Victim in fatal Torrance crash ID'd - The Daily Breeze

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A man who died in a car crash in Torrance early Friday has been identified. Alvin Smith, 39, of Hawthorne was apparently speeding in his Acura Legend around 4:30 a.m. when he hit a wall at 175th Street and ... Full Story
Alex W

West Palm Beach, FL

#4 Feb 19, 2008
Alvin Smith was a personal friend. We have known each other since high school. He served his country in the armed services for several years. He was a good person. The freedom we all enjoy and cherish so dearly is in part because of people like Alvin Smith.

Must we show no compassion to his family that very well might have read such comments??? The death rate is at 100% and I'm most certain that we all would want others to show an ounce of respect that our families and friends might not be insulted by such non-sense. I pray for those that have made fun without using better judgment.

Sincerely,

Pastor Alex W
catwoman

Torrance, CA

#5 Feb 19, 2008
Alex W wrote:
Alvin Smith was a personal friend. We have known each other since high school. He served his country in the armed services for several years. He was a good person. The freedom we all enjoy and cherish so dearly is in part because of people like Alvin Smith.
Must we show no compassion to his family that very well might have read such comments??? The death rate is at 100% and I'm most certain that we all would want others to show an ounce of respect that our families and friends might not be insulted by such non-sense. I pray for those that have made fun without using better judgment.
Sincerely,
Pastor Alex W
Well put Pastor. I rarely even log onto this forum anymore as it seems to have become nothing more than foolish and irresponsible comments. A man has died, his family is mourning. Please show some compassion and respect; if you can't say anything nice...
Concerened Friend

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Feb 19, 2008
Does anyone know when and where the services are being held?
MRC

El Segundo, CA

#8 Feb 19, 2008
Has anyone considered that there were no skid marks because maybe his brakes weren't working?
Keith Henderson

Silverado, CA

#9 Feb 19, 2008
Thank you Alex for those well spoken words. I too was a classmate and good friend of Alvin and it pains me that he is gone, but it pains me more that there are people like these individuals that would post their tasteless comments for others to see. This just shows how little compassion some have for others. If Alvin could hear me, I would to tell him thank you for your friendship and you will be sorely missed.
Concerned Friend

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Feb 19, 2008
MRC wrote:
Has anyone considered that there were no skid marks because maybe his brakes weren't working?
Agreed. Everyone is so quick to jump to conclusions.
the Hawk

United States

#11 Feb 19, 2008
Yes, we love to jump, we hate to think.
Concerned Friend wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed. Everyone is so quick to jump to conclusions.
GMC

Irvine, CA

#12 Feb 19, 2008
Keep all fallen soldiers in our hearts and memory. Do something different greet someone and ask "How are you" and if they begin to respond, LISTEN. You may give someone the perception that caring still exist in this sinister world. You may be just that outlet they needed and they might bring you into awareness of something new. May God comfort everyone touched by Alvin. To the Mother and family, comfort one another and cherish the memories.
KAT

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Feb 19, 2008
4:30 am? Maybe the poor guy fell asleep. My condolences to his family.
MRC

El Segundo, CA

#14 Feb 19, 2008
KAT wrote:
4:30 am? Maybe the poor guy fell asleep. My condolences to his family.
Now we are thinking! Keep these ideas flowing. Not every death is suicide or murder. I think people watch too much TV.
C Man

Sunset Beach, CA

#15 Feb 19, 2008
Alex. Let the family know that we are all hurting here at AT&T for the great loss. We will miss him. The evidence is clear, but we cannot judge anyone; only one can judge, God. His promise to whom he has in his memory: John 5:21, 28, 29...
BJL

Danville, CA

#20 Feb 19, 2008
Funeral will be held at 11:00am.
Corey B

Hilo, HI

#24 Feb 20, 2008
At 11 am on what day?
Monica Johnson

Columbia, SC

#25 Feb 22, 2008
I am proud to know that there are still concerned and close friends at home. You don't appreciate it until you leave. My prayers are with the family.
Retired DOT

Riverside, CA

#26 Feb 23, 2008
He probably didn't fall asleep, as there is a bend in the road that would have snapped him awake, or else he would have hit parked car (s). If his breaks weren't working, there would be evidence of break fluid on the road, which would indicate his desperate attempts to get his breaks working through excessive pumping. Also, he probably would have tried his emergency break, which would caused skid marks from the rear tires. Moreover, if he saw the wall, and had no breaks, most likely he would have cranked the wheel in attempts to make the turn at the T-intersection to further slow the vehicle and risk a side impact. This poor individual probably lost consciousness before the impact, I've seen cases were the cause of death upon further investigation revealed a massive heart attack or stroke; these cases, too, had no skid marks. God bless.
Jiar Hill

Huntington Beach, CA

#27 Feb 23, 2008
We will miss you, Alvin. Thank you for being my friend.

Side city, class of 87.
Marcus

Huntington Beach, CA

#28 Mar 6, 2008
Al,Skywalker,AlBoogie,Leanback ,Limp,Smitty, and Moon
All nicknames my "brother" went by at some point in his life (and was there when he got most of them). I had the pleasure of being one of his closest friends for 31 of his 39 years. My man's personality dared you not to like him and double dared you not to love him. youtube.com/righteoustalk and see his tribute from his Brothers: Marcus,Xavier,Tshombe,Dane,Ru, & Donald,
I love you and will never forget you Chalon you were truly my brother.

Marcus C.
Elizabeth Yurnet

Fort Washington, MD

#29 Jan 10, 2010
I am absolutely heart broken by this story. I have been searching for Chalon for a few years now. We used to date back in high school. I still have his football memorabilia that I've been wanting to return to him. I'm just crushed. RIP Chalon.

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