Deadly Father's Day

Deadly Father's Day

There are 55 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 18, 2007, titled Deadly Father's Day. In it, Newsday reports that:

Father's Day was one of Neil Battinelli's favorite days of the year, so yesterday his daughters hoped to make it special.

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Anonymous

Union City, NJ

#1 Jun 18, 2007
Saddness so deep it hurts!
How Stupid Are You

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jun 18, 2007
re: Battinelli
120 mph 60 plus years old what was he thinking? It's not just the young drivers that are stupid it's the old ones too.
Wantagh patient

AOL

#3 Jun 18, 2007
My husband & I were patients of Dr.Battinelli's for over 20yrs. He was NOT a stupid man. He was a very good man. He helped his patients where ever he could. Did you ever think he might have had a stroke or heart attack & then lost control. He would never drive that fast & put others in danger. He loved life. He saved many lives. A man like Neil Battinelli comes around only once in a life time. Many will miss him. We will miss him. My prayers go out to his daughters and the rest of his family.
Jade

Bridgehampton, NY

#4 Jun 18, 2007
How Stupid Are You wrote:
re: Battinelli
120 mph 60 plus years old what was he thinking? It's not just the young drivers that are stupid it's the old ones too.
I was also a patient of Dr. Battinelli, and he was far from stupid. He was kind, compassionate, and had a heart of gold. He always went out of his way for his patients, and worked extremely long hours to make sure that he devoted enough time to each patient's needs. He will surely be missed!

BTW, it's amazing how you can pass judgment as to a person's stupidity, without knowing all of the facts. Maybe there was a vehicle malfunction, or another reason why this unfortunate incident occurred. Quite frankly, your stupidity is quite apparent. Have some compassion you a**hole, someday it could be you, or yours.
My deepest sympathies to the family...
A loyal patient,
Jade
mary ann

Wharton, NJ

#5 Jun 18, 2007
what a shame everyone in my family used him,they had alot of respect for him. it,s terribly sad.
mary ann

Wharton, NJ

#6 Jun 18, 2007
i have a feeling something went terribly wrong.i don,t think he would be driving that fast,after all he was seen looking under his hood in nassau, county,im sure we will find out.prayers for him and his family,in this terrible tradgedy.you never know in life,it really makes you think
Wantagh patient

AOL

#7 Jun 18, 2007
My parents posted above, as I was also a patient of Dr. Battinelli. To the fuck head above who has no compassion, get a life and find out what really happened before you pass ill judgement on not only one of the most respected dr's I know, but more then that. Don't you think before you type? He was more then just a dr to me but a friend and someone I was able to confide in and joke around with and share amazing stories. He would NEVER intentionally put another person in danger. The reason he was taking flying lessons was to help transport organs to people that needed them in many different hospitals...and you have the AUDACITY to run your pathetic mouth and not even know what you were talking about. People like you should be put on a deserted island and left there. Get a life and find something to do aside from pissing people off that are genuinely hurt by this tragedy!
-Mel
geraci family

United States

#9 Jun 19, 2007
We send our condolences to the family. Neil you were a great father, husband, doctor and friend. We are all saddened by your premature departure and will miss you very much.
prettymom4

Fair Lawn, NJ

#10 Jun 19, 2007
I was a patient of Dr. B's (as I affectionately called him) since I was about 7 yrs old, now I'm 35 and he was a GREAT man., screw what anyone says about his accident and untimely death. He will be sorely missed
Masaepqua patient

AOL

#11 Jun 20, 2007
I too was a patient for over 20 years. He was one of those old fshion doctors that never hurried you out of the examination room. I feel so sorry for his family and I feel so lost knowing I'm not going to see him anymore as my Doctor & Friend. I have an appt in two weeks and it's so sad that he is gone.
Grumpy

AOL

#12 Jun 20, 2007
Funeral Home is Fairchilds at 1201 Franklin Ave, Garden City on Thursday and burial on Friday.. Hrs are 2-4 & 7-9
anon

Paterson, NJ

#13 Jun 20, 2007
I was also a patient of Dr B and he was a great person and a great doctor. My condolences to his family.
To the ***hole up top....Have the balls to sign your name if your gonna write something like that you piece of ****!!!!!!
EJG

Tucker, GA

#14 Jun 20, 2007
My parents were patients over Dr Battinelli's and close friends for over 25 years. He was a great man, a great Doctor and a great dad. The negative comments are disturbing and sad. A life spent helping and healing has been brought to an end and regardless of the circumstances a member of the community has been lost. He spent his life healing in an outsanding manner with compassion and professionalism. His patients can attest to his level of care and our thoughts should be with his family and friends,
Grumpy

AOL

#15 Jun 20, 2007
EJG wrote:
My parents were patients over Dr Battinelli's and close friends for over 25 years. He was a great man, a great Doctor and a great dad. The negative comments are disturbing and sad. A life spent helping and healing has been brought to an end and regardless of the circumstances a member of the community has been lost. He spent his life healing in an outsanding manner with compassion and professionalism. His patients can attest to his level of care and our thoughts should be with his family and friends,
EJG - very well said. By the way the cardiologist that is on the 1st floor will take care of Neils patients for now until other arraignements are made.
ifoundyoucom

Myrtle Creek, OR

#16 Jun 20, 2007
Awesome well put
Wantagh patient wrote:
My parents posted above, as I was also a patient of Dr. Battinelli. To the fuck head above who has no compassion, get a life and find out what really happened before you pass ill judgement on not only one of the most respected dr's I know, but more then that. Don't you think before you type? He was more then just a dr to me but a friend and someone I was able to confide in and joke around with and share amazing stories. He would NEVER intentionally put another person in danger. The reason he was taking flying lessons was to help transport organs to people that needed them in many different hospitals...and you have the AUDACITY to run your pathetic mouth and not even know what you were talking about. People like you should be put on a deserted island and left there. Get a life and find something to do aside from pissing people off that are genuinely hurt by this tragedy!
-Mel
ifoundyoucom

Myrtle Creek, OR

#17 Jun 20, 2007
Dr Battinelli we will never forget you.Thank you for taking care of my family and I. We all loved you and will never forget you. No matter what was wrong you were always there for us. No other doctor cared or loved his patients more. The world has lost a truly wonderful doctor and great friend. I will miss you. Wake at Fairchilds June 21 Garden City NY 11530 2-4 7-9.

My wife so him two weeks ago and he told her that if she should think of him as his own dad and not be afraid to tell him anything. If you and Charles want children I will do everything in my power to help you. Charles Pisano patient Friend.

Since: Apr 07

Lon Gisland

#18 Jun 20, 2007
I'm sorry but, all you people that were patients of him did not 'know' him, you saw him at his office, in his profession. Everybody acts differently when at work than when at home, or when out for dinner, etc, etc.

There have been mutliple witnesses saying that he was driving erratically a good time prior and immediately before the accident.

He caused his own death by recklessly driving a vehicle at 120 mph on the LIE on a Sunday morning. There is no place to lay blame other than on his irresponsible actions.

I'm just thankful that he only took himself out.
How Stupid Are You

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Jun 20, 2007
If this accident involved teenagers going 120plus mph you would all have a different comment!!!
West Islip

Harrison, NY

#20 Jun 20, 2007
you are an idiot to write such a comment without knowing the true facts...as stated from witnesses they saw him pulled over looking under the hood..to me that would mean a potential problem. Do not assume because you already look like the ass. I didn't even know the dr. but I am truly saddened by this tragic loss. I hope his family will always remember him for the kind-hearted person everyone here has noted. My condolences.

Since: Apr 07

Lon Gisland

#21 Jun 20, 2007
How Stupid Are You wrote:
If this accident involved teenagers going 120plus mph you would all have a different comment!!!
No, I said the same things about those Dix Hills idiot teenagers.

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