East Berlin teen dies in holiday acci...

East Berlin teen dies in holiday accident

There are 69 comments on the Evening Sun story from Nov 28, 2008, titled East Berlin teen dies in holiday accident. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

SMELTZER Purchase reprints of Evening Sun Photos at EveningSunPhotos.Com. At 6-foot, 1/2-inches tall and 268 pounds with a trusting and lovable personality, Jamie Smeltzer was "like a big teddy bear," said his ...

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dom

Mansfield, OH

#1 Nov 28, 2008
this is messed up. best wishes to ur family
Albert Thomas

Olympia, WA

#2 Nov 28, 2008
I hope This Childs entry to the Pearly Gates is Swift. About 8 Years back My daughter and my Grandson came very close to not making it to Thannksgiving Dinner. This due to a drunk driver who was speeding and hit them so hard at a stoplight . My granson Alonso had to have the rear doors cut out of the car to access him. Meanwhile we the family are sitting home waiting .
I thank the rescue people who responded to this crisis and also th Police Officer who contacted Us and sat there with My Daughter and New Grandson till I was able to drive the the 30 Miles to retreive them.
For The Parent's Your Son is Looking down on You and Even though this traumatic experience may linger over the Years Remember the Smiles and Laughter The Heartbreak will subsudide.
With Regards a Parent who has lost TWO CHILDREN.
ALBERT
Connie

York, PA

#3 Nov 28, 2008
we all miss you jamie and will never forget you
John

Harrisburg, PA

#5 Nov 28, 2008
I am very sorry about your loss. This is really a sad story, this should not have happened !
Katie Zumbrum

Chambersburg, PA

#6 Nov 28, 2008
I am so sorry. First Dustin Eyler, now Jamie.(wrestlers)

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.
Nicole Lambert

West Chester, PA

#7 Nov 28, 2008
Dear, Andrea, Brian, and Lauren
I am so terribly sorry for your lose i know i will miss him so much and i know you will to! He was part of my life for a good while and we have been such good friends for a long time! I will pray for you and the family for life! If you need anything just give me a call and i will be there
Nicole
leisha

Middletown, PA

#8 Nov 28, 2008
i love u jamie i will never 4get u i hope everything goes well 4 ur family through this time of heartache u are surely n deeply missed u have a lot of friends who r very saddened by ur loss i can't believe ur gone but then again u'll alwayz be in my heart babi! i know ur lookin down rite now saying leisha stop this bullshit lol i love u babi! muah u will never be 4gotten
wardle

Aspers, PA

#9 Nov 28, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and allof our students at Bermudian Springs. We will not forget Jamie.

Mr. Wardle
Sara

Williamsport, PA

#10 Nov 28, 2008
Jamie will be missed greatly. Gym...Driver's Theory...my seat partner...He was a great person always smiling when i saw him. Always willing to lend a hand. We have had some funny memories haha...7th grade in classes together. Like the passage says...he had more friends then he thought. And his smile will be missed greatly in the hall and his jokes. We all love and miss you. Pray for the family.
Kaity

Hershey, PA

#11 Nov 29, 2008
we will miss you jamie... you really don't know how many friends you really had just as the passage says, we all MISS you very much and you will never be forgotten... I will miss your smilies and jokes so much and the way you brighten up everyones day... it was just like yesterday we were in class together you will never be forgotten... We all love and miss you greatly... and we are praying for your family.
amp88

Gettysburg, PA

#12 Nov 29, 2008
What about the poor guy who couldn't handle his car. He will have to live with this the rest of his life. We need to remember him and his family also.
Sam

Hanover, PA

#13 Nov 29, 2008
Well, it seems like the other guy needs to go back and take a drivers education class. Again young drivers and lost of life seem to go hand and hand.I can see if it was bad weather that day.

I pray for the family of Jamie. I also pray for Leight family and hoping he will seek help.
Andrea Smeltzer

York, PA

#14 Nov 29, 2008
I am deeply greatful to the number of people who have called us or stopped by offering support. Friends, family, and people we have never met have offered comfort to us in this horrible tragedy.

I am heartbroken, as is everyone in my family.
Again, thank you to everyone who has called or stopped by with their support. I dont think I could get through this without everyone praying for us.

Jamie has obviously made a large impact on alot of people and was deeply loved by many.

Jamie's Mom
Andrea Smeltzer

York, PA

#15 Nov 29, 2008
amp88 wrote:
What about the poor guy who couldn't handle his car. He will have to live with this the rest of his life. We need to remember him and his family also.
The driver of the accident will have to live with the "TRUTH" the rest of his life. I pray for him and his family, because we will learn the "TRUTH" as soon as the accident reconstruction is complete. In the meantime, I have to lay my child to rest. Nothing a mother should have to do with their son.

Jamie's mom
Renee

York, PA

#16 Nov 29, 2008
I pray for Jamies family. I deeply feel for you in this horrible time.
With sympathy, Renne
Another Mother

AOL

#17 Nov 29, 2008
I know people always say things like, "the driver will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life and that will be punishment enough" or "teenagers will be teenagers", butI wonder how many drivers like this have gone on to show off behind the wheel of a car again after killing someone. I'm sure the driver never meant for this to happen, but just what the hell are these inexperienced, immature kids thinking when they have another person at their mercy?? I'm sorry but this is so sensless. And if he had just pulled of Germany Court, how was he already going that fast to leave such long skidmarks??
Devastated

York, PA

#18 Nov 30, 2008
Another Mother wrote:
I know people always say things like, "the driver will have to live with what he did for the rest of his life and that will be punishment enough" or "teenagers will be teenagers", butI wonder how many drivers like this have gone on to show off behind the wheel of a car again after killing someone. I'm sure the driver never meant for this to happen, but just what the hell are these inexperienced, immature kids thinking when they have another person at their mercy?? I'm sorry but this is so sensless. And if he had just pulled of Germany Court, how was he already going that fast to leave such long skidmarks??
It only takes a few seconds to get from 0-60 and from Germany Court to the accident site, which is approx 1/3 of a mile. It's been said that he could have been going as fast as 85-90 miles per hour by the time he hit the brakes. The boy was driving at an excessive rate of speed when the accident happened.
KdRk

Middletown, PA

#19 Nov 30, 2008
Andrea Smeltzer wrote:
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The driver of the accident will have to live with the "TRUTH" the rest of his life. I pray for him and his family, because we will learn the "TRUTH" as soon as the accident reconstruction is complete. In the meantime, I have to lay my child to rest. Nothing a mother should have to do with their son.
Jamie's mom
I cannot say that I "know" your pain, but can only imagine it and my heart goes out to you, your husband and your daughter. It sounds as though you have many friends to support you and who honor the memory of your son. While finding the "truth" seems very important to you at this time, try to remember that nothing will bring your son back and for some reason, he was traveling to Thanksgiving dinner in this other young man's vehicle. That seems to indicate that they were close friends and that you trusted this other young person with your child's life. I hope that you will be able to work through your grief, accept that truth and find peace. God bless you!
Andrea Smeltzer

York, PA

#20 Nov 30, 2008
KdRk wrote:
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I cannot say that I "know" your pain, but can only imagine it and my heart goes out to you, your husband and your daughter. It sounds as though you have many friends to support you and who honor the memory of your son. While finding the "truth" seems very important to you at this time, try to remember that nothing will bring your son back and for some reason, he was traveling to Thanksgiving dinner in this other young man's vehicle. That seems to indicate that they were close friends and that you trusted this other young person with your child's life. I hope that you will be able to work through your grief, accept that truth and find peace. God bless you!
Thank you for your blessings, but we had just met the driver a day or two before the accident. He'd come over earlier in the day to hang out with my son and we knew nothing about him. We invited him to go along last minute and my son simply said he would ride with the boy and meet us at the Restaurant. He was always too trusting of other people. I have tons of "if I'd only " running through my head. That wont bring him back. My grief will never end.
Brianna

Newville, PA

#21 Nov 30, 2008
I heard about this from a friend of mine who was best friends with Jaime. And from reading the news article it made me more sad. This kid seemed like a friend everyone would love to have. I want to give my condolences to this family. I pray that more people can abide by the speed limit signs. They're posted for this kind of reason, and teens especially need to abide by them. They say most teen crashes happen within 2 miles from the home. Because thats where kids are most comfortable, and they know it the best.

I will be praying for Jaime's family and friends. I hope everything goes well!
God Bless everyone!

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