Harleysville boy killed by golf cart

Aug 12, 2008 Full story: The Reporter 10

Noah Paquin had a smile and big, bright eyes that were not easy to forget. He would light up a room with his personality and his presence on the stage in performances for the Theatre Arts Center and the Bristol ...

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“Here I am World”

Since: May 08

Quakertown

#1 Aug 12, 2008
That is so sad. Does anyone know anything about the injured boy?

“Say NO to Nutty Politicians!”

Since: Aug 08

Qtown

#2 Aug 12, 2008
What is sad is: where the hell was the parental supervision? Another 12 year old was driving...and these carts zoom along pretty quickly! My dad has one, and I won't let my son drive it unless I'm with him.
why

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Aug 12, 2008
The Real Hmmm wrote:
What is sad is: where the hell was the parental supervision? Another 12 year old was driving...and these carts zoom along pretty quickly! My dad has one, and I won't let my son drive it unless I'm with him.
Always quick to critisize; how about some empathy for the poor grieving famiy.

“Say NO to Nutty Politicians!”

Since: Aug 08

Qtown

#4 Aug 13, 2008
why wrote:
<quoted text>Always quick to critisize; how about some empathy for the poor grieving famiy.
I do feel sad for them, BUT, would you give your 12 year old the keys to the car? Of course not! This isn't a little go-kart now...it's basically a full size vehicle--similar in size to a Smart Car--but wide open like a Jeep Wrangler with the top off.
Bucks County Resident

Somerville, NJ

#5 Aug 14, 2008
The Real Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>I do feel sad for them, BUT, would you give your 12 year old the keys to the car? Of course not! This isn't a little go-kart now...it's basically a full size vehicle--similar in size to a Smart Car--but wide open like a Jeep Wrangler with the top off.
I usually dont agree with you, but I do here. "Safety first" will be the first thing I teach my child when we deal with our ATVs. 12 years young is too young IMO to operate a motorized vehicle.
taac

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 Aug 22, 2008
This is a horrible tragedy, and to place blame on parents who are deeply suffering just adds to their pain. I happen to personally know one of the two families involved in this tragedy and they are two of the most responsible and cautious parents I have ever known. Anyone who has raised a child this age knows no matter how much preaching about safety you have done, things happen. Every time you let your kids go to a theme park, community park, play sports, boat, water ski or ride their bike, skateboard, you name it, your child is at risk. You cannot watch a child this age 24/7. Our nature is to blame someone for horrible tagedies, but the truth is things happen to children of very good parents, and things don't to some very bad parents. Life is not fair. The worst injustice of all of this is to hurt people that are already in incomprehensible pain.
BlowSmoke

Mertztown, PA

#7 Aug 22, 2008
taac wrote:
This is a horrible tragedy, and to place blame on parents who are deeply suffering just adds to their pain. I happen to personally know one of the two families involved in this tragedy and they are two of the most responsible and cautious parents I have ever known. Anyone who has raised a child this age knows no matter how much preaching about safety you have done, things happen. Every time you let your kids go to a theme park, community park, play sports, boat, water ski or ride their bike, skateboard, you name it, your child is at risk. You cannot watch a child this age 24/7. Our nature is to blame someone for horrible tagedies, but the truth is things happen to children of very good parents, and things don't to some very bad parents. Life is not fair. The worst injustice of all of this is to hurt people that are already in incomprehensible pain.
I agree, we should just act like it's no big deal, and encourage them to make these types of poor decisions in the future. After all, they are in pain. I think that we should convince them that they have no fault in this. We should lie to them. That will make the pain better.
taac wrote:
Every time you let your kids go to a theme park, community park, play sports, boat, water ski or ride their bike, skateboard, you name it, your child is at risk.
None of these are even remotely similar to giving your child the key to a half ton, seatbelt free motorized vehicle.

I'm sure they feel horrible and they should, after all, the fault is ALL theirs.
Q-tonion

Mertztown, PA

#8 Aug 22, 2008
BlowSmoke wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, we should just act like it's no big deal, and encourage them to make these types of poor decisions in the future. After all, they are in pain. I think that we should convince them that they have no fault in this. We should lie to them. That will make the pain better.
<quoted text>
None of these are even remotely similar to giving your child the key to a half ton, seatbelt free motorized vehicle.
I'm sure they feel horrible and they should, after all, the fault is ALL theirs.
Oh, so you're just being helpful by pointing out that letting a 12yr. old drive a golf cart could lead to tradgedy? Pointing it out just in case they still don't understand there could be consequences...like the loss of a child? In case they still didn't realize their child was killed? That may be the stupidest explanation, of why it's ok for some to throw stones on this site, that I've ever heard of?!

You're an A**

And do you think it's possible that maybe two twelve yr. olds just decided to take the cart for a quick ride and the parents didn't know?(This is where some of you Jacka**es insert the thought that in that case they probably deserved it) Who knows what happened but them? I'll hold my judgement and just give my prayers and thoughts and focus on what I can control.
BlowSmoke

Fleetwood, PA

#9 Aug 22, 2008
Q-tonion wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, so you're just being helpful by pointing out that letting a 12yr. old drive a golf cart could lead to tradgedy? Pointing it out just in case they still don't understand there could be consequences...like the loss of a child? In case they still didn't realize their child was killed? That may be the stupidest explanation, of why it's ok for some to throw stones on this site, that I've ever heard of?!
You're an A**
And do you think it's possible that maybe two twelve yr. olds just decided to take the cart for a quick ride and the parents didn't know?(This is where some of you Jacka**es insert the thought that in that case they probably deserved it) Who knows what happened but them? I'll hold my judgement and just give my prayers and thoughts and focus on what I can control.
I wasn't "explaining" anything. I was being sarcastic towards the people who think nothing should be said if it's not positive. This is a place for all opinions, not just positive ones.

You think we should blow smoke up there asses instead of speak the truth? You do it. I'm different then that. Call it what you want.

Oh and about they're quick joyride...even if the parents didn't know they were doing it....the last time I checked, golf carts required a key, which must have just been sitting in there. Do you consider golf carts harmless?

And as far as them learning a lesson, I hope they did, maybe next time them learning a lesson won't result in an innocent childs death.

“It's a series of tubes.”

Since: Mar 08

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#11 Aug 23, 2008
i actually agree as well. just as if the parent had left the key to thier car in the ignition. the gofl cart if a powerful vehicle. they are unsafe if not governed. as a golfer i have been in many carts. once i was actually able to catch air over a small bump in a cart. as an adult i drive them carefully and dont really screw around on them too much.

if an adult would have been the one who died in the accident, everyone here would be calling them an idiot for going to fast or something like that.

the parents do hold the blame here. they would hold the blame if the child would have taken the car out driving and this is no different.

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