Teen killed in Johnston crash

Mar 2, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: News Observer

A 15-year-old girl died Saturday night when her boyfriend's pickup flipped on a rural highway in southern Johnston County, state Highway Patrol First Sgt. via News Observer

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Gay - Chris Long

Wilsons Mills, NC

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Mar 3, 2008
 

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We are from Goldsboro and would like the family of Taylor Penny to know that they are in our prayers. Faith will comfort you. We speak from experience.
Robert

Fayetteville, NC

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Something is seriously wrong with a lot of teens now. They drive foolishly, as if it's all a big video game.

Johnston county in particular has a very high rate of teen accidents. Is the local culture conducive to insane driving?

They get a radar detector and think that they can go at any speed they want.

Even the ones who don't speed think that they can take curves faster than they really can. What's with them?
miranda

New Bern, NC

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first off.
not all teens think they can drive fast and take curves.
a lot of teens now days have respect for the roads because they see all of there friends getting into wrecks and lossing there lives.

so dont make assumptions.
because it only makes you look like an ASS.
Katie

New Bern, NC

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hey how about you shut up because not all teens because you were a teen a long time ago, so are you saying you never drove like that? okay so that means some teens dont also idiot.
Robert

Fayetteville, NC

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Apr 29, 2008
 
miranda wrote:
first off.
not all teens think they can drive fast and take curves.
The accident figures speak for themselves: drunks and teens are the two worst categories of drivers.

The insurance rates for new drivers are astronomical for a reason.
miranda wrote:
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not all teens think they can drive fast and take curves.
On average (which means not all, but most) teen drivers are likely to be at fault in an accident. You can't argue with the facts.
miranda wrote:
...because it only makes you look like an ASS.
Sorry that your feelings are hurt, but there is something going on with young drivers now that is a real problem.

I'd like to really know why they have these accidents. What is the reason do you think?
Robert

Fayetteville, NC

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Katie wrote:
hey how about you shut up
Don't assume that I have to shut up. In America all are free to speak.
Katie wrote:
you were a teen a long time ago, so are you saying you never drove like that? okay so that means some teens dont also
I didn't say all, but a majority.

I didn't have an accident until someone rear ended my car when I was stopped waiting to make a left turn. Their fault, I was 20. I've had 11 accidents, one that was my fault. I had my first ticket for an accident at age 48.

So, no, teenagers didn't always drive as bad as now, and yes, they did drive on average worse for a long time.

The point is that too many are having accidents now, and that there is some cultural difference.
katie

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you suck at driving, and your sitting here talking about other peoples driving when you've had accidents, i dont believe just one of them was your fault becuase that just doesnt seem possible.
Robert

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katie wrote:
you suck at driving, and your sitting here talking about other peoples driving when you've had accidents, i dont believe just one of them was your fault becuase that just doesnt seem possible.
Twice other drivers ran stop signs and I hit them, twice I was rear ended while waiting to turn left. One deer jumped in front of me here in Johnston county. Five accidents were while the vehicles were parked (twice at Crabtree Mall, once at another shopping center, once at work and once while parked beside the road).

I also had one totaled during a thunderstorm when it was parked-- a tree fell on it and damaged 4 other vehicles.

Only one accident was my fault.

I had 2 tickets the whole time I've been driving. Only one was because of an accident.(The other was for speeding 70 in a 55 in South Carolina on I-20.)

I'm getting better at avoiding accidents.
NCTechleader

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I think one of the reasons for the increase in accidents is that the parents are allowing their children to act more like adults than the children they are. This is not a reference to any particular accident, this is a general statement. I know in the past, most kids had to work to pay for a used old car and drove it very limited because of gas (yes that was when gas was under a buck a gallon). Today we (I am included) buy our kids nice newer cars, provide gas money, and let them go and come much more than ever before. We do this because we are too busy to take them where they need to go. We have passed that responsibility over to our children who may not have the maturity to handle situations. Therefore, the issue of poor driving by teens can come back to the adults who in the end are responsible for ensuring they are ready for the freedom we have given them.
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Jul 30, 2008
 
NCTechleader wrote:
I think one of the reasons for the increase in accidents is that the parents are allowing their children to act more like adults than the children they are. This is not a reference to any particular accident, this is a general statement. I know in the past, most kids had to work to pay for a used old car and drove it very limited because of gas (yes that was when gas was under a buck a gallon). Today we (I am included) buy our kids nice newer cars, provide gas money, and let them go and come much more than ever before. We do this because we are too busy to take them where they need to go. We have passed that responsibility over to our children who may not have the maturity to handle situations. Therefore, the issue of poor driving by teens can come back to the adults who in the end are responsible for ensuring they are ready for the freedom we have given them.
I agree with your points.

The responsibility issue could possibly be helped by the teens having jobs and paying for the cars themselves.
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Dec 3, 2008
 
its pretty bad that this girl has died, and all you all can think about is how bad teen drivers are now-a-days.
seems to me like if you're mature enough you would just read it and not make comments like that when someone has unfortunately died from the matter.
Rickey Richardson

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My heart goes out to any parent that has lost a child. You see my Son Reece was kille Jan 21st 2007 in a head on collision. He was going 51 mph on his side of the road, wearing his seatbelt. He did not have a telephone or any other distraction he was according to the law doing everything right. Still he is not hear with me tonight. He was'nt here last thursday Dec 11th for his 19th birthday party and he will not be here for Christmas.My son and his friend Nicholas Creech were the first 2 teens killed in Johnston county in 2007 during that year 9 more tragic ten fatalities although at first the media tried to sensationalize the accident saying they were wating on blood results we knew our kids were clean because they were athletes and great kids. 2 days later on the 2nd page of the newspaper they let us know and the rest of the county that Reece and Nick were clean. At any rate I crey everyday because I miss seeing and talking to my Reece, I know he is ok and I will see him again but I sure miss him. I know Jesus rules.Reece and Nick knew this also thank God.
I also think that culture has been involved in some of these accidents because of what we have allowed the world to do to us and our kids. Kids are as rushed as there parents we are all in to big of a hurry and too busy to enjoy our families You know I get asked all the time what is the problem in Johnston county, I believe I have the answer I believe God is trying to get our attention by taking all of these children at an early age. Ne is trying to get us to look at our families and our lives and make us realize that one day we will all face death om this earth, But guess what if yu are saved and believe Jesus died for you and accept his free gift of salvation you will live for eternity in Heaven with all your friends and family...
Although I would have rather died in Reeces andNicks place I was not given theat opportunity and neither are many parents I will still give thanks to My Jesus for letting me have Reece for 17 wonderful years. I will also continue to try to use Reece and Nicks memory to win souls for Christ so Jesus may be glorified... Many of Reece's and Nicks friends have accepted Christ and I hope they all do....
Teens are just kids there brains do not fully develop unti 23 years of age to 25 so they do not see danger the way we adults do. It is important to remember this before we judge these accidents. It does not matter if they were doing something they paid the ltimate price. We should be trying to educate our kids about Jesus and our main prority should be getting them to Heaven not being the best athlete or most popular kid around, Sports have become many parents God as well as many other things. we need to take our kids back from the world and teach them to live for Christ because Christ is life.
No matter what the circustances are when a child is killed in an auto accident remeber there are parents and siblings that are at the lowest part of their life and their lives will never be the same.Please pray for my family and the many others that have lost children in these accidents.May God Bless you. Until this happens to you it will just be a news story you will soon forget but we never will.
Michael Lockamy

Wake Forest, NC

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Jan 18, 2009
 
Rickey, I felt everything you wrote. You have strong faith. Your understanding and wisdom shine through. Yes, I too believe that God will bring us a new Earth and Heaven. He will be our God and we shall be His people. Praying with you and your family.

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