Aichs Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed

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The parents of Sydney Aichs have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and trucking company involved in the 16-year-old's death, seeking $15 million in damages.

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smartas1

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MONEY WON'T BRING HER BACK. i GUESS THAT THE PARENTS ARE IN IT FOR THE $ NOW AND MESSING UP ANOTHER INDIVIDUALS LIFE. FORGIVE, I AM SURE THAT IS WHAT YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE WANTED...THAT IS IF YOU RAISED HER THE PROPER WAY!
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I do not believe that it is all about the $.
I would think that if she could be brought back, then her parents would give all of their $.
forgiving is a honorable virtue but If I lost one of my son's , forgiveness would take a very long time. reading the news accounts of the accident, this could have been avoided if the driver of the truck did not run a red light. I had the same incident, with a tractor trailer running a full red light, if I had not gone on the green, my family would not have a father.
the lawsuit will most likely be settled out of court before the trial date in november and it will not very close to the amount they are asking. you how insurance companies are , they have alot of lawyers and time.
truck drivers need to be a bit more careful driving thoses huge trucks. sometimes while driving on 29, they just blow by me and I am doing 60mph.
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Bingo is right about insurance companies. They are criminals, and their lawyers should be dragged behind a truck.
The reason they get away with it is people like the first poster.
If we could rely on a jury to stick it to these trucking companies by awarding damages way beyond their insurance limits, I dare say trucks would be driven more safely.
And here is another idea. Get really rough on reckless driving enforcement, call it what it is, reckless endangerment and criminal negligence.

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smartas1 wrote:
MONEY WON'T BRING HER BACK. i GUESS THAT THE PARENTS ARE IN IT FOR THE $ NOW AND MESSING UP ANOTHER INDIVIDUALS LIFE. FORGIVE, I AM SURE THAT IS WHAT YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE WANTED...THAT IS IF YOU RAISED HER THE PROPER WAY!
So....if they raised their deceased child right? Wow. Obviously someone didn't raise you right.
This man worked for a company. That company has insurance and should have to pay $$ for this family's pain and suffering. It won't bring their daughter back, and it won't abslove this man of his crime, but it will help this family going forward. I'm sure their lives have suffered greatly form the loss of their daughter and sister. there has to be a price to pay for these companies that put these drivers on such a schedule that it makes drivers think they can break laws to get it done. And for drivers who think that everyone should know to stay out of THEIR way even when they're breaking the law and they don't think there will be consequences. A young girl is dead from this, and yes, there should be forgiveness, eventually. But there has to be a price to pay other than"feeling bad".
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smartas1 wrote:
MONEY WON'T BRING HER BACK. i GUESS THAT THE PARENTS ARE IN IT FOR THE $ NOW AND MESSING UP ANOTHER INDIVIDUALS LIFE. FORGIVE, I AM SURE THAT IS WHAT YOUR DAUGHTER WOULD HAVE WANTED...THAT IS IF YOU RAISED HER THE PROPER WAY!
Didn't you use the name "cousin of driver" in a previous post? I am back to ridicule you and your ignorant posting. Is it that difficult for you to form a coherent thought? The parents are well within their legal rights to sue the driver & the employer. Who in the h#ll are you to question what Sydney would have wanted? I bet she would've wanted to be alive, but someone's reckless actions took that away from her and her family. What type of mental deficiency are you stricken by? To imply that a dolt such as yourself would know the "proper way" to raise a child. Do the world a favor, DON'T BREED! Probably too late. How many before the age of 21? How many baby daddys? It's Thursday, is your welfare check in the mailbox?

Pretty insensitive huh? Now think of the suffering the loss of a child, then reading the crap that you posted.
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smartas1 should be dumbas1. i happen to know her parents and she was "raised" very well and had a life full of wonderful experiences that her family will not get to share with her. forgiveness is not free and easy. even God had to take human form and die a brutal death for man's forgiveness. i don't think what they are seeking from the trucking company and its insurance is nearly enough. if the company had spent more money on training/quality it might not be facing this expense.
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Everyone who passes by this corridor in Forest lakes has forgotten about Sydney and the 45 mph speed limit. I lock my crusie on 45 going thru here and drivers pass me doing 50, 55, 60 and higher. The speed limit is 45 mph from Airport Motors all the way to Hydralic Road both ways on route 29. Drivers are too aggressive; they pass, change lanes and speed like they are late for something.The County just needs to aggressivly enforce the speed limit and throw the book at reckless and careless drivers.
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None of you know the real facts so you really should keep your comments to yourself and let the courts handle it. The Aichs are setting an example. You don't see any interviews or blogs with them acting ignorant.
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Smartas1, suppose your child was the driver of that car? How could her family ruin and damage his life anymore than he has damaged theirs. They did not watch her graduate from high school, they do not have pictures of her in her cap and gown, they do not have prom pictures of her with her friends, they will never celebrate an engagement for her, her father will never walk her down the aisle, and her mother will never hold her hand and coach her through the birth of a child. It is incredibly selfish and stupid of you to assume the only human toll was that of the drivers life. Her death not only affected her, it affected a whole community of people who loved and cared for her, and most of all her family. Rest In Peace Sydney.
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I have an 18 year old son who hasn't been allowed to get his drivers liscense yet, not for a lack of funds, or his ability to pass the DMV drivers test, but for my concern for his safety on the road. I know Sydney did not break any laws, but no experienced driver would have pulled out onto Rt.29 even with a green light, without checking the position, and visable intention of oncoming traffic. My two sons took, and passed drivers training in High school, but my test were harder to pass, my oldest son didn't get his drivers liscense until he was 20, he spent 15 months in Iraq during the deadliest year of roadside bombs, and IED's, and was known in his unit as their best driver, maybe the self awareness he was taught here at home help keep him, and those who rode with him alive.
Sydney can't be brought back, but that spot where she died has been explained to every young person who rides in my vehicle when it is passed.
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My brother drove a vehicle for 8 years before he wnet to Iraq, funny though, it didn't matter how long or experienced he was when his vehicle was hit by an IED. We don't know or cannot say that she did or did not check the "visual intentions" of traffic because she cannot tell us can she? Nothing or anything can change the fact that a man ran a red light, caused an accident and took her life.

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mommamarrs wrote:
My brother drove a vehicle for 8 years before he wnet to Iraq, funny though, it didn't matter how long or experienced he was when his vehicle was hit by an IED. We don't know or cannot say that she did or did not check the "visual intentions" of traffic because she cannot tell us can she? Nothing or anything can change the fact that a man ran a red light, caused an accident and took her life.
That's exactly right. Not to mention she was in the right lane that turned left, and her view was blocked. Are we really at a point in our society where we blame people for being in accidents because they didn't look thoroughly enough at a GREEN LIGHT? Wouldn't that cause people to hit you from behind? Can anyone else say anything ridiculous to try and absolve this guy of wrongdoing? Jeesh!
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You both missed the point completely.

A green,red,yellow light is just that........ a colored light. If anyone thinks that they can depend on the rest of the world around them to obey all the rules of the road, or any other rules for that matter all the time, they are living in a fantasy, and contribute to their own demise.
mommamarrs - I am sorry about your brother, but my son managed to spot several IED's, and was recognized for that ability.

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common sense 68 wrote:
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That's exactly right. Not to mention she was in the right lane that turned left, and her view was blocked. Are we really at a point in our society where we blame people for being in accidents because they didn't look thoroughly enough at a GREEN LIGHT? Wouldn't that cause people to hit you from behind? Can anyone else say anything ridiculous to try and absolve this guy of wrongdoing? Jeesh!
"Wouldn't that cause people to hit you from behind?"
I wonder how many people have pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle because some jerk beeped the horn behind them because the light turned green. These kids need to be taught that they are to disregard that crap, and pull out when it's safe to do so .......... period.
To imply that it is ok to pull out onto RT.29 simply because the light is green, you should change your post name to ........ no sense at all.

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"Wouldn't that cause people to hit you from behind?"
I wonder how many people have pulled out into the path of an oncoming vehicle because some jerk beeped the horn behind them because the light turned green. These kids need to be taught that they are to disregard that crap, and pull out when it's safe to do so .......... period.
To imply that it is ok to pull out onto RT.29 simply because the light is green, you should change your post name to ........ no sense at all.
I think you and I will have to agree to disagree here. And your previous post to other person about the IEDs in Iraq was insensitive and stupid. For you to add in there that your son was "recognized" for being able to spot IEDs in advance (as if you had something to do with that, too) after the other poster mentioned that their son was killed by one is moronic. I'm gratefull that your son served our country,, but the fact of the matter is, he was fortunate, anything above that that you believe is nonsense.
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My son used his eyes, and his brain to survive a war zone, to imply he was just "fortunate" gives the clearest indication yet that you know nothing about what you speak. Soldiers survive because of intense training, intuition, the ability to see what others overlook. There are no "fortunate" soldiers in Iraq.
Stick to the easy stuff, black and white issues, yes and no answers. Common Sense......... I think not.

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Guardian wrote:
My son used his eyes, and his brain to survive a war zone, to imply he was just "fortunate" gives the clearest indication yet that you know nothing about what you speak. Soldiers survive because of intense training, intuition, the ability to see what others overlook. There are no "fortunate" soldiers in Iraq.
Stick to the easy stuff, black and white issues, yes and no answers. Common Sense......... I think not.
Really? Your son can di=odge bullets, those hand held missile launchers, and suicide bombers? Come on.....you have no idea what I know.
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common sense 68 - Can you possibly be as stupid as your absurd comments clearly indicate?
Perhaps YOU are one of those "FORTUNATE" individuals that natural selection hasn't caught up with yet, but keep relying on that green light, don't look mentality, and you'll see.
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How sad that her family is trying to cash in on this tragedy.No amount of money will fill the void from their loss.Money sucks!!!
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How sad that her family is trying to cash in on this tragedy.No amount of money will fill the void from their loss.Money sucks!!!
Money Sucks? Wrong, actually not having money sucks.
Perhaps if the family got a large settlement they would put it to good use. There are many worthy causes. Further, it would send a clear message to the trucking industry to monitor their drivers and not give them unreasonable schedules.
The penalties the driver of the truck is subject to are not a true meting of justice. The civil courts sure fixed O.J. when the criminal court didn't because O.J. could afford Johney Cochran. There are truckers who are safe, and there are those who are not. I would support a mandatory five year sentence for recklessly operating a large truck, that would get the point across and save lives. Think of recklessly discharging a firearm, is a truck not as dangerous when driven by a fool?

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