A sweet and innocent teen dies

A sweet and innocent teen dies

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Weeza

United States

#1 Mar 25, 2008
A 19-year-old Mineral resident was killed Friday night after a two-car crash on East Old Mountain Road in Louisa County.

Virginia State Police spokesman Tom Cunningham said Matthew Ryan Farmer was not wearing a seat belt. He died at the scene of the wreck, which occurred at about 5:50 p.m., Cunningham said.

Cunningham said a 1994 Dodge Neon driven by TERRY R. GUM, 37, of Lynchburg crossed the center line on a curve on westbound East Old Mountain Road.

The Neon crashed head-on into Farmer's 1998 Honda Civic.

Gum and 11-year-old Cody Gum, a passenger in the vehicle, were flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

"It does not appear that alcohol or excessive speed are factors," Cunningham said.

VSP Trooper T.J. Newberry is investigating the crash.
Vraiblonde

United States

#2 Mar 26, 2008
Me thinks someone was talking on her cell phone?!?!
HiEGT

United States

#3 Apr 1, 2008
I read Ms Gum was charged w/reckless driving...just doesn't seem fair.
angie lloyd

Rocky Mount, VA

#4 Apr 2, 2008
i was matts current girlfreind and she took him from me fast and unexpectally.she deserves to go to jail for murdering him she needs to be charged with unvalughntary man slaughtar or eaither wrongful death. i hate her for takeing him away. she took my truelove away from me and i hate her so much. why in the world would you be reaching down in the floor board with your eyes off the road espically if u never been on it and with your 11 yr old boy in the car. her eyes werent on the rd when it happened. the only reason why matt wasent wering a seatbelt was b/c he wasent speeding. the only times he ever did is if he was speeding or if he seen a cop. plus why was a women from lynchburg in lousia in the fisrt place? lynch burg is far away from there. there are skidmarks all on the rd from him trying to stop but none from her. i find it very odd. but like i said she deserves something more than a wreckles driving ticket.
HiEGT

United States

#5 Apr 10, 2008
angie-I'm very sorry for your loss and for Matt's family and friends as well.
None of us will ever know what truly happened, but this is something Ms. Gum will have to live w/the rest of her life, as well as her child. I feel sorry for her son, what a horrific thing to witness and be a part of. It is a miracle they all weren't killed.
My heart goes out to Matt's family and friends.
Heather Stewardson

United States

#6 Jun 12, 2008
You know it seems weird of the whole situation that when Matt's mother, Kathy has persued the commonwealth attorney and there is nothing that he can do for her. so therefor the only ticket Gum gets is reckless driving?? so that means that I could have an accident tomarrow myself and kill someone and only get reckless driving ticket? makes me wonder about the justice here? I am now Kathy's daughter in law, after just marrying her step son and I live only 1.5 miles away from her. My husband and the family are still grieving... and will be for a long time. When we had our wedding on May 24th we did have a candle burning for Matt since he was supposed to be an usher at the wedding. He had intended to get a suit and all and Matt doesnt dress up for just anyone. My husband, Dewey and Matt had a special bond and Dewey will now always miss that. Every man has his own way of grieving and I know Dewey is, just in his own way. I hope there will be some type of conclusion to the justice here, I really do.
Rachel -Louisa VA-

North Port, FL

#7 Jun 22, 2008
I was a VERY close friend of Matts. It is 3 months after the accident and I am still crying over it. Matt did not deserve to be hit. Im glad that Gum and her son were ok but I hate her for killing Matt. She should not just get a wrecklace driving ticket. she should get vehicular manslaughter. She was going about 80mph on a back country road with an 11 year old child in the car. That is also one count of child endangerment. She was not paying attention to the road. If she would have been paying attention, Matt would still be with us. I do blame her for Matts death. I know that she has to live with this for the rest of her life. I feel horrible for her son. Nobody should have to go thru that and witness it. I hope that justice is served for Matt, Kathy (his mom), Jason (his brother) and the rest of his family and friends.
Chay

Locust Grove, VA

#8 Jun 29, 2008
me and matt, we were as close as brother and sister, if not closer. i told him everthing, and he was always there. when id cry, he'd already be on his way. when i was ready to beat someones ass, he'd cool me down. he looked out for me. its hard to find someone like him. he never jugde me and he listened. and now, everything i know and love is all wrong. ive had one person die that was very close to me besides matt, and he was my ex derek. he died not even 3 months later and then i get a call about a week later saying a very close friend on mine has cancer and THEN mom tells me that my uncle either has a blood clot or brain tumor. everything is slowly slipping out of my life. at 15 it too much for me to handle and since matt has gone to a better place everything is down hill. i dont blame him or god, i blame the bitch who murdered him! i hope she feels like shit. it a horrible thing she did, that she prety much got away with. how could anyone live with that? tops off to her. i hope she feels goods. i just hope that thing will slowly get better.. or fastly... Rest In Paridise GooGooLove.
wsympathy

Bluefield, WV

#9 Jul 3, 2008
TO: Kathy (Matthew's Ryan Farmer's Mother)
OR
Heather Stewardon (family member of Matthew)
I have some information that I'm sure you would like to hear. I also have some questions for you.
Could you PLEASE leave your contact information (email or phone number) on this website?
Thank you.
angie lloyd

Martinsville, VA

#10 Jul 13, 2008
hi wsympathy. this was matts current girlfreind. but i can give you the number to his mother its 5408940965
wsympathy

Princeton, WV

#12 Jul 27, 2008
Thank you Angie Lloyd, I really appreciate it. I will be contacting her soon.
wsympathy

Bluefield, WV

#13 Aug 16, 2008
Angie Lloyd,
I wanted to know if you could possibly give me Mathhew's mom's address, I think I would rather write her a letter. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks.
angie lloyd

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Aug 27, 2008
i cant give you that because its not right to do. if you want i can relay a message to her jsut type it to me and send it to my email adress [email protected] i'll make sure she will get it.
rachel mcaleer

Englewood, FL

#15 Sep 1, 2008
wsympathy, me and angie are like sisters and matt was like my brother, i was wondering if u would be willing to share the information u had with me or angie. it is hard without matt and i think we could all use a little bit of closure.
no name

Sevierville, TN

#16 Sep 28, 2008
And yes she got away with murder. and the justice system sucks she was messed up on drugs and stills is she doesn't care about what happened if she did she would get her self straight and stay straight . they gave her a 2500 dollar fine lost her license for 6 months and that was it.
amazed

Montgomery, TX

#17 Nov 1, 2008
Maybe 1 day justice will be served. Hopefully sooner then later!
broken heart

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Dec 27, 2011
Matthew was a loving soul, who loved everyone, who was the peace keeper, who's smile lightned alot of situations. He had dreams, he was enlisting in the Navy, he commuted every day to DC to earn a living. He was making something of his life, he was looking forward to his future. But Terry Gum ripped it all away, stole his life, stole his dreams. It's been 3yrs & 9 months since she destroyed so many lives. No Name says she was on drugs, still is. Law enforcement or the hospital may not of even requested her to be tested for drugs who knows, but she has gotten away with a slap on the wrist. God will not be so easy, May he have mercy on her soul. If she does not acknowledge what she has done and ask for forgivness she will have to answer to our Lord. Remorse may set her free...maybe.Until then I think she should recieve yearly reminders of what she has done. She should have to re live that day for the rest of her life. I personally will be sending her a letter telling her how she has effected me, his family, friends. How she stole his dreams, his life. I don't know if she'll even read it, if it would even faze her, but I will get the pleasure of knowing she has been reminded.
britt

United States

#19 Jan 17, 2012
I dated terry gums son. She is a heartless person and a big pill head. Did they do a drug test? She no longer has custody of her son that was in the car with her that day die to her drug addiction. When I saw this my jaw dropped! She actually told me about this one day. She has something wrong with her no doubt! My prayers go out to the family, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Heartbroken daughter

Midlothian, VA

#20 Jul 23, 2012
I just now found this article. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I can't the pain of losing a child. Especially to something that was totally preventable.
Terry Gum Supposedly suffers from Narcolepsy. At least that's what she was saying back in 2007. She had no right to be behind a wheel of a car. I also believe she caused the death of my father. Which she also got away with. She was going to the methadone clinic back then. I hope one day justice is found for the ones she has hurt.
todu385

Lynchburg, VA

#21 Jul 25, 2012
HiEGT wrote:
I read Ms Gum was charged w/reckless driving...just doesn't seem fair.
Doesnt seem fair?? She was the driver at fault and therefore should be charged. For whatever reason she crossed the line causing the crash, injuries and death.

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