Teen driver hits and kills 5-year-old boy
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#1 Jul 7, 2006
Isn't there a stop sign near the bend in the road? At 16, the teen should have been looking and driving a bit more defensively. He should have recognized the parked truck and seen the potential and slowed down. Also, did the teen live in the community? What was his previous driving record like? Any tickets and what were they? Isn't there a speed limiit in the community? What is it? Too many questions left unanswered for a child to die at the hands of an inexperienced driver.
#2 Jul 8, 2006
What in the world was a 5 year old doing outside by himself anyway? I'm not saying that the 16 year old isnt at fault, Im just saying that maybe someone should question the parents about what their child was doing outside by himself.
#3 Jul 11, 2006
It amazes me how quick people are to judge someone else's actions. What does age have to do with looking and driving more defensively? I've seen plenty of drivers who've had more driving experience than the 16-year-old's been alive who don't drive with caution or any concern for what's going on around them. They weave in and out of traffic as if no one else matters, run through stop signs, and create other dangerous situations for others on the road.
You claim there are too many unanswered questions, but just because YOU don't know all the answers doesn't mean they aren't there. What right do you have to assume the young man who hit the child did anything that completely out of line? What if he WAS driving the speed limit? What if he DID stop at the stop sign? What if he DID slow down and WAS paying attention to what was going on? Was the five year old wearing a helmet? What was he doing riding across the street into oncoming traffic? Hmmm...you expect the driver to see the boy, but what about the boy seeing the driver? Perhaps you should trust the police and their judgment in the investigation.
I was stopped at a four-way intersection, preparing to turn left. The SUV to my left began turning right, so I was able to begin turning. Little did I know, nor could I see, that a bicyclist (an avid bicyclist) was behind the SUV and decided to ride across the road instead of a few more feet up to the intersection, directly in front of my vehicle. Fortunately, besides some torn ligaments, he was fine. Oh, and I was two blocks from home.
Perhaps parents need to think twice about buying their very young children motorized "toys" and not teaching them the safety of operating them. Maybe it's a lesson to all parents whose children want to go outside and play-they shouldn't be allowed near the street. I know that when I was five, my parents didn't let me anywhere near the road, by myself, because, like all five year olds, I was not developmentally old enough to comprehend all of those responsibilities.
What happened is extremely unfortunate, but to put blame, without knowing all the answers, on anyone just makes everything worse. A little boy is dead, and his parents have to go on without him. No parent should ever have to face that agony. A 16-year-old killed someone. He didn't mean to do it or want to do it, but he now has to live and deal with that for the rest of his life. You sit there in judgment when it easily could have been you, or your soon, or your nephew, or a young man you know driving the car. Be careful what you say before spouting off, and try having a little empathy for ALL involved.
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