Survivor identified as driver in crash

Survivor identified as driver in crash

There are 24 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Survivor identified as driver in crash. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

If none of the friends riding with David Alexander had done the right thing, the truth about the crash that eventually took his life may have died with him on Nov.

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mary ellen backovich

United States

#1 Jan 27, 2008
you still don't have the whole story.
Amber Akins

Modesto, CA

#2 Jan 29, 2008
I can't believe that people actually believe they will get away with stuff like this. I'm happy that David was cleared, and think that Gleason should be charged. I hope the family members of David are doing better knowing that their son and brother was cleared and that none of this was his fault.
Amber Akins

Modesto, CA

#3 Jan 29, 2008
mary ellen backovich wrote:
you still don't have the whole story.
What is the whole story?
annonymous

Vacaville, CA

#4 Jan 29, 2008
There is no whole story. Gleason drove drunk, and tried to cover up the fact that he killed an innocent man.
Kimberly Alexander

Roy, UT

#5 Jan 30, 2008
You are right... There is no whole story. I have an image of my brother fighting for his life in the middle of the road, while two drunk kids drag his hurt body around just to cover their own butts. That is an image that is hard to live with everyday. I want justice. What are these two kids doing still roaming the streets?
kathy simpson

Dillon, MT

#6 Jan 30, 2008
thank you so much for your comments. david was, is, my son and he didn't deserve to be blamed. we are glad the record was set straight. hopefully he will be charged soon. david's mom, kathy
Citizen

Chico, CA

#7 Jan 30, 2008
Thats sad. Im so sorry for your loss!
kathy simpson

Dillon, MT

#8 Jan 31, 2008
i hope levi gets charged soon. we had the memorial a day before dave's b-day. the worst part of this whole mess is levi was david's "best friend". if the other kids hadn't of come clean david would have passed being blamed. that is sad. some friend huh? dave's mom
anonymous

United States

#9 Feb 1, 2008
Why is it that Gleason's name is stated repeatedly throughout this story but none of the other names are given? If the other passengers were drinking and smoking marijuana as well, they should be publicly identified just the same as Gleason shouldn't they? This is bad journalism.

While drinking and driving can never be condoned, neither can jumping hapharzadly into a car with someone behind the wheel who has been drinking or smoking pot or is otherwise intoxicated. If whoever was driving had crashed into a car full of innocent people passing down the road, then this would be a far different story. As tragic as any death is, none of these kids should have been partying and driving at the same time - they all made the choice to get into that vehicle, regardless of who was driving, and they are all very, very lucky that they didn't all die that night.

Again, who are the other people? why aren't they named? And why is it that when people are in pain they search for someone to blame rather than realizing that everyone in this situation made obvious mistakes?
anonymous family member

Anaheim, CA

#10 Feb 1, 2008
The other name left out of this story is Derek Holmes from Elk Creek. The reason his name has been purpously left out, is because his grandfather is in the law enforcement in Glenn County, and has been for 25 years. How convienant huh? Wanting to clear an innocent mans name of drinking and driving, is fine, but adding untrue parts to the story, just to make it seem like Levi Gleason is a murderer, is not right in any way. These two were the best of friends. Together every day. Dave had no where to live, so Levi gave him a place to stay. On the night of that accident, Dave was ejected into the middle of the road. Should they have left him there on that blind corner to then be ran over? What part of moving a man from the middle of the road, covers up who was driving? And isnt it just the same to be driving around High, which the reports proved? What is a 28 year old doing running around with 3 21 year olds anyways? Why was he headed out of Stonyford, was it that his dad didnt want him around because of who his girlfriend was?
There is only one side being told here. Just like there is only one name being smeared. Levi Gleason was the only one in the car who has never had a DUI. Besides David, who has been in plenty of trouble. Its sad that a good guy was lost in that accident, but people are acting ignorant about the whole situation. Does blaming Levi bring Dave back?
annonymous

Vacaville, CA

#11 Feb 1, 2008
You obviously don't know the first thing about the victim or his family. I'm sure you'd feel differently if it was YOUR son or brother that was killed.
annonymous

Vacaville, CA

#12 Feb 1, 2008
You obviously don't know the first thing about the victim or his family. I'm sure you'd feel differently if it was YOUR son or brother that was killed.
boogerhead

AOL

#13 Feb 1, 2008
Sure smells like something stinks.
Smells like a cover-up
Must be nice to have connections.
Sorry to hear about the young man who lost his life
anonymous

Williams, CA

#14 Feb 1, 2008
Maybe you should put yourself in his family's and friends shoes and see if you would still be talking the way you are! You have no idea!
anonymous

Vacaville, CA

#15 Feb 2, 2008
The article also said the "friends" of David...those people are no kind of friend.
Kimberly Alexander

Roy, UT

#16 Feb 2, 2008
I think that the finger pointing is pointless. The article that Greg wrote was written From THE KIDS STATEMENTS THEMSELVES. How do I know that, Because I am the one that gave him the 16 page police report to write from. Yes, Derek is just as guilty as Levi and Yes, Gretchen is just as Guilty as Levi. They all plotted together. My brother may have had a troubled past but anyone that knows him knows that he was a good person. Is it right that alcohal played such an important part in this whole mess. And Levi, Gretchen and Derek are all still continueing to drink? All I want is for all these kids to learn a lesson, my brother did! I don't hate Levi, Derek or Gretchen, but I am very angry that they don't seem to care about my brother's life being lost, rather what party they are going to this weekend. My brother WAS NOT THC possitive, I have the hospital drug tests and i would be more than willing to post them for you all to see.
Kimberly Alexander

Roy, UT

#17 Feb 2, 2008
why is it that everyone has something to say about my brother, yet no one wants to give their name. It isn't about the drunk driving, it is about the lying, and blaming. All I wanted was for David's name to be cleared and let him rest in peace. Sorry to Levi's family and friends, having to live knowing your family member made a poor choice that killed someone must be hard
Momma

Chico, CA

#18 Feb 2, 2008
anonymous family member wrote:
The other name left out of this story is Derek Holmes from Elk Creek. The reason his name has been purpously left out, is because his grandfather is in the law enforcement in Glenn County, and has been for 25 years. How convienant huh? Wanting to clear an innocent mans name of drinking and driving, is fine, but adding untrue parts to the story, just to make it seem like Levi Gleason is a murderer, is not right in any way. These two were the best of friends. Together every day. Dave had no where to live, so Levi gave him a place to stay. On the night of that accident, Dave was ejected into the middle of the road. Should they have left him there on that blind corner to then be ran over? What part of moving a man from the middle of the road, covers up who was driving? And isnt it just the same to be driving around High, which the reports proved? What is a 28 year old doing running around with 3 21 year olds anyways? Why was he headed out of Stonyford, was it that his dad didnt want him around because of who his girlfriend was?
There is only one side being told here. Just like there is only one name being smeared. Levi Gleason was the only one in the car who has never had a DUI. Besides David, who has been in plenty of trouble. Its sad that a good guy was lost in that accident, but people are acting ignorant about the whole situation. Does blaming Levi bring Dave back?
your entire post is nothing but a theory, and is completely irrelevant. im sure that none of these kids were perfect angels, and no one's claiming them to be...but one man died, and 3 of his "friends" survived. their ages are irrelevant, they were friends by choice, and that is no one's business. but of those 3 people, not one should walk around with their heads held high. they are cowards. each of them know who was driving that car, and the person who was driving, is indeed a murderer. whether there was specific intent or not, a person's life was taken for absolutely no reason. the young man's family deserves closure, and his murderer to pay the price for his ridiculously stupid, selfish actions. those 3 individuals should thank their God everyday for the life they have, and cherish every moment...knowing in their hearts that they contributed to a situation that took all of that away from another person.
anonymous

Anaheim, CA

#19 Feb 2, 2008
The 16 page report you gave the writer, must be wrong then, because the article said David tested positive for THC. Read it again. If finger pointing is pointless, then why is it being done. Do you think Dave was forced into the truck that night. Did the other three that are "completely to blame" make him get in the truck against his own will? Was he a grown man that could make wise choices? If I got in the truck with a drunk driver, that would be on me, unless I didnt know they had been drinking. The family of David definetly deserves closure, but will punishing someone else for all of there stupid mistakes really bring that? Was Davis an innocent person, minding his own business, driving down the road, or was he in a truck, full of kids drinking and partying, just like a million other times? Those two always drove around while drinking, ALWAYS! And whoever said that Gleason, basically left his best friend there to die, knows absoloutly nothing about them. Stick to the facts.
anonymous

Anaheim, CA

#20 Feb 2, 2008
Willows CHP Lt. Greg Peck said there was no evidence of alcohol in Alexander's system after the crash, but said toxicology tests showed he had been smoking marijuana.

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