One killed, two injured in Claremont car crash

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A person was killed today and two other were injured in a multi-car and motorcycle crash on the eastbound 10 Freeway.
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S Webb

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Jul 16, 2009
 
Steven Samuel Chavez, age 23 and has already been caught drunk driving three times in his very young age, killed my mother and the mother of my 12 year old niece Sunday and pleads innocent. What kind of a world do we live in when a 23 year old with two previous drunk driving arrests is not already in jail. Why do we have to wait until they kill someone?
West Covina

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Jul 16, 2009
 
I am sorry for your loss - I hope they lock him up and throw away the key. I hate drunk drivers - they are selfish & irresponsible people - they only think of themselves - obviously - if they feel that they are ok to drink and drive while they put everyone else at risk. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding as you go thru this difficult time...
S Webb wrote:
Steven Samuel Chavez, age 23 and has already been caught drunk driving three times in his very young age, killed my mother and the mother of my 12 year old niece Sunday and pleads innocent. What kind of a world do we live in when a 23 year old with two previous drunk driving arrests is not already in jail. Why do we have to wait until they kill someone?
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Jul 16, 2009
 
S Webb wrote:
Steven Samuel Chavez, age 23 and has already been caught drunk driving three times in his very young age, killed my mother and the mother of my 12 year old niece Sunday and pleads innocent. What kind of a world do we live in when a 23 year old with two previous drunk driving arrests is not already in jail. Why do we have to wait until they kill someone?
wow I am sorry for your lost. You are right that nothing is done until someone innocent is lost.
Covina

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Jul 16, 2009
 
How many chances are people like this going to get? I went to high school with him so its a shock to know someone who created such a terrible tragedy. Im sorry for your loss.
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Jul 16, 2009
 
one less mexican

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Jul 16, 2009
 
get over it wrote:
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you f-ing troll! Drunk drivers in general!
jACK tHE kNIFE

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Jul 16, 2009
 
S Webb wrote:
Steven Samuel Chavez, age 23 and has already been caught drunk driving three times in his very young age, killed my mother and the mother of my 12 year old niece Sunday and pleads innocent. What kind of a world do we live in when a 23 year old with two previous drunk driving arrests is not already in jail. Why do we have to wait until they kill someone?
Wow so very sorry for the ones you loved, This hits me as hard. As i have known the Chavez family since 1989. I had personally coached Steven for ten years of his youth, The Chavez family were role models to the community. Stevens Dad passed away two weeks after we returned from the Pony World series in 2000. I don't know what happened to Steven, but i will also pray for his Mother Marylou.
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Jul 17, 2009
 

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steven is a friend of mind that i grew up with as a kid..i have knowed him my whole life. he's not a killer. he has two kids of his owned,and has made one of the biggest mistakes of his life by this "ACCIDENT." but tell me this. its ok for a PRO football player to drink and drive and kill a couple of people in an accident and serve 28 days in jail and to be put on house arriest for 2 years because he was a role model for kids. and then they pay off the victims family cause they have the money to do that.. so how can you want a young person like steven be but behind bars for the rest of his life.. hes a young man with 2 little boys. he knows what he did and to the webb family i'm truly sorry for your lost. but why put a kid behind bars for the rest of his life to make your selves feel better.. why make his kids grow up without a dad. dont put a good man down for one mistake.
S Webb wrote:
Steven Samuel Chavez, age 23 and has already been caught drunk driving three times in his very young age, killed my mother and the mother of my 12 year old niece Sunday and pleads innocent. What kind of a world do we live in when a 23 year old with two previous drunk driving arrests is not already in jail. Why do we have to wait until they kill someone?
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Jul 17, 2009
 
23 with two kids and three DUIs? Seems more like an irresponsible adult than anything else...The football player analogy isn't even close to appropriate. This situation involves someone who has repeatedly broken the same law with no regard for life. Fry the SOB
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Jul 17, 2009
 
The accident that Mr. Webb is referring to happened on July 12th in Riverside County near Coachella on Interstate 10. Is Steven Samuel Chavez responsible for the accident in Claremont too?

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Jul 17, 2009
 
TMF wrote:
The accident that Mr. Webb is referring to happened on July 12th in Riverside County near Coachella on Interstate 10. Is Steven Samuel Chavez responsible for the accident in Claremont too?
Yeah, I really didn't get it either. I didn't know drunk driving was a factor in this story. I'm confused!
this guy is a murderer

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Jul 17, 2009
 
How in the hell can anyone defend this guy? To the friend from W. Covina who says Steven is a good man and how could anyone want his 2 children to live without a father??? How about the 12 yr old sweet little girl who now has to live without her mother?? How about 12 little children who has to live without their grandmother that they loved so much??? How about a classroom full of 5th graders who now have lost their favorite teacher??? All of this has happened because of Steven Chavez!!! And you feel that we want to hurt him because it will "make us feel better"??? You must also be a very confused person....He sounds not like a "good man", but a very selfish irresponsible man to me.....think about it....not 1 DUI, THREEE DUI's and 2 children at the ripe old age of 23??? He has issues, LOTS of issues...
Missing Toni

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Jul 18, 2009
 
One of the women who was killed was my friend Toni. She was the mother of the 12 year old girl. I have been teaching with Toni for many years. She was the most popular teacher at our school and is missed terribly by everyone who knew her. Since this terrible tragedy, many of her former students, some of which are now in High School, along with many parents of students, have been coming to our school wanting to just stand in her classroom and console one another. We teachers are still in shock. Nobody will be able to fill Toni's shoes at our school.

Toni's family meant everything to her. One of her bulletin boards is covered with pictures of her family doing fun things together.

I also feel very sad for Steven's family, especially his children. I understand why one would call this an accident, since I am sure that he did not mean to run into another car on the freeway. However, he became responsible for murdering those people when he chose to drive while drunk and then, after being pulled over by the police, taking off and evading them. It is truly an unfortunate situation for everyone involved and their families. But how could anyone want someone who has acted this irresponsibly AT LEAST three times to be out in public where he can do it again? He has taken 2 lives and has caused terrible suffering for many people, including his own family and friends. He deserves to at least lose his freedom for that.
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Jul 20, 2009
 
yes I feel for the lost of the two passing,but the key issue is we should have liquer banned once again,maybe this will all stop,but to say he deserves to lose his fredom for life is to strong,It was a mistake, not planned,his family will need him
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Jul 20, 2009
 
his family & children would be better off without him, he does not seem like someone any child should use as a role model.
West Covina

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Jul 21, 2009
 
We too have known Steven and the Chavez family for many years. From a great student athlete, to a very sad, disturbed young man after the death of his father. This family has also faced much sadness with the sudden death of their father - the strength of their family. His mother, Mary Lou, is the epitemy of stength for enduring the pain this family has suffered. It is through her faith in God which has gotten them and will get them through this painful situation. I am very sorry for the loss of these two lives, but this was a mistake that Steven will have to live with the rest of his life. He is a good young man; it is unfortunate that his life also has been taken away because of this mistake. I only wish that he had turned to his faith at the time of pain rather than medicate his pain with the alcohol and drugs. May God Bless him through this difficult time; give him the courage to survive, and heal the pain of the family who has lost their loved ones.
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Jul 22, 2009
 
west covina wrote:
steven is a friend of mind that i grew up with as a kid..i have knowed him my whole life. he's not a killer. he has two kids of his owned,and has made one of the biggest mistakes of his life by this "ACCIDENT." but tell me this. its ok for a PRO football player to drink and drive and kill a couple of people in an accident and serve 28 days in jail and to be put on house arriest for 2 years because he was a role model for kids. and then they pay off the victims family cause they have the money to do that.. so how can you want a young person like steven be but behind bars for the rest of his life.. hes a young man with 2 little boys. he knows what he did and to the webb family i'm truly sorry for your lost. but why put a kid behind bars for the rest of his life to make your selves feel better.. why make his kids grow up without a dad. dont put a good man down for one mistake.
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Are you serious?!! Make no mistake. This was not an accident. This is murder. I've known the Webb family for a long time. They too have athletes in their family that have given back to their communities. Coaches, cheerleaders, and most importantly, parental support. Yes, that's right. Rosemary was like a mother to me. The family treated me as one of their own, and your scumbag of a friend took her and Toni away from us. His two kids are better off without him. Also, your analogy of the football player who got out of jail after 28 days for killing two people is ridiculous. Look at your boy's rap sheet. He should be put away for life.
S Webb

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Jul 23, 2009
 
It was not one mistake. It was three. This is his third drunk driving arrest. The last one he was smoking pot and drinking. Good people don't drive over 100 miles per hour under the influence. I don't know what happened in a 23 year olds life to make him an alcoholic, but what ever it was his friends should have got him help!
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steven is a friend of mind that i grew up with as a kid..i have knowed him my whole life. he's not a killer. he has two kids of his owned,and has made one of the biggest mistakes of his life by this "ACCIDENT." but tell me this. its ok for a PRO football player to drink and drive and kill a couple of people in an accident and serve 28 days in jail and to be put on house arriest for 2 years because he was a role model for kids. and then they pay off the victims family cause they have the money to do that.. so how can you want a young person like steven be but behind bars for the rest of his life.. hes a young man with 2 little boys. he knows what he did and to the webb family i'm truly sorry for your lost. but why put a kid behind bars for the rest of his life to make your selves feel better.. why make his kids grow up without a dad. dont put a good man down for one mistake.
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Jul 23, 2009
 
I agree he needs help, not dying in prison. knowing what he has caused will be a daily struggle, but his children need him and the Lord can change him if he really wants it.
Missing Toni

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Jul 25, 2009
 
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I agree he needs help, not dying in prison. knowing what he has caused will be a daily struggle, but his children need him and the Lord can change him if he really wants it.
You're a good friend to stick up for Steven this way. It's really too bad that his terrible choices have caused so much pain for so many people. I agree that he can change if he really wants to....but, since he has been arrested for driving under the influence twice before (and who knows how many times he's done it and not been caught), it doesn't seem like he wants to change. How would you really feel about this if it was your mother, sister, or child who had been killed?

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