Death of Harker Heights High School student prompts Killeen ISD...

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Updated: Mar 7, 2007 6:48pm The death of a Harker Heights freshman has Killeen ISD reviewing its track team training procedures.
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R M Savage

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I was disturbed somewhat reading the comments made by Martin Allen. Many things can happen to anyone anywhere but I see that better judgement could have been used like the time of day, 8 a.m is probabibly the busiest time of the day. Whoever was supervising the run should have established rules which could have eliminated some risk such as not standing on the median of a busy intersection. There are situations in which no amount of foresight could have prevented an accident. The time of day, busy intersection and coaches in the car? They should have been on bikes with bright orange flags..one in front and one in the back of the runners..if someone had fallen or tripped..how fast can the coach get out of the car without disrupting traffic? It just gets me how the administrators as guardian ad litems don't guard the children of this community as if they were their own. Students trust their coaches, teachers and principals. I cannot imagine the sense of the greatest loss the parents are suffering...it could've happen to anyone is so inappropriate.
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This was such an unfortunate incident. I am a resident of Harker Heights, TX, and I understand that these students need to train on different terrains, but why couldn't they use Carl Levin Park. After all, it is on the same road as the school and much safer. This track is enclosed, hilly etc. My heart goes out to the family, hopefully Kisd will correct this problem.
Aunt

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May 5, 2007
 
My neice was struck by a vehicle while running for track on 2410 as well. This happened in the fall and although she was injured (thankfully) she is fine now. Was this not a warning???? Why did it take a death of a child to think that this may de a danger?
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Str8_2_the_Point wrote:
Any elementary school student would know NOT to run or play in the street. Why were some HIGH SCHOOL students so DUMB as NOT to know they should NOT run or play in the street? Play with FIRE, you WILL get burned.
You have no clue what you are talking about. I was there when this happened and I saw it with my own eyes happen. She was waiting on the island. The truck jumped onto the sidewalk. She was not playing in the street. She didn't need to die.
a mom

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May 21, 2008
 
Str8_2_the_Point wrote:
Any elementary school student would know NOT to run or play in the street. Why were some HIGH SCHOOL students so DUMB as NOT to know they should NOT run or play in the street? Play with FIRE, you WILL get burned.
Shame on you, what if this were your child.
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May 21, 2008
 
R M Savage wrote:
I was disturbed somewhat reading the comments made by Martin Allen. Many things can happen to anyone anywhere but I see that better judgement could have been used like the time of day, 8 a.m is probabibly the busiest time of the day. Whoever was supervising the run should have established rules which could have eliminated some risk such as not standing on the median of a busy intersection. There are situations in which no amount of foresight could have prevented an accident. The time of day, busy intersection and coaches in the car? They should have been on bikes with bright orange flags..one in front and one in the back of the runners..if someone had fallen or tripped..how fast can the coach get out of the car without disrupting traffic? It just gets me how the administrators as guardian ad litems don't guard the children of this community as if they were their own. Students trust their coaches, teachers and principals. I cannot imagine the sense of the greatest loss the parents are suffering...it could've happen to anyone is so inappropriate.
i from avery, texas and was just reading this topic. what happened to the girl. how was she hit. why weren't the couches out with the kids.when my boys were in high school and running track their couch always ran with them.
lillie

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Jul 16, 2008
 
what in the world is wrong with you.i'm refering to str8_2_the_point. i'm a friend of the girl who's sister was hit by the car. do u not have feelings? she didnt deserve to die and although i only met her 1 time she was one of the nicest people i had met. so if u want to go making fun of people that this type of thing has happened to i want you to some down to heights ask for the 9th grader named lillie and i'll give you a little piece of my mind because she shouldnt have died and you know what you dont even know anything about her or who she was. you most likely dont know anything about that street and intersection so you know what.and you know what if you were part of the family you sure wouldnt be saying stuff like this. you dont know the back ground or the whole story so shut the heck up.
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Ahh Killeen ISD athletics ! Where being a jock makes it okay for you to be dumb as bricks.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Especially when you can get a straight A on all your courses just for running out in the middle of a road while screaming I AM A CHAMPION !
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Aug 14, 2008
 
I was disturbed somewhat reading the comments made by Martin Allen. Many things can happen to anyone anywhere but I see that better judgement could have been used like the time of day, 8 a.m is probabibly the busiest time of the day. Whoever was supervising the run should have established rules which could have eliminated some risk such as not standing on the median of a busy intersection. There are situations in which no amount of foresight could have prevented an accident. The time of day, busy intersection and coaches in the car? They should have been on bikes with bright orange flags..one in front and one in the back of the runners..if someone had fallen or tripped..how fast can the coach get out of the car without disrupting traffic? It just gets me how the administrators as guardian ad litems don't guard the children of this community as if they were their own. Students trust their coaches, teachers and principals. I cannot imagine the sense of the greatest loss the parents are suffering...it could've happen to anyone is so inappropriate.
The coaches treat you like you are there own. You can talk about anything with them.
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Aug 14, 2008
 
"I was disturbed somewhat reading the comments made by Martin Allen. Many things can happen to anyone anywhere but I see that better judgement could have been used like the time of day, 8 a.m is probabibly the busiest time of the day. Whoever was supervising the run should have established rules which could have eliminated some risk such as not standing on the median of a busy intersection. There are situations in which no amount of foresight could have prevented an accident. The time of day, busy intersection and coaches in the car? They should have been on bikes with bright orange flags..one in front and one in the back of the runners..if someone had fallen or tripped..how fast can the coach get out of the car without disrupting traffic? It just gets me how the administrators as guardian ad litems don't guard the children of this community as if they were their own. Students trust their coaches, teachers and principals. I cannot imagine the sense of the greatest loss the parents are suffering...it could've happen to anyone is so inappropriate."
The coaches treat you like you are there own. You can talk about anything with them.
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"Any elementary school student would know NOT to run or play in the street. Why were some HIGH SCHOOL students so DUMB as NOT to know they should NOT run or play in the street? Play with FIRE, you WILL get burned."
I was at the STOP LIGHT in front of Harker Heights Highschool THAT MORNING. I SAW Amanda Marie Ware standing on the island. NOT "playing and running in the street."!!! In fact, Amanda WAVED to me in my car when she saw me. The truck jumped the curb and hit her. She DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE!! Panda Bear my prayers go out to your family. Your were one of my closest friends. I miss you, and I love you. You were a great person. R.I.P ~Amanda Marie Ware.~
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Dec 16, 2008
 
Sissy RRC wrote:
<quoted text>i from avery, texas and was just reading this topic. what happened to the girl. how was she hit. why weren't the couches out with the kids.when my boys were in high school and running track their couch always ran with them.
The couches don't run with the students. The couches tell the students to make a run around town to a certain distance in the mornings, and then back to school. It's like PT in the Army, but for Cross Country. An 18 wheeler jumbed the curb at the intersection and hit Amanda head on killing her. I was at the stop light and witnessed the whole thing. She even waved to me before she was killed...
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Jan 16, 2009
 
i am sorry about what happened to this girl but things have not changed.i go by the school every day and it is nothing to watch the kids punch the button for the light and then step up to the very edge of the sidewalk to wait for the light changing.i watched a young man do so wednesday and the pickup turning with a trailer must have passed within 6 inches of him.somebody please educate these kids where to stand befor this happens again.
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You must be dumb if your in high school and not know when to cross the street. When i was in elementary they told me to look both ways before i cross the street.
Mom of Amanda

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tish wrote:
You must be dumb if your in high school and not know when to cross the street. When i was in elementary they told me to look both ways before i cross the street.
WOW! I really have to respond to this..because I am Amanda's mother. I agree with what you are saying about learning to cross the street when you are in elementary school that's a great skill to have. That is not what happened at all. There were 2 trucks making the turn on the corner that day. Amanda was not the only runner that was hit. Her friend and team mate Aurora was also hit and survived. They did wait on the sidewalk at the intersection. The first truck waved them to the island to cross. The first truck made the turn and then the second truck turned and drove over the island (on accident)- coming into contact with both girls. They were not goofing off or playing. Amanda was very smart.
The driver was not on drugs or alcohol. He made a mistake...We are all human and make mistakes and I am sure he feels terrible about it all. My hope is that he can find his new normal for living. We forgive him. I can't imagine how I would feel if I was driving and hit and took someones life. I hope that never happens to anyone. But I am sure that a lot of people have seen a lot of near misses of someone nearly getting hit in parking lots or in streets. Hopefully that doesn't happen in anyones lifetime- weather it be the person driving or the family who lost someone.
In response- to the person who wrote about learning to cross the street when you are in kindergarden...Learning how to read and comprehend your facts is also a good life skill...One I suggest you need some practice at and using tact in your public statements. Stay in school.
A friend of Amanda

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Mar 7, 2010
 
I was thinking about Amanda today, I remember my freshman year going to the silent school the day it happened! I remember it being around spring break ( which is right around the corner!) How dare you people say such rude things! Amanda Marie Ware was an amazing person, and very smart! She was not " playing " in the street, she was doing what she loved, she was running track! You should get your facts straight before you judge! Amanda Ware was a fantastic, kind friend, who cared about everyone! R.I.P Amanda Ware!
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Feb 17, 2011
 
Ha, that little harker heights shit deserve to shot. I hope is parents get shot as well.
PseudoKiller

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Feb 17, 2011
 
*to get shot.
Sorry for the poor grammar
A friend of Amanda

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Feb 17, 2011
 
I came across this again tonight for some reason. I went to middle school with Amanda then we moved onto high school together. She was an amazing friend and I miss her daily. I remember the day the she died. I was at practice and I heard the sirens. Then a friend came to tell me what had happened. It was the most silent day I ever had in high school. I also remember walking into English and my teachers eyes were all red from crying and she told us what she witnessed. It was an awful day, but it taught me to live every day like it is my last. To say I love you and not be afraid to take a chance. To those who say "don't play in the street" you are right, don't play in the street BUT she was NOT playing in the street. She was running cross country, something she loved to do. R.I.P Amanda Ware.
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Apr 7, 2011
 
Str8_2_the_Point wrote:
Any elementary school student would know NOT to run or play in the street. Why were some HIGH SCHOOL students so DUMB as NOT to know they should NOT run or play in the street? Play with FIRE, you WILL get burned.
Do you actually know what you are talking about?? she wasnt playing in the street. she was on a run with the rest of her track/cross country team. they were running back on to campus when she was hit. so unless you are gonna do some research before you start calling someones deceased family member or ex girlfriend, then shut your damn mouth!

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