Medford teen killed in car crash

Medford teen killed in car crash

There are 185 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 6, 2008, titled Medford teen killed in car crash. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Medford teenager was killed Saturday when his car hit a tree, Suffolk police said.

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“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#189 Dec 11, 2008
Lost Rights James Bovard wrote:
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The man slammed me with hompphobic remarks and I never said a word to him so Yeah, I "had" to add the negative comments.
How is offering to teabag you a homophobic remark? I was just trying to be nice.
Alan Pimsley

Queens Village, NY

#190 Dec 11, 2008
Lost Rights James Bovard wrote:
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I don't need to "feel" superior to any of you cretins I already KNOW I am.
All bow to the King of Posts.
He is so far superior than the rest of us.
His opinion matters more than all the rest.
You gotta laugh.
Jess

Middle Island, NY

#191 Dec 11, 2008
Pat-Med High needs to start a program to force their teen drivers to face the facts of what can happen to them if they drive too fast and are careless on the roads. There are way too many teens that are dieing not just medford teens but all over, and so many of them are just out of high school! We all see the commercials on TV about the hundreds of kids that die each year from car accidents, so why aren't the schools doing anything!? Parents also really do need to talk to their kids. TEENS! Stop rushing off to wherever you have to go, take it easy so you can get where you are going and back to your loved ones ALIVE.

“I found Nemo!!!”

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#192 Dec 11, 2008
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
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How is offering to teabag you a homophobic remark? I was just trying to be nice.
I would think teabagging is a homoEROTIC remark, and might I add, quite the friendly gesture.
JUSTICE

Yorktown Heights, NY

#193 Dec 11, 2008
An elderly white woman was run down and killed in the parking lot of the Pat-Med Library last night; by an undocumented, unlicensed immigrant!
Where were the Guardian Angels then? Newsday? News12?
remember

Bridgeton, NJ

#194 Dec 11, 2008
That has not found its way onto any of the NYC television news shows yet. Not on the newsday website.

Was the illegal arrested?

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#196 Dec 12, 2008
Jess wrote:
Pat-Med High needs to start a program to force their teen drivers to face the facts of what can happen to them if they drive too fast and are careless on the roads. There are way too many teens that are dieing not just medford teens but all over, and so many of them are just out of high school! We all see the commercials on TV about the hundreds of kids that die each year from car accidents, so why aren't the schools doing anything!? Parents also really do need to talk to their kids. TEENS! Stop rushing off to wherever you have to go, take it easy so you can get where you are going and back to your loved ones ALIVE.
They do, it's called Drivers Ed, and Defensive Driving. Why is it the school's responsibility to make sure kids drive safe? Once kids are off campus, the school has nothing to do with it. Parents need to start stepping up to the plate and stop expecting everyone else to protect their children.
I Have His Wallet

Hicksville, NY

#197 Dec 12, 2008
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
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They do, it's called Drivers Ed, and Defensive Driving. Why is it the school's responsibility to make sure kids drive safe? Once kids are off campus, the school has nothing to do with it. Parents need to start stepping up to the plate and stop expecting everyone else to protect their children.
Exactly! Parents need to have a conversation with their kids every time we see one of these articles. Unfortunately, that is every weekend, but it gives parents ample opportunity. For example, this Sunday over breakfast, you as a parent will most likely have the opportunity to say, "Hey son, I want you to read this story about a kid about your age who died Friday night! Seems he was speeding and hit a tree/pole/house." "And take a look at that picture will you?! If you die like that we won't even be able to have an open casket at your wake. Also, it will be pretty hard for me to identify your broken bloody body!" "Do your mother and I a favor please, DON'T BE AN IDIOT!- don't speed, no texting or talking on the phone while driving, no passengers unless you ask me first, and if you need a ride call me and I'll come and get you!" I Love You son!
Paying Attention

Edison, NJ

#198 Dec 12, 2008
Slappy Sanchez wrote:
Read This Slowly - True Story
Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55
zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so
often?
When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only
partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe
some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was
stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.
Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was
worse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church.
A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at
the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.
Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man
he'd never seen in uniform.
'Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this.'
'Hello, Jack.' No smile.
'Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.'
'Yeah, I guess.' Bob seemed uncertain.
'I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the
rules a bit -just this once.'
Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement.'Diane said something about roast
beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?''I know what you mean. I
also know that you have a reputation in our precinct .' Ouch. This was
not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.
'What'd you clock me at?'
'Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?'
'Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was
barely nudging 65.' The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.
'Please, Jack, in the car'
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it
shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.
The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.
Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?
Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat
near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left.
There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere
two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
'Thanks.' Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.
Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat
in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one
going to cost?
Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?
Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
'Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed
by a car. You guessed it- a speeding driver. A fine and three months in
jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of
them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before
I can ever hug her again.
A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I
thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray
for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left.'
'Bob'
Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the
road.. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he
too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and
hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.
Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; please
pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember,
cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.
This is a "printer" Up on the fridge it goes...but first I must get a tissue. How sad this is.

“Sanchez by Injection ”

Since: Dec 08

Mind Of My Own

#199 Dec 12, 2008
I Have His Wallet wrote:
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Exactly! Parents need to have a conversation with their kids every time we see one of these articles. Unfortunately, that is every weekend, but it gives parents ample opportunity. For example, this Sunday over breakfast, you as a parent will most likely have the opportunity to say, "Hey son, I want you to read this story about a kid about your age who died Friday night! Seems he was speeding and hit a tree/pole/house." "And take a look at that picture will you?! If you die like that we won't even be able to have an open casket at your wake. Also, it will be pretty hard for me to identify your broken bloody body!" "Do your mother and I a favor please, DON'T BE AN IDIOT!- don't speed, no texting or talking on the phone while driving, no passengers unless you ask me first, and if you need a ride call me and I'll come and get you!" I Love You son!
I have this same conversation with my son every weekend!!!
parentofPatMed Students

Bronx, NY

#200 Dec 12, 2008
JUSTICE wrote:
An elderly white woman was run down and killed in the parking lot of the Pat-Med Library last night; by an undocumented, unlicensed immigrant!
Where were the Guardian Angels then? Newsday? News12?
This is from the article from Newsday today "...Joseph Greco, 45, of East Northport, was driving a 2006 Hummer and struck Diane Ketchell, of Jennings Avenue in Patchogue, police said. Greco apparently did not see Ketchell as she left the library and walked in the parking lot around 3:20 p.m., police said..."
No where in this article does it say he is an illegal. If he is then he should be arrested. We have enough racism in this town. Let the facts come out before that is assumed.
However, driving a 2006 Hummer in the day time (3:20 PM) and not seeing someone in the parking lot? Anyone can have an accident, hence, the name. Either way this person was not paying attention to the road... maybe speed, maybe cell phone, maybe texting, maybe looking down to the radio or turning on the heater..either way a person is dead.
Jess: The classes are being given -- in the public schools, private driving schools, insurance companies give defensive driving courses as do the public libraries. However, kids/young adults all think they will not get hurt. They really believe that it will not happen to me, I know what I am doing.
Kids are kids and we as parents must lead by example. I have a CDL and motorcycle license - both licenses earned in schools and road training. I point out what we call 'idiot actions' of other drivers to my kids all the time .. now they say did you see what that idiot just did? or hey nice stop.
AND parents need to put down their cell phones, stop looking at their TomToms or Garmin's or the TV screens in their cars. In other words, how can our children learn if we do not lead by example.
I Have His Wallet: I have already buried way too many friends and loved ones from car related accidents, not to mention the friends my kids have lost. I will continue to have those discussions each and every chance I get. I will continue to say a prayer for each family who has lost someone from these accidents.
a mom

Mount Kisco, NY

#202 Dec 28, 2008
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
"I'll do the errands, you go pick up your girlfriend." "He was my best friend,"
This is why these things happen. No responsibility and playing the friend, not father.
Listen you -----of---- This is a family who was very responsible about teaching their kids right from wrong and were NOT their friends but their parents. Iknow for a fact that this kid was NOT SPEEDING AND WAS WEARING HIS SEAT BELT. There were No skid marks because he was cut off by another driver and had no time to hit the breaks because he only had a 50 or 60 foot span, the cops estimated he was only doing 30 miles if not less. He died because when you hit an object at that speed in such a short distance the CAr STOPS YOUR ORGANS DONT. So get your facts right and I hope ohwellshithappens doesnt happen to you
a dad

Mount Kisco, NY

#203 Dec 28, 2008
Anti-Nimby wrote:
Cont'd
I grew up poor. My first car was a $500 piece of crap that i got at 17. It would always cause me problems. However, i thank the lord i grew up having that as my first car. That car taught me to be sensitive to the noises that a car makes and also taught me all about the mechanics of my car. I knew every inch of my car off the back of my head. And to this day i seem to know a lot more than most of my friends about cars, all thanks to that $500 piece of crap jetta that i bought at 17.
My point being- This kid would've survived(assuming he wasn't speeding) had he been sensitive to his car. Because the DOT doesn't require one to know his/her car it is up to the parents to teach them. Buying your child a brand new car for his first car isn't doing him/her justice. They don't learn anything. A car that requires a little more care and attention is a car that is most suitable for a teenager. It forces them to learn.
the car was a 1990 nissan maxima not a new car . you should all get your facts straight

“Are we paying attention?”

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#204 Dec 29, 2008
Mom & dad (obviously the same person, you must have made a killing on the carny circuit), just how long did you have to search to dig up this thread from 3 weeks ago?

On the other hand, the recent news has been relatively quiet on the squash-a-teen front. May it remain that way.
din

Moss Point, MS

#206 Dec 29, 2008
A 30mph impact should not kill a seat belted teen.

“Are we paying attention?”

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#208 Dec 29, 2008
Anti-Nimby wrote:
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I've also noticed that it's been very quite. See the impact our posts has on our community.
I'll be available on Jan 1st to receive my Community Service Award.

Then again, I think the jury's still out on the guy who drove into the Miller Place house this morning. While he hasn't been charged, chances are that this could change. An awful lot depends on where the driver actually got onto Miller Place Rd.
a dad

Mount Kisco, NY

#209 Dec 30, 2008
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
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Teaching right from wrong doesnít include ditching work to go pick up the girlfriend. When thereís not enough time to react to a situation, youíve either been hit by something you didnít see coming or youíre going too fast for conditions.
Thanks for finding the story 22 days later. I can see youíre really on the ball.
Well when you have to bury your child you really don't have the time to read comments by people that get off on talking crap about people and situations they don't even know. We are not the same person we are THE parents and it's pretty pathetic that some of you really do get off on this. A young man has lost his life. No one else was involved, speed was ruled not to be a factor, he was wearing his seatbelt, when you hit an object that does not move at 30- 35 mph you will be injured very seriously. When a young man starts work at 6:30 in the morning and is told at 3:00 in the afternoon that he did enough I don't think that you can say he ditched work. What we have to deal with right now is more than most of you will ever know. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, not even you ohwellshithappens. So instead of using this forum for your own little self satisfaction why don't you try to be more consructive with your lives and try helping people instead of riping on people you don't even know. May you never know what it feels like to lose a child.
PM parent

Middle Island, NY

#211 Dec 30, 2008
a dad wrote:
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Well when you have to bury your child you really don't have the time to read comments by people that get off on talking crap about people and situations they don't even know. We are not the same person we are THE parents and it's pretty pathetic that some of you really do get off on this. A young man has lost his life. No one else was involved, speed was ruled not to be a factor, he was wearing his seatbelt, when you hit an object that does not move at 30- 35 mph you will be injured very seriously. When a young man starts work at 6:30 in the morning and is told at 3:00 in the afternoon that he did enough I don't think that you can say he ditched work. What we have to deal with right now is more than most of you will ever know. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, not even you ohwellshithappens. So instead of using this forum for your own little self satisfaction why don't you try to be more consructive with your lives and try helping people instead of riping on people you don't even know. May you never know what it feels like to lose a child.
Well said!!!!! I am very sorry for your loss. May your son and Katie rest in peace.
lol

Moss Point, MS

#212 Dec 30, 2008
To: a dad

Sorry for your loss.

What caused the accident?

How could it have been prevented?
parentofPatMedSt udents

Bronx, NY

#215 Jan 2, 2009
a dad wrote:
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Well when you have to bury your child you really don't have the time to read comments by people that get off on talking crap about people and situations they don't even know. We are not the same person we are THE parents and it's pretty pathetic that some of you really do get off on this. A young man has lost his life. No one else was involved, speed was ruled not to be a factor, he was wearing his seatbelt, when you hit an object that does not move at 30- 35 mph you will be injured very seriously. When a young man starts work at 6:30 in the morning and is told at 3:00 in the afternoon that he did enough I don't think that you can say he ditched work. What we have to deal with right now is more than most of you will ever know. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, not even you ohwellshithappens. So instead of using this forum for your own little self satisfaction why don't you try to be more consructive with your lives and try helping people instead of riping on people you don't even know. May you never know what it feels like to lose a child.
Very well said. I can only give you my prayers for strength and peace. Maintain the good memories, that will help you deal with the loss. It has bee 14 years for us.

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