Columbia teen killed in crash during chase

Jan 16, 2006 Read more: The Fairview Observer 388
A teenager died after being thrown from a pickup truck being chased by Spring Hill police early yesterday morning, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials. Read more
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#382 Oct 30, 2008
I went to high school with all of the kids involved, except Kelsi. But I am now good friends with her. They did make a few bad decisions, but the DIDN'T deserve what happened. And yea, Scott was the one driving, but he did not kill his friends on purpose! R.I.P. Chelsie and Paxton! I love you both!
VJL

Franklin, TN

#383 May 14, 2009
Bobo wrote:
A normal person wouldn't make this kind of "mistake", and no normal person would defend such a horrific act.
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In all honesty what can you consider normal to not normal there is no standard or a precise indication. And I am not defending the act nor the crime that was committed, I am simply defending a friends character that i know to be true regardless of the mistakes that were made back in 06. Again everyone of us is only human and by that we are not faultless. Yes some people make bigger mistakes than others and i have already agreed that some jail time should be served but I still do not agree with the maximum sentence and the whole dealing with the demons and scott's drug issue I don't beleive it was smart for him to violate the mandates of his probabtion but wouldn't you do anything you could to wipe out the visions and flashback and the memories of what you did given the chance that you could take a look at it from his position in this whole matter. I know that he is a good person he just made a really tragic mistake.
This again

Spring Hill, TN

#384 May 14, 2009
Running from the police is not a "mistake" and you people should stop insisting that it is. It's a decision and an ongoing one at that. That punk could've pulled over at any time, but instead decided to put his passengers in mortal danger as well as any other motorists he might've encountered. He cared nothing but for himself and it only ended when he flipped his truck and people died. That's not a "mistake," no matter how any of you foolish children want to sugarcoat or whitewash it.

Mistakes are things like writing a wrong answer on a test, forgetting to close a door and buying the wrong item at the supermarket.

Mistakes are NOT sneaking out high and drunk at 3:00 AM "looking at rims," and then fleeing from the police in a high speed chase. All of these actions were considered and then acted upon and could've been ended at any point if the punk wanted to and considered anyone aside from himself. Again, the punk repeatedly chose not to and people are now dead. And it's all his fault. No one else's.
fulltimer

Minneapolis, MN

#385 May 14, 2009
Do the crime,,,Do the time,,,PLENTY of time to THINK itover
This again

Spring Hill, TN

#386 May 15, 2009
There is a fascinating and also disturbing aspect to all of this: Young people that look at this young man's actions as some sort of thing that just somehow happened. To them, it's like catching a cold. There's no sense of culpability.

The only sense of culpability I do see from them is to say that the police are somehow remiss in their duties by attempting to find out what a pickup full of delinquents was doing in an auto lot at 3:00 AM.

Listen children: Fact is, if you go out and are skulking around in an auto lot and driving around high and drunk at 3:00 AM, someone IS going to see you AND the police will be involved. Amazing that not one of these kids seemed to have thought of that.

Another fact is that prison is not supposed to be "fun" or "nice." It's not like some resort in Jamaica where you get to smoke dope. If you are a murderer, which is what this kid is, you are going to prison, not only as punishment, but for rehabilitation, to serve as an example and warning to others (especially yourselves), and to protect the rest of society from Scott and those like him.

Too bad if he doesn't like it or is in prison with adult criminals. You might consider that he's an adult criminal as well and I'm pretty sure they don't have comfy prisons for brats whose mommies never told them "no."

I have no doubt that someone like that would reoffend if just given a slap on the wrist. This is why this is necessary.

Time to grow up children. This isn't like your mommy going down to the school to get your grade changed on one of your incoherent and inchoate papers that you "like, just worked so hard on." There's no getting out of stuff like this. Not this time.
VJL

Franklin, TN

#388 May 27, 2009
This again wrote:
There is a fascinating and also disturbing aspect to all of this: Young people that look at this young man's actions as some sort of thing that just somehow happened. To them, it's like catching a cold. There's no sense of culpability.
The only sense of culpability I do see from them is to say that the police are somehow remiss in their duties by attempting to find out what a pickup full of delinquents was doing in an auto lot at 3:00 AM.
Listen children: Fact is, if you go out and are skulking around in an auto lot and driving around high and drunk at 3:00 AM, someone IS going to see you AND the police will be involved. Amazing that not one of these kids seemed to have thought of that.
Another fact is that prison is not supposed to be "fun" or "nice." It's not like some resort in Jamaica where you get to smoke dope. If you are a murderer, which is what this kid is, you are going to prison, not only as punishment, but for rehabilitation, to serve as an example and warning to others (especially yourselves), and to protect the rest of society from Scott and those like him.
Too bad if he doesn't like it or is in prison with adult criminals. You might consider that he's an adult criminal as well and I'm pretty sure they don't have comfy prisons for brats whose mommies never told them "no."
I have no doubt that someone like that would reoffend if just given a slap on the wrist. This is why this is necessary.
Time to grow up children. This isn't like your mommy going down to the school to get your grade changed on one of your incoherent and inchoate papers that you "like, just worked so hard on." There's no getting out of stuff like this. Not this time.
I love the way you catagorize those who stick up for Scott simply as mere "Children" when there are some of us who have dealt with more in out childhood and have seen things so young that most adults never see in their entire lifetime. Also Scott is not a murderer...murder implies that what he did was complete intentional in which it was not what it was is negligent homocide with is unitentional upon all acts....which in court stands a lesser sentencing. People who constanly critisize Scott for what he has done are nothing more than hypocrites acting like they have never done anything that Scott and the others may have done the night of the accident...and if you haven't good for you but for those of you who have stop bashing him for the drinking and the smoking...no one is perfect...people make poor decisions all the time and have to suffer with the consequences and that is exactly what he is doing. Also do you honestly believe had he been sentenced to less or sentenced to what you call "A slap on the wrist" after knowing that he is the prime reason for two of his best friends deaths that he would actually reoffend...i highly doubt it.
Selma

Tullahoma, TN

#389 May 27, 2009
VJL wrote:
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I love the way you catagorize those who stick up for Scott simply as mere "Children" when there are some of us who have dealt with more in out childhood and have seen things so young that most adults never see in their entire lifetime. Also Scott is not a murderer...murder implies that what he did was complete intentional in which it was not what it was is negligent homocide with is unitentional upon all acts....which in court stands a lesser sentencing. People who constanly critisize Scott for what he has done are nothing more than hypocrites acting like they have never done anything that Scott and the others may have done the night of the accident...and if you haven't good for you but for those of you who have stop bashing him for the drinking and the smoking...no one is perfect...people make poor decisions all the time and have to suffer with the consequences and that is exactly what he is doing. Also do you honestly believe had he been sentenced to less or sentenced to what you call "A slap on the wrist" after knowing that he is the prime reason for two of his best friends deaths that he would actually reoffend...i highly doubt it.
One could argue that he did commit murder and not simple homicide.

Murder is defined as one of the following:

1. Intent to kill (not the case with Scott)
2. Intent to inflict grievous bodily harm short of death (not the case with Scott)
3. Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life (sometimes described as an "abandoned and malignant heart"), or
Intent to commit a dangerous felony (the "felony-murder" doctrine).(This could apply to the case in question)

Taken from William Blackstone and Edward Coke and their legal publications.

So yes, this case *can* be classified as murder and not homicide. Not stating that it was prosecuted under the umbrella of murder, but that it clearly *could* have been.
ksn

Denver, NC

#390 Aug 20, 2012
It has now been 6 years since the accident. I stopped looking at these posts a long time ago, otherwise I would have contacted you before. I'm not sure if you will ever even see this. But I would like to say that I am truly sorry that you feel the way you do about me. Chelsea was my BEST friend and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I was 13 years old at the time and put in a horrible position..which I take full responsibility for. However, I don't believe I ever spoke with you or RIP CJC..for that matter..about what happened. A lot was said about things that I had supposedly said. Put yourself here..you're 13..in the hospital having xrays done on your entire body after seeing your best friend dead in a ditch..thinking you could die yourself..and you have a detective in your face..asking you questions..while all of this is going on. Its very easy for the story to get mixed up. I have never tried to lie about the situation..nor have I ever tried to gain any attention from it and I'm sorry it came off that way to you. I live with this every day of my life. Yes, I did pressure Chelsea into going..and that's something I will never forgive myself for. I would be more than happy to sit with you and whoever else would like to know the real story..as I am the only person..besides Scott..who knows what happened that night. It really bothers me that you thought that way about me..and anyone else that did also. Just remember, I was a 13 year old girl..I wasn't very wise. Regardless, I would do anything to have Chelsea back or just to go back to that night and change it all but I can't. None of us can. Im sorry again that you feel so horribly about me.
-kelsi
Uncle Mike wrote:
For all you idiots out there sticking up for Scott, you are either as stupid as he is, or have no brains at all. Not one of you know what you are talking about. I was Chelsea's Uncle. I loved that girl so much and miss her terribly each day. Scott made a wrong decision by having ILLEGAL drugs in his system, Yes everyone, ILLEGAL. I feel sorry for Scott, I really do. His mother, I'm not sure what planet she is from always stating that my son did nothing wrong. Poor Scott must live in the most unstable household with a mother like this when she doesn't even know right from wrong, how is Scott ever going to learn right for wrong. Because of Scott's actions, two young teenagers are dead. Everyone knows Scott didn't intentionally want Chelsea or Paxton dead, but because of his inability to know right from wrong, they are and nothing is going to bring them back. Not only does Scott need to learn a lesson, but his big mouth mother does too. Do any of you teens realize the pain this has caused to so many people and by Scott screwing up his probation, it's back in the news again, and we can't heal or have closure. Scott made a deal, he needs to spend the rest of the time in prison and hopefully come out a respected individual who can determine right from wrong. I'm tired of crying, I'm tired of watching my family cry. I pray to Jesus that Scott and his mother get what they deserve. I pray for Paxton's parents that they can find closure. As for Kelsey the two faced attention grabbing brat, why don't you go play in traffic and keep your fat mouth shut. You have no idea about life so go away, far away.
I am angry, angry, angry. Scott had other driving offenses before he caused these deaths. Mommy doesn't even see this as being wrong. What's it gonna take Scott's mommy to see all the wrong? You want him to kill other people, will this make you happy.

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