Henderson teen dies in traffic accident

Josh Boatwright * JBoatwright@CITIZEN-TIMES.com * published February 5, 2009 12:15 am HENDERSONVILLE A 16-year-old boy died in Henderson County Tuesday night when his car ran off the road and struck a tree. Full Story
Joe

Lincolnton, NC

#1 Feb 4, 2009
My son is a sophomore at Pisgah High. He recently took the "exemption test" for Drivers' Ed. For four hours over two days, they reviewed with a teacher. Then, the teacher told the students 'If you will review these pages of materials, you won't have to sit through that boring 12 hour class.' This is why our kids are dying, between the "do-over" nature of video games and teachers like this who just don't care and are mailing it in. Frankly, it scares me to death that no matter what I teach him, he is not getting adequate training at school.
Joe

Lincolnton, NC

#2 Feb 4, 2009
Oh, by the way, he passed the test and only has to do the driving part.
Born Here

Suffolk, VA

#3 Feb 5, 2009
Too much testosterone, too little judgement and experience..same old story over & over, when will they ever learn!
CJOHNNY

Boiling Springs, SC

#4 Feb 5, 2009
Parentin plays a big, big part of responsibility of teens drivin. You will have to think about this for awhile before you figure out what I'm tryin to say.
Kweshunater

United States

#5 Feb 5, 2009
CJOHNNY wrote:
Parentin plays a big, big part of responsibility of teens drivin. You will have to think about this for awhile before you figure out what I'm tryin to say.
Perhaps you could learn to spell.
Parent

Asheville, NC

#6 Feb 5, 2009
They did not have driver's education in schools in the "old days" when I got my license. It is great that they have it now, but it does not absolve the parents from riding with, instructing, and observing their children in their first months behind the wheel. My Dad spent numerous summer evenings and weekend days riding with me everywhere. If parents are going to let their children drive, they should make darn sure they are experienced with many supervised hours behind the wheel in all kinds of conditions. I know my Dad would have rather been a lot of other places then teaching me how to make a proper left turn, but he was a responsible parent.
Tender Foot

United States

#7 Feb 5, 2009
So many kids are dying in wrecks lately. I went to high school with a football player named Derek Davidson, who ended up in a wreck on Sand Hill road on his way home from scrimmage. He was not killed in the wreck but lost part of his leg below the knee as a result. Watch the video "Extremity Games" under WLOS News 13 Special Report link under videos. I think, in general, the lesson to be learned is maybe let the kids get their learner's permits once they've successfully completed driver's ed, but do not allow them to get their driver's license until they're 18. Maybe riding with their parents will help them better understand how big a responsibility driving really is.
Parent

Asheville, NC

#8 Feb 5, 2009
Eighteen years old to get a license seems a little old, even to me. A lot of 18 year olds are way past high school graduation. How about 17 or a high school graduation (along with appropriate driver's ed courses)? Most kids expect a vehicle of some sort to be waiting for them in the driveway on their 16th birthday. And I have seen where their 16th birthday is reason enough to skip school (with parent's permission) to go get their driver's license - and they are then set free. YIKES!
Buford T Justice

Boone, NC

#9 Feb 5, 2009
You can not blame traffic fatalities on video games. People of all ages have been getting killed in car wrecks since, well, cars were invented.
its like this

Moscow, Russia

#10 Feb 5, 2009
It is true that high school students in North Carolina can opt out of sitting through drivers ed classes by instead studying on their own and taking a test. This test has 200 questions and takes 2 plus hours to complete. It is quite hard and very thorough. If students make less then 80% then they are required to attend the classes. After passing the test, they receive 6 hours of drive time with the drivers ed teacher, they can then take the drivers test for their permit, but first must pass a road sign test. Getting a drivers license isn't a piece of cake.

However the way young adults drive or how they have been taught can't be blamed on what they did or didn't learn at school. Before a young person gets his or her license they have a year to learn to drive in different situations with their parents. Parents must learn to take responsibility and teach their children. It isn't just left up to the school system, the main responsibility belongs to the parents. It is the job of the parent to provide instruction not only while the young person is driving but also while your child is a passenger as you drive. And they should always know what the consequences of their actions could be.

Each of the three families have my heartfelt sympathy. However I am certain the Tuscola student knew of the Pisgah students death and had most likely hear stories about the accident. I am also willing to bet the young man from Henderson County had heard about both of those tragic accidents and I would like to believe that the parents of the Tuscola and Henderson County young men along with every other parent of a teen driver talked to their children and warned them that not being safe and disobeying the law can end in death. Young people however feel they are in invincible and thinks injury or death will avoid them.

I'm sure before each of these young people got behind the wheel of their cars they were told to be careful and to not drive too fast, unfortunately those words fell on deaf ears. I can only pray they also told them they loved them and that they did hear.
Third time

Charlotte, NC

#11 Feb 5, 2009
Seems like tragedies like these come in threes. Let's hope that's true for these tragic accidents and that we won't have anymore children dying in traffic accidents for a while.
please

Raleigh, NC

#12 Feb 5, 2009
They need to raise the driving age!You have to be 18 to vote or go into the army,so why can't it be 18 to get your license.
Keith former Gun-bunny

United States

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Kweshunater wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps you could learn to spell.
I be athankin CJOHNNY done gone and dit a good job on spellin.

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