Buffalo boy struck, killed by vehicle...

Buffalo boy struck, killed by vehicle passing cars on shoulder

There are 75 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 12, 2009, titled Buffalo boy struck, killed by vehicle passing cars on shoulder. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 3-year-old boy is dead after authorities say he was struck by a vehicle passing cars on the right shoulder in north-central Minnesota.

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Jack

Zimmerman, MN

#1 May 12, 2009
So many times you see this happening, I thought passing on the shoulder was breaking the law. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
What a crock

Rochester, MN

#2 May 12, 2009
I hope he gets what's coming to him. Last I checked, passing on the shoulder was illegal. That poor boy. May the Lord bless you and your family.
seymore

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 12, 2009
I agree, I've stopped for ppl before only to have other drivers try to tear around me, almost hitting the pedestrians I was stopping for.
But whats going to happen? The poor family lost a child and the 66 year old guy, probably nothing...
coca cabana

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 12, 2009
what a bag
My 2 Cents

Connellsville, PA

#5 May 12, 2009
My prayers to Jack's family. The worst part of this is that it was completely avoidable. I certainly hope charges are filed. Pay attention to the road and its surroundings or forfeit your driving privileges.
Bah Humbug

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 12, 2009
Criminal vehicular homicide. 5 years in the pen. Felony.
Whatever

Olathe, KS

#7 May 12, 2009
I believe that this is why Washington County has been cracking down heavily on this in the past few years. I've heard you can actually be arrested and booked for this. Which is good, we have a lot of bicycle and even a lot of pedestrian traffic in our area. If there isn't a lane for it, don't do it.

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Since: Feb 08

St Paul, MN

#8 May 12, 2009
Jack wrote:
So many times you see this happening, I thought passing on the shoulder was breaking the law. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
It is. I had a vehicle this weekend (normally car-free) and I noticed a lot of people passing on the shoulder as someone else was making a left-hand turn. Nothing new, of course, but it still irks me greatly and this death is a sad reminder as to why passing on the shoulder is and should remain illegal.
jimmyhosta

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 12, 2009
Bah Humbug- you're spot on. Dude will get 5 yr sentence, but only serve 1 yr hard time, 2 years on work-release, and rest off for "good behavior".

I'm more of a hammurabi's law type dude....eye for an eye. If family seeks vengenance, let them drive over this arse-wipe with their vehicle. If they choose to forgive, let god have mercy on his soul.

Crimial justice system in this state is somehwere in between, but in my opinion, far to lenient in general.
Bootsontheroad

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 12, 2009
To everyone that drives, including me.

We are not that important. We should learn to relax behind the wheel. If the cars in front of you are stopped, it must be for a reason. We should learn to arrive alive and with out endangering any oen else.
Former East Sider

United States

#11 May 12, 2009
Sad that we all know the 66-year-old won't get much of a punishment. He probably had something important to get to so he couldn't bear to wait his turn. If traffic is stopped, maybe it's stopped for a reason?!?! Duh....

My thoughts and prayers go to the family of the little boy. Trust that there's a reason for everything, even something as senseless as this.
lackey

Puposky, MN

#12 May 12, 2009
Vengeance is not justice. Running over this man would not be justice, would not bring that boy back, would not bring peace to his family, and would be cruel and unusual punishement, which our constitution forbids. Having said that, this man deserves severe punishment. People, please drive with more care. One last point: yellow lights mean stop, unless you cannot stop safely. They do not mean 'floor it'. It's reached the point where one needs to look both ways before pulling ahead when the light turns green.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#15 May 12, 2009
i guess his time was more valuable then the poor little boys life..so sad..God bless
Mom From WI

New Richmond, WI

#17 May 12, 2009
Throw the book at him !! Make him pay !!
Stanley

Minnetonka, MN

#18 May 12, 2009
Was this three year old boy crossing the street by himself? A high speed road? Why?
Stanley

Minnetonka, MN

#19 May 12, 2009
My bad, there were other children with the boy.
My 2 Cents

Connellsville, PA

#21 May 12, 2009
JTY wrote:
Is a Buffalo boy kind of like an Elephant man?
That's really awesome that you find some humor in this article. Clearly you don't have kids!!
Whatever

Olathe, KS

#22 May 12, 2009
I had a gal learn this this lesson the hard way coming out of Lake Elmo. I stopped because I saw two sets of eyes coming out of the ditch. Turned out there were five total, with the big buck in the back of course. The gal behind me was in too much of a hurry, and flew around me, hitting the big buck. She totalled her car, and oops, also blew a .09.

However, this is much worse. A child has lost his life because someone couldn't wait 30 seconds of his life. Many people endanger the lives of others because they decide their time is much more valuable than that of others.
My 2 Cents

Connellsville, PA

#23 May 12, 2009
what wrote:
Is a Buffalo boy like an Elephant man?
Too bad you and Jack (a boy from Buffalo, MN who won't see his 4th birthday) can't trade places. Humor in tragedy...that's great!
JimBob

Saint Paul, MN

#24 May 12, 2009
He thought he was too inportant to wait his turn, arrogance has taken the life of a beautiful child where as this person has lived a whole 66 years for nothing.

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