CORAL SPRINGS: Teen in Sawgrass wreck...

CORAL SPRINGS: Teen in Sawgrass wreck leaves car, is struck, ki...

There are 34 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 19, 2008, titled CORAL SPRINGS: Teen in Sawgrass wreck leaves car, is struck, ki.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

A Coral Springs teen was killed after he was struck by an SUV on the Sawgrass Expressway, authorities said.

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Eric

Chicago, IL

#1 May 19, 2008
Brownie was a good kid. He was one of the happiest, fun loving guys I have ever met. If you were ever in a bad mood all you had to do was look at the kid and he would somehow make you laugh. He was taken way too soon and will truly be missed.
they cant drive after 55

Pompano Beach, FL

#2 May 20, 2008
Someone needs to tell the driver to buy something he can control like a GEO Metro or an equally sized vehicle...Why these old people feel they have the skills to pilot a land yacht is beyond me...It's unfortunate a young man had to pay with his life for this guys poor driving skills......
Morose

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 May 20, 2008
We all commit accidents. None of us are spared heartbreak. We all have our strengths and our flaws. Hopefully both victims in this disaster were behaving responsibly and driving with the utmost care. But if not, did ALL of us do what we could to prevent such a tragedy. Every time one of us drives 80 mph we encourage others to drive as fast. We stay up late and drive when sleepy. Now a teenager is dead, another man is injured and families and communities grieve. We need to remember how our own actions impact others. Thatís why a story like this makes us feel guilt, anger and despair. (And helps to explain the inappropriateness of many of the posts.)
No Obama

Boca Raton, FL

#4 May 20, 2008
they cant drive after 55 wrote:
Someone needs to tell the driver to buy something he can control like a GEO Metro or an equally sized vehicle...Why these old people feel they have the skills to pilot a land yacht is beyond me...It's unfortunate a young man had to pay with his life for this guys poor driving skills......
And who hit the guard rail?

Depending upon where the accident occurred there could be several reasons why he did not see the car in time to avoid it. Dark, no headlights or tailights, low profile...

Seems to me it was simply this kid's time to go.

What was he doing out at that time of the morning, or are we not supposed to ask that question?
bubbadodat

Boca Raton, FL

#5 May 20, 2008
No Obama wrote:
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And who hit the guard rail?
Depending upon where the accident occurred there could be several reasons why he did not see the car in time to avoid it. Dark, no headlights or tailights, low profile...
Seems to me it was simply this kid's time to go.
What was he doing out at that time of the morning, or are we not supposed to ask that question?
It's a tough question to ask..and we all know the answer. It's true what they say....not much good happens after midnight...Parents, get you kids home at a decent hour (yes, 19 is still a kid). As bad as this hurts, we should'nt be surprised...it happens all the time.
A Firemans Sis

United States

#7 May 20, 2008
I can't help but wonder if the Broward County School Board had left Driver's Education in the curriculum, if Eric would still be alive today (and many other teens who have been killed in auto related accidents). When I went to school, it was a mandatory course. They certainly taught me that if I am involved in an accident, you do not get out of the car in the middle lane, on a major highway, in the pitch dark @ 5:00 a.m.) and stand next to your car.
While I am feeling sorry for his family and friends, I can only hope that his death has taught some other a valuable lesson.
PUT DRIVER'S EDUCATION BACK IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM! SAVE THESE TEENS LIVES!
NO IT ALL

Redmond, WA

#12 May 20, 2008
The RULE to never "over drive your headlights", makes this reads like someone "over drove their brain". Both are at fault here. I've seen someone "once" drive under a parked semi-traliler while doing 70 mph that was parked in the swale, without ever hitting their brakes. The message? Don't stand by your vehicle, or in it!!!! Run as far away from your parked car on any highway --- bless the police who have to setup shop on these swale areas!!!!
I know whats going on

Germantown, TN

#13 May 20, 2008
Hey Obama rules, he didn't go to UF he went to FGCU. You obviously didn't know him you moron.
CKEight

Boynton Beach, FL

#14 May 20, 2008
Once again, a terrible tragedy brings out the most ignorant of comments. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this you man. May his soul rest in peace.
Dennis

Miami, FL

#15 May 20, 2008
smarter than you wrote:
who give two craps less if the kid was coming from school, temple, or a strip joint. you can't be that naive to stand on a highway in the heart of darkness to wait for help! there's a ton of places to stand and make a phone call or wait for help. no one can blaim this on the other driver. sorry for the kid
Unless you have been there you couldn't know why or how it happened.
I myself had a accident at the 10 mile marker and believe me at that hour it is scarry considering they don't have street lights there.The everglades is 10 feet from the road and believe me their is alligators on the other side of the fence. They are installing street lights finally along with a new road construction project. Believe me if their was no moon out that night he couldn't put his hand in front of his face and see it. Mobile phone service couldn't pick up a signal, very weak signals and to top it off fire rescue took 30 minutes to find me because they couldn't find me. There is limited emergency phone lines out there. The guy that hit me took off and now I'm paying the monthly medical visits to my pain management doctor along with prescriptions of 350 month. My personal insurance won't cover ANY medical bills from this accident.

My advice to anyone is to avoid sawgrass at late hours because their is a lot of drunks and speed demons. I drive all the backroads from work now because of this.

To the coward that hit me I hope you die in a terrible accident and that you suffer a long time before dying.
My opinion counts

United States

#16 May 20, 2008
Dennis wrote:
<quoted text>Unless you have been there you couldn't know why or how it happened.
I myself had a accident at the 10 mile marker and believe me at that hour it is scarry considering they don't have street lights there.The everglades is 10 feet from the road and believe me their is alligators on the other side of the fence. They are installing street lights finally along with a new road construction project. Believe me if their was no moon out that night he couldn't put his hand in front of his face and see it. Mobile phone service couldn't pick up a signal, very weak signals and to top it off fire rescue took 30 minutes to find me because they couldn't find me. There is limited emergency phone lines out there. The guy that hit me took off and now I'm paying the monthly medical visits to my pain management doctor along with prescriptions of 350 month. My personal insurance won't cover ANY medical bills from this accident.
My advice to anyone is to avoid sawgrass at late hours because their is a lot of drunks and speed demons. I drive all the backroads from work now because of this.
To the coward that hit me I hope you die in a terrible accident and that you suffer a long time before dying.
Dear Dennis,
First off, the place of your accident and the place of THIS accident are at two different parts of the Sawgrass. Eric's accident happened near Sample Road. Yes....it is dark, but there is telephone reception and EMS can find you.
Secondly, your health insurance must really suck big time because they should be covering your medical expenses if you have exhausted your PIP benefits. Perhaps you did not have proper auto/PIP coverage.
Thirdly, get off your pain meds, get back to work and get over your accident. Keeping all of this "hate" and wishing a long and painful death upon the car that hit you is not good for you.
Good luck..........you need professional psychological attention.
gofer

Hollywood, FL

#18 May 20, 2008
bubbadodat wrote:
<quoted text>It's a tough question to ask..and we all know the answer. It's true what they say....not much good happens after midnight...Parents, get you kids home at a decent hour (yes, 19 is still a kid). As bad as this hurts, we should'nt be surprised...it happens all the time.
He was 19 and it was the weekend. Could have been coming or going to work. Lots of stores stock overnight.
rip

Hollywood, FL

#19 May 20, 2008
If you don't know what happened, don't comment to this. If you want to say something negative about what happened, again, don't comment to this. It doesn't matter who's fault it was or why it happened, Brownie is gone. Nobody can go back and change it. Leave it alone, I'm friends with his family. I can't even imagine how they'd feel if they read all of your comments.
BLACK

AOL

#20 May 20, 2008
I know whats going on wrote:
Hey Obama rules, he didn't go to UF he went to FGCU. You obviously didn't know him you moron.
is UF like FGCU? are both public SCHOOLS?
Rip

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 May 20, 2008
Ok you people really need 2 find something better to do with your time... What if this was your kid would you sit here and blame yourselves would you feel the same if this was your own family. you have absolutely no right talking about something you no nothing about. Ya congradulations you read an article and felt you are all mighty god and know all the facts to what had happened. Grow up! Im so sorry for this family that has to go through this i am best friends with their neighbor and didnt know him too well but still have a heart. stop being ignorant f^^ks! Rip Eric
Rip

Pompano Beach, FL

#23 May 20, 2008
You people really need to get a new hobby
hello

Hollywood, FL

#25 May 20, 2008
LISA wrote:
DRUGS AND BOOZE DON'T MIX VERY Well!
wow. thats good to know. thanks for the info smart ass. rip young man.
jake

AOL

#26 May 20, 2008
hello wrote:
<quoted text>wow. thats good to know. thanks for the info smart ass. rip young man.
YOU MUST be A BOOZER! NOW WE KNOW!
anonymous

Powder Springs, GA

#27 May 20, 2008
Eric was a great kid, great son, and a great friend. He made a mistake like we all do. I ask in Erics name that the ignorant negative comments cease because he was a great person and didnt deserve this. I only wish i could have spent more time with him. WE all love you and miss you. RIP Eric Brown
Vanessa Caceres

Boca Raton, FL

#28 May 20, 2008
Im not here to argue the reasons of Eric Browns death. All i have to say is that he was a great person all around and if you didnt know him or dont have your facts straight about him or his accident, then you really shouldnt post your opinion. He was an amazing person and he didnt deserve to die so young. And im sorry that you didnt get to know him. Now let him rest in peace.

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