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

Scituate, MA

#21 Jan 23, 2008
Shannon wrote:
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.
I think e1 posting feels sympathy for the family. But this didnt need to happen. I think the disrespect issue is more people saying that e1 does it so its ok? Are you serious? I really hope that some day when you are speeding cuz e1 is doing it that you never have to be part of a sad situation like this...
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#22 Jan 23, 2008
fustrated on North St wrote:
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I think e1 posting feels sympathy for the family. But this didnt need to happen. I think the disrespect issue is more people saying that e1 does it so its ok? Are you serious? I really hope that some day when you are speeding cuz e1 is doing it that you never have to be part of a sad situation like this...
You are a bonehead, I never said that it was ok to speed? It has not been determined how/why this happened. Why was she in the road? If the driver "was" speeding had he been going the posted speed limit would it still have been fatal? The facts have remained unanswered for the time being. You act like you have never sped before, well aren't you the "poster child" for law abiding drivers.

My point is....people speed, whether it is 2mph or 20mph over the limit, it is still speeding. Everyone has been guilty of it at one time or another.
Ryan

United States

#23 Jan 23, 2008
I find it hard to speed on this street. There are so many potholes and sunken manhole covers, not to mention blind turns/driveways. I would think it is very hard to walk down at night or day.

It is very sad for a girl this young who is trying to get her life started to have it end so soon. It is also sad for others trying to blame someone for it, especially when not all the accident details have been released.
Marie P

Cambridge, MA

#24 Jan 23, 2008
I've read these posts and I agree with Shannon completely. How many of us are perfect drivers?? Not only that, it stated that speed was not a factor. I personally know the boy that hit her and I know his family. He is a great young man and I am almost certain he is devestated by this whole accident. There are no winners here. There is a young lady that has passed and we should remember that...we should also remember her family, Hassan and his family. Its a horrible thing. One I'm sure none of us want to experience.
joane

Saint Augustine, FL

#25 Jan 23, 2008
That young woman was my brothers girlfriend and she was pregnant for him now her and her baby has lost their lives. My prayers to her family and I'm trying to keep my head up to help my brither get through this tragic moment
Hassan father

Beirut, Lebanon

#26 Jan 23, 2008
I have read all of your comments, my condolences to the girl's family, its a traggic loss where no parents would ever want any loved ones die that way, after all its a act of God, each one has a his life span written the minute they were born, her time was now and she would have died at that same second regardles of an accident or not. her time was up. so all of you should beleive in that.
as for Hassan, he's always been a great young man with a beautiful heart, I can't emagine what he's going through right now, I am concerned about him and as one of you mentioned, he has to live with this for the rest of his life.
Hassan, if you are reading this, hang in there and be strong, no one ever meant for this to happen, after all accidents do happen. I love you son.
aol

AOL

#27 Jan 24, 2008
sad :-(
a friend

Worcester, MA

#28 Jan 24, 2008
1st of all i would like to say that i feel so sorry for the girl and her family. It's really a tragic event. I feel even worse for Hassan who has to live with this forever. We have known him and his family for years, and now we just want him to know that he has people out there who support him. Hassan is a great guy who would never have wanted to hurt anybody. We are keeping him in our prayers so that he can get through all this.
intolerable ignorance

Clinton, MA

#29 Jan 25, 2008
fustrated on North St wrote:
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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.
This is just a question to all those wondering what the police do all day because they are not stopped waiting for speeders: Exactly HOW MANY patrolmen do you think are assigned on each shift? Next, consider the size of Leominster, and the population. Alarms going off constantly. Police must respond. Motor vehicle accidents. Lobby complaints. 911 calls that turn out to be an accident, but still must be acted on. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE calls which it is "preferable" that a police officer not go alone. Parking lot accidents. Call the police chief or mayor and ask about the # of patrol cops per shift.... I guarantee you it will be a shock (less than 8) When they are not parked on the road waiting for speeders (which they also do when time permits - called "directed patrol") they are writing reports about each and every call they go on.

If you could do a better job, with the resources the city has - RUN FOR MAYOR and make changes.

But first, find out the staffing levels for patrol cops - then submit your advice.:)

No, I'm not a cop or relative of one,just pointing out that the police can't be everywhere, on every street, in a city as big as Leominster (which is still expanding)
Oh Brother

Arlington, MA

#30 Jan 25, 2008
intolerable ignorance, AWESOME post, couldn't have said it better.
sin sity

Leominster, MA

#31 Jan 26, 2008
speed definatley was a factor...at 25 mph you can stop safley in 25 feet..unless this kid had no headlights on ..he is to fault,,,the law clearly states you are to control your automoble at all times,,,this kid shoukd have been charged at the time..maybe his family knows somebody for this cop to say speed wasnt a factor maybe and it was still be investigate...whats there to investigate..its obvious,,,if he did over 25 he is guilty of speeding and unable to control his car and if he did under 25 he is guilty cause he didnt control his car,,,botton line is ...lpd...you ust control your car at all times
Marie P

Cambridge, MA

#32 Jan 26, 2008
I'll tell you what sin sity...when you drive without going over the speed limit by a little or maybe a lot, then you can judge this young man...If the cops say he wasn't speeding, then he probably wasn't speeding...What makes you think that they "know somebody" and that he wasn't charged because of that??? You don't believe that accidents can happen going at a slow rate of speed??? Also, whose to say if the girl had on all black and he couldn't see her until he got right on her?? We don't know all the facts here. Its just a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all of them...
skeptik

Salem, MA

#33 Jan 26, 2008
sin sity wrote:
speed definatley was a factor...at 25 mph you can stop safley in 25 feet..unless this kid had no headlights on ..he is to fault,,,the law clearly states you are to control your automoble at all times,,,this kid shoukd have been charged at the time..maybe his family knows somebody for this cop to say speed wasnt a factor maybe and it was still be investigate...whats there to investigate..its obvious,,,if he did over 25 he is guilty of speeding and unable to control his car and if he did under 25 he is guilty cause he didnt control his car,,,botton line is ...lpd...you ust control your car at all times
At twenty five miles an hour, you come around a blind corner and see someone in the MIDDLE of the road fifty feet aheadof you, by the time you even get your foot on the brake pedal you are already past the point of impact. look it up. Bottom line is you subscribe to every conspiracy theory ever dreampt up.
Rachaels Cousin

Worcester, MA

#34 Jan 27, 2008
To the person above me...bottom line is the road is completely straight, with no blind corners. So if you're doing 25mph like the speed limit, you should have no problem stopping. As for the driver... The law does not always serve justice, but when it is his time to go, justice will be served.
For everyone else, thanks for being extremely insensitive and turning a real tragedy into an argument about not enough police on patrol. Grow up and stop arguing about pointless things on a blog.
R.I.P. Rachael Lee Spinner~ Always Loved Never Forgotten <3
Marie P

Cambridge, MA

#35 Jan 27, 2008
Rachael...I don't think anyone in here was trying to be insensitive. I think we all agree that its a sad situation for both families. No one is saying this was a good thing by any means. We are not arguing, we are simply stating our opinions, which we are entitled to do. You are basically saying that the driver in this case was negligent. How do you know that? Why can't it be an accident? Accidents happen everyday, everywhere. Last night I was picking up my son and I was on Blossom Street in Leominster. The street is straight and lite. There was a young man all dressed in black on a dark bike riding in the middle of the street. I was going between 20-25mph. I didn't see him until I was up on him. I could have hit him without even having time to stop. By the grace of God, he went up onto the sidewalk as I got real close. He must have spotted my lights and moved. I could have killed him. It IS possible for an accident like this to happen, even going the speedlimit.
a mother

Brookline, MA

#36 Jan 28, 2008
Hassan father wrote:
I have read all of your comments, my condolences to the girl's family, its a traggic loss where no parents would ever want any loved ones die that way, after all its a act of God, each one has a his life span written the minute they were born, her time was now and she would have died at that same second regardles of an accident or not. her time was up. so all of you should beleive in that.
as for Hassan, he's always been a great young man with a beautiful heart, I can't emagine what he's going through right now, I am concerned about him and as one of you mentioned, he has to live with this for the rest of his life.
Hassan, if you are reading this, hang in there and be strong, no one ever meant for this to happen, after all accidents do happen. I love you son.
to Hassan's father - I am so sorry for you and your son, as well as the family of the girl who died. Keep the faith, your letter made me cry... I hope he finds the strength to carry on... we feel for all that is involved... and to the family of Rachael... we hope you too, can find the strength to carry on..
WANDA FROM LAWTOWN

Lawrence, MA

#37 Jan 28, 2008
TO HASSAN'S FATHER
IF YOU ARE THE FATHER TO THIS YOUNG MAN MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL, JUST TO READ YOUR CONCERN OF HOW YOUR SON IS FEELING. IN THOSE WORDS YOU CAN SEE THAT HE WAS RAISED IN A GOOD HOME WITH 2 PARENTS THAT LOVE HIM. MY DEEPEST DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THIS YOUNG LADY THAT LOST HER LIFE AND HER FAMILY AND TO FIND OUT THAT SHE WAS EXPECTING. IT IS JUST HOW IT HAD TO HAPPENED THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE DESTINY I WILL PRY FOR ALL OF YOU AND HOPE THAT YOUR SON CAN PULL THRUE THIS AND PLEASE IF HE NEEDS HELP BY A COUNCILOR OR THERAPIST PLEASE DO IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE TO KEEP THINGS INSIDE FOR TO LONG IS NOT GOOD SO PLEASE DO LIKE YOU HAVE DONE BEFORE BE THERE FOR YOUR SON.
Sheltie

Germany

#38 Aug 28, 2008
Trying to keep up with the headlines

“I'm a Fitchburger and Proud ”

Since: Jan 08

Fitchburg ( of course)

#39 Aug 29, 2008
Marie H wrote:
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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.
Hi Marie, glad to see you're still in the mix.
sharon finkle

Albuquerque, NM

#40 Nov 10, 2008
I am so thankful to be able to read the Sentinel online everyday from Albuquerque, New Mexico for no charge. It keps me in touch with what is going on in the City that I lived in for 55 years. BUT when I get onto the site daily I see this article featured "city woman, 20 dies etc" I know it would be painful for me if it were my child to see that headline still online after all these months. Just a suggestion to use another headline online. Thank you

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