Father of four killed by texting teen

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Billy

Paramount, CA

#1 Dec 18, 2009
My best friend was killed in a car accident last Sunday, the 12th, by a seventeen year old girl who was speeding, texting, and ran a red light.

He was on his way to work.

James William Garrett, born and raised in Lancaster.

Loving father of four young boys and a mechanical genius.

I don't know what to say, I'm at a total loss for words.

His funeral will be held at the First Assembly of God on 20th st. West at 10 am on Sat 19th

:(
John G

AOL

#2 Dec 18, 2009
I am sorry for your loss, I also lost a good friend to a 17 year old driver that pulled in front of him, I have a 16 year old driver and am very concerned about her driving, it seems that teenagers are pre occuipied or something. when someone kills another person even by accident it will haunt them forever even though it was a accident, they still are at fault because total disregard of anyone around them.PLEASE TEACH THESE NEW DRIVERS RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE! John
Monica

Mojave, CA

#3 Dec 18, 2009
Billy, I work for the same company James worked for. It's unbelievable. I knew James from work, but no more than that. He was such a nice and intelligent person. My co-worker and I are taking dinner to his family next Wednesday, but nothing we can do for them can ease the pain they (and you) are going through.

I can't tell you how angry I am at that stupid, selfish little girl for taking away a wonderful father and husband for what? A text message? I can't even post my true feelings or words because they would be extremely offensive to others. I just don't understand why a wonderful person has to be taken from this world while that stupid little idiot gets to live on.

I can tell you this. The employees of Arcata and his friends are going to surround his family with all the love and support that is humanly possible to give. My condolences to you and his family.
Lisa

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Dec 18, 2009
James was a great guy and I feel so bad for his family. I hope this girl thinks about how much that text message actually cost every day for the rest of her life. It makes me so mad to hear stores like this because they are completely preventable. What was so important that she had to send a text while driving and kill a husband and father of four? I hope charges are filed against her and this sends a wake-up call to all those other people out there texting and talking while driving. But most of all, I hope James's family can find some way to pick up the pieces and go on with their lives.

“It shouldn't hurt 2/B a child!”

Since: Aug 09

U.S.A.

#5 Dec 18, 2009
To the family and friends, . I'm sorry for your loss.
Billy

Paramount, CA

#6 Dec 20, 2009
Thank you all for your kind words and support, it really helps. I just find it so very senseless.

There were over 300 people at his memorial service, all robbed by a negligent teenager speeding and texting.

Jim was such a talented musician, painter, sculptor, mechanic, electrician, and father. Most of my friends have kids and are good fathers but Jim was way different. He would spend every possible moment with his kids. He built several haunted houses with home-made animitronics and electro-mecanical effects that most kids wouldn't go into them. He Passed on his mechanical knowledge by gently teaching his kids how to fix their own go-karts, guitars, and drums. His kids are strong and brave like him but they'll always miss their dad.

I met several people from Jims work at the memorial service and after party and I'm just in awe of how many good friends he made in such a short time, thank you all for being there for the family.
FPSGAMER4LIFE

Manchester, MI

#7 Oct 27, 2010
Hi Billy

Did you use to live in lancaster over by joshua school?
Billy wrote:
Thank you all for your kind words and support, it really helps. I just find it so very senseless.
There were over 300 people at his memorial service, all robbed by a negligent teenager speeding and texting.
Jim was such a talented musician, painter, sculptor, mechanic, electrician, and father. Most of my friends have kids and are good fathers but Jim was way different. He would spend every possible moment with his kids. He built several haunted houses with home-made animitronics and electro-mecanical effects that most kids wouldn't go into them. He Passed on his mechanical knowledge by gently teaching his kids how to fix their own go-karts, guitars, and drums. His kids are strong and brave like him but they'll always miss their dad.
I met several people from Jims work at the memorial service and after party and I'm just in awe of how many good friends he made in such a short time, thank you all for being there for the family.
Jeff Krank

United States

#8 Oct 27, 2010
Does anyone know if Jim had a brother named Danny?
danny garrett

Tucson, AZ

#9 Mar 19, 2011
Jeff Krank wrote:
Does anyone know if Jim had a brother named Danny?
Remember the front door puppet shows?
Hey Jeff, Its danny garrett!

Im in tucson az. doing well

dangarrettfromtucson@yahoo.com
john wilson

Milwaukee, WI

#10 Jun 20, 2011
Does anyone know what happened to the girl who hit him?
Jim Ely

Temecula, CA

#11 Jan 4, 2012
Believe it or not, I just found out about this today, just over two years later when my wife ran across Jim's widow.

I am incredibly saddened by this news! Jim and I worked together years ago at Starview Electronics as satellite dish installers. We always called each other Jim2 (squared) because we are both names Jim. Off and on over the years, we fell in and out of touch because of our daily lives. I caught back up with Jim about a year before this tragedy struck at a birthday party for one of his kids. He was a proud father and you could see the love for his kids in the way he acted. I agree that he was a genius on a lot of levels! We often talked about music be auss I'm a musician, but also about a lot of other things.

I hope the girl that took his life is paying for her indescretion! I lost another very close friend about 4 months after this happened. Now I'm really bummed!

Miss you Jim! The times we had and the jokes we shared will never be forgotten!
TodMeuir

Little Rock, AR

#12 Jan 12, 2012
I'm incredibly sad to hear this yet not shocked as to how it happened since within this libtard society that by the way is going to hell in a hand basket has given a green light to children to dress like hookers and otherwise look like idiots as well as spew forth some kind of unintelligible "language" they learned from that noise pollution called (C)RAP... One would think that those teens and adults that are so illegally texting and driving would be able to more adeptly accomplish their lame goal without killing innocent people since the ebonics used within the texts don't take much concentration and even less intelligence to compose...
Billy

Los Angeles, CA

#13 May 3, 2012
FPSGAMER4LIFE wrote:
Hi Billy
Did you use to live in lancaster over by joshua school?
<quoted text>
Yeah, that's me. Sorry or the lateness of my reply as I wasn't getting email updates for this :(

Who might you be?
Billy

Los Angeles, CA

#14 May 4, 2012
john wilson wrote:
Does anyone know what happened to the girl who hit him?
The DA dropped the ball and didn't get the girls phone records so all she got was probation and 180 hours of community service, which she did. What an injustice. Also, the judge took pity on her because she managed to get herself pregnant right after the accident.

We all still miss Jim very much, especially his kids, and from the lack of remorse displayed by this girl throughout the trial, I doubt she'll ever understand just how much she's impacted our lives with her nigligence.
fpsgamer4life

Milwaukee, WI

#15 May 5, 2012
Hey Billy

Thanks for responding to the post. Its Chris. You me and Jimmy were always hanging out. I lived next door to him.
Billy

Los Angeles, CA

#17 May 8, 2012
fpsgamer4life wrote:
Hey Billy
Thanks for responding to the post. Its Chris. You me and Jimmy were always hanging out. I lived next door to him.
Good to hear from you, Chris. Hope things are going well for you.

Do you have any pics of us from back then?
Ismael urbina

Phoenix, AZ

#18 Jan 22, 2013
Jim was my neighbor for 9 years and my best friend. He was such a smart guy and always willing to help out all us kids in the neighborhood. Always a great influence and fun to be around. One of many great memories was Halloween when he would put together the coolest haunted house, out of his garage. Jim was a mechanical, musical, artistic genius and I really miss him.
billy

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Apr 29, 2013
Miss you buddy

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