time as I-78 was widened to three lanes to Allentown. Maybe that would take the pressure off of the need for a Reading-to-Allentown continuous expressway, since nobody can go 75 miles an hour anywhere on 222 except for the Kutztown Bypass (and the Road to Nowhere).

That poor family and the other victims...

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#30 Jul 28, 2009
http://www.readingeagle.com/article.aspx...

latest info on this accident from Reading Eagle.

“Carbon Neutral”

Since: May 07

Berks and Lehigh Counties

#31 Jul 28, 2009
My nephew is acquainted with the Hamburg High students who died in the accident. Route 61 is a killer road, and the complacency of Berks County residents who accept these deaths as a matter of course is shocking to me. Whey are the good people of Berks not raising holy heck with their members of Congress for highway funds to fix this road?

This comes right on the heels of an accident in Ontalaunee Township a few days earlier in which four people were injured.

I have never been one to advocate front plates on cars or radar-activated speeding cameras - except on this stretch of road. It's impossible to legislate good behavior, but it is certainly within the realm of the law to punish antisocial behavior. The behavior is antisocial because it hurts families, property owners, and we the taxpayers who have to pay for the medivac services to get the survivors to trauma centers.

Children - and there are many people with drivers' licenses who behave as children - should have their parents bear the financial responsibility for their actions. Or parents can take their families and move to the desert where they can go 100 miles an hour, not just 80, and not worry about hitting anything or anyone else.

And my heart goes out to the students of Hamburg High as well who will have to go through more grieving. The help that they'll get through grief counselors costs something - the money has to come from the school district's budget. I'm sure that every one of these deaths is a hit of a dollar or so to property owners' school tax bills.
kathy65

Pen Argyl, PA

#32 Jul 28, 2009
Ratz Sass wrote:
What a shocking lack of compassion is displayed here!
This could have happened to anyone who was going "at a high rate of speed" alongside another person doing the same as they passed a barn on a dangerous road.
where does it say in this article that they were both going in the same direction? it just says the other kid was able to get his car back under control after they collided..

bobsled...you went thru 30 mins after the collision...the road was closed for 5 hours, and once emergency vehicles/fire police are on the scene, NOBODY goes through...

And it is not the PSP's responsibility to cover every road in Pa. because there was an accident there the week before...

This 20 year olds decision also has nothing to do with his parents..and they should NOT be held responsible for it...

Another thing...The "medical helicopter" is NOT paid for by the taxpayers...and I believe school taxes cover the people called in for services rendered whether its now or during the year...
John-27

Glendale, CA

#33 Jul 28, 2009
The question keeps going back to:

Why is 61 still a dangerous road?

Since: Feb 07

Mohrsville, PA

#34 Jul 28, 2009
kathy65 wrote:
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where does it say in this article that they were both going in the same direction? it just says the other kid was able to get his car back under control after they collided..
it may not say in this article but it surely does say it in the article i posted this morning and I'll quote it for you to save you the hastle of clicking a link to read NEW info !!!

"Codie Berk's car made contact with a car driven by Scott M. Donofrio, 25, Birdsboro, while both were traveling at a high speed northbound on Route 61 less than a mile south of Hamburg. Donofrio was not injured."
Get the facts

Philadelphia, PA

#35 Jul 28, 2009
I have to say what I think is almost as sad as this tragic accident is the lack of compassion and prayer for the family of these boys! almost every post on here has nothing but negative things to say! I live in Hamburg, I know these kids - how on earth can anyone sit back and feel good about writing such horrible things about these kids! Speeding - yes no one should do it. Road rage - shouldn't happen. But I drive that same stretch of 61 every day. People (not just teenagers) do 70+ on that road. I've already been passed after moving into the slow lane and that person moved in front of me and slammed on the brakes!! Anyone can be in an accident. By making wrong choices. Don't judge others, unless you can sit and say you do no wrong. And if that's the case - I want to meet you because your name would be Jesus!! So stop typing fold your hands and pray for this family, the friends and the town that has lost yet another young soul. And pray for Cody that he comes through this.
Bobsled

Kutztown, PA

#36 Jul 29, 2009
kathy65 wrote:
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bobsled...you went thru 30 mins after the collision...the road was closed for 5 hours, and once emergency vehicles/fire police are on the scene, NOBODY goes through...
the barn that was hit by Berks car was about 100 feet after Schapell Road. I was on 61 going towards Hamburg, and there were police cars, and firetrucks and ambulances all over the place. Then myself and all the other drivers were detoured down Schapell road and brought back to 61 next to the Arbys. I hate to burst your bubble, but 61 was open for a good 1 hour+ after the accident. They only shut down the area around the accident
kathy65

Bangor, PA

#37 Jul 29, 2009
Bobsled wrote:
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the barn that was hit by Berks car was about 100 feet after Schapell Road. I was on 61 going towards Hamburg, and there were police cars, and firetrucks and ambulances all over the place. Then myself and all the other drivers were detoured down Schapell road and brought back to 61 next to the Arbys. I hate to burst your bubble, but 61 was open for a good 1 hour+ after the accident. They only shut down the area around the accident
My bubble is bursted and I stand corrected...I'm sorry!

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