Philly-area woman charged in fatal crash -- themorningcall.com

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A Huntingdon Valley woman who allegedly ran a red light in South Whitehall Township in November and struck another car broadside, killing the teenage driver, has been charged with vehicular homicide.
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lynn

Bangor, PA

#1 Jul 18, 2007
Throw the book at her. Keep her sorry arse in jail until she croaks.

“Does it really Matter”

Since: May 07

Sunnyville USA

#2 Jul 18, 2007
Another story that lack the details to make an informed decision. Hey MCall keep up the good work…

“Goddess in my own little world”

Since: May 07

USA

#3 Jul 18, 2007
A senseless avoidable accident. I see this so often when I'm driving. A red light only takes a few minutes before it changes to green. To anyone who is in the habit of running red lights, be patient, proceed with caution. The life you save may be your own. If you need to promptly be somewhere, leave earlier to reach your destination. Strict penalties need to be enforced with red light runners. It has become all too common.

My sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of this unfortunate victim.
Sounds Odd

New York, NY

#4 Jul 18, 2007
I've never heard of charges this severe for an accident unless alcohol or drugs were involved. It's obvious that it was the women's mistake that cost a life, by why such severe charges in this particular case?
RideEmCowboy

Allentown, PA

#6 Jul 18, 2007
The Morning Call wrote:
Nirmala Karnam ... ran a ... "steady" ... red light ... and struck another car broadside, killing ... 18-year-old Tara Koshinski ..., has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Finally, the DA is starting to take killing people seriously!

I hope Nirmala gets the MAX!
No_Sense

United States

#7 Jul 18, 2007
valleyvenus wrote:
A senseless avoidable accident. I see this so often when I'm driving. A red light only takes a few minutes before it changes to green. To anyone who is in the habit of running red lights, be patient, proceed with caution. The life you save may be your own. If you need to promptly be somewhere, leave earlier to reach your destination. Strict penalties need to be enforced with red light runners. It has become all too common.
My sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of this unfortunate victim.
I went through a stale yellow this morning that turned red as I was about 1/2 way through. There were no less than 5 cars behind me that went through also. I agree, there needs to be more enforcement on this problem... I'm not sure I like the red light cameras though. Who knows how reliable those things are not to mention the big brother factor.
RideEmCowboy

Allentown, PA

#8 Jul 18, 2007
valleyvenus wrote:
Strict penalties need to be enforced with red light runners. It has become all too common.
When I am driving my "little" Honda Civic, several times each week, I have to dodge one of those extra large SUV's or pickups, who INTENTIONALLY drives straight through a steady red light. The driver of the SUV/pickup definitely sees the red light, and see me, and makes a conscious decision to run the red light. Obviously, the driver has an "I'm too big to get hurt" attitude.

In contrast, when I am driving my SUV, the other guy never runs a steady red light.
James

United States

#11 Jul 18, 2007
lucky me wrote:
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i hope your kids die in an accident, then you will know what real pain is. I will pray for that to happen every day.
Praying for someone to die...???
Your god must be a Sicko too. You're as bad as the islamic extremists!
sad

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Jul 18, 2007
Instead of praying for innocent children to die, why don't you pray that Lynn's heart will feel compassion?
lucky me wrote:
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i hope your kids die in an accident, then you will know what real pain is. I will pray for that to happen every day.
lynn

Bangor, PA

#13 Jul 18, 2007
lucky me wrote:
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i hope your kids die in an accident, then you will know what real pain is. I will pray for that to happen every day.
Oh geez, lucky YOU. I lost a good friend due to someone running a red light. Thanks for your smart remark. YOU DON'T RUN RED LIGHTS, GET IT!
Dave

Springtown, PA

#14 Jul 18, 2007
lucky me wrote:
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i hope your kids die in an accident, then you will know what real pain is. I will pray for that to happen every day.
Nice. Ya know, though, that sorta prayer isn't answerd in the affirmative, and shame on you for hoping it would be.
valleyvenus

Whitehall, PA

#15 Jul 18, 2007
No_Sense wrote:
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I went through a stale yellow this morning that turned red as I was about 1/2 way through. There were no less than 5 cars behind me that went through also. I agree, there needs to be more enforcement on this problem... I'm not sure I like the red light cameras though. Who knows how reliable those things are not to mention the big brother factor.
Some yellow lights take longer then others before switching to red. I too, have gone through a yellow light or two, that changed red before I got through. I generally slow down and come to a complete stop. There is the problem with tailgating also; particularly when I'm approaching a yellow light. Obviously the person wants me to hurry through so they can make the light too. I always try to remain a car to two car lengths behind the driver in front of me. Very important, particularly in rainy or icy weather conditions. And...drivers in the passing lane who dart in and out of traffic. But speeding is the biggest factor in most accidents. I was listening to the car radio the other day and there were at least 3 accidents on east 22 near Cedar Crest.
Lynnie

Palmerton, PA

#16 Jul 18, 2007
lucky me wrote:
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i hope your kids die in an accident, then you will know what real pain is. I will pray for that to happen every day.
What God is yours that answers death wish prayers? Satan?

Or just maybe, it's the same "god" who told Bush it's ok to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people for profit as long as you have a cross in one hand. Disgusting.
Okay

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jul 18, 2007
Its not just red lights, its stop signs as well. EVERYDAY I drive in Easton and see people totally blow a stop sign or just roll through it.

What part of STOP can't they understand? Maybe they're color blind too?
ELT452

United States

#18 Jul 18, 2007
There is no pain worse then losing a child. I am so glad that the poor girl who died was proven to not be at fault. That particular light is very bad, people race thru it all the time. If South whitehall cops would sit there they could nab a boat load of speed racers. North bound 309 is a speedway at times.
damn fools

Allentown, PA

#19 Jul 18, 2007
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June
July

Rip Van Winkle aka DA wakes up. And this guy is unopposed for re-election?
Lynnie

Palmerton, PA

#21 Jul 18, 2007
lucky me wrote:
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Just like praying for aids to wipe out all the fairies in this land, whats the difference?
The difference is not the question. You cannot "pray" for hate.

Your time will come, sweetie, and when you really NEED your god to answer your prayers, your life full of hate will have caused yours to go unanswered.
No More Silent

Philadelphia, PA

#22 Jul 18, 2007
The 62-year-old woman has not learned how to behave in the society. She is shameful.
suz

Nazareth, PA

#23 Jul 18, 2007
Lynnie wrote:
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What God is yours that answers death wish prayers? Satan?
Or just maybe, it's the same "god" who told Bush it's ok to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people for profit as long as you have a cross in one hand. Disgusting.
What does running a red light have to do with President Bush? People that have to use every opportunity to say something like this are just plain stupid.
Anonymous in Allentown

Easton, PA

#24 Jul 18, 2007
I am disturbed by some of these comments so I just had to comment myself. It may have taken this long until the investigation was completed first of all. They (the South Whitehall Police) were probably just making sure that they have all the facts. We are all entitled to opinions and in my opinion I think Nirmala should be found guilty. I know that intersection can be bad. I happen to travel it every day and see a lot of people blow through the red lights there, but Nirmala blew through a "steady" red light! There was probably no question that it was even yellow! I pray for the Kochinski family and hope they cherish those 18 years that they had with their daughter. Her life was cut too short!

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