Deltona man dies in I-4 crash -- Drun...

Deltona man dies in I-4 crash -- Drunk Driving, Deltona

There are 71 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 1, 2008, titled Deltona man dies in I-4 crash -- Drunk Driving, Deltona. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A 20-year-old Deltona man was killed and two other people were injured when their car crashed into the median on Interstate 4 in Seminole County early Sunday morning and overturned, the Florida Highway Patrol ...

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Emilio

Lima, Peru

#25 Jun 4, 2008
You people do not have the right to judge anyone, much less someone you don't know. I knew him and all I got to say is that it wasn't his time to go. And you guys have driven drunk or at least ride with someone that was. So don't post stupid shit like this.
And he was a great guy and loved by many.
Ladybug

Starke, FL

#26 Jun 5, 2008
Who said he was driving drunk?
Kirstin

Altamonte Springs, FL

#27 Jun 5, 2008
Rudder wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds like you have a series of problems. Are you going to say, considering that he was one of your closest friends, are you going to say you honestly didn't know that he drove like an idiot? If you did, what did you do to try to help keep him from killing himself? If you DIDN'T think he drove like an idiot, maybe you simply don't know the difference and think it's normal in which case YOU stand a damn good chance of dying in the same manner. As for him being your friend......Who cares? Perhaps you should hang out with a better class of loser.
I DID TRY AND GET HIM TO STOP THAT! You dont think I DID? I've been friends with him since the 7th grade, and I cared deeply for him. He had his faults, but who doesn't? Im sorry, but you are a sick and cruel person. I seriously hope no one you know ever dies in a tradgedy like this... and if they do, I certainly hope you dont have to put up with people like yourself during your grief.
Ladybug

Starke, FL

#28 Jun 5, 2008
Kirstin wrote:
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I DID TRY AND GET HIM TO STOP THAT! You dont think I DID? I've been friends with him since the 7th grade, and I cared deeply for him. He had his faults, but who doesn't? Im sorry, but you are a sick and cruel person. I seriously hope no one you know ever dies in a tradgedy like this... and if they do, I certainly hope you dont have to put up with people like yourself during your grief.
You're obviously a caring friend and a compassionate person. Please don't let morons who get on here and spout their "wisdom" upset you. Just remember your good friend (he was also a friend of my daughter's from elementary school) and keep good thoughts of him in your mind. Take care.

Since: Jun 08

Winter Park, FL

#29 Jun 5, 2008
Kirk was my best [guy] friend. I have known him for 9 years. Some of the things that have been written here are just cold hearted and cruel. If he was in fact drunk, yes he made a mistake. But you know what, everyone makes mistakes. I don't care who you are. The people who are on here saying he deserved what he got and that he's some horrible person knows absolutely nothing about Kirk Bennett. Kirk was a loving, caring, compassionate individual and he was a wonderful friends to everybody. Yes, he made a mistake, but nobody has ANY RIGHT to judge him. I can guarantee that if the roles were different and it was your brother or your cousin or your best friend, you would not be saying these things about him. Kirk had such a bright, contagiosly happy personality. He had overcome so much in his life and he was a good person. He would give the shirt off his back for someone. You can't speak bad about someone like this without knowing him. And I can see by the comments just who knew him and who didn't.
Kirk was my best friend. He has ALWAYS been there for me. He was there for me at my best and at my worst. I couldn't ask for a better friend. I have so many wonderful memories with him.
Like I said, if he was drunk [which I have yet to see any newspaper article state that], then yes he did make a very stupid mistake. But that doesn't change the person that he was. He isn't Jesus Christ. He isn't perfect. He's human. Just like me. And just like you. Take a look in the mirror and check yourself before you go judging other people's mistakes. Last time I checked God hasn't come back yet so no one has the right to judge him.

I love you Kirk.
You will be greatly missed.
Io&&B4E
<3
Manny_Ro

Boca Raton, FL

#30 Jun 5, 2008
Kirk was my lover, and I know he wasn't an "idiot". It's pretty sad to see how cynical people truly can be. Honestly, it wasn't his time to go. He's been through so much and you want to know the sad part? We were going to go somewhere special the next weekend. He was sucha great boyfriend, a great friend, and a great son. His family and friends loved him and I did too. Honestly, I came here to read on his death, and all I read in the comments are cruel and heartless side remarks. Shame, since Kirk wasn't one to judge. He wouldn't have judged any of you any differently if you were in this situation.

God bless him and Rest In Peace

<33 Sweet Dreams Amor
corey

Orlando, FL

#31 Jun 5, 2008
seems to me that there are alot of people who like to crush the feelings of all who knew him, i personally didn't know him well, but still from what i knew of him he was very caring and compassionate. and in my opinion doesn't deserve to be talked about in such a hateful manner.
ashlynn

Orlando, FL

#32 Jun 6, 2008
How could you say such a thing,he was a very good friend of mine,yeah he wasn't wearing his seatbelt , which he should have,but that doesn't give you any right to say he or anyone in the car deserved such a horrible thing,that shouldn't be wished upon anyone,he was also very talented and had a great music career going for him, you don't know anything about him or his life.
ashlynn

Orlando, FL

#33 Jun 6, 2008
that post was to that saga guy, acting like he is perfect when no one is, we all make mistakes and surely it wasn't his time to go, sure it was a poor decision but all i know is he was such a great person with a kind heart always giving and always cared for people.we go way back to the high school days and i'm sure if you were close to him you would know just how great he was, so to those before posting stupid comments like that....just think before you embarass yourself,no one is perfect,what is wrong with some people?
Accept defeat

Melbourne, FL

#34 Jun 6, 2008
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." — George W. Bush
Pissed off

Orlando, FL

#35 Jun 7, 2008
ROCKWELL wrote:
the continuing saga of idiots driving badly without wearing seatbelts. they deserve everything that happened to them.
Yeah and your an ass hope nobody cries when you die
Tanya

Orlando, FL

#36 Jun 7, 2008
I just want to say to all of those people who didnt know kirk and are being assholes that when you die i hope people talk shit about you this guy was the sweetest man i ever knew we went to elementary middle and high school together i regret to say the we havent talked in like 2 years but to hear of his passing breaks my heart there is one person who will never full fill he dreams and that i will miss him terribly may he rest in peace
Aleesha

Dover, NH

#37 Jun 8, 2008
sarah_nicole wrote:
Kirk was my best [guy] friend. I have known him for 9 years. Some of the things that have been written here are just cold hearted and cruel. If he was in fact drunk, yes he made a mistake. But you know what, everyone makes mistakes. I don't care who you are. The people who are on here saying he deserved what he got and that he's some horrible person knows absolutely nothing about Kirk Bennett. Kirk was a loving, caring, compassionate individual and he was a wonderful friends to everybody. Yes, he made a mistake, but nobody has ANY RIGHT to judge him. I can guarantee that if the roles were different and it was your brother or your cousin or your best friend, you would not be saying these things about him. Kirk had such a bright, contagiosly happy personality. He had overcome so much in his life and he was a good person. He would give the shirt off his back for someone. You can't speak bad about someone like this without knowing him. And I can see by the comments just who knew him and who didn't.
Kirk was my best friend. He has ALWAYS been there for me. He was there for me at my best and at my worst. I couldn't ask for a better friend. I have so many wonderful memories with him.
Like I said, if he was drunk [which I have yet to see any newspaper article state that], then yes he did make a very stupid mistake. But that doesn't change the person that he was. He isn't Jesus Christ. He isn't perfect. He's human. Just like me. And just like you. Take a look in the mirror and check yourself before you go judging other people's mistakes. Last time I checked God hasn't come back yet so no one has the right to judge him.
I love you Kirk.
You will be greatly missed.
Io&&B4E
<3
It clearly states in this article. It says 'drunk driving'. In reality, this was a mistake that could've been avoided. He bent down to get a CD and swirved and couldn't pull back in time. Kirk was my best friend in the whole world and I love how you described him. That's perfect. I always told everyone that didn't like him "you may not see it now but he impacted your life in some way, even if he just smiled at you". He was my soul friend and he completed me. I miss him more everyday.
Aleesha

Dover, NH

#38 Jun 8, 2008
ashlynn wrote:
that post was to that saga guy, acting like he is perfect when no one is, we all make mistakes and surely it wasn't his time to go, sure it was a poor decision but all i know is he was such a great person with a kind heart always giving and always cared for people.we go way back to the high school days and i'm sure if you were close to him you would know just how great he was, so to those before posting stupid comments like that....just think before you embarass yourself,no one is perfect,what is wrong with some people?
His mother told me he was wearing his seatbelt. He took it off to get a CD. Kirk NEVER went without a seatbelt.

Since: Jul 07

Orlando

#39 Jun 8, 2008
Aleesha wrote:
<quoted text>
His mother told me he was wearing his seatbelt. He took it off to get a CD. Kirk NEVER went without a seatbelt.
Three lessons we can learn from this:
1) Don't drive drunk
2) Don't take your seatbelt off while driving
3) Pay attention to the road

Since: Jun 08

Groveland, FL

#40 Jun 9, 2008
Aleesha wrote:
<quoted text>
His mother told me he was wearing his seatbelt. He took it off to get a CD. Kirk NEVER went without a seatbelt.
It said drunk driving in the forum title but like i've read every published article online about it and actually this was the only place it said drunk driving.. so I wasn't sure.. I had written it that way because I was so damn tired of the hateful things people were saying about him on here.. That was why i had worded it like that..

I know Kirk never drove without his seatbelt.
He is right here with us Aleesha. He is our angel now.
Keep Lindsey in your prayers.
Ticked off in Apopka

Apopka, FL

#41 Jun 9, 2008
Lets start at the beginning. 20 and drunk? I know that wwe all drank before we of legal age but where is the supervision in this young mans life? Sorry, but a 20 year old man may feel "grown" but it is a long way from that. This young man's family and friends should have been a better influence and he would still be here. What we need is tougher drunk driving laws and steeper consequences instead of this slap on the wrist crap.

My condolenses to the young man's family and friends....
Alison B

Orlando, FL

#42 Jun 11, 2008
Okay, before every hard-headed forum junkie puts their biased opinion out there let me introduce myself. My name is Alison and Ive known Kirk since middle school. We actually dated and were always the best of friends. He was VERY intelligent but also young and carefree. Like most 20 year olds. He was outgoing and always looking out for his friends. With all of that in mind maybe you can relate. Or maybe you've gotten away with pulling off a stupid act so, your still sitting on your pedestal. Have some respect for his family and his friends who ARE suffering from his actions. Kirk I love you and I wish you would've made it home safe. Theres only one opinion that matters and thats gods.
Jay

Lake Mary, FL

#43 Jun 17, 2008
Some of these comments are incomprehensibly insensitive, maybe even inhumane. The anonymity of the Internet allows a person to demonstrate their true colors: incivility, indecency, and proclivity to indignity, right smack dab in the middle of someone‘s suffering. Zero character. Dark.

Yeah, Kurt made some bad choices, and he paid the ultimate price for it. Marilyn, his mom, is suffering the loss of her son and watching her daughter endure endless surgeries while trying to care for her grandchildren, all on one income.

To all those people who made those horrible comments, you WILL reap what you sow.
Tavi

United States

#44 Jun 19, 2008
I hope he gets more than a slap on the wrists. Maybe a trip to the morgue to view the people of his irresponsibility. Drinking and Driving don't mix, seatbelts are the law in Florida.

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