Local man dies in crash

There are 20 comments on the Dec 13, 2009, Herald News story titled Local man dies in crash. In it, Herald News reports that:

Police began an investigation of a fatal accident at 2 p.m. Friday which occurred on 143rd at Interstate 355.

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1O2_AAA

Jacksonville, FL

#1 Dec 14, 2009
To the family and friends of the 19 year old who passed away. I am truly sorry.
tony 2

Downers Grove, IL

#2 Dec 15, 2009
The 24 year old who caused the accident was arrested for dui today with futher charges pending. Not that this makes anything better for the family...
IMHO

United States

#3 Dec 16, 2009
Drinking and driving makes me sick!
My condolences to this family.
lockport poster

Homer Glen, IL

#4 Dec 16, 2009
just google the kids name that killed the 19 yr old in this accident.

he is a multiple offender, I found three charges dating back to 2003 when he was a minor.

makes me sick, 24 yrs old and already three previous charges for alcohol yet he is still driving.
Lynn

Shorewood, IL

#7 Dec 16, 2009
You have to wonder, what did his parents do when he was was arrested at 17 years old.

Not much if he did it again at 22, and still not much if two years laters he did it again but killed someone this time.

The paper says he was driving a Full Size Dodge Ram pickup. I wonder if it was in his name or Mommy and Daddy's name.
no way

Homer Glen, IL

#8 Dec 16, 2009
Lynn wrote:
You have to wonder, what did his parents do when he was was arrested at 17 years old.
Not much if he did it again at 22, and still not much if two years laters he did it again but killed someone this time.
The paper says he was driving a Full Size Dodge Ram pickup. I wonder if it was in his name or Mommy and Daddy's name.
hopefully at 24 years of age it wasn't in his parents name
LOCKPORT POSTER

Palatine, IL

#9 Dec 16, 2009
It was a full size dodge and lifted.

Ever think about the fact that they throw these people in prison and forget about them and don't want to help him. There is a reason he is drinking, everyone jumps to conclusions, they should have put him in programs the 1st time around and it probably wouldn't of happened the second.
LOCKPORT POSTER

Palatine, IL

#10 Dec 17, 2009
Oh and not to mention the fact the kid he hit was in a Dodge Neon, even if Mike wasn't wasted he still would have killed him or paralyzed him he had no chance.
LOCKPORT POSTER

Wheaton, IL

#11 Dec 17, 2009
Oh and another thing as I come back to this it wasn't in mommy and daddys name he had a job just because he has a nice car doesn't mean it wasn't his you people I swear
Lockport Opinion

West Chicago, IL

#12 Dec 17, 2009
LOCKPORT POSTER wrote:
It was a full size dodge and lifted.
Ever think about the fact that they throw these people in prison and forget about them and don't want to help him. There is a reason he is drinking, everyone jumps to conclusions, they should have put him in programs the 1st time around and it probably wouldn't of happened the second.
Since when are we no longer responsible for ourselves? HE should have helped himself, not THEY or US.

At what point are we supposed to take responsibility for our own actions. It is reprehensible what has happened to this poor young man that was killed by this reckless idiot and if the state doesn't put stricter laws in place for drunk drivers, these kind of senseless deaths will continue.

Although I am sure both families are struggling, everyone should think about the family of the victim before getting in a car after drinking this holiday season and everyday.
ollie

Chicago, IL

#13 Dec 17, 2009
Hardliner wrote:
I am all for treatment programs for people like this as long as they take place over an extended period of time in prison.
How many DUIs have you had? You are a total loser. You should be the next a-hole sitting down in the Will County Jail.

You are a loser, a moron, and an all around idiot. I wonder what makes you think anyone is reading your posts. Do us all a favor and cut the mullet.
Quiet Contractor

Chicago, IL

#14 Dec 17, 2009
Lockport Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>Since when are we no longer responsible for ourselves? HE should have helped himself, not THEY or US.
At what point are we supposed to take responsibility for our own actions. It is reprehensible what has happened to this poor young man that was killed by this reckless idiot and if the state doesn't put stricter laws in place for drunk drivers, these kind of senseless deaths will continue.
Although I am sure both families are struggling, everyone should think about the family of the victim before getting in a car after drinking this holiday season and everyday.
Wow, you people go lower everyday. So not only do you oppose the community working together to bring new schools and libraries to the community, you now oppose the community working together to save a young man's life? Wow. Lockport Option, you are a total loser. I am sorry, but you are pathetic.

This kid was a little young, and he made some bad decisions, no one disputes that. However, what you, Trout, and Hardliner, don't seems to understand is that we could have saved this kid's life. I hate to see this happen. Evidently Lockport Option, you are laughing this away as a young man lays in a coffin. Shame on you.

It is also funny to note your lack of compassion.
Homer Glen Mom

Morris, IL

#15 Dec 17, 2009
Really now what does a new school and library have to do with this. Who is the pathetic one, take your own poster name and be quiet!
Quiet Contractor wrote:
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Wow, you people go lower everyday. So not only do you oppose the community working together to bring new schools and libraries to the community, you now oppose the community working together to save a young man's life? Wow. Lockport Option, you are a total loser. I am sorry, but you are pathetic.
This kid was a little young, and he made some bad decisions, no one disputes that. However, what you, Trout, and Hardliner, don't seems to understand is that we could have saved this kid's life. I hate to see this happen. Evidently Lockport Option, you are laughing this away as a young man lays in a coffin. Shame on you.
It is also funny to note your lack of compassion.
Sad

Palatine, IL

#16 Dec 17, 2009
My heart and prayers go out to the family of this innocent victim.

I have a brother who in the past has DUI offenses. He had his license revoked but recently arrested again for driving. If our family would have gotten a call that the DUI drivers family got in this case, the family is filled with guilt. There is not much a family member can do to help someone who doesn't want help. That guy made a choice to get behind the wheel. He must pay for his actions. He knows every time he made it home after a day/night of drinking the risk they took. You can't blame the family or the system...blame the driver.

Both families have a loss.....but the biggest loss is for the poor family that lose a member of their family who did nothing to deserve this.

God bless!
concerned

Chicago, IL

#18 Dec 17, 2009
Noone knows the whole story this kid was not drunk yet woke up after 10 hours of sleeping to do help a friend in need...he did not think that any alochol was in his system when he left that day...people who dont know what they are talking about should really mind their own business. It is a sad story for all parties involved. And those of you who are pointing fingers should look in the miror because you I am sure are not perfect either.
Sad

Palatine, IL

#19 Dec 17, 2009
concerned wrote:
Noone knows the whole story this kid was not drunk yet woke up after 10 hours of sleeping to do help a friend in need...he did not think that any alochol was in his system when he left that day...people who dont know what they are talking about should really mind their own business. It is a sad story for all parties involved. And those of you who are pointing fingers should look in the miror because you I am sure are not perfect either.
Obviously you are a friend of his....let me tell you from experience with my brother, if after 10 hours of sleep the toxicology report came back that he was under the influence (I'd hate to see how wasted he was before his sleep) they are more than likely accurate! I know you want to believe in the good in your friend, but this was a tragic accident that could have been avoided. Be there to support your friend and even better yet, learn from this horrible accident...DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. DO NOT TAKE MEDS AND DRIVE.
Just wondering

Joliet, IL

#20 Dec 17, 2009
Sad all around. God bless!
JSB

Medinah, IL

#21 Dec 17, 2009
The 19 year old boy who was the innocent victim in this horrible accident was the eldest child of a close-knit loving family. He did nothing to cause this accident. He expected to go home; he expected to celebrate Christmas with his family; he expected to see another Saturday morning in his young life. Instead, on the streets that he was familiar with that led to his home he was killed. The man that killed him had a record of drinking and driving. He may be someone's son, someone's friend but he deserves the harshest sentence for his crime. The family of the boy who was killed will be suffering their own life sentence of grief over his death. Let the man who did this be wracked with guilt for the rest of his life. Maybe then he will learn to accept responsibility for his own decisions and make better choices for the rest of his life.

“Conrad”

Since: May 08

Lockport, IL

#22 Dec 17, 2009
Kevin Bene will be truly missed. =/
Lockport Opinion

Aurora, IL

#24 Dec 17, 2009
Quiet Contractor wrote:
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Wow, you people go lower everyday. So not only do you oppose the community working together to bring new schools and libraries to the community, you now oppose the community working together to save a young man's life? Wow. Lockport Option, you are a total loser. I am sorry, but you are pathetic.
This kid was a little young, and he made some bad decisions, no one disputes that. However, what you, Trout, and Hardliner, don't seems to understand is that we could have saved this kid's life. I hate to see this happen. Evidently Lockport Option, you are laughing this away as a young man lays in a coffin. Shame on you.
It is also funny to note your lack of compassion.
You are such an idiot. I have complete compassion for the family of the victim and I even have compassion for the family of the idiot who couldn't stay out of trouble. I have very little compassion for anyone on their 3rd or 4th drinking violation.

At 24 he is not a kid, he is a man and he is a very stupid man. The victim had his life taken away from him because someone was selfish and shortsighted. EVERYONE knows when they have had too much to drink and shouldn't be driving. This guy should have known better and now instead of going to rehab and getting treatment, he will spend time in prison and get what he deserves. Instead of manning up and getting the counseling that he needed, he is going to get fitted for a jumpsuit instead and another family has lost their son.

This accident happened at 2:30 in the AFTERNOON on a Friday. This guy knew he had a problem.

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