Chino Hills teen killed in 71 Freeway...

Chino Hills teen killed in 71 Freeway crash

There are 39 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Aug 13, 2009, titled Chino Hills teen killed in 71 Freeway crash. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

A Chino Hills girl injured in a 71 Freeway crash died of her injuries Wednesday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

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Gabriel

Anaheim, CA

#1 Aug 13, 2009
Why in the heck is a 17 year-old out at 3:55 a.m.? Why is a 17 year-old in violation of curfew? Why does a 17 year-old need to be behind the wheel? Parents, parents parents... you just don't get it! I know life is easier when you pass on responsibility parents, but is it worth it?
Charge Parents

Artesia, CA

#2 Aug 13, 2009
Was about to say the exact same thing. UNLESS this girl was out for a legitimate reason (such as a summer night job working the closing shift) where she was authorized to drive past curfew, the parents should be charged for child neglect.
West Co

Ontario, CA

#3 Aug 13, 2009
I haven't heard of a job around that would allow a child to work even 8 hours, let alone past curfew. 3:55 am...I don't want to jump to conclusions but I'm guessing she was out with friends. If that's so...shame on the parents. Horrible story...poor girl, may she rest in peace.
Concerned parent

Victorville, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2009
Yes, I have a teen and I am always worried when he drives - trying to give him extra freeway driving practice with a parent in the car. God bless her family - how horrible.
Montclair Parent

Colton, CA

#5 Aug 14, 2009
It is horrible! We can't really come to conclusions why she was out. She might have been coming home from being in the hospital with a loveone who knows. The accident happened, but these parents need support. If it is so they did not parent correctly, I am sure they will have a really hard time in the future. Many things could be the reason why she was out. One horrible night both meself and husband ended up very ill in the emergency room. Our 16 year old daughter had to drive us there. We were both admitted pending surgery. My daughter had to drive herself home at about 4:30 a.m. I wish we had more family, but we only have her.
i dont understand

Upland, CA

#6 Aug 14, 2009
I don't understand why everyone has to point fingers and start making assumptions about the girl or the parents. Why can't others just mourn the tragic loss of this teenage girl?
I'm sure the parents are suffering more then enough for people on the internet to start accusing them of neglect and bad parenting.
RIP.
Mom

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Aug 14, 2009
Very sad. And possibly avoidable. I'm wondering what a 17 year old girl is doing driving around town at 3:55am. Parents? Ever heard of curfew for under 18's? Shameful.
Neighbor of Family

Lytle Creek, CA

#8 Aug 14, 2009
I don't understand how people can be so cruel. A lost loved one is a lost loved one. They are a beautiful family and she is a wonderful mother. They are suffering and you accuse her of being a bad parent. How can you make such statements without knowing them??? Have you no compassion??? I pray they don't read these comments.
Human Nature

Tustin, CA

#9 Aug 14, 2009
Do you KNOW if the parents KNEW she was out this late? None of you have ever gone against your parents wishes? snuck out, lied, or been somewhere you shouldn't have?

You can't place all the blame on the parents. There's only so much a parent knows and so much a parent can do. If a son/daughter wants to sneak out, they'll find a way.
resident

Ontario, CA

#10 Aug 14, 2009
Very sad. There is no need for blame. Unfortunately, teenaged drivers need to become aware of this tragic event and hopefully learn from it.
chino man

Temecula, CA

#11 Aug 14, 2009
Just change the driving age to 18 and be done with this drama.
Bad Reporting Here

Artesia, CA

#12 Aug 16, 2009
Neighbor of Family wrote:
I don't understand how people can be so cruel. A lost loved one is a lost loved one. They are a beautiful family and she is a wonderful mother. They are suffering and you accuse her of being a bad parent. How can you make such statements without knowing them??? Have you no compassion??? I pray they don't read these comments.
Part of the problem is the story and reporting here is vague which causes readers to draw conclusions.

What's missing here is:

A) Was anyone else in the car with her and if so, who were they and were they teens and/or adults?

B) Why was a minor out driving at this early morning time?

C) Was alcohol and/or drugs involved? Did she just fall asleep at the wheel?

D) Given the time of this tragic event, where were her parents/guardians?

They way the reporter wrote this piece is very poor. It immediatly makes the average person start to question the girl, her parents, her family. This is because at 3:55am, a 17 year old should be not be out driving in the first place. If this accident/death happened at 3:55pm, I am sure the responses here would be more compassionate as the average person would expect a 17 year out driving by herself at this time. But, 3:55am ... no way.

Since so much "critical" information is missing, I also have a feeling "known" information is being left out. At the time this was written, I am sure who ever wrote this knows if alcohol/drugs were involved. I am sure the parents whereabouts are known too.

Granted, at 17 she is a minor so, I don't expect to see the teen's actual name/image printed but, before putting this up as "news" the reporter failed to include the basic information so readers would not draw conclusions.

You have a minor involved in a fatatliy at 3:55am. A good report would have four elements; WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY?

We got the WHO (Chino Hills girl), we got the WHAT (a death by car accident), we go the WHERE (71 Freeway at 3:55am) BUT, we are missing the WHY (???????).

As "Charge Parents" stated, was she out for a "legitimate" reason? I think this is a fair question given how kids are today in general.

Is this event tragic? Of course it is. But, you can't really blame those who are questioning as personally, the first thing that entered my mind when I read this was; "What the heck is a minor doing out at 3:55am?!?!"

Regardless of the severity of the event, regardless of the fact a teen girl died, regardless of the fact that we all which the family well, all of these concerns somewhat take a backseat because the "WHY" of this report is missing.

It would have been better if this was not reported at all since a minor was involved and to much critical information was missing. In this case, the story should not have been put up until a full report was done including the "WHY" part of the investigation. Then you have all the FACTS and readers would not overlook the tragedy and focus on the reason "WHY."

Now you as a "Family Neighbor" to them, you might know the "WHY" so, you might be fully informed. I don't expect you to tell us if you know and you should not but, again the DB can get that information and make the report when they have ALL the fact in hand instead of a few lines of which I call half-"explicitive" reporting to make a headline.
zipp it up

Rosemead, CA

#13 Aug 16, 2009
shame on all of you. unless you no why this 17 year old was driving at that hr. do not be quick to blame the parents, this kid has died keep the rude and selfish comments to your selves. you no people sometimes have emergency's, maybe you all might have had one, just think of this as the shoe on other foot then comment??? there should be condolences not hatred towards one another, what kind of world is this .?
Ronald

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#14 Aug 17, 2009
Why is it that people are so quick to talk bad about people when something tragic happens. I have to say that everybody who's sayin the parents should be responsible are complete idiots because you know damn well that when you were 17 and out of high school...you were out at all hours of the night as with most teenagers. Think about it, when i was 17 i was on my own beginning college and you think i was home at any type of curfew...OF COURSE NOT! People die in cars everyday and there is nothing that'll change that but it would help if some of the retards who commented on this topic get off their high horse and realize that whether she was 17 or 45, you heartless bastards would still have something negative to say.
The RealDeal

Cerritos, CA

#15 Aug 17, 2009
Ronald wrote:
Why is it that people are so quick to talk bad about people when something tragic happens. I have to say that everybody who's sayin the parents should be responsible are complete idiots because you know damn well that when you were 17 and out of high school...you were out at all hours of the night as with most teenagers. Think about it, when i was 17 i was on my own beginning college and you think i was home at any type of curfew...OF COURSE NOT! People die in cars everyday and there is nothing that'll change that but it would help if some of the retards who commented on this topic get off their high horse and realize that whether she was 17 or 45, you heartless bastards would still have something negative to say.
I agree 100%. Hopefully the parents of this young girl didn't read any of the mindless comments made by, as you say, these heartless bastards. When I come across nonsense like this I wish blogs would go away.
pasadena

Pico Rivera, CA

#16 Aug 17, 2009
Ronald wrote:
Why is it that people are so quick to talk bad about people when something tragic happens. I have to say that everybody who's sayin the parents should be responsible are complete idiots because you know damn well that when you were 17 and out of high school...you were out at all hours of the night as with most teenagers. Think about it, when i was 17 i was on my own beginning college and you think i was home at any type of curfew...OF COURSE NOT! People die in cars everyday and there is nothing that'll change that but it would help if some of the retards who commented on this topic get off their high horse and realize that whether she was 17 or 45, you heartless bastards would still have something negative to say.
I agree some people are just IGNORANT Dumb A--S, THERES NO EXCUSE FOR THEM.
pasadena

Pico Rivera, CA

#17 Aug 17, 2009
The RealDeal wrote:
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I agree 100%. Hopefully the parents of this young girl didn't read any of the mindless comments made by, as you say, these heartless bastards. When I come across nonsense like this I wish blogs would go away.
i also had the same thing done to me, but we realize how cold hearted people really are, with out even knowing the facts. i also hope the parents do not see this sh--, because it feels like we are in hell. and no one cares, i do realize people are quick to judge. NOW ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE. THATS A FACT my heart goes out to the family w/love
Marlene

Westminster, CA

#18 Aug 17, 2009
First of all, her mother was and is a good mother...if you don't know all the facts i suggest you keep quit. I am a mother of a twenty and 17 year old, we can not keep an eye on our kids 24/7 although we TRY... It can not be done unless we lock them up and the law says we can not do that. All we can do is talk to our kids and trust they will listen. So stop putting the blame on the parents... we were all young once keep that in mind.
She will be missed...and forever loved
zipp it up

Rosemead, CA

#19 Aug 17, 2009
f--k these people they just guess s--t up in there own minds the devil at work,blogging this type of shame about a persons death is ugly. death has no age on it and no one is to blame in these situations, maybe these people and there familys are like clones,
D-RO

La Puente, CA

#20 Aug 17, 2009
Chanel happened to be my cousin..an all of these comments we really don't need right now my family and i are going threw enough as it is..cant you people understand!! i didn't only lose my cousin i lost my best friend my sister!!all you people are doing is being rude an inconsiderate!if it was one of your kids or family members you wouldn't be saying the things you are saying now..my family and i would appreciate it if you don't write rude and inconsiderate comments..We are going threw a hard enough time so if you don't want to gives us your best wishes and considerations please don't post a rude comment..Thank You

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