Man gets 5 years for DUI death

There are 11 comments on the Jul 12, 2011, Cincinnati.com story titled Man gets 5 years for DUI death. In it, Cincinnati.com reports that:

Man gets 5 years for DUI death Zoom Ronald Gambrel walks into the courtroom Tuesday before he is sentenced.

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Ramona Ridalls

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Aug 8, 2011
I know my son made a bad decision that day. He was raised in an alcohol and DRUG FREE home.
It's a shame a young man lost his life. But if you knew my son, he is a very disciplined young man, this is not the kind of thing he would do. It was not done with malicious intent. Ron was going to school to be an EMT, to help people, not hurt them. This kind of thing can happen to any of us. It was an accident. By the way, the news didn't mention that Cory's dad was there with them the night before the accident. I dislike how the media treats people, I don't like sensationalism and this type of article makes me question what is really true on the news, if your'e going to tell it put it all out there.
why

Newark, OH

#2 Aug 11, 2011
I feel for all of you. Your son made a tragic mistake, and will serve his time, and hopefully go on to live a better life. People make mistakes, his was huge, and he has admitted guilt, which is the first step.

Interesting comment about the night before.Makes one wonder why he didn't take him home. Hmmmm.
ACCIDENT

Newark, OH

#3 Aug 12, 2011
The news only lets you hear what they want you to hear. There is more to this story than we'll ever know.

I got tired of reading"Eric Deters" stepson, what about SON OF PATRICK BRADLEY??? That sounds more reasonable to me.
wonder

Newark, OH

#4 Aug 14, 2011
why wrote:
I feel for all of you. Your son made a tragic mistake, and will serve his time, and hopefully go on to live a better life. People make mistakes, his was huge, and he has admitted guilt, which is the first step.
Interesting comment about the night before.Makes one wonder why he didn't take him home. Hmmmm.
Interesting
Heard

Newark, OH

#5 Aug 15, 2011
Ramona Ridalls wrote:
I know my son made a bad decision that day. He was raised in an alcohol and DRUG FREE home.
It's a shame a young man lost his life. But if you knew my son, he is a very disciplined young man, this is not the kind of thing he would do. It was not done with malicious intent. Ron was going to school to be an EMT, to help people, not hurt them. This kind of thing can happen to any of us. It was an accident. By the way, the news didn't mention that Cory's dad was there with them the night before the accident. I dislike how the media treats people, I don't like sensationalism and this type of article makes me question what is really true on the news, if your'e going to tell it put it all out there.
I heard the deceased had a drug problem. Sad. That was never mentioned also. Both boys paid in different ways. Strange how quick life changes.
truth

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Aug 15, 2011
i live in this neighborhood and don't think it is necessary to continue this thread. yes, pat was there with ron that night - corey was not hanging out with them all night - he came over after his dad left. any gossip about a drug problem is uncalled for - he was a great kid who died tragically. as for ron's mom - yes i do know him and lori well - they are good people and this was a tragic accident. it does not help your son at all to try to shift blame away from him and tarnish a good image of the bradley family.

also to the person who pointed out he was Pat's son and that is how he should be referred - i couldn't agree more. i'm not saying eric is to blame, i'm sure it was the media but i believe it's only respectfull to mention him that way.

get off topix and move on....
You need to move

Newark, OH

#7 Aug 15, 2011
truth wrote:
i live in this neighborhood and don't think it is necessary to continue this thread. yes, pat was there with ron that night - corey was not hanging out with them all night - he came over after his dad left. any gossip about a drug problem is uncalled for - he was a great kid who died tragically. as for ron's mom - yes i do know him and lori well - they are good people and this was a tragic accident. it does not help your son at all to try to shift blame away from him and tarnish a good image of the bradley family.
also to the person who pointed out he was Pat's son and that is how he should be referred - i couldn't agree more. i'm not saying eric is to blame, i'm sure it was the media but i believe it's only respectfull to mention him that way.
get off topix and move on....
Ronalds' mom commented, and people replied, that is what "TOPIX" is all about. She obviously is "Moving On" as you say to do. She is opening up about things that bother her, and she is allowed.

Yes, there was "LOTS" of talk about the deceased drug use, but the media never got it. Ronald was betrayed as an alcoholic that killed...Well, the deceased had issues too. And I think that is what she wants people to know. Interesting?? You bet your butt it is. He just got lucky he wasn't his own driver. Blame...Blame..Blame...that's what some do when its over, and they have nothing to sweat..........Lucky!!!!!!!!!! I decided.
i dont understand

Circleville, OH

#8 Aug 15, 2011
Drunk driving is something that is totally preventable like teen pregnancy. What happened, happened, and shifting the blame to the kid that died that is just a mothers grasp at denial and shouldn't be encouraged. Drunk driving is a terrible crime and shouldn't be taken lightly, from what I understand there are way too many kids underage drinking to begin with, then pair them with a car I am surprised there havne't been more deaths this way. Even if the victm in this case did use drugs that doesn't mean he deserved to die! That's just as bad as someone saying a girl deserved to be raped or that the raped of a girl didn't matter just becasue they were smoking pot, or experimenting sexually. I feel worse for the family who lost their child then I do for the family who claims to have raised their child in an alcohol and drug free house, obviously if he drank before this incident which I am sure he did, then someone in your house wasn't alcohol free. As mothers we don't want to admit when our child is wrong or behaving badly, but because one mother choose to ignore the signs of her son's drinking, another mother lost her child. If society in general would just pay more attention to their children from an early age instead of leaving them in day care from 6am to 6pm, maybe there would be a chance, but parents today are to busy to be bothered with their children, it's easier to just let them do what they want isn't it.
think about it

Lexington, KY

#9 Aug 15, 2011
Just because a person grows up to be an alcoholic does not mean that they was raised around alcoholics. That is like saying a prostitute was raised by a call girl... There comes a point in ppl's live that they have to make their own decisions and aren't going to call Mommy and Daddy to see if it is ok. We all experiment in one way or the other and when judgement is already impaired we don't always make the right decisions. I do feel bad for the deceased and the driver. May the deceased RIP and not only is the driver going to have to serve his sentence, but he will remember this for the rest of his life and that is punishment all in itself. The only thing that we can really ask for is that he learns from his mistakes and may he never drink again. All you can't judge to hard cause it could have just as easily been any one of you...
i dont understand

Circleville, OH

#10 Aug 15, 2011
getting killed yes, drunk driving no, I don't drink and drive so your statement it could easily been anyone of you is a complete idiotic statement, just because people drink and drive doesn't mean everyone is stupis enough to/\
agree

Newark, OH

#11 Aug 16, 2011
i dont understand wrote:
getting killed yes, drunk driving no, I don't drink and drive so your statement it could easily been anyone of you is a complete idiotic statement, just because people drink and drive doesn't mean everyone is stupis enough to/\
I think the poster meant it could have been anyone of us "who drink and drive", I don't, you don't, however many do. If Ronald was that drunk, and the deceased was sober (and of sound mind), I wonder why he would get in the car with him? It was 7am in the morning, the sun was up. Couldn't he see the driver was still drunk? That is the part I don't understand. Guess we'll never know.

Ronald is responsible, but people who make bad choices, I think should be looked at also. Stay or Go...not a hard decision.

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