Coplay man recalls fatal crash the night his girlfriend died

A Coplay man testified Tuesday that he and his 18-year-old girlfriend were on their way to the Trexlertown Wal-Mart when the relationship they had since the ninth grade abruptly ended. Full Story
WOW

Roseland, NJ

#1 Jun 11, 2008
she ran a red light, it doesn't matter how long it was red. boy would that ruling make laws gray, not black and white
mom in allentown

West Chester, PA

#2 Jun 11, 2008
She ran the red light, bottom line. Shes guilty on all charges. A young girl is dead and she had a bright future ahead of her and it was gone in a flash because of a STUPID mistake.
freind

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Jun 11, 2008
she is gulity due ot teh fact she killed a good freind no matte rwhat she ran teh red light. and ruined alot of lives and makes everyon double think of tehre own lives at the same time.
James

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Jun 12, 2008
Everybody makes mistakes. This was a terrible one but I would find it hard to convict this woman of homicide. I'm sure she's tortured enough. She'll get hit hard again in civil court. She didn't "intend" to kill anyone. She's spent her life helping others. Yes she ran a red light. I don't believe she ran into the other car on purpose. This is not criminal homicide as described by the law. Hopefully the jury will be able to execute THE LAW and not make a decision based on emotion like the other posts on here..
MrsX

Harrisburg, PA

#5 Jun 12, 2008
If she gets off on the charges, I hope she is sued into oblivion.
friend

Tampa, FL

#6 Jun 12, 2008
i would like to see this woman suffer as much as tara's family is!
a friend

United States

#7 Jun 12, 2008
If you look on wfmz's site, it says this is the EIGHT accident she has been found at fault for. All she got today was a slap on the wrist and her license taken away.
Yes, everyone makes mistakes....but eight? and one of which that took the life away of a beautiful girl that had so much potential. and also my best friend.
GOP Nuker

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jun 13, 2008
James wrote:
Everybody makes mistakes. This was a terrible one but I would find it hard to convict this woman of homicide. I'm sure she's tortured enough. She'll get hit hard again in civil court. She didn't "intend" to kill anyone. She's spent her life helping others. Yes she ran a red light. I don't believe she ran into the other car on purpose. This is not criminal homicide as described by the law. Hopefully the jury will be able to execute THE LAW and not make a decision based on emotion like the other posts on here..
Too bad. They need to send a message about running red lights. Everyone thinks it's no big deal but it only takes one time to change the lives of a lot of people. This woman deserves jail time. It's also time that people start owning up to their mistakes and bad behavior. Enough is enough. A young woman died and this lady is still alive.
NYOB

Bangor, PA

#9 Jun 13, 2008
James wrote:
Everybody makes mistakes. This was a terrible one but I would find it hard to convict this woman of homicide. I'm sure she's tortured enough. She'll get hit hard again in civil court. She didn't "intend" to kill anyone. She's spent her life helping others. Yes she ran a red light. I don't believe she ran into the other car on purpose. This is not criminal homicide as described by the law. Hopefully the jury will be able to execute THE LAW and not make a decision based on emotion like the other posts on here..
"Didn't intend to hit the car" yeah. If she were paying attention, this would have never Happened. What does "helping others" have to do with this situation? People everywhere, everyday help people, what relevance does this have on this case? This lady needs to be put away for a very long time, and that's still not enough.
Concerned

Bangor, PA

#10 Jun 13, 2008
The verdict is a hard one to accept. Even though all the facts were presented from the experts and witnesses, I can't believe that the jury found this Woman not guilty of her actions. And the attorney that defended her, go rot!!!! A Drivers license is a privalge to have, and obviously she didn't care. If she was paying attention to her surroundings while driving, she would have noticed that the light was RED, not Green!!! And not enough time to react to the situation, rubish!!! Someone previously stated that she didn't "intend to run into the car", maybe not, but she did. Also, there are many people out there that help people every day as well, what makes her any different? And to hear that she had seven previous Motor Vehicle violations that she caused, and the eigth one, she killed someone, does the system need a road map to tell them that she needs to be taken off the road forever, and rot in jail!!! When/if she gets her license back one day, and something like this happens again, what then? Will she get a sympathetic slap on the wrist again? I know that some people are saying that she has to live the rest of her life knowing that she took someones life, but this is not enough. As a parent and mother myself, its upsets me to know that the system is failing us. It seems that no one wants to be responsible for their mistakes these days. And just giving up her license is not enough. There must be something else that can be done. The jury should have asked this, "If not the charges given, what could we charge her with?" Can they live with themselves, knowing that she is or will be out there, and this could happen again, Maybe even to their loved one's? This woman still has her life with her family. The young lady does not. Her parents and family have lost hopes and dreams. This is a blow to all of them I am sure. If they intend to file a Criminal suit against this woman I hope that things turn around. People do not realize what families that lose loved ones in these type of situations go through. The medical bills, counseling, to mention a few, do pile up!!! In turn I would like to say, I know that it is hard for the family, and always will be, but she has taken one thing from you, please do not let her take what you have left. A family needs one another more now than ever before. It may not be today or tomorrow, but what goes around, does come full circle. And GOD, I hope that it does for her!!!
friend

Fleetwood, PA

#11 Jun 13, 2008
Concerned wrote:
The verdict is a hard one to accept. Even though all the facts were presented from the experts and witnesses, I can't believe that the jury found this Woman not guilty of her actions. And the attorney that defended her, go rot!!!! A Drivers license is a privalge to have, and obviously she didn't care. If she was paying attention to her surroundings while driving, she would have noticed that the light was RED, not Green!!! And not enough time to react to the situation, rubish!!! Someone previously stated that she didn't "intend to run into the car", maybe not, but she did. Also, there are many people out there that help people every day as well, what makes her any different? And to hear that she had seven previous Motor Vehicle violations that she caused, and the eigth one, she killed someone, does the system need a road map to tell them that she needs to be taken off the road forever, and rot in jail!!! When/if she gets her license back one day, and something like this happens again, what then? Will she get a sympathetic slap on the wrist again? I know that some people are saying that she has to live the rest of her life knowing that she took someones life, but this is not enough. As a parent and mother myself, its upsets me to know that the system is failing us. It seems that no one wants to be responsible for their mistakes these days. And just giving up her license is not enough. There must be something else that can be done. The jury should have asked this, "If not the charges given, what could we charge her with?" Can they live with themselves, knowing that she is or will be out there, and this could happen again, Maybe even to their loved one's? This woman still has her life with her family. The young lady does not. Her parents and family have lost hopes and dreams. This is a blow to all of them I am sure. If they intend to file a Criminal suit against this woman I hope that things turn around. People do not realize what families that lose loved ones in these type of situations go through. The medical bills, counseling, to mention a few, do pile up!!! In turn I would like to say, I know that it is hard for the family, and always will be, but she has taken one thing from you, please do not let her take what you have left. A family needs one another more now than ever before. It may not be today or tomorrow, but what goes around, does come full circle. And GOD, I hope that it does for her!!!
You could not have said it better. I am one of Tara's friends and I can say that I was devasted when I heard this lady got a slap on the wrist. Many of Tara's friends feel the same way. I just hope karma works its magic and this lady gets what she deserves.
friend

Fleetwood, PA

#12 Jun 13, 2008
excuse my spilling mistake... it is suppose to be devastated.
PSUGrad

Harrisburg, PA

#13 Jun 13, 2008
Karnam's actions might not meet the "legal" definitions of reckless or grossly negligent conduct required for a conviction, but antone who drove through a red light is at least reckless or negligent. In this case, her failure to stop at the red light killed someone and she should be found guilty of vehicular manslughter.
PSUGrad

Harrisburg, PA

#14 Jun 13, 2008
The woman's eight previous accidents should have gotten her driver's license taken away a long time ago. Obviously she is grossly negligent and reckless when she is driving.
James

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Jun 15, 2008
Concerned wrote:
The verdict is a hard one to accept. Even though all the facts were presented from the experts and witnesses, I can't believe that the jury found this Woman not guilty of her actions. And the attorney that defended her, go rot!!!! A Drivers license is a privalge to have, and obviously she didn't care. If she was paying attention to her surroundings while driving, she would have noticed that the light was RED, not Green!!! And not enough time to react to the situation, rubish!!! Someone previously stated that she didn't "intend to run into the car", maybe not, but she did. Also, there are many people out there that help people every day as well, what makes her any different? And to hear that she had seven previous Motor Vehicle violations that she caused, and the eigth one, she killed someone, does the system need a road map to tell them that she needs to be taken off the road forever, and rot in jail!!! When/if she gets her license back one day, and something like this happens again, what then? Will she get a sympathetic slap on the wrist again? I know that some people are saying that she has to live the rest of her life knowing that she took someones life, but this is not enough. As a parent and mother myself, its upsets me to know that the system is failing us. It seems that no one wants to be responsible for their mistakes these days. And just giving up her license is not enough. There must be something else that can be done. The jury should have asked this, "If not the charges given, what could we charge her with?" Can they live with themselves, knowing that she is or will be out there, and this could happen again, Maybe even to their loved one's? This woman still has her life with her family. The young lady does not. Her parents and family have lost hopes and dreams. This is a blow to all of them I am sure. If they intend to file a Criminal suit against this woman I hope that things turn around. People do not realize what families that lose loved ones in these type of situations go through. The medical bills, counseling, to mention a few, do pile up!!! In turn I would like to say, I know that it is hard for the family, and always will be, but she has taken one thing from you, please do not let her take what you have left. A family needs one another more now than ever before. It may not be today or tomorrow, but what goes around, does come full circle. And GOD, I hope that it does for her!!!
You bring God into this yet you believe in an eye for an eye. Where's the Christian forgiveness? Is that principle or convenience?
Unbelievable

Harrisburg, PA

#16 Jun 18, 2008
James;
Had it been your 18 year old daughter who was murdered by this woman, would you be able to forgive her?
Just wondering.
Family member

Basking Ridge, NJ

#17 Jun 19, 2008
I've read through all the blogs on all the articles - trust me, James can not see this from our side because he is in some way related to Karnam. He has made references to this as a 'mistake' or an 'accident.' It's neither. Anyone who gets behind the wheel is responsible for their actions. If Karnan didn't see the light changing - it's still her fault for not seeing it. That's not a mistake - it's her responsibility to pay attention. Driving is not her right - its a privilege - one of which she has repeatedly abused. If she really wants to 'help' people as James has stated she does, she would take herself off the road. She knows how many accidents she's caused. And now she can add child killer to her list of offenses. Not only did she get away with murder, she had the nerve to state that losing her license would affect her livelihood. Are you kidding me?! She kills a child because shes so self-absorbed and proves once again that its all about her by making that claim in front of the friends and family of the deceased. And she charges people to help them its not out of the goodness of her heart! Trust me Karnan is all about Karnan. James will never be able to see anything from this side of the fence. Dont even both replying to him.
eliz in FL

AOL

#18 Jun 19, 2008
My heart goes out to this family who has not seen justice served. Let's hope the judge will administer the severest penalty possible. It won't be enough, so let's also hope that Karnan will be troubled for the rest of her life by what damage she's done to Tara and her family.
Concerned Family memeber

Bangor, PA

#19 Jun 20, 2008
Family member wrote:
I've read through all the blogs on all the articles - trust me, James can not see this from our side because he is in some way related to Karnam. He has made references to this as a 'mistake' or an 'accident.' It's neither. Anyone who gets behind the wheel is responsible for their actions. If Karnan didn't see the light changing - it's still her fault for not seeing it. That's not a mistake - it's her responsibility to pay attention. Driving is not her right - its a privilege - one of which she has repeatedly abused. If she really wants to 'help' people as James has stated she does, she would take herself off the road. She knows how many accidents she's caused. And now she can add child killer to her list of offenses. Not only did she get away with murder, she had the nerve to state that losing her license would affect her livelihood. Are you kidding me?! She kills a child because shes so self-absorbed and proves once again that its all about her by making that claim in front of the friends and family of the deceased. And she charges people to help them its not out of the goodness of her heart! Trust me Karnan is all about Karnan. James will never be able to see anything from this side of the fence. Dont even both replying to him.
I agree, and thank you!! He must be related to her, and not worth my/our time replying to him.
Family Member

Clinton, NJ

#20 Jun 22, 2008
James wrote:
<quoted text>
You bring God into this yet you believe in an eye for an eye. Where's the Christian forgiveness? Is that principle or convenience?
Yes I believe in Eye For an Eye. That is not my families stand. That is my personal belief. Just like that fact that I am NOT a religous person. People need to be held accountable for their actions, and if the only thing that you got out of my post was the Eye for an Eye thing, then you obviously don't have enough intelligence for me to waste my time on you.

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