Driver goes into cardiac arrest, dies...

Driver goes into cardiac arrest, dies after crash

There are 27 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 11, 2008, titled Driver goes into cardiac arrest, dies after crash. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A man died after going into cardiac arrest when his car was struck and knocked into a ditch late last night in Virginia Beach.

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StifflersMom

Norfolk, VA

#1 Jun 11, 2008
What the hell was a 16 year old doing out at 2AM on a Tuesday night?

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SmithVegas

#2 Jun 11, 2008
Wow, very sad situation for the young lady and the man's family. My condolences to the families involved.
jerkwad

Newport News, VA

#3 Jun 11, 2008
StifflersMom wrote:
What the hell was a 16 year old doing out at 2AM on a Tuesday night?
Now we know where Stiffler got his brain...the article said after 10pm.
Butch

Chesapeake, VA

#4 Jun 11, 2008
StifflersMom wrote:
What the hell was a 16 year old doing out at 2AM on a Tuesday night?
MENSA Club member you aren't.
IT IS TIME

Newport News, VA

#5 Jun 11, 2008
It is time to change the age to get a drivers license. You have to be 21 to Drink...Why not atlease make the age 18. When you are 16 years old you are sill a CHILD...!!

Since: Jan 08

Newport News

#6 Jun 11, 2008
StifflersMom wrote:
What the hell was a 16 year old doing out at 2AM on a Tuesday night?
The young man involved was pronounced dead at 1:50 AM, the accident occurred @ 10 PM.
herewegoagain

Hampton, VA

#7 Jun 11, 2008
Something is wrong with these times if you go into cardiac arrest (heart attack) you die within minutes. Why did it take 4 hours to pronounce him dead? To his family--- I'm sorry for your lose
Oh Well

Newport News, VA

#8 Jun 11, 2008
herewegoagain wrote:
Something is wrong with these times if you go into cardiac arrest (heart attack) you die within minutes. Why did it take 4 hours to pronounce him dead? To his family--- I'm sorry for your lose
The article didn't say he died within minutes. Cardiac arrest is NOT a heart attack. It's when the Left ventricle of the heart either stops or fibrillates (flutters). A heart attack is a myocardial infarction. It took 4 hours to pronounce him because they were trying to save his life.
Tragic

Moseley, VA

#9 Jun 11, 2008
What a horrible way to go, I hope this girl realizes what she has done and the state of VA needs to punish her accordingly, driver inexperience should not be an excuse to escape punishment, although we all know that VA can be lenient depending on your pocket size and connections. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families.
real

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Jun 11, 2008
Good Lord, Tragic. It was accident. I'm assuming from your post, you are Jesus Christ and don't have accidents or make mistakes. Please.
John

Moseley, VA

#11 Jun 11, 2008
Tragic, if it were your daughter in this situation you wouldn't be saying that.
Are you kidding me

Hampton, VA

#12 Jun 11, 2008
Tragic wrote:
What a horrible way to go, I hope this girl realizes what she has done and the state of VA needs to punish her accordingly, driver inexperience should not be an excuse to escape punishment, although we all know that VA can be lenient depending on your pocket size and connections. My thoughts and prayers go out to both families.
I'm not so sure you need to throw the book at a 16 year old. They said the problem was driver inexperience, not speed or alcohol and how do you know the guy wasn't starting to have the heart attack before she even hit him? The heart attack could have been a wierd coincidence that was going to happen anyway and quite frankly 42 is pretty young for a heart attack to take somebody out. This guy obviously had a physical problem that may or may not have been triggered by the accident. I'm sure she'll be charged with reckless driving at the very least and probably lose her license for awhile. Based on what's been reported though I don't believe she should be charged with anything more than that. It's called an ACCIDENT for a reason and ACCIDENTS happen. I'm sure his family will sue the hell out of her insurance company and probably win and she's going to have to live with this for the rest of her life. If she's any kind of decent person this is going to devastate her and scramble her brain for many years to come. I'm very sorry for his family and while the accident looks to be her fault, you really can't prove that the heart attack was.
Seriously

Moseley, VA

#13 Jun 11, 2008
real wrote:
Good Lord, Tragic. It was accident. I'm assuming from your post, you are Jesus Christ and don't have accidents or make mistakes. Please.
I don't make mistakes where people die...or at least I haven't yet and I would like to believe that if (god forbid) that ever happened that I would be able to accept the punishment that fit the crime. You don't accidently run someone off the road, you had to be doing something that you weren't supposed to be doing for something like that to happen. Having the license to drive is a huge responsibility and drivers need to take that seriously. Although speed and alcohol weren't factors in the accident, who can say that text messaging or cell phone use wasn't? Is sending a text worth risking someone's life as well as your own?
Tragic

Moseley, VA

#14 Jun 11, 2008
John wrote:
Tragic, if it were your daughter in this situation you wouldn't be saying that.
If my daughter was in this situation I wouldn't have to say it because she would know that is how I feel. You know the rules when you sign the back of that license, the fact that you are granted the license is proof that you have successfully passed the required tests and agree to follow the rules of the road.
Hampton Parent

Norfolk, VA

#15 Jun 11, 2008
One of my younger brothers was involved in an accident when he was a new driver, killing two young men on a motorcycle. He was a very careful driver, however, as Are you kidding me said, it was an ACCIDENT. People do not leave their homes in the morning saying, "I am going to hit someone today and cause bodily injury or death." My brother was so devistated over the death of the two young men that he would not drive for several years. He now drives, as well as rides a motorcycle. It took years for him to come to grips with the accident. What some of you judgemental people need to realize is that not only 16 year old inexperienced girls have accidents, people of all ages do as well. If we change the legal driving age to 18, we will then have 18 year old, adult, inexperienced drivers on the road. If we change the age to 21, guess what, the inexperienced driver just got older. Let's all be reasonable, the young girl made a horrible mistake, she will have to deal with that, as will the man's family. Just remember when you are out driving and see a young driver, they need our understanding, don't cut them off too quickly, don't honk at them for doing something that you would have done 10 minutes ago. They will learn, with the help of responsible adults. The state of Virginia needs to create areas for young drivers to "practice" that doesn't start them in the main stream of traffic. As for the man, none of us know if he had pre-existing problems, don't speculate. His family is hurting deeply right now, offer comfort. My condonlences.
Hampton Parent

Norfolk, VA

#16 Jun 11, 2008
Seriously wrote:
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I don't make mistakes where people die...or at least I haven't yet and I would like to believe that if (god forbid) that ever happened that I would be able to accept the punishment that fit the crime. You don't accidently run someone off the road, you had to be doing something that you weren't supposed to be doing for something like that to happen. Having the license to drive is a huge responsibility and drivers need to take that seriously. Although speed and alcohol weren't factors in the accident, who can say that text messaging or cell phone use wasn't? Is sending a text worth risking someone's life as well as your own?
And maybe she had just taken her eyes off the car in front of her to check her mirrors. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye.
Oh, congratulations! You must be one of the few perfect people that the rest of us are striving to be like. I have made mistakes, and yes I accept the consequenses for my mistakes. The girl has charges pending against her that she will have to answer to, as well as living with the fact that the man she hit died, whether by her hand or not she may never know. Have a heart, you may need understanding yourself very soon.
Tragic

Moseley, VA

#17 Jun 11, 2008
Are you kidding me wrote:
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I'm not so sure you need to throw the book at a 16 year old. They said the problem was driver inexperience, not speed or alcohol and how do you know the guy wasn't starting to have the heart attack before she even hit him? The heart attack could have been a wierd coincidence that was going to happen anyway and quite frankly 42 is pretty young for a heart attack to take somebody out. This guy obviously had a physical problem that may or may not have been triggered by the accident. I'm sure she'll be charged with reckless driving at the very least and probably lose her license for awhile. Based on what's been reported though I don't believe she should be charged with anything more than that. It's called an ACCIDENT for a reason and ACCIDENTS happen. I'm sure his family will sue the hell out of her insurance company and probably win and she's going to have to live with this for the rest of her life. If she's any kind of decent person this is going to devastate her and scramble her brain for many years to come. I'm very sorry for his family and while the accident looks to be her fault, you really can't prove that the heart attack was.
The article states that the man went into cardiac arrest AFTER the accident.
uh-yeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#18 Jun 11, 2008
Are you kidding me wrote:
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The heart attack could have been a wierd coincidence that was going to happen anyway and quite frankly 42 is pretty young for a heart attack to take somebody out.
Actually this is false. As a person ages the body develops a sort of secondary circulation system. By the age of 50 the secondary system is completely in place. Over the age of 40 is prime time for heart attacks in men, and is often fatal for men between 40-50 because they lack the secondary system yet. Men 50 and over often survive. Medical professionals please confirm or refute this. I was told this by a friend that is a health and fitness freak.
Tragic

Moseley, VA

#19 Jun 11, 2008
Hampton Parent wrote:
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And maybe she had just taken her eyes off the car in front of her to check her mirrors. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye.
Oh, congratulations! You must be one of the few perfect people that the rest of us are striving to be like. I have made mistakes, and yes I accept the consequenses for my mistakes. The girl has charges pending against her that she will have to answer to, as well as living with the fact that the man she hit died, whether by her hand or not she may never know. Have a heart, you may need understanding yourself very soon.
I do realize that accidents happen, at the same time this was an accident that resulted in someone's death. I have made mistakes as everyone does but that in no way means that this accident should go unpunished. You act as if I am asking for the state of VA to throw the girl under the jail, which I am not. But the punishment needs to fit the crime and this CRIME should not go unpunished simply because this girl was an "inexperienced driver". How would you explain this man's death to the family that he left behind? "Your father/husband/brother/uncle/s on is dead due to an accident caused by an inexperienced driver, so just suck it up and hope that she doesn't hit you next time..."
For Sure

United States

#20 Jun 11, 2008
IT IS TIME wrote:
It is time to change the age to get a drivers license. You have to be 21 to Drink...Why not atlease make the age 18. When you are 16 years old you are sill a CHILD...!!
Thank you! As soon as these kids get a drivers license,they think they're supposed to have a car. NOT!

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