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Driver's Brother Was Victim In Berks County Fatal Accident: Aus...

There are 46 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 28, 2009, titled Driver's Brother Was Victim In Berks County Fatal Accident: Aus.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A 15-year-old Berks County boy killed in a crash Sunday on Route 61 in Windsor Township, Berks County, has been identified as Austin L. Berk of Perry Township near Shoemakersville.

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coal region mom

Harrisburg, PA

#24 Jul 30, 2009
just wanted to say that I am so sorry for the family. for his brother it was a bad choice to speed but he didn't go out to have an accident or hurt his brother. I pray he gets well and that his family somehow pulls through this terrible time. My prayers for you.

for those tossing in their two cents... shut up! if you are a parent you know you can only teach your kids so much. They are going to either listen or try something on their own. They will learn the hard way sometimes that they chose wrong... all parents can hope when their children leave the house is that they taught them well and they will listen to those words and actions. Again please stop bashing this boy, it was a terrible mistake... god bless all.
TELL THE TRUTH

Bakersfield, CA

#25 Jul 30, 2009
Why can the paper not publish the fact that these two cars were racing? Is one of the drivers politically connected to the town? To bad that lives are at stake and no one admits they were racing.!!
hunter 611

Zionhill, PA

#26 Jul 31, 2009
i can never understand why people always have to run there mouths about stupid shit it was and accident all the people on here saying shit prolly at one time in there life fucking around and raced someone! it was a mistake and i think just the fact that he will have to live with killing his brother is enough yes it was his fault for speeding but i dont think anyone wants to here comments from the peanut gallery judging people if it was you do the one speeding you would feel bad enough so people need to stop talking shit and pray that codie pulls threw this and instead of talking crap think for a minute if it was your kid thats in the perdicimate so austin RIP and codie your in my prayers

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#27 Jul 31, 2009
West End Resident wrote:
Re-read all these posts and then try to figure out why -
Since the road is so bad, the cops are not out there enforcing the speed laws;
Parents have not taught their kids to drive responsibly, and check to make sure that's what they're doing;
How you can have an collision in the middle of a clear dry day without a lot of negligence and recklessness;
These drivers - evidently both of them - thought they could be so reckless without any consequences.
Again, this wasn't really an accident - it was recklessness that led to death and injuries.
I'm sure the family is suffering - that's too bad. But no one else is really responsible for all of the factors that led to this happening. That's tough and unfortunate, but that's how it is.'Deal with it'- including those of you who drive that road.
hey just curious, whats it like to be perfect and get to hang out up in the ivory tower?

“Jersey Piney Living in PA!”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#28 Jul 31, 2009
Here we are again the people of the Hamburg community mourning another tragic death of one of our beloved teenagers. There is more to this accident then what is being reported in the newspapers and the media. We have lost three great teenagers in our community in less then a year and our hearts are broken. As far as Austin's parents tragically Austin and Codie lost their father a while ago. We try to take comfort in thinking that Austin is with his father now and is safe. Austin's family are in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic time. I can't even begin to imagine what guilt Codie will have to live with when and if he recovers. I just wish the kids in Hamburg would take these tragedies and learn from them and be more careful. There isn't much more that this tightknit community and school can handle. My heart aches for the kids in Hamburg High School they have known so much tragedy the past couple of years more than any Teenager should have to deal with. God Bless Austin and his family and God Bless the kids of Hamburg.
TELL THE TRUTH

United States

#29 Jul 31, 2009
hunter 611 wrote:
i can never understand why people always have to run there mouths about stupid **** it was and accident all the people on here saying **** prolly at one time in there life **** around and raced someone! it was a mistake and i think just the fact that he will have to live with killing his brother is enough yes it was his fault for speeding but i dont think anyone wants to here comments from the peanut gallery judging people if it was you do the one speeding you would feel bad enough so people need to stop talking **** and pray that codie pulls threw this and instead of talking crap think for a minute if it was your kid thats in the perdicimate so austin RIP and codie your in my prayers
It looks as though you should have attended school instead of gang meatings and tried to learn to spell. Also, if I want to bring the fact that this knob was breaking the law to light that is my RIGHT. If you do not like it, tough. I do not care what you think, he is an idiot who gets no sympathy from me, I am just glad he killed his own brother and not mine although it could just as easily have been YOUR brother, ever think about that? I thought not. Guess which finger I am holding up.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#30 Aug 3, 2009
TELL THE TRUTH wrote:
<quoted text> It looks as though you should have attended school instead of gang meatings and tried to learn to spell. Also, if I want to bring the fact that this knob was breaking the law to light that is my RIGHT. If you do not like it, tough. I do not care what you think, he is an idiot who gets no sympathy from me, I am just glad he killed his own brother and not mine although it could just as easily have been YOUR brother, ever think about that? I thought not. Guess which finger I am holding up.
well first off champ its meeting, secondly ok this kid broke the law that doesnt mean you have to say something like that about his brother. no person deserves to die because someone else made a dumb mistake.
wow shut up

United States

#31 Aug 3, 2009
it was NOT a car crash. it WAS a freaking accident. for you to say all that was just stupid and heartless. you don't know the full story, so just shut your mouth. i know both codie and austin, and it's stupid for you to run your mouth when you didn't know either of them. get over yourself. this town, this school district, this community has lost wayy too many kids this year; we don't need you blaming codie or his parents for everything that's happened. just stop.
may angels lead you in.
rip austin lee berk<3
kattie cruz

Macungie, PA

#32 Aug 17, 2009
i live in hamburg and my sister knew him from school she cried she felt so bad that was her friend
HAHAHA

Catawissa, PA

#33 Aug 22, 2009
TELL THE TRUTH wrote:
<quoted text> It looks as though you should have attended school instead of gang meatings and tried to learn to spell. Also, if I want to bring the fact that this knob was breaking the law to light that is my RIGHT. If you do not like it, tough. I do not care what you think, he is an idiot who gets no sympathy from me, I am just glad he killed his own brother and not mine although it could just as easily have been YOUR brother, ever think about that? I thought not. Guess which finger I am holding up.
Gang meating. Gang meating! While you bash someones spelling. Classic. Asshat!
A Berks County Hillbilly

Center Valley, PA

#34 Sep 25, 2009
Before you pass judgment, I want to know, did you happen to grow up in that area?
Because if you did, then you would know and understand that even the best of drivers get into accidents on those roads. I graduated from Hamburg last year, and in the course of four years I have watched my peers grieve more times than any teenager should. I have mourned with them, and still do, especially when those people who have never heard of Austin and Codie Berk callously throw in their opinion (without much thought to how it'll cut the people who knew those brothers). Yes, some of the accidents were caused because drivers made gross errors in judgment. This is not an exception. No one is denying that.
Tell me, are our fallacies from being human due to the "mistakes" of our parents? I sincerely hope that you are not a parent yourself because, excuse my "hillbilly" vernacular, your kids will be seriously fucked up if you raise them in compliance with your vision of perfect parenting.
I also sincerely hope you'll never have to experience a tragedy like this. That way, you won't ever have to know what it feels like to read comments from people like you.
Ay sure do hoe-pe that ya'll was able to undastand my ritings!
West End Resident wrote:
Let's face some facts here -
First, this situation and the resulting crash - not an accident - and the death, injured person, and damages were all totally unnecessary. No need, excuse, rationale, or justification for it - NONE.
Second - What kind of parenting - and lack of self-control and maturity - let ANY of them think that driving that way is acceptable. Public highways are neither race courses, demolition derbies, or 'grudge match' cages.
Third - Where the heck are the cops that should be patrolling this road, and preventing this kind of thing from happening - in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, no less. The Dunkin' Donuts shop and the Cabela's store must be too close to the barracks and police stations.
The true character of the Berks County rednecks / hillbillies shows through ...
I hope i find you

Linwood, NJ

#35 Oct 3, 2009
Tell the truth...i hope one day our paths meet. Austin was my best friend and so was codie. Then again, I hope to God we never meet jus for your benfit. Let me know if u wanna talk bout this to my face and see how tough u are then. God be with your terrible soul.
Aunt Brenda

Northbrook, IL

#36 Oct 7, 2009
Codie is doing well and dealing with some residuals. Austin will forever be in our hearts. I've read all these comments...I have to agree this was completely avoidable. Unfortunately youth prevailed over common sense. Both drivers are at fault for this tragedy. However, we must try to do the best we can to find the "positive" hidden messages.
Austin's casket was open for viewing. Hopefully the hundreds of young people (and older ones as well) took with them powerful lessons...seatbelt usage, obeying the speed limit, and more importantly that today could be your last day to make a difference in someone's life. Austin lived each day that way. He was only fifteen and he used to joke that when you turn twenty you're old. Austin did everything he wanted to and was happy. No regrets! He's with his dad and other family now.
You can blame everyone, someone, or no one. Truth is, the Lord allowed this for a reason. Everyone will draw something from it. Good, bad or otherwise.
Stephanie

Newark, DE

#37 Dec 21, 2009
Okayy...Austin and Codie Are my Cousins. So if you think my Aunt was wrong for leting My cousin Codie Drive my other Cousin Austin with him They were both older Then 11 or 12 Austin is Turning 16 years old in 4 days on Christmas. My brithday is in 5 days After and my family is all hurting on Christmas knowing thats his brithday. I knew them my Hole life! I miss Austin Like crazy! And Just to let you all Know He is watching over us and protecting My Family and Are friends. I Know Austin is watching Me all the time cuz he is protecting me from the warm. At lest he is with his Father now... So plz if you have something bad to say about my Family,Austin,Codie, and friends who knew him Plz keep your mounth shut. Thank you to all who is feeling for my family and Codie. You have no idea on how his mother feels knowing she has lost one of her own. How would a mother feel to lose your young... Shouldnt it be you to go first... Soo...Think...think reallyy HARD!! Befor you go and talk bout this. Im going to stick up for my family and be by there side there all of this... IloveyouAustinleeberk! You were the best big cousin ever! R.I.P.. Love your Cousin Steph.

“Sgt Squirrel at your command”

Since: Dec 09

Squirrel Haven

#38 Jan 7, 2010
Whooooo!
courtney krempasky

Reading, PA

#39 Feb 10, 2010
Austin was my bestfriend; this was neither his or his brothers fault. They're young and young people do that. We make bad decisions. i can't believe you people have the nerve you do to write some of these awful things youve written. Austin is not the first person i have lost to death, i know how his family feels and you people that didnt even know him or his family have no right to even comment on this if you have something mean to say. these posts should be full of im sorrys and condolences. i cant believe how selfish people are. all of you need help.. i love you so much austin and i give my respect to your family <3 we miss you babe.
nico

Ann Arbor, MI

#40 Mar 8, 2010
This nico if anybody want to talk shit about Austin or codie say it to my face and not over the compter yall a bunch a bitches and so wat if they were racing they had fun dick heads

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#41 Mar 9, 2010
nico wrote:
This nico if anybody want to talk shit about Austin or codie say it to my face and not over the compter yall a bunch a bitches and so wat if they were racing they had fun dick heads
would u still feel that way if they killed your family while having fun
annoyed by stupid people

Mohrsville, PA

#42 May 20, 2010
i knew austin! You people dont. You dont have room to judge him. Yes, speeding is stupid, but a life was lost.. can you not respect that... it was a terrible accident...austin will be greatly missed..please respect him and his family by not being arrogant. Everyone makes mistakes!

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#43 May 21, 2010
annoyed by stupid people wrote:
i knew austin! You people dont. You dont have room to judge him. Yes, speeding is stupid, but a life was lost.. can you not respect that... it was a terrible accident...austin will be greatly missed..please respect him and his family by not being arrogant. Everyone makes mistakes!
my mistakes didnt cost anyone their family memeber. i have no respect for him. doesnt matter if i knew him or not. do you respect drug dealers that get shot dead on the street? i mean they just made a mistake in life didnt they? stop making excuses.

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