17-year-old dies in chase after SUV rolls 8 times

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" Two 17-year-olds were in involved in an alleged stolen car chase on Friday, resulting in the death of one of teens and an injury for the other. Full Story
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Allyson Jewell

Boulder, CO

#1 May 12, 2007
They died why? The stop sticks and speed and young kids being scared to death... Now we have two more because of another high speed car chase there has to be a better way...
DAC

Denver, CO

#2 May 12, 2007
Yeah, they could have just pulled over!!!!!!!!!
SIS

Denver, CO

#3 May 12, 2007
Somehow I knew that someone would blame the police. They died because they stole the car and didn't pull over. Never mind that they were speeding at excess of 110 MPH. At age 17, those kids knew better than to steal a vehicle. They took the risk and paid the ultimate price. We have two more deaths because two punks decided to steal a car and dodge the police, not because the police used stop sticks. Would you still blame the police if these two punks would have killed a family while joyriding in that car? Place the blame were it belongs.....on those two kids!
ALT

Aurora, CO

#4 May 12, 2007
You are right SIS. People need to be responsible for their own actions instead of blaming others for their mistakes. It is unfortunate however, to loose your life over a dumb mistake.
Common Sense

Commerce City, CO

#5 May 12, 2007
The ripple effect of these carefree teenagers! They were probable high or something.

This stupid kid now racked up all kinds of expenses... The girl passenger now has big medical bills that someone's gonna have to pay for. The gal who's car was stolen is now out of a car and will have to get another one ($$$), her insurance rates will go up since she's now in a "higher risk" category. Just because she was getting the mail.

I echo that the police aren't to blame. And that guy was old enough he should have known right from wrong. You gotta pay if you're gonna play - guess this time it cost him his life.
Just Me

Denver, CO

#6 May 12, 2007
Allyson Jewell wrote:
They died why? The stop sticks and speed and young kids being scared to death... Now we have two more because of another high speed car chase there has to be a better way...
Oh yeah.....scared to death. They commit several FELONIES and then are "scared to death". Hey....here is something for you to think about: The officers DO NOT KNOW who is in that vehicle as it is running from them. The people in that vehicle just committed aggravated motor vehicle theft. Let's try not to think of them as 'poor little kids", huh? For all those officers knew at the time, they could have been chasing ARMED AND DANGEROUS FELONS. Get it???? That idiot is not dead because of stop sticks. Get off it.
Wondering

Littleton, CO

#7 May 12, 2007
I'm confused.. the girls name wasn't released becasue she's a minor, but the boys was? the article says they're both 17 years old..
Confused

Littleton, CO

#8 May 12, 2007
I don't understand.. The girl in the accidents name was not released because she's a minor, but they released the boys name...
Isn't he a minor though? the article says they're both 17
Art Gault

Monroe, LA

#9 May 12, 2007
Just Me wrote:
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Oh yeah.....scared to death. They commit several FELONIES and then are "scared to death". Hey....here is something for you to think about: The officers DO NOT KNOW who is in that vehicle as it is running from them. The people in that vehicle just committed aggravated motor vehicle theft. Let's try not to think of them as 'poor little kids", huh? For all those officers knew at the time, they could have been chasing ARMED AND DANGEROUS FELONS. Get it???? That idiot is not dead because of stop sticks. Get off it.
I read your post and agree with it 100%. These kids knew what the did was wrong (stealing a vehicle) and knew the police were chasing them. There is no fault of the officers that I can see because in reality these kids were jeopardizing other lives on the road by their dangerous driving, especially at 110 MPH. These kids made a bad mistake that will forever change their lives.
Deb

Phoenix, AZ

#10 May 12, 2007
Allyson Jewell wrote:
They died why? The stop sticks and speed and young kids being scared to death... Now we have two more because of another high speed car chase there has to be a better way...
HE died because he pulled a stupid stunt. He drove 110 mph, dodging oncoming traffic. Lucky he didn't take out a whole innocent family. young kids scared to death? of what? getting caught? please.
His actions caused his own death. It sucks but it happened. Kids need to learn what they cause by doing something like this. It doesn't stop with his death. His whole family will be devastated along with his friends. Her's also. And as someone else stated, insurance costs, medical bills.. all for a joy ride in someone else's vehicle. Was it worth it?
MisterH

Columbus, OH

#11 May 12, 2007
Wondering wrote:
I'm confused.. the girls name wasn't released becasue she's a minor, but the boys was? the article says they're both 17 years old..
His named was released because he is deceased. Maybe someone else could explain why "minors" need to be shielded from the public eye, even though they commit public crimes...///MH
dhh

Parker, CO

#12 May 12, 2007
I'm sure there was something else that actually cause the car to roll. Stop sticks are designed to bring the car to a slowing stop, not make it roll.
No one's fault but their own.
BILL

Denver, CO

#13 May 12, 2007
I'm glad to see that the number of responses to this story are, at this point running 11 to 1 placing blame for this incident where it belongs, on the kids who stole the vehicle. The boy who stole the car is 100% responsible for his own death. There are some who might argue that the girl who was injured wasn't to blame, but she was just as responsible for what happened as the boy was. She can't claim that she didn't know the car was stolen, she was there when it was.
Interesting that the one comment up to this point blaming the police comes from someone in Boulder, where nothing is anyone's fault, and everyone is a wonderful person.
kennedy

Denver, CO

#14 May 12, 2007
Allyson Jewell wrote:
They died why? The stop sticks and speed and young kids being scared to death... Now we have two more because of another high speed car chase there has to be a better way...

You must be a lawyer.

Since: Mar 07

Boulder

#15 May 12, 2007
Ha ha ha, guess he wasn't as good a driver as he is playing X-Box, Huh? Jacka$$!! And anyone who is going to blame the police for this one should have their head examined. It was "another' pair of irresponsible "children" behind the wheel of a vehicle, whether legal or not, they are not capable of the responsibility. There are too many things in our children's lives that require them to grow up fast,...why give them more responsibilities?

that's what you get for stealing, not pity here.
What the

Colorado Springs, CO

#16 May 12, 2007
Allyson Jewell wrote:
They died why? The stop sticks and speed and young kids being scared to death... Now we have two more because of another high speed car chase there has to be a better way...
Why is it that really stupid comments come from people in Boulder? I guess it is really true that Boulder is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.
Elizabeth Student

Denver, CO

#17 May 12, 2007
Why wont they relase her name they both are the same age and they only relased his. I think we all would like to know her name in case we know her. They should relase her name every one is cerious to know who it is and want to know if it is their friend or not.....
Ad Hominem

Staten Island, NY

#18 May 12, 2007
Lay off the Boulderite. I don't agree with her either, but as responsible citizens, it's our duty to be skeptical of cops' actions, especially when it leads to the death of another, innocent or not.

In this situation, cops know when they put the stop sticks down that the driver might end up losing control because of it. Yes, their actions carry a great deal of risk, and they should be held accountable. But they also know that the driver might lose control or cause an accident if they do nothing, too. So the cops' inaction carries a great deal of risk, too.

That word "might" is important; cops *do* have limitations on what they can do based on the fear of what *might* happen if they do nothing. This is something we should all view with a critical eye on a case-by-case basis, for what should be obvious reasons.

In this case, though, I believe that people in stolen vehicles typically either surrender right away or they flee until they're forcefully stopped, often by a crash, and sometimes involving serious carnage. How much time do the cops have to do something, and what are their options, really? It's a no-win situation, but given the likely outcomes, I personally think the cops are justified in using the stop sticks and can't be held legally liable for a tragic outcome, even though they, in part, effected it. AFAIK, the courts agree.
Ad Hominem

Staten Island, NY

#19 May 12, 2007
I completely disagree with the other Boulderite, though, who says, referring to the kid's death, "that's what you get for stealing". Perhaps this was hyperbole, but in a civilized society, that's NOT what you get for stealing. Speculate all you want about how that'd stop people from stealing, fact is it won't stop people from being dumb, being overwhelmed by irrational emotions, and making poor decisions, especially people who aren't even adults yet and are especially susceptible to states of mind incompatible with responsible driving.

Your tune will change when it's *your* son or daughter or other underage, immature family member who does something really risky and dumb and ends up severely injured or dead. People who think like you do now will be telling you your kid deserved what they got, and people who think like those you're currently critical of will be telling you what an awful parent you are for letting them get to be that age and still be making such bad decisions. What will you be saying then?
Andrew-Elizabeth student

Franktown, CO

#20 May 12, 2007
That Crash happend right in front of me. In fact he almost hit me. The Expidetion driver tryed to swerve to miss the stop sticks thats what cuased the roll over. The Elizabeth Police did a good job on stoping him before he got into downtown Elizabet. The school is only about a quater mile away from where he roled. If he would of made it any farther he could have killed many more people.

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