City woman, 20, dies after being struck by Jeep

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A 20-year-old Fitchburg woman hit by a Jeep Cherokee on North Street died Sunday night from her injuries, according to police.

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fustrated on North St

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Police need to patrol this road alot more often. I live on North St and the posted limit is 25 but i watch cars and trucks go down this road going at least 50mph. Its absolutely ridiculous. The LPD has been told of this over and over again yet never any enforcement. I am truely saddened that this happened but maybe the LPD will listen to some of the suggestions laid forth to them and we can avoid tragedies like this in the future.

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Jan 22, 2008
 
fustrated on North St wrote:
Police need to patrol this road alot more often. I live on North St and the posted limit is 25 but i watch cars and trucks go down this road going at least 50mph. Its absolutely ridiculous. The LPD has been told of this over and over again yet never any enforcement. I am truely saddened that this happened but maybe the LPD will listen to some of the suggestions laid forth to them and we can avoid tragedies like this in the future.
I know the feeling. I am frustrated in Fitchburg. I live on a side street people like to use as a short cut. The speed limit is posted at 25 mph and I can not tell you how many times I've had people beep at me and give me the finger because I refuse to go over the speeed limit. Most jerks travel at between 35 and 50 in the 25 mph zone. I have tried begging the traffic enforcement officer to park a cruiser in front of my house, or put up one of those mobile speed limit signs. I do realize Fitchburg has much more serious issues, but I would love to see some of these idiots with a nice, BIG MONEY ticket BEFORE someone gets killed. If only half the speeders on my street were ticketed, the city could bring in a small fortune.
Daisy

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Jan 22, 2008
 
I hear ya both. Use to live off Litchfield Street in Leominster. It was a risk every day with people speeding up and down that road. One person even passed another just after pop warner field as I was coming up the small hill in other direction. Either they were not able to see me or they didnt care. The person they passed slowed down even more to let them cut in and avoid a head on collision. Thank you for that driver's quick thinking. We were lucky there was not a head on collision. To the passing car and all speeders, I say, "Slow down people! You will get there, trust me. Better in one piece too."
fustrated on North St

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Daisy wrote:
I hear ya both. Use to live off Litchfield Street in Leominster. It was a risk every day with people speeding up and down that road. One person even passed another just after pop warner field as I was coming up the small hill in other direction. Either they were not able to see me or they didnt care. The person they passed slowed down even more to let them cut in and avoid a head on collision. Thank you for that driver's quick thinking. We were lucky there was not a head on collision. To the passing car and all speeders, I say, "Slow down people! You will get there, trust me. Better in one piece too."
Youre 100% right Daisy except for one thing....its not them getting there in one piece that worries me...its you or me or some other person just trying to walk down the street.
Dan

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Jan 22, 2008
 
I love how you jerks are turning a tragic death of a young person into a vehicle for your own agendas. Shut the hell up. The article said that police had determined that neither drugs and alcohol NOR SPEED were factors in the death of this girl.

You dont like the speed of vehicles on your street? Then write their plate #'s down and report them to the police. ITS NOT YOUR STREET. IT IS A ROADWAY BELONGING TO THE TOWN. THE PEOPLE WHO DRIVE ON THEM PAY AS MUCH TAXES FOR THEM AS YOU DO.

Not one of you expressed ANY remorse or condolences for the departed or the family. In my opinion, youre selfish, all of you.

Roads are for cars to drive on, not people to walk down the middle of.

The real criminal in this case is the DOT for not making sure that this road had a safe place for pedestrians along the side of it.
Marie P

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Jan 22, 2008
 
You're right on Dan!
Wallace Farnsworth

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Fact is, the LPD never enforces the traffic laws. Don't think so? When I can stand at an intersection downtown and watch 40 vehicles in 1/2 hour run a red light, there is a problem. Same with speeding. What's the point of a sign saying "your speed is xx"
when nothing is done ?

Maybe if the LPD had a decent police station, then they would take their jobs more seriously.
Dan

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Whether that is a fact or not is completely irrelevant to this story.
How would a stronger police force have been able to save this girl's life that night?
Dont use the story of this girl's death as a forum for you to rip apart the police department or speeding drivers, because neither had anything to do with this incident.
Dan

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Jan 22, 2008
 
"Lt. Scott Bernier said Sunday night that SPEED, alcohol and drugs did not appear to be a factor in the accident."

hmmm weird

"It is not clear why Spinner was walking in the middle of the road. Bernier guessed Sunday night she was trying to avoid walking on the ice that formed on the shoulder of the road. "

D.O.T. or police department?
Oh Brother

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Hey Wallace Farnsworth - listen up. I believe that its a huge insult, and very foolish of you to imply that the Leominster police don't take their jobs seriously. Quite the opposite. And no I am not a cop, and neither are any of my relatives or friends.

As for your "fact", you don't know what you're talking about. As a matter of FACT, just last week I saw a pickup run a red light through the intersection that crosses main street next to the post office downtown. No sooner did I think to myself, hey that guy just ran the light, then a cruiser two cars behind waiting at the light hit his blues and his siren and nailed the guy. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

They can't be everywhere at once, you dummy.

And don't EVER insult the police again by saying they don't take their jobs seriously. They are out there risking their lives, every time they go on shift, to make sure YOU are safe. And they don't get paid a million dollars to do it. Show some damn gratitude.
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Jan 22, 2008
 
Wallace Farnsworth wrote:
Fact is, the LPD never enforces the traffic laws. Don't think so? When I can stand at an intersection downtown and watch 40 vehicles in 1/2 hour run a red light, there is a problem. Same with speeding. What's the point of a sign saying "your speed is xx"
when nothing is done ?
Maybe if the LPD had a decent police station, then they would take their jobs more seriously.
the face is that the LPD are busy answering calls. what would you rather, a cop sitting on the side of the road "waiting" for a speeder, or a cop stopping someone from breaking into your house?
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Jan 22, 2008
 
I feel so sorry for that poor young girl and her family, as well as the unfortunate young man driving the car who will have to live with this for the rest of his life. So sad.
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Jan 22, 2008
 
Dan wrote:
I love how you jerks are turning a tragic death of a young person into a vehicle for your own agendas. Shut the hell up. The article said that police had determined that neither drugs and alcohol NOR SPEED were factors in the death of this girl.
You dont like the speed of vehicles on your street? Then write their plate #'s down and report them to the police. ITS NOT YOUR STREET. IT IS A ROADWAY BELONGING TO THE TOWN. THE PEOPLE WHO DRIVE ON THEM PAY AS MUCH TAXES FOR THEM AS YOU DO.
Not one of you expressed ANY remorse or condolences for the departed or the family. In my opinion, youre selfish, all of you.
Roads are for cars to drive on, not people to walk down the middle of.
The real criminal in this case is the DOT for not making sure that this road had a safe place for pedestrians along the side of it.
Just because it is a roadway belonging to a town does not make it a roadway that has to be sped upon. It is not roadway made for speeding violations. Payment of taxes does not give anyone a right to speed or break laws. Your ignorance is blatant.

My sympathies to all families involved in this tragedy.
Jennifer

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Jan 22, 2008
 
Mom of 3 wrote:
I feel so sorry for that poor young girl and her family, as well as the unfortunate young man driving the car who will have to live with this for the rest of his life. So sad.
It is very very sad !! Very heartbreaking such a young lady who had her whole life infront of her! My prayers go out to both families !!
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Jan 22, 2008
 
What a tragic event. Looking at the comments from her friends and family on her myspace broke my heart, they are greiving as we all would be if it was someone we loved that this had happened to.

I have a son around her age and I would be so lost. My prayers are with her family and her friends now. I hope they can find some peace and comfort.
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Jan 22, 2008
 
I new this young girl and it breaks my heart to hear this. Out of all eople why did it had to be her she was and she still and always will be my sister no matter what. All we have now is her memories of all of us being together and going to school together. I love her and i miss her. God bless her and her family.
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Jan 22, 2008
 
I new this young girl and it breaks my heart to hear this. Out of all eople why did it had to be her she was and she still and always will be my sister no matter what. All we have now is her memories of all of us being together and going to school together. I love her and i miss her. God bless her and her family.
fustrated on North St

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Jan 23, 2008
 
Dan wrote:
I love how you jerks are turning a tragic death of a young person into a vehicle for your own agendas. Shut the hell up. The article said that police had determined that neither drugs and alcohol NOR SPEED were factors in the death of this girl.
You dont like the speed of vehicles on your street? Then write their plate #'s down and report them to the police. ITS NOT YOUR STREET. IT IS A ROADWAY BELONGING TO THE TOWN. THE PEOPLE WHO DRIVE ON THEM PAY AS MUCH TAXES FOR THEM AS YOU DO.
Not one of you expressed ANY remorse or condolences for the departed or the family. In my opinion, youre selfish, all of you.
Roads are for cars to drive on, not people to walk down the middle of.
The real criminal in this case is the DOT for not making sure that this road had a safe place for pedestrians along the side of it.
Actually Dan....The police stated that it "didnt apprear" speed was a factor but the accident was under investigation. And just because you pay taxes doesnt give you the right to break the law. And for the dope that suggested that the police should be answering calls not sitting on the road "waiting for speeders" well sitting on the road waiting for speeders IS PART OF THEIR JOB! Preventing innoccent people like this girl from getting hurt or killed is what they are supposed to be doing.
fustrated on North St

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Jan 23, 2008
 
Also Dan....I dont thing anyone here is postingwith the intention of belittling the fact that a young girl lost her life. It is truely tragic ..as i stated in my opening post which you must have failed to read...BUT IT WAS ALSO PREVENTABLE!!!!
Shannon

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Jan 23, 2008
 
To the people who are complaining about the "speeders".....can you honestly say that you, yourself, have not EVER sped down a road, highway, etc??? Everyone speeds to some degree and they do it all over the place, people are always in a hurry and will continue to be.
Show some sympathy for this poor girl and her family and let the investigators determine what happened.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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