Community devastated over teen's death

A 17-year-old Aquinas senior is dead and his classmate is facing DWI charges after a tragic car crash this morning. Full Story
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jmk

Palmyra, NY

#2 Mar 28, 2009
My heart goes out to the family and friends of all involed. It is truly a sad day.
nyguy276

Victor, NY

#3 Mar 28, 2009
I don't think it's possible to be headed north on Ling Rd seeing it's a east/west road.
Greece Res

Spencerport, NY

#4 Mar 28, 2009
I hope that this is a wake up call to all teens who are even thinking of Drinking and driving. This girl could have killed everyone in her car along with the people in the house!!! The 21 year old guy in the car should be held responsible for getting the beer if he is the one who purchased it along with this DUMB driver. 17 years old and your life is over all because you wanted to be cool and drink and drive. It is very sad that this had to happen and so many people had to get hurt. I hope that the driver and all involved can work though this as best as they can and let this be a teaching to all kids during this coming prom season.
Deb

Lima, NY

#5 Mar 28, 2009
My heart goes out to the family and friends.

With all the ADULT drunk drivers out there, including judges, congressmen/women, even police officers, what do you expect from the kids? Do as I say, not as I do?

Hopefully at least someone who knew the deceased will learn something from this.
HHHMMM

Canandaigua, NY

#6 Mar 28, 2009
The community should be devastated!!! Another precious life lost to stupidity! When will these idiots get the frigging message? No matter how cool you think you are/were, it's all irrelevant now. I hope you spend the rest of your life paying for this tragic mistake. Do some community service to area high schools, attend some grief meetings, make something positive happen out of all of this. Afterall... your life as you know it, is forever altered by your assanine(?) decision to drink/drive. You have taken someone cherished and now you must live with it!!!
ViperXXX

Batavia, NY

#7 Mar 28, 2009
What ever happened to "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk"? RPD needs to step up efforts to curb drunk driving. Who furnished the alcoholic beverages?
mom

Rochester, NY

#8 Mar 28, 2009
So young and so sad! Why did this happen? Have we not taught our kids that they are not invincible? There needs to be something positive come out of this terrible tragedy.Maybe the two surviving youth can make personal appearances and tell their story of bad choices and the consequences that happen! Our kids are too precious to loose to such stupidity and carelessness...To the family and community that is feeling this pain...my God walk with you during this difficult time!
Love
MOM to 3!
steven

Rochester, NY

#9 Mar 28, 2009
Wow, you are not cool drinking. It is popular and can be fun as long as your know your limits and NOT to drink and drive. I'm 19 and know now to drive drunk even when i'm hammered. Your not brain dead you just have slow cordnation. You should have known better and had a DD if you were to drink. People need to think things through. Its really sad the person had to live their life 17 years to just throw it away over a few drinks. I doubt this will be a wake up call for all but for those fellow students will learn. My best wishes go out to that family.
Dave

United States

#10 Mar 28, 2009
The real tragedy is our young people continue to think they are invincible to anything that has to do with drinking and driving. Once again someone is taken away far too soon... It was each and everyone's responsibility in that vehicle to make sure that there was a responsible sober person to drive the vehicle... Everyone had a choice, everyone made the wrong choice.. My prayers go out to all....
Barb from Ontario

Ontario, NY

#11 Mar 29, 2009
This is certainly a tradigy. I feel terrible for his family. What troubles me more is that young adults are still taking the chance at driving drunk and also risking their friends lives at the same time. What more can we do to educate these young adults about the dangers of drunk driving and when will they realize it could happen to them. I do hope that the other seniors will keep this in mind at graduation.
jim

Fairport, NY

#12 Mar 29, 2009
it's that time of year, warm weather, graduation, prom, if u are hosting a party and alchohol is involved, collect the car keys from the guest when they arrive. make arrangements to get them home safe or sleep over. keep these young people safe

“formerly known as "im bored"”

Since: Apr 08

rochester ny

#13 Mar 29, 2009
Our prayers to the families. My kids knew Joe - he was a wonderful boy and i sit here typing this as i remember him at our home.

We as parents try to stress the importance of not drinking and driving and NEVER get into a car that th driver has been drinking and doing drugs.

You can stress how they are not at the legal age, but lets face reality, many will still do it.

I reminded both of my kids yesterday as the news hit and the tears came - make that call no matter what time it is, i'll get out of bed and will pick them up, no questions asked. I'd rather do that than get the call from hospital or the knock on the door.

Joe - rest in peace, I hope you can save others now, since this will impact many that may have never experienced this tragedy before and may learn a lesson.

We will miss you - your a wonderful boy.
Ralphie

Rochester, NY

#14 Mar 29, 2009
My kid is approaching driving age, it scares the cr*p outta me, because you can teach them, threaten them, do all that you can, and then they climb into a car as a PASSENGER and get injured or killed. Until every kid is affected by the loss of a friend/classmate/relative, it won't stop. Which means it will never stop.
Howard

Batavia, NY

#15 Mar 29, 2009
This is so sad i prey for the families.

Alcohol is the culpert here

YES and wegmans sell and promotes the sale of it.
Wegmans is trying to make it easier for alcohol to get out there

Why arent we taxing alcohol the same as cigarettes
CapriceClassic

Rochester, NY

#16 Mar 29, 2009
These preventable tragedys are becoming common palce, just like the gun violence and murders in the Black community. The driver should be held behind bars and charged with this crime (DWI) and Murder. Sad, but true...we will see many more deaths attributed to this KILLER -alcohol as we will the other killer...GUNS!
jennifer

Cayuga, NY

#17 Mar 29, 2009
What? This has nothing to do with guns and the people involved in this crash were white not black. Did you accidentally post this to the wrong blog?
Mark

Interlaken, NY

#18 Mar 29, 2009
Jim, take it one more step, take the keys away from kids unitl they head off to college. For the last couple of months let kids be kids, have parents hold onto them (sons and daughters) for just a bit longer until they start their "adult" life. Driving accidents resulting in death rarely occur at the beginning of the school year or in the winter when the conditions are most concerning, it is always at this time of year as "they prepare to graduate". Wake up parents, your kids will drink, they will do drugs, and they will put themselves in danger. Be smart, be stronger-willed, and for God's sake be a parent. They are YOUR ultimate responsibility.
jim wrote:
it's that time of year, warm weather, graduation, prom, if u are hosting a party and alchohol is involved, collect the car keys from the guest when they arrive. make arrangements to get them home safe or sleep over. keep these young people safe
CapriceClassic

Rochester, NY

#19 Mar 29, 2009
jennifer wrote:
What? This has nothing to do with guns and the people involved in this crash were white not black. Did you accidentally post this to the wrong blog?
NO, just making a CLEAR corrolation between hard headed and desrespectful kids in the suburbs and those in the city who use dangerous substances (alcohol/guns) and the tragic outcome. And whose parents did not know where they were and what they were doing...that's all !
Twit

Albion, NY

#20 Mar 29, 2009
Mark wrote:
Jim, take it one more step, take the keys away from kids unitl they head off to college. For the last couple of months let kids be kids, have parents hold onto them (sons and daughters) for just a bit longer until they start their "adult" life. Driving accidents resulting in death rarely occur at the beginning of the school year or in the winter when the conditions are most concerning, it is always at this time of year as "they prepare to graduate". Wake up parents, your kids will drink, they will do drugs, and they will put themselves in danger. Be smart, be stronger-willed, and for God's sake be a parent. They are YOUR ultimate responsibility.
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Well said, kids will drink but it is the power of parents to take away keys. Driving should be for work and school only if NEEDED, not for social activities.
anonamyous

Auburn, NY

#21 Mar 29, 2009
i am definatly keeping his family in my prayers. I got to aquinas and i know what people are gpping through. we will alll miss him so much

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