Rockmart bicyclist killed this morning

Rockmart bicyclist killed this morning

There are 205 comments on the Rome News - Tribune story from Aug 14, 2010, titled Rockmart bicyclist killed this morning. In it, Rome News - Tribune reports that:

A motorist struck and killed a bicyclist early Saturday morning in Rockmart. Assistant Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier identified the victim as Charles William Rutledge, 32, of an unverified Rockmart address.

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loving

Cedartown, GA

#1 Aug 14, 2010
This is so sad and it makes me mad that a life was taked because of a drunk driver. People don't think about what will happen when they drink and drive. All they are thinking is I am having a good time. I hope she gets the max she has took a life and now she shouldn't have one.
WTF

Cedartown, GA

#2 Aug 15, 2010
Tragic indeed, BUT what was this guy doing out roaming the Streets on a Bicycle at 12:30 Am and where were the Police to enforce the "Curfew" put in place by Mayor Lewis?
Curfew

Rome, GA

#3 Aug 15, 2010
How old was the victim?
Thankful

Cedartown, GA

#4 Aug 15, 2010
Not Sure but WTF makes a good point, Why are there so many people out prowling around on bicycles in this town after midnight? I live in the village and there are people walking the streets or riding bikes all hours of the night, especially on weekends.
Curfew

Rome, GA

#5 Aug 15, 2010
He was 32

some folks work at night
wonderer

Fortson, GA

#6 Aug 15, 2010
If I remember reading correctly in another article, the victim has just gotten off work and was on his way home.

Curfew does not apply to everyone anyhow. The man was 32 y/o for crying out loud. There is no curfew on people of that age, and even on those who are underage, it does not apply if they are on their way to or from work, and can prove it.
Loudmouth

Rome, GA

#7 Aug 15, 2010
Didnt have a job, all over polk co. crime examiner for burglary. In and out of jail.
LOving

Cedartown, GA

#8 Aug 15, 2010
it don't mader what he has done or why he was out so late. She had no right to be drinking and driving. Just because he may have been in some trouble did that give her the right to kill him. No they should nail her butt to the wall. let her live the rest of her life in jail.
Cliff

Atlanta, GA

#9 Aug 15, 2010
This particular article says nothing about her drinking and driving. Has that been seen/heard elsewhere?
NewzJunky

Atlanta, GA

#10 Aug 15, 2010
Cliff wrote:
This particular article says nothing about her drinking and driving. Has that been seen/heard elsewhere?
The article says she is also charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. I believe its in the 2nd paragraph if I'm not mistaken.
Loving

Cedartown, GA

#11 Aug 15, 2010
If you will look on polk county crime examiner and fish wrap it says she was charged with DUI. I wouldn't have said it if I hadn't read it.
truthbeknown

Panama City, FL

#12 Aug 15, 2010
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! The crime rate in Rockmart will drastically go down. And I can assure you this maggot wasn't on his way home from a job, maybe a drug deal but not a job.
reporter

Rome, GA

#13 Aug 15, 2010
I read that somewhere too because it had not even crossed my mind. I was so worried it was one of the guys we see around town.
fadsfa

Merritt Island, FL

#14 Aug 15, 2010
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XOXO

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Aug 15, 2010
truthbeknown wrote:
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy! The crime rate in Rockmart will drastically go down. And I can assure you this maggot wasn't on his way home from a job, maybe a drug deal but not a job.
No one knew him like I did. He had a hard life. Made lots of mistakes. No one was ever there for him. But I was. He had issues. But don't we all. He has little family & friends. Not many people knew him. The real him underneath all the toughness. He did have a heart. And all I have now is memorys. Bad guy or good guy . He didn't deserve to die by that drunk driver. She's needs to be punished.
WTF

Cedartown, GA

#16 Aug 16, 2010
Yeah where is it people work in this town 3rd shift that they have to pedal home? Everything closes down by 10 cept' McDonalds and it's under construction, Eby Brown was the only place I know of that has a 2cd/3rd shift, it it lost it's major chain of stores so they have not been working that late either.
Most people out on bicycles that late at night are out thieving to support their drug habit.
HOLDYAHAUSES

Rome, GA

#17 Aug 16, 2010
XOXO,A.K.A. ABBY. NO ONE KNEW HIM LIKE YOU DID.... WHAT!!! DONT BE A FOOL. IM SURE HIS FAMILY KNEW HIM. YOU WERE THERE FOR HIM TO SHARE IN THE ICE IM SURE AND THE MEMORIES WILL BE OF YOUR FREE ICE. FIND ANOTHER, IM SURE YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON ONE ALREADY. IF YOU DON'T GET HELP WITH YOUR ADDICTION YOU'LL BE DEAD SOON ALSO. BUT THAT ASIDE, HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE RAN OVER LIKE A DOG AND THEN LEFT TO DIE WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT. MAY THAT PERSON ROT IN PRISON. AND FOR THE IDIOTS WHO ASK WHY SOMEONE (ADULT) IS OUT PAST MIDNIGHT, THE LAST I CHECKED IT WAS STILL A FREE COUNTRY. LET ONE OF THOSE POLICE TELL ME I CAN'T BE OUT PAST MIDNIGHT IF I GET THE URGE TO GO OUT AND EXERCISE IN THE COOLER NIGHT AND I'LL PUNCH HIM IN THE MOUTH. BESIDES, IT'S A LOT EASIER TO STILL YOUR STUFF ONCE YOU ARE ASLEEP. NAIL IT TO THE GROUND CITIZENS IS ALL I CAN TELL YOU!!!!
Rockmart Resident

Rockmart, GA

#18 Aug 16, 2010
WTF wrote:
Yeah where is it people work in this town 3rd shift that they have to pedal home? Everything closes down by 10 cept' McDonalds and it's under construction, Eby Brown was the only place I know of that has a 2cd/3rd shift, it it lost it's major chain of stores so they have not been working that late either.
Most people out on bicycles that late at night are out thieving to support their drug habit.
There are people working late shifts on jobs at Eng. Fabrics, Jefferson Southern, Plant Bowen, carpet mills in C'ville, etc., etc. Walmart and Ingles have stocking crews that work late hours.

AND people do enjoy entertainment on the weekends, hence, they are out late at night.

I have even gone out late just to buy myself a Ginger Ale because I ran out.

This is still a FREE country and until further notice, we can still go out any hour we please on whatever legal mode of transportation we choose. The curfew only applies to minors.
SIS IN LAW - CINDY

Acworth, GA

#19 Aug 16, 2010
I DID NOT DO DRUGS WITH CHUCK. SO THAT IS NOT WHY I AM WRITING THIS BECAUSE HE WAS MY DRUG BUDDY LIKE SOME PREVIOUS POSTS ARE STATING ABOUT PEOPLE THAT CARE ABOUT HIM.SAY WTF U FEEL U NEED TO. ONLY BECAUSE U R TOO SHALLOW RO REALIZE THAT NO MATTER WHO OR WHAT THIS PERSON IS OR HAS DONE, HE WAS A PERSON. HE GREW UP SIDE BY SIDE WITH HIS SIBBLINGS. HE WAS A PERSON WhO AFFECTED MANY LIVES. HE LIVED WITH ME AND HIS BROTHER A FEW TIMES. HE WAS NOT THE BEST PERSON I KNEW, BUT DAMN SURE NOT THE WORST. HE HAS A LOVING FAMILY WITH PEOPLE THAT LOVE HIM AND WILL MISS HIM. I SPENT CHRISTMAS' AND EASTERS, AND ALL OTHER HOLIDAYS WITH HIM. HE HAD A HEART. REMEMBER THAT YOU MAY HAVE A BROTHER, A SISTER, OR SOMEONE THAT IS CLOSE TO YOU THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN TO. DRIVERS ARE SUPPOSED TO DRIVE AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD WHEN THEY DRIVE. THIS COULD HAVE JUST AS EASILY BEEN A MOTHER AND CHILD WALKING DOWN THE ROAD. ALL THESE NEGATIVE POSTS ARE WRONG ON ALL PARTS. WATCH BAMBIE - "IF YOU CANT SAY NOTHING NICE, DONT SAY NOTHING AT ALL". PLEASE FIND A WEBSITE FOR A CHILD MOLESTER TO DOWNGRADE THEM. THAT IS A PERSON WHO IS DEAD. DONT DOWN PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. YOU ARE ONLY HURTING THE PEOPLE LIVING THAT CARED ABOUT THEM. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW BAD A PERSON IS, THINK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF AERSON WOULD HURT PEOPLE WHEN THEY JUST HAD A LOSS IN THIER FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RETHINK YOUR ACTIONS. I LOVE YOU CHUCK. MAY YOU FINALLY BE IN PEACE WITH YOURSELF.
WTF

Raeford, NC

#20 Aug 16, 2010
It would help if you stopped SHOUTING at everyone. Makes it very hard to read.

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