What happened on Bond Mill Road Last ...

What happened on Bond Mill Road Last Night?

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Lisa

Chevy Chase, MD

#1 Aug 14, 2008
Bond Mill Road was blocked off by yellow tape and police cars for much of last night. When I asked someone what happened, she said there was an auto accident and someone was seriously hurt. Does anyone know what happened?
Jen

Hyattsville, MD

#2 Aug 20, 2008
I have been told that an atv and a car collided and the driver of the atv was killed! There is now a cross at the end of Ashland with the name Rodney on it!! If anyone has more info please post it!!
DLB

Potomac, MD

#3 Aug 20, 2008
Jen wrote:
I have been told that an atv and a car collided and the driver of the atv was killed! There is now a cross at the end of Ashland with the name Rodney on it!! If anyone has more info please post it!!
Wasn't an ATV, was a dirt bike.
Marshall Ness

United States

#4 Aug 21, 2008
Rodney Gantenbein was his name, he loved to surf and he was fun to be around. He loved Hawaii and want to back there one day. I think he will.

We Love you Rodney
Kane

Corpus Christi, TX

#5 Dec 14, 2008
Marshall Ness wrote:
Rodney Gantenbein was his name, he loved to surf and he was fun to be around. He loved Hawaii and want to back there one day. I think he will.
We Love you Rodney
Ke ole aloha Rod I miss you more everyday
Kane

Corpus Christi, TX

#6 Dec 14, 2008
ke ole Aloha. Aloha wau iâ `oe. i ke ala i ho'i 'ole mai Ali'i Rodney Gantenbein
Marissa

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Mar 1, 2009
Wow, I came across this post when googling Rodney to see if I could locate him. I've looked for him for years. He was a friend of mine in Charleston where we went to school together and an even better friend after we both happened to move to O'ahu. He left to Maryland and eventually we lost touch. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He was a wonderful, kind person who lived life to the fullist. I'll miss you Rodney.
Jim

Goshen, VA

#8 Mar 13, 2009
Lisa wrote:
Bond Mill Road was blocked off by yellow tape and police cars for much of last night. When I asked someone what happened, she said there was an auto accident and someone was seriously hurt. Does anyone know what happened?
I've called the police no less than a dozen times in the past 3 months to report dirt bikes and atvs being driven on West Laurel streets for fear that something like this would happen. If the parents of these kids took more responsibility for their actions, maybe this one's life would have been spared. Our streets are NOT for use by off road vehicles!
Jess

AOL

#9 Mar 31, 2009
At least these kids arent selling drugs/hanging out in the streets! Id rather see them riding these on the streets then doing other things on the streets! At least they have a hobby and they are doing something they love. Yes it was tragic for the boy and his family SO why cant the county/state give these kids somewhere to ride. Instead they keep building more and more DOG PARKS! When has our dogs become more important than our youth!
Jim wrote:
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I've called the police no less than a dozen times in the past 3 months to report dirt bikes and atvs being driven on West Laurel streets for fear that something like this would happen. If the parents of these kids took more responsibility for their actions, maybe this one's life would have been spared. Our streets are NOT for use by off road vehicles!
Ashley

Rockville, MD

#10 Apr 1, 2009
Drugs and hanging out on the streets aren't the only alternative to not being able to go dirt biking and off-roading.

I'm sure everyone would be happy if there were safe places for them to do this, but while there is not... It's better not to get killed. If doing this means so much, that it is worth people dying or their children... well... I don't even know what to say to that. For instance... I love to drive my car really fast and crazy. But it is dangerous... so I go to the race track for that. It's not close or convenient. But it is necessary... I'm honestly not sure how dangerous off-roading is out there, but it does seem like it possibly could be pretty dangerous.

And as far as the new dog park goes... I LOVE IT!!! It gives me and my dogs exercise. I wasn't aware that they were popping up EVERYWHERE? I think that is an exaggeration unless there are a whole bunch I am unaware of besides the newest. Which is located in a space that is not quite large enough for an off-roading field and no one would want that area all muddied up anyway. It is right by a park. The one at Brockbridge road is nothing more than old baseball fields with a fence slapped around them and some janky old water fountain.

If you feel strongly about this matter... JESS... then you should lobby for an off-roading field. Real action takes real work... I do not agree that because one has not been built, that no one cares about our youth. The park on Harrison Drive (I think that is the correct street name) was just COMPLETELY rebuilt. And the last time that I checked the ratio of parks for kids to parks for dogs is ridiculously in favor of our youth. So, it seems to me that they do come first. Plus many more people have pets than people do mudding vehicles. But if this is your passion... Like I said before... You should most definitely get an action plan started to work towards what you would like to see happen.
Ashley

Rockville, MD

#11 Apr 1, 2009
Sorry... Didn't mean to post twice... Was trying to come up with cool "on-line" name... Love rocky horror!
Bond Miller

Walled Lake, MI

#12 Jun 23, 2009
In response to all of the postings about safety and dirt bikers, Rodney had been drinking, was driving a dirt bike at night, no lights, no helmet, and drove into a car that had turned onto a side street as the car nearly completed its turn. Drinking and driving is dangerous, riding a motorcycle without a helmet is dangerous, riding around on the street at night without lights is dangerous.

As for the locals riding around West Laurel streets, the ones at the greatest risk are not youngsters, many are young adults finishing or finished high school. I ride a street motorcycle, and one of these local idiots nearly caused one of my group to crash one day, when he came zipping along, WITH NO HELMET, ran past us on the road and cut a turn from Bauer onto Bond Mill, cutting across in front of the lead rider who was about to accelerate onto Bond Mill. I don't think any of them belong on the street, but the young adults who are drinking and getting high and not moving on as adults who zip around the neighborhood at all hours are the biggest problem, as evidenced by the death of Rodney.
Candi Brown

East Northport, NY

#13 Oct 9, 2009
I am floored, may he rest in peace. I too was trying to locate my old friend and found this to be the first listing. Rodney and I were good friends once he moved to Laurel, we went to school together. Such sad news. RIP old friend
perryt00

Gettysburg, PA

#14 Aug 15, 2010
Jim wrote:
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I've called the police no less than a dozen times in the past 3 months to report dirt bikes and atvs being driven on West Laurel streets for fear that something like this would happen. If the parents of these kids took more responsibility for their actions, maybe this one's life would have been spared. Our streets are NOT for use by off road vehicles!
Wow Jim, you should be given a medal for calling the police and then blaming the parents for kids being kids. Our streets are supposed to be filled with drivers who are aware of their surroundings and watching where they are going. Bond Mill Road is filled with "RESPONSIBLE PARENTS" that speed down the street with no regard as to what is going on around them. Maybe if we stopped building in the neighborhoods and actually left some areas for kids to play then we wouldn’t have accidents like this. But I sure Jim that your spacious house with a large parcel of land surrounding it has plenty of room for you and your family to live blamelessly! Enjoy it because one day you will be pointing your finger at someone and 4 fingers will be pointing back to you. Rodney was a person with people who love him and who miss him. Not an excuse for you to make a social statement but thanks for being…“THAT GUY”
Melissa

United States

#15 Apr 20, 2011
Jess wrote:
At least these kids arent selling drugs/hanging out in the streets! Id rather see them riding these on the streets then doing other things on the streets! At least they have a hobby and they are doing something they love. Yes it was tragic for the boy and his family SO why cant the county/state give these kids somewhere to ride. Instead they keep building more and more DOG PARKS! When has our dogs become more important than our youth!
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There are NO dog parks, I can assure you, because I would love for there to be ONE. We drive from Kona to Bond Estates just so we can walk our dogs in peace. There should be an RTV park, however, I think it would come down to someone donating land to the cause. Know anyone in N. Kohala with acerage who could let the youth ride? There is a lot of private property up there with a lot of NO signs.
Melissa

United States

#16 Apr 20, 2011
Jess wrote:
At least these kids arent selling drugs/hanging out in the streets! Id rather see them riding these on the streets then doing other things on the streets! At least they have a hobby and they are doing something they love. Yes it was tragic for the boy and his family SO why cant the county/state give these kids somewhere to ride. Instead they keep building more and more DOG PARKS! When has our dogs become more important than our youth!
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Huh, now that I've looked at where you are all from, my search for "Bond Etates, I'ole Hawaii" lead me to a Bond property somewhere far far away from Hawaii where a kid from Hawaii happened to be killed. How strange. That's why the dog park remark made no sense at all. We have no dog parks in hawaii, just No Dogs allowed signs. Very very unfortunate. Well, as stated earlier, someone with property could certainly build an off road park and even charge admission fees, have a lawyer draw up waivers and everyone wins. ORV's are off the driver streets, and kids have a hobby in a designated space, and parents engage with competitions, adults can also play in this place, and seriously... no one should be drinking and driving anything, and doubly with out a helmet. A poor decision which cost his family and friends a lot of grief. I am sorry for them, and I'm sure the driver of the vehicle suffered as well. Don't think I'm heartless, it's not the dead who suffer, it's the living.
Exahiyan

Rockville, MD

#17 Sep 6, 2012
I too have witnessed "kids" riding illegal dirt bikes and atvs on West Laurel streets but have been unsuccessful at getting the police to do anything about it. They say that they have to witness it to do anything. Well, now they've witnessed a fatality. Think they'll do anything more? Nope.

I ride a Harley and am a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation course instructor. I saw a teenager riding a blue and white Honda dirt bike down Bond Mill one day and decided to follow him on my bike. He tried to evade me several times but he made the mistake of waving to a group of teens standing on the corner of Bond Mill and Orem. I stopped and asked the group if they knew the kid and where he lived. They told me and I drove to the house and there sat the dirt bike in the side yard. I rang the doorbell and the kid's father answered it. I explained that I live in the neighborhood and I observed his son riding his bike dangerously fast on Bond Mill, cutting through yards and doing wheelies up the sidewalk. I told him that I now had his name and address and I intended to turn the information over to police if I saw him again on the street with it. The father said that it wasn't necessary as he will sell the bike that week. He called me two weeks later to tell me that the bike was sold to a guy in southern Maryland and that his son was grounded for 6 months. I thanked him and hung up the phone thinking that the father was a good one but I'm sure his son doesn't think so. I hope that the father shows this story to his son as he could have easily been the one killed.

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