Neighbors recall Des Plaines girl, and police detail fatal crash

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One of Alexis Porreca's favorite play spots was the 3-foot-high rock perched in the frontyard of her Des Plaines home.

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Jul 9, 2008
 
My deepest symphathy for the family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
I've driven that road everyday for the last 8 years. The driver would have clearly seen her. I would imagine that when you see a child even near the street, you slow down & proceed with caution, let alone in the middle of the street between the four lanes. Just senseless.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
How heartbreaking this must be for the family. As a parent of a child about the same age, my heart aches for the family. Such a tragedy. This serves as a reminder to cherish each day. My condolences.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Barbara wrote:
I've driven that road everyday for the last 8 years. The driver would have clearly seen her. I would imagine that when you see a child even near the street, you slow down & proceed with caution, let alone in the middle of the street between the four lanes. Just senseless.
First of all, my sympathies to the family as well as the driver.

Secondly, I do not understand the concept of giving this driver a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. It is stated that there is no crosswalk here and the police commander is quoted as saying "There weren't any other contributing factors to this," Niemann said. "The dad told her to hold his arm. She let go and took off. She crossed the left lane but when she got to the right lane, she stopped, turned around and was hit."

Now before anyone jumps all over me here, unless he was speeding or driving recklessly or impaired, he should not have been ticketed for this. I am thinking that living with the knowledge of killing a child, accidental or not, is going to weigh on you for the rest of your life.
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much better story than yesterday's weak effort.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
John wrote:
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Secondly, I do not understand the concept of giving this driver a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. It is stated that there is no crosswalk here and the police commander is quoted as saying "There weren't any other contributing factors to this," Niemann said. "The dad told her to hold his arm. She let go and took off. She crossed the left lane but when she got to the right lane, she stopped, turned around and was hit."
Now before anyone jumps all over me here, unless he was speeding or driving recklessly or impaired, he should not have been ticketed for this. I am thinking that living with the knowledge of killing a child, accidental or not, is going to weigh on you for the rest of your life.
I have to agree. If the driver was obeying the speed limit and not impaired I don't understand why he was cited. According to the story the father was there with 3-yr-old twins AND carrying two bikes. The driver may have been looking at him and not the girl, who the story states,'darted out' into traffic. I think the driver should fight this one. Bad enough knowing he killed a child through no real fault of his own. He'll carry that with him for the rest of his life.

My sympathy to the family.
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The girl's father was carrying his 3-year-old twins and their bicycles at the same time. What's wrong with this picture?
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Rest in peace, Alexis. My sympathies to the family and the driver who will be darkened by that day for the rest of his life.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
All drivers need to accept the responsibility that comes with the privilage of driving. Even if there was no crosswalk, we need to pay attention to the pedestrian. This is a very sad story and both sides are hurting. My thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Common Sence Please wrote:
The girl's father was carrying his 3-year-old twins and their bicycles at the same time. What's wrong with this picture?
Nothing.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
John wrote:
All drivers need to accept the responsibility that comes with the privilage of driving. Even if there was no crosswalk, we need to pay attention to the pedestrian.
True, but she "darted into traffic."

Not much a driver can do about that except to brake and hope you stop in time.
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John wrote:
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First of all, my sympathies to the family as well as the driver.
Secondly, I do not understand the concept of giving this driver a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian. It is stated that there is no crosswalk here and the police commander is quoted as saying "There weren't any other contributing factors to this," Niemann said. "The dad told her to hold his arm. She let go and took off. She crossed the left lane but when she got to the right lane, she stopped, turned around and was hit."
Now before anyone jumps all over me here, unless he was speeding or driving recklessly or impaired, he should not have been ticketed for this. I am thinking that living with the knowledge of killing a child, accidental or not, is going to weigh on you for the rest of your life.
Well said, and to the point!
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Age 11 seems pretty old to still be holding your parent's hand crossing the street. In any event, my deepest sympathies. Screw the driver, but I can't imagine what a horrible event this must have been for the father.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
sad for the girl but was the driver really at fault?
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Judy, nothing in this article suggests that the driver did anything wrong and it's appalling to me that you would write such a tactless message in a public forum where he could possibly see it. This guy is probably hurting enough as it is. This was a tragic accident with no guilty party and your message only hurts everyone involved.
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Common Sence Please wrote:
The girl's father was carrying his 3-year-old twins and their bicycles at the same time. What's wrong with this picture?


about the same as 3 bags of groceries and a case of pop. no big deal.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
RIP

Didn't the driver see this girl and the rest of her family trying to walk across the street? It's only a 35mph speed limit on that stretch of road. Some of thse drivers have their heads up their butts!
A truly senseless death.
G.R.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Ugh, sad situation all around. I agree, the driver could probably fight the ticket but I'm sure he won't. Can you imagine the guilt he must feel?
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Judy Raddue wrote:
I hope the driver of the SUV gets thrown in jail for involuntary manslaughter. If he had been driving carefully, looking out for possible pedestrians, this girl would still be alive. Suspending his license will not keep him out of his beloved SUV, guaranteed.
More than ever, drivers are taking a me-first attitude. A green light with a "walk" sign in Chicago means cars get the right of way, pedestrians take your chances. Far too many times, I've seen close calls with baby strollers as cars zip around.
NAIL THE SUV DRIVER! HE KILLED A HUMAN BEING!!!
What the heck are you talking about? I am truly saddened by the loss of life, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to foresee every single thing that can go wrong on the road. It does not matter how careful you are. You can be on the lookout all the time but sometimes there is no way you can avoid whatever is coming at you.
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Jul 10, 2008
 
Nail the SUV driver, what about the 11 yr old child that darted into traffic and disobeyed her father's direction to hold his arm? Parents need to teach their children to listen to them, ever if it's not what the child wants to do. Parents seem to easy these days. The driver did nothing wrong here, no crosswalk, not speeding, child darts out and stops, almost like when a car turns in front of you when no one else is behind you and drives slower than you, you must hit the brakes and hope the car stops in time, but if I rear-end that car, it's my fault, well my camera mounted on my dashboard should help in court.
Judy Raddue wrote:
I hope the driver of the SUV gets thrown in jail for involuntary manslaughter. If he had been driving carefully, looking out for possible pedestrians, this girl would still be alive. Suspending his license will not keep him out of his beloved SUV, guaranteed.
More than ever, drivers are taking a me-first attitude. A green light with a "walk" sign in Chicago means cars get the right of way, pedestrians take your chances. Far too many times, I've seen close calls with baby strollers as cars zip around.
NAIL THE SUV DRIVER! HE KILLED A HUMAN BEING!!!

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