Woman, 19, Dies In Suspected DUI Cras...

Woman, 19, Dies In Suspected DUI Crash

There are 32 comments on the CBS 2 - KCAL 9 story from Jul 20, 2008, titled Woman, 19, Dies In Suspected DUI Crash . In it, CBS 2 - KCAL 9 reports that:

A 19-year-old woman, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash Sunday in Garden Grove, a police lieutenant said.Police dispatched to Lampson ...

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Seal Beach resident

Ewa Beach, HI

#1 Jul 20, 2008
I live down the street from the concrete sign (which they failed to mention she hit head on) and when the concrete sign(looks like a giant headstone), was put in the middle of Lampson Blvd. about a year ago, Me and everyone in the neghborhood knew it was a accident waiting to happen!!! I personally travel down Lampson and have had my worries about hitting the tombstone. I have discussed this with neighbors and they feel the same as me and some mentioned it before I have.
Garden Grove resident

Ewa Beach, HI

#2 Jul 20, 2008
When the sign was first put in My mother and I could not believe that it was permmitted to go up. Our first thoughts were someone will either lose control or just not see this concrete sign in the middle of the road. Whether the girl was on alcohol or not, We feel it was going to happen. I think the City of Garden Grove should be sued. I am sure there will be alot of witneeses on the behalf of the girls family.
Seal Beach resident

Ewa Beach, HI

#3 Jul 20, 2008
I am a 78 year old women. I travel down lampson all the time and since the piece of concrete went up, I could not for the life of me understand why it was permitted to go up. It's no wonder noone has hit it before. I have lived in this neighborhood for 34 years and can't believe approved to let that concrete wall go up. It was obviously dangerous.
James Harvey

AOL

#4 Jul 20, 2008
When the Welcome sign first went up on Lampson about a year ago I had an uneasy feeling about it. The concrete stone sticks up in the middle of the street with nothing else around it like it is daring someone to crash into it. With all the other traffic safety regulations in place such as the seat belt law, the cell phone law, the .08 alchohol limit, the automatic ticket cameras, airbags, tinted windows etc,...it is the height of government stupidity to put an immovable concrete barrier right in the middle of a busy street which has poor lines of sight to boot. I hope the family sues.
Cynthia Staggs

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Jul 20, 2008
I have kids that travel down Lampson in order to get home frome visiting Grandma and Pa I have lived in College Park East For 29 Years. I first saw the concrete barrier about a year ago and could not understand whyit was there. I pre warned my kids to watch out when traveling down Lampson. There is no reflecters or lights to even warn anyone it is there. I know that this will happen again. I also know it will happen without alcohol or drugs..... The family should sue.
Seal Beach Resident

Brea, CA

#6 Jul 21, 2008
I travel from College Park East down Lampson and pass the sign regularly...I've always had an uneasy feeling passing it. I have two kids just starting to drive and it's sad to see these tragedies.
Concerned GG Mom

Cypress, CA

#7 Jul 21, 2008
The concrete "Welcome" sign is just behind our backyard wall on Lampson, and on several occasions I have heard the screeching of tires as cars narrowly missed collision with it. My family, neighbors and I have remarked many times that it was just a matter of time before a serious accident occurred. The sign placement, without protective barriers or adequate lighting, is dangerous beyond reason. My teenage son heard the accident and watched rescue efforts from our fence, but that poor girl had no chance for survival. Now that the sign is severely damaged, and someone even spray painted it with the words "R.I.P.- Take It Down!", maybe the city will get the message...Please remove this danger from our neighborhood, do not rebuild! Our hearts go out to Brittany's family.
Sick of Idiots

Huntington Beach, CA

#8 Jul 21, 2008
I've driven by that sign HUNDREDS of times. I've never hit it. You know why?

I wasn't UNDER THE INFLUENCE!!

Maybe the sign is in a bad place. So what? You're telling me that the sign caused a drunk teenager to hit it?

Get a grip. Stop blaming EVERYTHING else other than what it really was: An irresponsible addict who was drunk, driving a two ton chunk of metal. Might as well have been an unguided missle.

Having said all that, as a parent of two stepsons right about that age, I have nothing but complete and total sympathy for the family. Addicts don't realize what thier dumb choices do to the people who love them. My thoughts are with her family.

Everyone else needs to STOP BLAMING THE SIGN.
Sick of Idiots

Huntington Beach, CA

#9 Jul 21, 2008
Garden Grove resident wrote:
When the sign was first put in My mother and I could not believe that it was permmitted to go up. Our first thoughts were someone will either lose control or just not see this concrete sign in the middle of the road. Whether the girl was on alcohol or not, We feel it was going to happen. I think the City of Garden Grove should be sued. I am sure there will be alot of witneeses on the behalf of the girls family.
Read my reply. She was drunk. It was her own choices that caused that wreck, not a dang sign.
Nunya

Huntington Beach, CA

#10 Jul 21, 2008
Brittany was a friend of both my sons; a best friend to my oldest son. She's spent time in my home on many occasions. My heart aches for her family and friends. My heart aches for my sons who are devastated.

Having said that, I grew up in Garden Grove. I've lived there for 46 years. I've driven by this sign more times than I can count, always going the speed limit and never under the influence. I know it's there and have never "come close" to hitting it. As sad as I am, Brittany grew up in this area too.

If someone chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence, there may be consequences for those actions. If the sign had not been there, would it have been better if she jumped the median and hit an oncoming car? The sign didn't cause this accident, the driver did. I'm sorry.
blk wht photo

AOL

#11 Jul 21, 2008
We live two blocks from the "TombStone) that the dumb ass Garden Grove city council approved for what I hear was $170,000 job....to the letter everyone said boy that is an accident waiting to happen. Where in the hell do the city engineers come from that would put a concrete welcome to Garden Grove sign on a curve after a small rise which is nearly impossible to see in the day light, and at night it is even worse. Yes the person may have been drunk, or what ever, but it still doesn't make much sense and the city should be ashamed for their complete stupidity on this one. I would highly suggest they tear it down as it will only be a reminder of how dumb our city really is.
Garden Grove Resident

Canada

#12 Jul 21, 2008
Sick of Idiots wrote:
I've driven by that sign HUNDREDS of times. I've never hit it. You know why?
I wasn't UNDER THE INFLUENCE!!
Maybe the sign is in a bad place. So what? You're telling me that the sign caused a drunk teenager to hit it?
Get a grip. Stop blaming EVERYTHING else other than what it really was: An irresponsible addict who was drunk, driving a two ton chunk of metal. Might as well have been an unguided missle.
Having said all that, as a parent of two stepsons right about that age, I have nothing but complete and total sympathy for the family. Addicts don't realize what thier dumb choices do to the people who love them. My thoughts are with her family.
Everyone else needs to STOP BLAMING THE SIGN.
If I understand your position correctly, you would like to wait for a sober person to get killed by the stone before you would be in favor of having it removed?

Another dead by that stone is very likely in my opinion. Let me add that I had also driven by the stone hundreds of times without incident.
GG Resident

Manhattan Beach, CA

#13 Jul 21, 2008
Over the years there have been several accidents on Lampson. Just a few weeks ago someone plowed into the block wall on the corner of Lampson and Blackmer. People have hit trees in the median on Lampson at the curve in the road behind the Los Al base (one of the reasons the radar speed sign was installed). Do we need to do away with block walls and trees as well?
Mike

Long Beach, CA

#14 Jul 21, 2008
Sick of Idiots wrote:
I've driven by that sign HUNDREDS of times. I've never hit it. You know why?
I wasn't UNDER THE INFLUENCE!!
Maybe the sign is in a bad place. So what? You're telling me that the sign caused a drunk teenager to hit it?
Get a grip. Stop blaming EVERYTHING else other than what it really was: An irresponsible addict who was drunk, driving a two ton chunk of metal. Might as well have been an unguided missle.
Having said all that, as a parent of two stepsons right about that age, I have nothing but complete and total sympathy for the family. Addicts don't realize what thier dumb choices do to the people who love them. My thoughts are with her family.
Everyone else needs to STOP BLAMING THE SIGN.
YOUR AN A$$HOL#!!!!!!!!
McFadden Seal Beach

Manhattan Beach, CA

#15 Jul 21, 2008
That Sign is in the oddest place. They actually enlarged the center divider in order to make it fit. This is a tragedy that could have been prevented. Everytime I pass it I always think. How long before someone kills themselves.
I have spoken to the City Engineer and they will be looking at all the aspects presented., but as far as the family sueing the city that would be out of line. The girl could have killed someone by choosing to drive under the influence, and for that there is no excuse.
Sick of Idiots

Huntington Beach, CA

#16 Jul 21, 2008
I'm an a-hole because I think people should take responsibility for thier own actions?
I don't care about the sign either way. If it's there, fine, if it's taken out because people are scared of a sign in the road, that's fine, too.
What I'm irritated about is people are blaming the city, the sign, and everything else instead of the central issue: This child was under the influence!
Back when I was in high school, I lost some classmates because they got hit by a drunk driver. They brought around the car blood stains and all in an effort to prevent DUIs. Maybe they need to do the same with her car?
If it wasn't the sign, it would have been something else - a light pole, a ditch, a fence, someone's house, a pedestrian, another car full of children and nuns - who knows?
The issue here isn't the sign, it's the fact that someone was yet again driving under the influence and died as a result. It's tragic, as I said, I feel horrible for her family. I really do. But don't blame a sign. The sign is, after all, a stationary inanimate object that can easily be avoided with a minimum of automotive skills and a clear mind.
Reality is harsh - and the reality is that she was drunk driving. The sign is a unrelated issue.
James Harvey

AOL

#17 Jul 21, 2008
GG Resident wrote:
Over the years there have been several accidents on Lampson. Just a few weeks ago someone plowed into the block wall on the corner of Lampson and Blackmer. People have hit trees in the median on Lampson at the curve in the road behind the Los Al base (one of the reasons the radar speed sign was installed). Do we need to do away with block walls and trees as well?
No we do not need to do away with trees and fences but what do need to spend our tax money wisely to make the roads safer...not more hazardous.
James Harvey

AOL

#18 Jul 22, 2008
Nunya wrote:
Brittany was a friend of both my sons; a best friend to my oldest son. She's spent time in my home on many occasions. My heart aches for her family and friends. My heart aches for my sons who are devastated.
Having said that, I grew up in Garden Grove. I've lived there for 46 years. I've driven by this sign more times than I can count, always going the speed limit and never under the influence. I know it's there and have never "come close" to hitting it. As sad as I am, Brittany grew up in this area too.
If someone chooses to get behind the wheel while under the influence, there may be consequences for those actions. If the sign had not been there, would it have been better if she jumped the median and hit an oncoming car? The sign didn't cause this accident, the driver did. I'm sorry.
You are right...the sign didn't cause the accident but it did cause her death. I'm sorry.
Seal Beach Resident

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Jul 22, 2008
It is very tragic that such a young life is lost no matter what the situation was. The victims are also the friends and family that have to grieve from the loss of a loved one. I pass by that marquee every morning that I believe has a light fixture. I have to agree with what “Sick of Idiots” has to say though. The sign did not jump out in front of the car and the driver needs to take responsibility for her actions. I am also glad to hear that no one else was injured or killed in the accident. Unfortunately many cities are directed by their council to under take projects that the council members can hang their hat on so they can say that they were the ones to make these various projects happen. Personally I wouldn’t want to take credit for the welcome sign due to the fact I would see better use of the $170,000 that was mentioned earlier. Please don’t drink and drive. An innocent sign or person might have to pay the ultimate price.
GG Resident

Manhattan Beach, CA

#20 Jul 22, 2008
James Harvey wrote:
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You are right...the sign didn't cause the accident but it did cause her death. I'm sorry.
You're absolutely right. Maybe the money would be better spent on alcohol and drug education for teens--better yet, DUI checkpoints.

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