Children die in New Year's Eve crash

Dec 31, 2009 Full story: www2.mcdowellnews.com 147

Two children were killed in a single-car wreck on Hankins Road that happened on New Year's Eve day.

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#1 Dec 31, 2009
Asheville Citizen Times reports:

Excessive speed is believed to have caused a crash in McDowell County today that killed three children.

The crash happened about 3 p.m. on Hankins Road, roughly 2 miles north of Marion, N.C. Highway Patrol trooper Gene Williamson said. The speeding vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree, killing three children, ages 3, 5 and 14.

The driver was airlifted to Mission Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Williamson said. Identities of those involved in the crash were not immediately available pending family notification. All are believed to be from McDowell County.

Additional details of the crash, including speed of the vehicle and whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts, were not immediately available.

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#2 Dec 31, 2009
How sad for this family.
QueenBee

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#3 Dec 31, 2009
That is one road that you cannot speed, there are a lot of curves out that way, if I remember right.

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#4 Jan 1, 2010
QueenBee wrote:
That is one road that you cannot speed, there are a lot of curves out that way, if I remember right.
You remember right. When I was in school there were some students who wrecked on that road and one was killed then.

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Since: Oct 09

Marion

#5 Jan 1, 2010
anywho_1 wrote:
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You remember right. When I was in school there were some students who wrecked on that road and one was killed then.
Yes, it was Shellie Boone in the late 80s just about 1/4 mile from the scene of this crash. This latest one was a senseless crash that should never have happened. The father had a revoked license and should not have been driving himself around, let alone these innocent children. If this stupid ba$tard survives, I hope they nail his a$$ for his selfish stupidity!!!
Grace

Lincolnton, NC

#6 Jan 1, 2010
This is the 4th time in 5 years that someone has hit this same tree. Once, they went on to hit the house. Speed has been a factor each time...alcohol has been a factor in every accident except one. There were 5 people in that car, but they haven't said who the 5th person was. What a senseless tragedy!

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#7 Jan 1, 2010
Parental Guidance wrote:
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Yes, it was Shellie Boone in the late 80s just about 1/4 mile from the scene of this crash. This latest one was a senseless crash that should never have happened. The father had a revoked license and should not have been driving himself around, let alone these innocent children. If this stupid ba$tard survives, I hope they nail his a$$ for his selfish stupidity!!!
Even if you feel this man is stupid for his actions, do you not realize your words can further damage the rest of the family who have lost these 3 precious children?

They are suffering for their loss and the fact the father may not survive. If he does survive, not only does he face criminal charges, he has to live the rest of his life with the guilt that he is responsible for this.
So What

Greenville, SC

#8 Jan 1, 2010
Anywho_1: The family will suffer, but the dumb asshole will not even care. Someone who drinks and drives, drives on a suspended lic., or speeds with kids could care less about who is in the car with him/her.

This guy should be put in the road and let someone run over him for what he did to the kids.

I feel for the family, but the guy needs to be punished....DEATH SENTENCE in my opinion!!!

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#9 Jan 1, 2010
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#10 Jan 1, 2010
So What wrote:
Anywho_1: The family will suffer, but the dumb asshole will not even care. Someone who drinks and drives, drives on a suspended lic., or speeds with kids could care less about who is in the car with him/her.
This guy should be put in the road and let someone run over him for what he did to the kids.
I feel for the family, but the guy needs to be punished....DEATH SENTENCE in my opinion!!!
There are no reports yet that alcohol was involved and nothing confirmed that the man had a suspended license, just what has been posted here by people.

For ANYONE to wish harm or hateful remarks shows they have zero feelings for the family. You can't spit vile at the man driving (even if he is at fault) without further damage to the survivors. Somewhere he has family that loves him that have not only lost 3 children, but he may die as well.
QueenBee

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#11 Jan 1, 2010
anywho_1 wrote:
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There are no reports yet that alcohol was involved and nothing confirmed that the man had a suspended license, just what has been posted here by people.
For ANYONE to wish harm or hateful remarks shows they have zero feelings for the family. You can't spit vile at the man driving (even if he is at fault) without further damage to the survivors. Somewhere he has family that loves him that have not only lost 3 children, but he may die as well.
It doesn't matter WHAT was involved, he was SPEEDING with three innocent children in the car, I am sure that he could read the speed limit signs!

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#12 Jan 1, 2010
QueenBee wrote:
<quoted text> It doesn't matter WHAT was involved, he was SPEEDING with three innocent children in the car, I am sure that he could read the speed limit signs!
So you are another person who misses my point entirely.

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Since: Oct 09

Marion

#13 Jan 1, 2010
anywho_1 wrote:
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Even if you feel this man is stupid for his actions, do you not realize your words can further damage the rest of the family who have lost these 3 precious children?
They are suffering for their loss and the fact the father may not survive. If he does survive, not only does he face criminal charges, he has to live the rest of his life with the guilt that he is responsible for this.
If this man had any concern for his kids to begin with, this would not have happened. There's a little more to the story than you are obviously aware of. You can be offended to my reponse if you wish, but I just state the hardcore truth no matter how blundt it may be. I do feel for the families involved, but not one ounce of sympathy for the wreckless father. This kind of tragedy happens way too often. People this wreckless do not deserve children.

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Since: Oct 09

Marion

#14 Jan 1, 2010
So What wrote:
Anywho_1: The family will suffer, but the dumb asshole will not even care. Someone who drinks and drives, drives on a suspended lic., or speeds with kids could care less about who is in the car with him/her.
This guy should be put in the road and let someone run over him for what he did to the kids.
I feel for the family, but the guy needs to be punished....DEATH SENTENCE in my opinion!!!
Couldn't agree more. Sources say the mother had called him earlier in the day wanting to get the children because he was "messed up" on something, but he refused. Idiots don't need children. They don't deserve them and due to stupidity, 3 young lives never got to see 2010.

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#15 Jan 1, 2010
All that is posted is what someone has heard from someone else.

IF people are too ignorant to realize how their comments can affect the survivors of this tragedy then they are just ignorant.

I lost my husband in a tragic accident when our child was very young and all the rumors that floated around by "friends" and concerned citizens were more hurtful than the loss.

People do not realize how stinging their words can be until they are in that place.
the relatives

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#16 Jan 1, 2010
Does anyone know who the relatives of this family are? Are they related to the owner of P & R Market, Al Reel? Where did they live?
jeff

Lincolnton, NC

#17 Jan 1, 2010
http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffen... , This guy has led a life of crime. should have never been on streets to begin with

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#18 Jan 1, 2010
jeff wrote:
http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.u s/opi/viewoffender.do?method=v iew&offenderID=0338994 &searchLastName=reel&s earchFirstName=jerry&listu rl=pagelistoffendersearchresul ts&listpage=1, This guy has led a life of crime. should have never been on streets to begin with
The link you gave is for a Jerry Reel. The person driving the car was Jerry Reel Jr.

http://www.wlos.com/

With Reel being a common surname in this county, there are probably more than one.
jeff

Lincolnton, NC

#19 Jan 1, 2010
right under the pic not available is all the names he goes by. it says jr

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Since: Oct 09

Marion

#20 Jan 1, 2010
anywho_1 wrote:
All that is posted is what someone has heard from someone else.
IF people are too ignorant to realize how their comments can affect the survivors of this tragedy then they are just ignorant.
I lost my husband in a tragic accident when our child was very young and all the rumors that floated around by "friends" and concerned citizens were more hurtful than the loss.
People do not realize how stinging their words can be until they are in that place.
Anywho....you can think whatever you want...what I posted is not at all hearsay.

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