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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Charles Pisano

Westminster, MD

#43 Jun 25, 2007
Please go and put your comments in this guest book. Perhaps we can send the book to the family.

http://www.legacy.com/NYNewsday/GB/GuestbookV...
Patient in Floral Park

Franklin Square, NY

#44 Jun 25, 2007
I have been a patient of Dr. B. for 21 years. I am still in shock and disbelief that I will not see him on July 11th, my next appt. Dr. B. was a doctor who would give you his utmost attention and care. He was thorough and efficient. You might have waited in his office for your turn to be examined by him, but when you did get "inside" it was as if there was no other patient in his life. He gave you his utmost. "HE ONLY HAD EYES FOR YOU" There was nothing you could not speak to him about. Oh! He was not short, fat, bald, rich Italian Doctor. What a shameful thing to say. Dr. B. would often see my children when I couldn't get an appt. with their pediatrician. He cared about me, my family and everything that was going on in our lives. Once he wanted to pay a bill for me. His hundreds of shocked patients and I will never be the same. It will be impossible to find another man like him. To those of you who wrote terrible negative comments about him, I ask "did you know him?" or did you just feel like saying something negative about a person you didn't know. I'm outraged by your negative comments. He worked hard to become a Doctor. He had a right to have the vehicle he wanted. He was too sensible. I'm positive something other than recklessness caused this terrible tragedy. I attended Dr. B's funeral last Friday at St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Garden City, N.Y. I saw his three beautiful daughters (probably all in their 20's)hold each other up as they followed his casket to the altar. There was not a dry eye in the Church. Dr. B. will never be able to walk his daughters down the aisle on their wedding days! Did you think of that! To the person who wonders why they "lawyered up" I say to you lawyering up was and is the last thing on their minds. Maybe his huge practice might need a lawyer at this time. To the rest of you critical people I ask you when was the last time you did anything to help another human being. "Let you who is without sin cast the first stone!" Maybe you should take a good look in the mirror. To Dr. B's other patients whose messages I read we can only pray for his daughters and hope that they will be able to overcome this terrible loss. As for ourselves, we know the real man and have lost an exceptional doctor. I fear we will never find another Dr. B.
Lucy Fois

AOL

#45 Jun 26, 2007
Dr. B and Michelle were my lifelines. Yes, I have waited for 50 or 6 hours to see him but the results were worth every minute.There are no words to express how much I will miss him. May he rest in peace.
Kimberly Battinelli

Milton, MA

#46 Jun 26, 2007
drunkenlimeybastard wrote:
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.(MY DAD WAS THE SAME NO MATTER WHERE HE WAS!!!PATIENTS, FRIENDS 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.
These comments are upsetting to me as everyone is talking about my father, as I am reading these comments I want to thank all of his patients for everything that they have said. I ask you to go to legacy.com to see the guest book created in his name. I am so upset I can barely type right now, but for those of you who do not know my father, I got an update today. There was a malfunction with the car, apparently they are thinking the throttle got stuck. And for you to make snap judgments about the one man on this earth that I know cared more about everyone else than himself I hope you realize how hurtful your comments were. He was my hero, my sisters and my life. He will be missed forever and you have no idea the kind of man he was, selfless, caring and above all a Saint in my eyes. So please refrain for making comments about people that you have no idea about.....

I ask that those who care about him, the way I know hundreds of people did go to see his Guest Book at www.legacy.com

I know that my dad really did love each and every person he encountered every day, and I want everyone who cares about him to know this! Thank you for all of your support during this difficult time and for being a part of his and all of our lives!
Kimberly Battinelli

Milton, MA

#47 Jun 26, 2007
Alecia wrote:
I just wanted you to know that the paper went back and restated the facts of the accident. My UNCLE was NOT driving that fast, although he was speeding it was not nearly as fast as the paper had reported. So, in response to your comment don't believe all that you read and get your facts straight before you post something that is inappropriate! My uncle was a brilliant doctor that saved many lives so no he wasn't stupid and you should really try to take into account his families feelings when you decide to post rude remarks!
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Thank you Alecia, I am glad that someone else is defending from the family.... Although he did drive fast at times, he was a trained driver and drove in the amateur circuit, he would never risk anyone else's life for speed. It was not who he was. I just regret that people can't see around this and realize that a great man and my father has passed.
Lawsuit Lotto

Newtown, CT

#48 Jun 26, 2007
Lucy Fois wrote:
Dr. B and Michelle were my lifelines. Yes, I have waited for 50 or 6 hours to see him but the results were worth every minute.There are no words to express how much I will miss him. May he rest in peace.
what are you talking about?
Kimberly Battinelli

Milton, MA

#49 Jun 26, 2007
I am not goign to excuse that driving fast is reckless, I was mad when I first found out about how my father died, and instinctual reaction.

My dad was in major debt to clarify, personally and professionally. The few things he had he bought and did because he needed to for his own mental sake. The flying which expensive was also to save lives for organ donations for emergency transplants, and whoever commented on him working for the president he was on the National Board of Physicians for the President.

The point that I think everyone is trying to make is that mistakes happen, no one will ever know why he was driving that fast, it was reckless and I am still mad that he was. Everyone is defending his character because it wasn't him..... I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT!!!!! I am not saying that he wasn't speeding or being reckless, but if he was there was probably a reason for it. I would just like my father to rest in peace and the whole thing be done with. I would like to mourn my father without thinking in the back of my mind that people think differently of him than what he was, regardless if you knew him or not. He was my hero.
How Stupid Are You

Brooklyn, NY

#51 Jun 26, 2007
Kimberly Battinelli wrote:
I am not goign to excuse that driving fast is reckless, I was mad when I first found out about how my father died, and instinctual reaction.
My dad was in major debt to clarify, personally and professionally. The few things he had he bought and did because he needed to for his own mental sake. The flying which expensive was also to save lives for organ donations for emergency transplants, and whoever commented on him working for the president he was on the National Board of Physicians for the President.
The point that I think everyone is trying to make is that mistakes happen, no one will ever know why he was driving that fast, it was reckless and I am still mad that he was. Everyone is defending his character because it wasn't him..... I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT!!!!! I am not saying that he wasn't speeding or being reckless, but if he was there was probably a reason for it. I would just like my father to rest in peace and the whole thing be done with. I would like to mourn my father without thinking in the back of my mind that people think differently of him than what he was, regardless if you knew him or not. He was my hero.
If he was speeding your sure that there was a reason. What reason do you have for driving 120 mph????
Harvey

Union City, NJ

#52 Jun 29, 2007
Kimberly Battinelli wrote:
I am not goign to excuse that driving fast is reckless, I was mad when I first found out about how my father died, and instinctual reaction.
My dad was in major debt to clarify, personally and professionally. The few things he had he bought and did because he needed to for his own mental sake. The flying which expensive was also to save lives for organ donations for emergency transplants, and whoever commented on him working for the president he was on the National Board of Physicians for the President.
The point that I think everyone is trying to make is that mistakes happen, no one will ever know why he was driving that fast, it was reckless and I am still mad that he was. Everyone is defending his character because it wasn't him..... I KNOW THIS FOR A FACT!!!!! I am not saying that he wasn't speeding or being reckless, but if he was there was probably a reason for it. I would just like my father to rest in peace and the whole thing be done with. I would like to mourn my father without thinking in the back of my mind that people think differently of him than what he was, regardless if you knew him or not. He was my hero.
Kimberly, Your father was one of the best, if not, the best human being I have ever met in my lifetime. He was my doctor for more than 10 years.
I don't know why it was, but many times I would talk
with your father on a personal level during my visits, and he would always mention to me the things that he was most proud of. In my most recent visit (several weeks ago) he showed me the documents that talked about his nomination to the National Board of Physicians (as you mentioned in your post). It was signed by the president. I can tell you that this didn't surprise me. He was not only a very compassionate and knowledgable doctor, but one of the finest research physicians in the areas of elevated blood pressure and cholestorol. Well before this nomination took place, I always referred to your father as one of the best cardiologists in New York. Now I can see that I understated my opinion. He was in fact, one of the finest cardioligists in the nation. But the thing that seperated your father from all of the other doctors the most, was one word. His HUMANITY.

He will be sorely missed by all of his patients.
Your dad was "THE BEST"
Linda Jamies Mom

AOL

#53 Jul 4, 2007
Jill, Kim and Pam., Please know that you will always be in our hearts. Jamie worked for your dad, and I can honestly say that she will never be the same. Your dad was a very unique, and wonderful man. So many people have been touched by his love.
On the occasions that I would spend time with your dad, I felt that he was a very loving, and a very sincere man. He spoke of his love for the three of you girls. His eyes would sparkle with pride, whenever he mentioned any of you.
There are countless lives that have been touched by your dad. Please feel free to be in touch with Jamie. We will always be here for you girls.
Peace and Love..Jamie..and her parents.
Dorothy Simmons

AOL

#54 Aug 28, 2007
How ddeply saddened I was in learning of Dr. Battinelli's death. I feel a personal loss. He was one of the best. He was my doctor since 1993. He spent time with me in explaining every detail of my medical needs. He did not leave a stone unturned in making sure that I was up to date with every new medication as well as every test I needed to take. I just learned of his death, and could not hesitate in sharing my thoughts of this wonderful man and extend my condolences to the family.
ANOTHER PATIENT

Hempstead, NY

#55 Sep 6, 2007
FOR THE FAMILY: MAY GOD GIVE YOU PEACE IN KNOWING THAT YOR FATHER WAS LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM. FOR THOSE THAT ARE CRITICS: MAY YOU BE LESS READY TO JUDGE HIM OR ANYONE ELSE WITHOUT KNOWING. "BAT'S" IS HOW I CALLED DR. B AND HE WOULD LAUGH AND REMIND ME THAT I PROMISED TO QUIT SMOKING, LOOSE WEIGHT AND EAT RIGHT... HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON WHO HELD LIFE IN REVERENCE AND RESPECT...YES I WAS ANNOYED THAT I HAD TO WAIT FOR HOURS TO SEE HIM BUT I WOULD WAIT YEARS IF IT WOULD BRING HIM BACK. HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND A WONDERFUL PERSON, WHO NEVER RUSHED HIS PATIENTS AND MADE YOU FEEL THAT YOU WERE HIS ONLY CONCERN.
THANK YOU BAT'S FOR EVERYTHING LW
Madeline Brame

New York, NY

#56 Sep 6, 2007
Kimberly Battinelli wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you Alecia, I am glad that someone else is defending from the family.... Although he did drive fast at times, he was a trained driver and drove in the amateur circuit, he would never risk anyone else's life for speed. It was not who he was. I just regret that people can't see around this and realize that a great man and my father has passed.
Kimberly, I don't know you, but I am experiencing the same thing you are on this board. My nephew was shot down in No. Bellport 3 weeks ago, the papers printed numerous stories about the shooting, he was a good kid, an avarage 15 year old boy. But because we are from an African American, poor neighborhood that has a reputation of crime and violence, right away people on this board starting saying all kinds of racial, slanderous and cruel things about him, his mother, our family and the community as a whole. None of which was true.

I personally feel that forums like this should be monitored by the sponsoring agency. Comments that are hurtful, slanderous, racial, untrue and the like should not be allowed to be posted here.

I also realized that some people, from L.I. especially are very hateful, they are full of hate. Not all, but a good majority that post here on this board. I just wonder what makes them like that.

My condolences for your loss.
Arlene B Heed

AOL

#58 Sep 28, 2008
I can see that he was adored and loved by his wife and 3 wonderful daughters.

Ironically, my husband and I were at the cemetery by Republic Airport at around the same time that he died putting flowers on my husband's parents' grave.

I, however, had stopped seeing him as as a patient a few months before he died such an untimely and tragic death. I stopped taking thyroid medication he had prescribed as he had been overdosing me for about 13 or 14 years that I had gone to him. I haven't taken any thyroid medication in 19 months now.

I did not like waiting 2 to 4 hours in his waiting room. Often, it seemed he was on personal phone calls when he had a waiting room full of patients waiting to see him. Or, he would arrive late to his office from the hospital and a room full of patients would be waiting for him.

I think he liked to recommend you get unnecessary tests.

I wonder how many of his cardiac patients are seeing other doctors now who are telling them he overdosed them on unnecessary drugs.
sunny

Southampton, NY

#59 Aug 9, 2009
the Battinellis are shady dirtbags

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