4th of July celebration turns fatal i...

4th of July celebration turns fatal in Palmer

There are 7 comments on the WWLP Massachusetts story from Jul 6, 2008, titled 4th of July celebration turns fatal in Palmer. In it, WWLP Massachusetts reports that:

PALMER, Mass. A Monson man is facing charges in connection with a fatal accdient in Palmer Friday night.

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Amherst, MA

#1 Jul 6, 2008
My heart goes out to the family of the man that died. Prayers are with the family of both men. It is so sad.
Al K

Springfield, MA

#2 Jul 7, 2008
"...reckless operation resulting in a homicide"??? Whatever happened to "manslaughter", or "second degree murder"? This mental midget did this intentionally.
Amanda Drinkwine

Shelton, CT

#3 Jul 7, 2008
I haven't seen Dave in over 8 years... It is horrible to see that this happened to him... it makes me very sad. Why do people have to be so not smart? I will miss you Dave. <3 <3 <3

Newington, CT

#4 Jul 7, 2008
Mom alwas said not to play in the street and now you know way.

Woodville, MA

#5 Jul 7, 2008
This whole situation is so incredibly sad. A kid performed a stupid, thoughtless act (reminding this old geezer that being young was not always carefree and easy), but now a man is DEAD. I hope forgiveness will come at some point, but it's too early for Dave's loved ones to even consider, I'm sure.

The perpetrator's life is never going to be the same, no matter what charges he gets convicted on. That doesn't dismiss what he's done or alleviate the pain he's caused. He will suffer, though, and no doubt that suffering and deep remorse is well underway in the boy's soul.

I would like to ask why ample enforcement of illegal fireworks wasn't in place to begin with. People are setting off illegal fireworks in the middle of a street?

What a waste of taxpayer dollars it was to spend so much money on public service warnings about harmful and illegal fireworks in Mass., when we could have stepped up neighborhood patrols for the holiday. That said, the greatest abusers I've observed happen to be public safety professionals themselves.

Having lived in Springfield too long, got to observe many holiday festivies in the delightful City of Homes. One year, I saw a bottle rocket being sent up by a couple of cops at a party across the street from me. It landed on a neighbor's roof and started a small fire. How ironic it was that the neighbor was a prominent Springfield attorney? Didn't hear too much about that incident afterward, so I imagine something was "worked out" (and quietly). Hmmm.

Cops and certain elected/appointed officials continue to throw the "best" parties in the City, and no doubt outlying communities as well, which I turn down invitations to every summer.

Let this be a wakeup call that prevents further tragedy in years to come. That's the only way to redeem an otherwise unholy, miserable situation. God help us all.

United States

#6 Jul 7, 2008
Mike2008 wrote:
Mom alwas said not to play in the street and now you know way.
Mom should have taught you how to spell.
Flynt Michigan

Wilbraham, MA

#8 Jul 15, 2008
This all went wrong when he started lighting fireworks in the road. I think I'll go and have a picnic on the railroad tracks. Come on. Are all of you serious and not see this would have been avoided by the guy not lighting fireworks in the road?

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