Police say fatal crash on I-190 caused by drunk driving

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He was killed just doing his job on the 190 south near the 290 interchange. Capt. Michael Nigrelli, NYS Police, "It's a dangerous job. Full Story
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johnson

Utica, NY

#1 Apr 2, 2008
Doesn't the casino this gentleman was drinking at receive some of the responsibility of killing this innocent man? I have always assumed the drinking facility was to stop feeding stupid fools who don't know when enough is enough. I know, his money slamming into those machines made it o.k.
Leary

United States

#2 Apr 2, 2008
The Seneca Nation cannot be sued. But can the gaming corp be sued?
Steve

Worthington, PA

#3 Apr 3, 2008
This is whats wrong with this country. The man will do time, its a tragedy. Crap happens, stop looking to sue every one who may have hypothetically been involved. By your logic, Ill sue Brown's parents for conceiving him. Looks like he's black anyway. Isnt that a crime against nature? Ill sue the earth. Get Real.
Mark

Buffalo, NY

#4 Apr 3, 2008
This is just one more reason why casinos are no good, using alcohol to loosen up their patrons and get them to spend more. Is it worth it? Mr. Brown admits to being there for "several" hours obviously consuming the casinos alcohol. I'm pretty sure that if I gave alcohol to someone at my home for several hours and didn't prevent them from driving, I, too, would be held responsible if they got involved in an accident. Therefore the casino should in some way be held responsible or laws created against handing out free booze.
jason buffalo ny

Lockport, NY

#5 Apr 3, 2008
Any person caught drinking and driving and then killing someone no matter if there doin their job or not should be punnished in more ways then one. First of all the guy Kevin(28) was doin his job leaves behind a family and and a little son. the guy that klled him is (64)his lifeis already over so doin what ever time hes given isnt gonna matter to him think more punnishment should be handed out and get more state troopers out on the thruways so such tragedys wont happen as much
Randy

Buffalo, NY

#6 Apr 3, 2008
This guy better have the book thrown at him, he's nothing but a two bit murderer....
what

North Tonawanda, NY

#7 Apr 3, 2008
More government Spitser like hypocrisy.

The bars in Buffalo can be sued for over serving patrons that kill people while driving drunk.

The casino reservations in Buffalo and Niagara Falls that are illegally on U.S. and New York State territory cannot be sued for over serving patrons that kill people while driving drunk.

Governor Spitser prosecuted prostitution rings.

Governor Spitser patronized other prostitution rings.
Buffalo

Lockport, NY

#8 Apr 3, 2008
"the guy that klled him is (64)his lifeis already over so doin what ever time hes given isnt gonna matter to him"
Why do you think that it wont matter to him? I am not saying that what he did was right Ė in fact, it is a horrific tragedy. But to say that this 64 year old manís life is over and doing the time isnít going to matter to him is far from the truth. For the rest of his life, he will always know what he did and will never forget it. His life too is changed forever. One night of doing something incredibly stupid has affected so many people Ė not only those involved directly, but also the families and friends of both men. He should be held responsible for what he did, but you should also realize that he will have to live every day knowing that he took away an innocent life.
NLJ

Pittsford, NY

#9 Apr 3, 2008
You are so ignorant! The casino's aren't illegally on US soil. They are on Seneca TERRITORY, dumby. As soon as I read the article and saw that it mentioned the Casino I knew right away there were going to be people like you who have to point out right away that it is all the casino's fault. What ever happend to self discipline or self-control? Control yourself and quit blaming others for individuals mistakes.
what

Lockport, NY

#10 Apr 3, 2008
Your so sure. The U.S. courts have a law suit in front of them. This judgement will determine if this gambling reservation is legal or illegal. There are people like you that shill for the gambling industry. What happened to the self discipline and self control of our government? What happened to the interests of the greater good of the community that isn't based upon a quick buck obtained by snake oil hucksterism? Order somebody else around you petty tyrant. You blame the victim of this crime and fail to allow his family the right to reaching due process in a U.S. court of law. You defend bringing in a foreign body that is exclusive in their process of rights towards non natives in the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo. No to your double standards and to subverting the law that John LaFalce passed. Why are you radicals always telling people to love America or leave it and then turning around and fronting for gambling reservations? You are basically saying no justice for Americans love it or leave it. Take responsibilty for your misplaced anger.

We await the final decision from the U.S. courts about the legality of a casino reservation in Buffalo.
gabby

Buffalo, NY

#11 Apr 3, 2008
Regardless...you don't DRIVE while you're sleep deprived or when you have been drinking. PERIOD. This was a horrible tragedy that didn't have to happen. People take stupid risks and chances, I guess they have to face the consequences of their actions. Mr. Brown made the choice to get in his vehicle, whether it was alcohol or sleep depravation, or just plain carelessness, another 28 yr. old man is dead because of it and leaves behind a 6 yr. old son. I have no sympathy for Mr. Brown. He now has to take responsibility for his irresponsibility and stupidity.
ELMO

Arcade, NY

#13 Apr 3, 2008
MR BROWN was an adult it was his decision to get behind the wheel,
kevins cousin

United States

#15 Apr 3, 2008
This ignorant man chose to get behind the wheel of his car after drinking & gambling all night. Kevin's little boy will grow up with out a father. It will never matter how sorry this guy is that doesnt change the fact that Kevin is dead & will never see his son grow, graduate, get married. That man made his choices & yes he has to wake up every day & remember what he did, but aleast he gets to wake up. We cannot even have an open coffin. We cannot say goodbye to him properly because of what this man did so no punishment will ever be enough. I hope he rots
Stop DWI

Athol Springs, NY

#16 Apr 3, 2008
It is about time that people who drive drunk pay for their crimes. When you are caught driving while intoxicated there should be no plea bargaining and there should also be mandatory sentences with jail time for every DWI conviction and the sentences should go up drastically with your second conviction. If you are caught a third time the sentence should be a minimum of 5 years with no early release. Also if you are caught driving when your license is suspended or revoked for DWI(Impaired or Intoxicated) you should be required to spend at least one year in jail with no early release. Caught driving with a suspended or revoked license a second time it should be two years with no early release. If you injure anyone while driving impaired or intoxicated your charges should automatically move up one level(first offense automatically goes up to second offense) and if anyone dies you should be sentenced to a minimum of 20 years. If you kill more than one person then it should be 25 years to life sentence with parole for at least 30 years and have your license revoked for life and if caught driving an automatic 5 year jail term should be automatic with no plea bargaining. After their first conviction their drivers license should have a restriction requiring any vehicle they drive be equipped with a breathalyser that prevents vehicle operation if they are impaired for a minimum of ten years from their last conviction date or the date their driving privileges are restored, which ever is later. There also needs to be liability for persons serving anyone arrested for driving impaired or intoxicated.
These sentences may seem harsh to some but it is time we acknowledge that the person driving under the influence made a choice to take the first drink(or illegal narcotic) and continue taking further drinks(or illegal narcotic) until they were to intoxicated to drive AND THEN that person made a choice to drive a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Anyone caught driving while intoxicated and under legal drinking age should face the same penalties as if they of legal age PLUS their license should be revoked until the age of 25 with full penalties if they are caught driving while their license is revoked.
It is time that we as a society faced up to the damage that intoxicated drivers do to themselves, their families, and anyone else that is unlucky enough to encounter them while they are intoxicated. How many children grow up with out a mother or a father because that parent is always intoxicated and spends more time in a bar than they do at home or they had a member of their family killed by an intoxicated driver.
bflo

Babylon, NY

#17 Apr 4, 2008
Steve wrote:
This is whats wrong with this country. The man will do time, its a tragedy. Crap happens, stop looking to sue every one who may have hypothetically been involved. By your logic, Ill sue Brown's parents for conceiving him. Looks like he's black anyway. Isnt that a crime against nature? Ill sue the earth. Get Real.
You are a crime against nature. Color doesn't matter!
To the family

Buffalo, NY

#18 Apr 4, 2008
kevins cousin wrote:
This ignorant man chose to get behind the wheel of his car after drinking & gambling all night. Kevin's little boy will grow up with out a father. It will never matter how sorry this guy is that doesnt change the fact that Kevin is dead & will never see his son grow, graduate, get married. That man made his choices & yes he has to wake up every day & remember what he did, but aleast he gets to wake up. We cannot even have an open coffin. We cannot say goodbye to him properly because of what this man did so no punishment will ever be enough. I hope he rots
I am so sorry for the family. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Kevin's mom, his aunt and his uncle. They are all such sweet people who would do anything for anyone. This was a tragedy that no one should have to encounter. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
NLJ

Pittsford, NY

#19 Apr 4, 2008
what wrote:
Your so sure. The U.S. courts have a law suit in front of them. This judgement will determine if this gambling reservation is legal or illegal. There are people like you that shill for the gambling industry. What happened to the self discipline and self control of our government? What happened to the interests of the greater good of the community that isn't based upon a quick buck obtained by snake oil hucksterism? Order somebody else around you petty tyrant. You blame the victim of this crime and fail to allow his family the right to reaching due process in a U.S. court of law. You defend bringing in a foreign body that is exclusive in their process of rights towards non natives in the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo. No to your double standards and to subverting the law that John LaFalce passed. Why are you radicals always telling people to love America or leave it and then turning around and fronting for gambling reservations? You are basically saying no justice for Americans love it or leave it. Take responsibilty for your misplaced anger.
We await the final decision from the U.S. courts about the legality of a casino reservation in Buffalo.
The Casino's aren't the ones who forced the bottle to that man's mouth. The Casino's aren't the ones who made him drive home. Brown is the only one responsible for HIS actions. This story isn't about gambling and wether you believe it is wrong. It is about a man who drove drunk and killed someone. How do we know he was at the casino? How do we know he was drinking at the casino? He couldv'e been at a bar. He couldv'e been in his car drinking, in the parking lot of the casino.. Who knows???
Lori

Franklinville, NY

#21 Apr 4, 2008
Another tragedy involving alcohol. Would this have happened if Mr. Brown had been smoking some legalized marijuana? Probably not.
what

North Tonawanda, NY

#22 Apr 4, 2008
The bars and the casinos are not forcing the bottles into anyones mouth. Yes that's right. Yet when someone in a Buffalo or Niagara Falls bar gets over served and kills somebody the family of the deceased party has the right to sue the bar in Buffalo or Niagara Falls but not the bar on the gambling reservation. He could have. He might have. The doubts don't fly in the fact that the gambling reservation hands out free booze.

The family of this man are being unfairly denied justice by a government that has conspired to wrong it's only people. This an the injustice that cities and states in New York have perpetrated against their people. The crime began at the gambling reservation in Niagara Falls and they are getting off scott free for another death they have caused in our commuity. We are now rightless in our own communites.

Our respect to the family of this poor man. They should have the right to sue this gambling reservation but gambling profits have become more important than justice for citizens of the United States of America.

Remember Governor Spitser prosecuted prostitution while engaging in prostitution. The elected officials in New York State who promote gambling reservations have set up a system that allows crime to flouish in WNY and New York State. The death of this tow truck driver is directly linked to gambling reservation activities. The government is working against it's people when it denies due process in a court of law for a wrong committed inside their community.
Kelly

Buffalo, NY

#23 Apr 4, 2008
Steve wrote:
This is whats wrong with this country. The man will do time, its a tragedy. Crap happens, stop looking to sue every one who may have hypothetically been involved. By your logic, Ill sue Brown's parents for conceiving him. Looks like he's black anyway. Isnt that a crime against nature? Ill sue the earth. Get Real.
I'm not sue happy either, but I believe it actually is in the laws that bars, restaurants, etc. are responsible for discontinuing to serve intoxicated individuals. How this applies to the Senecas or gaming corp with their sovereignty is the question. In this case, I think it's about time someone needs to show the Senecas that in the process of lining their pockets, they must be responsible. Obviously the driver is the one who needs to take responsibility for his actions overall. But those serving him are also responsible.

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