Report: Drag racer's son going 80 mph

Report: Drag racer's son going 80 mph

There are 11 comments on the Charlotte.com story from Jan 31, 2008, titled Report: Drag racer's son going 80 mph. In it, Charlotte.com reports that:

Drag racer Doug Herbert's son was driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone when he crashed, killing himself and his brother, according to a Cornelius police report released Wednesday night.

Jon Herbert, 17, was traveling east on Jetton Road in the right lane when he lost control of his Mazda and began spinning counterclockwise, according to the accident report. He slid across four lanes of traffic, traveling 227 feet, according to the report, which was released after an Observer request under the N.C. public records law. Read more

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Don White

Stanley, NC

#1 Jan 31, 2008
Interesting that Charlotte Observer had to ask for record as the Cornelius Police Department (the investigating department and a marvelous police unit) had released the exact information the day after the accident to the newspapers in the area (incl. Charlotte Observer) and the 5 local TV stations and all radio stations. The Herberts' are a well respected family and neighbors and have done nothing to hide any facts in this horrible tragedy. The driver had an excellent reputation but was known by his friends to like to drive overly fast.
NewOldGuy

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2008
I feel sorry for the man and child in the Hummer. They are the true victims.
J Singleton

Spartanburg, SC

#3 Feb 4, 2008
I heard that Doug Herbert has stated himself that his son made a bad decision, and that he would do whatever he can to get the message to young people. Rumor is CPD is developing some educational classes for teens and Mr. Herbert will actively participate. Can you imagine how difficult that has to be for him. First class in my book.
Lesley Adair

Sacramento, CA

#4 Feb 6, 2008
NewOldGuy wrote:
I feel sorry for the man and child in the Hummer. They are the true victims.
WOW, you are such a compassionate person...All were victims...Jon was a very young driver who made a grave error. Lessons can be learned from this.
j rumage

Kittanning, PA

#5 Feb 9, 2008
unfortunately, we parents now have another story to tell our children. Jon and James sounded like normal teens. This is something that everyone can relate to. My condolences to all.
Mike-Traverse City Mi

United States

#6 Feb 10, 2008
NewOldGuy wrote:
I feel sorry for the man and child in the Hummer. They are the true victims.
Pretty irresponsible statement...there was 4 victims and 2 were fortunate enough to survive.
G Paige

United States

#7 Feb 17, 2008
NewOldGuy wrote:
I feel sorry for the man and child in the Hummer. They are the true victims.
How unfortunate that your compassion is so small and weak. A family has been torn apart by an ACCIDENT. Yes, Jon made a bad choice and he paid the ultimate price. I think New Old Guy needs to look into his own soul to see where his compassion has gone.
Cornelius Citizen

United States

#8 Feb 17, 2008
It has been my experience driving on and around Jetton Road that many a soccer mom has put the pedal to the metal so to speak. There is a speed problem that includes drivers of many ages. The accident involving the young Herbert boys was horrific due to the extreme speed, however speeding at around 60 mph can also cause horrific accidents. As a middle school teacher I think it is very important to teach our children what can happen when a bad decision is made by a teenager driving way too fast, but remember as adults we must also set the example and not make illegal turns because you're late to soccer practice or passing a car going the speed limit because you're late for an appointment.
Claire Maxwell

West Monroe, LA

#9 Feb 19, 2008
Cornelius Citizen wrote:
It has been my experience driving on and around Jetton Road that many a soccer mom has put the pedal to the metal so to speak. There is a speed problem that includes drivers of many ages. The accident involving the young Herbert boys was horrific due to the extreme speed, however speeding at around 60 mph can also cause horrific accidents. As a middle school teacher I think it is very important to teach our children what can happen when a bad decision is made by a teenager driving way too fast, but remember as adults we must also set the example and not make illegal turns because you're late to soccer practice or passing a car going the speed limit because you're late for an appointment.
So very true!
JWH

Ashburn, VA

#10 Jun 22, 2008
G Paige wrote:
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How unfortunate that your compassion is so small and weak. A family has been torn apart by an ACCIDENT. Yes, Jon made a bad choice and he paid the ultimate price. I think New Old Guy needs to look into his own soul to see where his compassion has gone.
So far I don't think any of you have it right. There were three victims. The young brother and the two injured in the Hummer. The driver made the irresponsible choice to drive like a maniac, got himself and his little brother killed, and the other two folks injured. Compassion has nothing to do with the facts of the matter.
a mother

Vale, NC

#11 Mar 27, 2009
i can not believe the attitude of some of these post. it really doesn't matter what happened, there is a mother and father who lost 2 sons. i lost my only son who was 23 to leukemia and no matter what, nothing will bring them back. my heart goes out to the herbert family...

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