NC teen dies after Highway Patrol pur...

NC teen dies after Highway Patrol pursuit; troopers say she was speeding and wouldn't stop

There are 24 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Dec 11, 2009, titled NC teen dies after Highway Patrol pursuit; troopers say she was speeding and wouldn't stop. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

Authorities say an 18-year-old North Carolina woman has died after lost control of her truck while being chased by a trooper.

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wil

Yadkinville, NC

#1 Dec 11, 2009
did he run her off the road ???????
STK

Trenton, OH

#2 Dec 11, 2009
wil wrote:
did he run her off the road ???????
Does it say he did???
welldiggersask

Greenville, SC

#3 Dec 11, 2009
dec.11 lincolnton paper says there investigating the trooper to c if he is certified to presue a chase and what all is required to presue some one and i dont think he meet all those rules he should broke off the chase and arested her the next day
welldiggersask

Greenville, SC

#4 Dec 11, 2009
any way she is dead now so i hope the trooper is happy cause this did not have to happen he was to agressive and should be charged with murder
Blackcloud

Dallas, NC

#5 Dec 11, 2009
welldiggersask wrote:
dec.11 lincolnton paper says there investigating the trooper to c if he is certified to presue a chase and what all is required to presue some one and i dont think he meet all those rules he should broke off the chase and arested her the next day
Right, in the dark at night he should have known who was driving the car and why that person was trying to escape. Let's not blame the person who broke the law. How dumb would that be? Maybe if you actually knew how to spell people might give your posts serious consideration.
Yeah

Morganton, NC

#6 Dec 11, 2009
You dont run from the cops.

If a cop is trying to pull you over. You pull over.

If you dont. They should be allowed to persue you.

There is no reason to speed up. Either pull over to the side of the road or go a normal speed and reach a parking lot of a store or your house.
concernedInNC

United States

#7 Dec 12, 2009
Yeah wrote:
You dont run from the cops.
If a cop is trying to pull you over. You pull over.
If you dont. They should be allowed to persue you.
There is no reason to speed up. Either pull over to the side of the road or go a normal speed and reach a parking lot of a store or your house.
totally agree!!
but, that is a normal reaction to grief,to blame others, so,
after that info, my heartgoes to the family she left behind with so many unanswered questions.
NameLess

Reidsville, NC

#8 Dec 12, 2009
Cops doing their jobs? How dare they....don't break the law and you won't have to run from the cops....if you do run from the cops dont expect me to cry at your funeral....regardless of why you ran, you were certainly not thinking of all the innocent lives on the same road that you put in danger. Police officers are trained to disable vehicles during pursuits to prevent harm to innocent drivers/pedestrians etc. Someone gets killed for doing something stupid AND illegal?-oh well...simple solution...don't do stupid and/or illegal things.
Knowitall

Campbellsville, KY

#9 Dec 12, 2009
oh my... sympathy for criminals conduct... ya know every time there is a tragedy involving a high speed chase, there is always mixed reactions, you have intellegent people whom understand and obey laws state that the person brought this upon themselves by fleeing from the officer....
and then you have these dummycrates, bleeding heart liberals screaming foul, the officer could go get them tommorrow, or it's too dangerous. The bottom line is nip it in the bud, Earnhart her bumper and cause the car to crash and if that means flip it over and kill the occupants i'm all for it and many of your are too. In court a lawyer states that they're client made a mistake, but the officer has charged the person with an infraction, which is an unlawful act... a 'crime' for stupid uneducated folks that might not understand. This young life was taken because she had a bright idea to flee and she failed.... miserably i'd have to say. So in closing my good neighbors, keep crying about the law trying to make a difference in our society or support whats right and that is...
obey the F*N law or pay the price when caught.
Realone

Mebane, NC

#10 Dec 12, 2009
Why do the police feel the need to endanger so many peoples lives by chasing someone, especially a teenager with a 2 ton weapon. I am sad that a life was lost but I am glad that it was not a completely innocent person. I feel the police too many times are on a ego trip. I will pray for the girls family that suffered the loss.

Since: Nov 08

Dallas, NC

#11 Dec 12, 2009
Realone wrote:
Why do the police feel the need to endanger so many peoples lives by chasing someone, especially a teenager with a 2 ton weapon. I am sad that a life was lost but I am glad that it was not a completely innocent person. I feel the police too many times are on a ego trip. I will pray for the girls family that suffered the loss.
Just out of curiosity, how were the Police supposed to know she was a teenager? How were they supposed to know she wasn't a criminal? How were they supposed to know the driver hadn't just committed a violent crime and was trying to escape? I'd really like to know how the Troopers should have surmised all of this?
NameLess

Reidsville, NC

#12 Dec 13, 2009
Realone wrote:
Why do the police feel the need to endanger so many peoples lives by chasing someone, especially a teenager with a 2 ton weapon. I am sad that a life was lost but I am glad that it was not a completely innocent person. I feel the police too many times are on a ego trip. I will pray for the girls family that suffered the loss.
Really? Really? Do you honestly think that cop went home, hung his hat up thought to himself...'my, what a good day I have had...can't wait to ruin another young life tomorrow...' Seriously...you need a reality check and here it comes- law enforcement officers do not suffer from ego trips, they do not FEEL THE NEED to endanger lives-they REACT. React to the actions of thoughtless criminals which despite her age or 'what a bright young woman' she was/could have been, she was a criminal. Regardless of why she ran; SHE is the one at fault. SHE is the one that elected to endanger lives. I am really tired of hearing the public outcry against the police doing there jobs, which boo-hoo, isn't pretty sometimes. If a criminal is driving around like a maniac- WRECK THEM BEFORE THEY WRECK SOMEONE ELSE. If they are running around brandishing a weapon, robbing and threatening people-SHOOT THEM. I work closely with a wide range of law enforcement officers on near-daily basis and I thank God for them. I only wish that the liberal bleeding heart majortiy would put on their big boy and girl pants, stop turning these thugs and twerps into marytrs and let the police deal with them the way they are trained to do. Maybe if the herd is thinned a little more the rest of the idiots will get the message and we would see a decline in crime and senseless violence.
38 Special

United States

#13 Dec 17, 2009
If I was a cop and she ran, I would have had to shot her before she killed someone innocent. Next case please!!! Crime never pays!!!!
bess

Morganton, NC

#14 Dec 18, 2009
38 Special wrote:
If I was a cop and she ran, I would have had to shot her before she killed someone innocent. Next case please!!! Crime never pays!!!!
If you was a cop and did that, you wouldn't be a cop for long.
saddened

Morganton, NC

#15 Dec 18, 2009
Wow, I am shocked by some of the comments on here. I am very close with the family of that young girl. They have had so much heartache and suffering over the past five years. I understand debating whether or not the cops should be investigated for what happened. But to call this girl names and act like she deserved to die is sickening. She was a straight A student and a wonderful person. Should she have been speeding..no. Should she have freaked out and ran from the police..... no. But she was young and made a bad decision.

I have to say that it is comforting to know that we have so many perfect people in this world leaving comments who have apparently never made a stupid mistake or done something they regret. Does it make you all feel better to sit on your high horse and look down on her? Again it is one thing to debate if their was a need for the cops to pursue her the way they did, but, to make comments like "If I was a cop and she ran, I would have had to shot her before she killed someone innocent." is simply disgusting. What if she were your child?? When posting please remember that a mother has lost her only child here. Be respectful.
Yeah

Morganton, NC

#16 Dec 19, 2009
I believe the guy you are refering to was just doing that for attention.

I havent really invested too much into this story because of my post above with the same poster name.

But I noticed you repeated something that news did tell us. The Straight A Student thing. I dont know if she was or wasnt. Actually, I have no clue what that has to do with anything....except for the fact that if she was that smart she should of known better. I mean, why else would you even state that fact as it has nothing to do with driving it self.

The reason why this sticks out to me is because I believe and I could be wrong but I believe I heard the family say she was a straight A student and never had a ticket of any kind before. Yet, when the news reporter spoke he made sure to say she had just got one earlier in the year.

Soooo....you could see how some might be a little confused.

There is a lot of questions not even related to the accident that can be asked just out of being curious.

Such as:

Why did she drive such a large truck?

Why did the boyfriend tell her to come back to his house instead of pulling over?

What was he going to do when she got back to his house?

If she had made it safely back to his house would be talking about an officer being shot or one of the kids?

Its very hard for some people...mostly open minded people to not wanna ask questions. Questions that may seem offensive or rude or degrading. But they arent. They really arent.

Asking questions of any kind is how we learn and how things get corrected. This goes for the police as well as the people. This also goes for government. See the current water bil issues and Lincolntons current issues with its law enforcement.

It all started with someone asking a question they werent suppose to ask or that someone feels shouldnt be asked.

As I said I havent paid attention to any current status on this story so I have no clue what is currently being said about the whole thing. As it seems to have disappeared.
saddened

Morganton, NC

#17 Dec 19, 2009
The reason I brought up that she was a straight a student was to help show that we aren't dealing with a delinquent child, typically students that do well in school aren't trouble makers which is true in this case. She should have been smart enough to not be speeding the way she was and if she were alive her mother would have grounded her for life for making such a careless move, unfortunately she will not get the chance. I will try and answer your question to the best of my knowledge, but keep in mind all my knowledge is coming from what the family has told me.

Why did she drive such a large truck? LOL...you must not be from West Lincoln. She was a bit of a redneck.

Why did the boyfriend tell her to come back to his house instead of pulling over? There have been several past incidents of people pretending to be a cop and once they get you pulled they rob you. She had been told by family to never pull over for a cop at dark unless you are in a well lit area. Why in the world she decided to speed to get back to her boyfriends..who knows...she was eighteen...who ever knows why they do what they do.

What was he going to do when she got back to his house? she was going to pull over. She felt that was a safe place to pull over.

If she had made it safely back to his house would be talking about an officer being shot or one of the kids? I don't understand what you are asking?

This was a terrible, terrible, tragedy. She was not trying to run from the law. She was on her way home that night because her mother had called her and told her she had made her a chocolate cake because it was her favorite.
STK

Secaucus, NJ

#18 Dec 21, 2009
Realone wrote:
Why do the police feel the need to endanger so many peoples lives by chasing someone, especially a teenager with a 2 ton weapon. I am sad that a life was lost but I am glad that it was not a completely innocent person. I feel the police too many times are on a ego trip. I will pray for the girls family that suffered the loss.
Becasue that "teenager with a 2 ton weapon" can hurt other people, that's why. Ego trip?? Oh please...I am sorry that this young lady lost her life, but lets look at who started this ordeal. Not the cop, I can tell you that. As for an investigation into the cop that was chasing her, of course that's going to happen...that is pretty much standard procedure to make sure he/she were doing what they were supposed to do....and almost always, they were.
Hurting

Hickory, NC

#19 Dec 22, 2009
blackcloud wrote:
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Just out of curiosity, how were the Police supposed to know she was a teenager? How were they supposed to know she wasn't a criminal? How were they supposed to know the driver hadn't just committed a violent crime and was trying to escape? I'd really like to know how the Troopers should have surmised all of this?
Run the tag number ... duh
STK

Secaucus, NJ

#20 Dec 23, 2009
Hurting wrote:
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Run the tag number ... duh
Tag numbers don't relay who the driver is....it only relays who the owner is.

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