Neighbors recall Des Plaines girl, an...

Neighbors recall Des Plaines girl, and police detail fatal crash

There are 145 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 9, 2008, titled Neighbors recall Des Plaines girl, and police detail fatal crash. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

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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Minneapolis, MN

#163 Jul 30, 2008
MotherOfAlexis wrote:, I have seen some heartless things in my day, but this takes the cake. My husband was carrying NO bicycles, this was a mistake made by THIS newspaper. The nearest crosswalk (1/2 a mile away) is far more dangerous than crossing at the side streets..anyone that lives here can tell you that. NO one is out on any witch hunt for that driver and I personally plan to speak with him as soon as I can get my own head together. This has been the worst thing that has ever happened to us in our entire lives, but please...stop reading media jibberish, as they have gotten SO many things wrong. I am more angry at the news than anyone about this and I am tired of reading quotes such as "the father was carrying bicycles with the children" as that is an absolutely false statement given by the media to beef up their story. They will soon hear from me (again) about stating that information. Thank you to those that sent prayers, as we can use as many prayers as possible. We miss our daughter and have barely even begun our grieving process, but I believe that every prayer does help. As far as those that have nothing better to do than criticize the situation and yack about someone else's tragedy...God Bless You as well.
Truly and sincerely...thank you for condolences...
its a shame you had to come here and read so much garbage when im sure none of these people know what its like to lose a child. I cant even begin to imagine. and I dont put it past the newspapers to juice up a story for this exact purpose, ppl to debate who was at fault. when the truth is, it wasnt the father holding his kids or toys or whatever, it wasnt poor Alexis who Im SURE would have chosen not to run into the road if she saw a car (for that idiot who said she wouldnt have chosen to run in the ST!) moron. and it def wasnt the drivers fault, no crosswalk and without warning im sure to everyone... the story makes it seem like a long moment when really its seconds that make this a tragedy. My heart goes out to everyone its affected and you're all in my prayers.

Chicago, IL

#164 Jul 30, 2008
ok i just want to start off by saying R.I.P babygirl well let me start by saying i think the driver should be sent to jail for manslaughter alexis didnt deserve this i saw her laying on the ground covered in blood and her father crying non -stop screaming her name i mean come on dont you people know how to drive these days i mean im 13 and i think that it is just very nasty by the way that man was drving come on! i mean didnt you see her crossing the street crosswalk or not pay attention to the road ! the Porrecas dont deserve to have thier little 11 year old girl gone out of thier lives that day when i saw alexis on the floor i broke out crying i couldnt stop and all night i think about her everyday she was a beautiful little girl i will do anything to help the poreccas out of this it was not the fathers fault of alexis`s fault it was the drivers fault and for all you people that dont think its the drivers fault you guys should be ashamed of yourselfs MR.PORECCA IT WAS NOT YOUR FAULT !!!

Rockford, IL

#165 Aug 1, 2008
depaul11 wrote:
As a 14 yr old (40 now) I darted across Cicero aveneue at Ford City (Daley College area)
I crossed about 6 lanes of traffic because I didnt want to wait. I made it all the way across by a few inches or id would have been killed.
I dove head first the last lane because a car I hadnt seen was feet away going about 45mph.
There was even a cop there directing traffic at the light
who was helpless to do anything as I played carl lewis running across traffic.
The women who almost hit me at the end stopped and got out because she thought she hit me it was that close. She was mortified and shaking , all the time screaming at me about what I was doing.
To this day I remember that moment and to this day am always on the lookout for kids darting out into traffic.
To fault the dad or the driver here seems nuts.
She was 11 and very aware of how dangerous crossing major streets can be. Much like I was you do things you would not normally do, something takes over. I still remember the sensation as I was in the intersection. My head was telling me whattya you doing. And my only instinct was to keep running across, dont stop.
There by the grace of God I was spared by inches.
Unfortunately her life was taken so horribly.
My prayers go out to her family and the Driver that they can find some strength to get through all of this.
Just be aware of your surroundings when you drive.
Get off the phone, put down the coffee, and do your makeup at home.. It only takes a split second for lives to change.
Wow, that's a very riveting story! Thank god you made it.
Paul Bishop

Alpharetta, GA

#166 Jan 19, 2009
Thinking of you, Lexi.

Elgin, IL

#167 Jan 16, 2010
Kris wrote:
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.
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What the heck did you expect him to do??? He had to carry the twins and that takes both arms! This was a freak accident and nobody intended for it to happen. Tony was a great father and this incident was NOT his fault. Plus, this car had to be exceeding the speed limit of 35 mph for him to have killed Lexi. The point is that drivers have a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and if this driver was aware of his surroundings, Lexi would still be here today. Therefore, he deserved this citation and the guilt that he will have to live with until the day that he dies. As for the family, I am so sorry to Candi and Tony. You were great parents to Lexi and at least she left the world with that knowledge.

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