Son in shock from dad's death in crash

Son in shock from dad's death in crash

There are 32 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 24, 2009, titled Son in shock from dad's death in crash. In it, Newsday reports that:

Police officer Rich Kappel, an amateur ATV racer, was killed after the Ferrari he was driving smashed into a tree, officials said.

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#1 Jun 24, 2009
There are several questions here:

1) Why were both cops killed in both accidents speeding?
2) Why were both cops killed not wearing their seat belts as the law requires?
3) How can a Quogue cop afford a (fairly) recent model Ferrari?

I feel for all of the families involved. However, anyone who excessively speeds but doesn't wear a seat belt is asking for trouble. They're lucky that other innocents weren't killed.

Great Neck, NY

#2 Jun 24, 2009
To question 3...early reports indicated something to the effect that he did not have the Ferrari "unlawfully" and this article indicates it was loaned to him but would not say by who...I bet it wasn't his car and early rumors (since either shot down, or covered up) were that he had taken the car without authorization...sounds almost like a joy ride, he was given the car and wanted to see what it could do. Also, if it was his car I think it also said at one point he entered law enforcement late...maybe this was a second career and he became very financially secure in his first one.

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jun 24, 2009
really? do we need to hear how his little boy is suffering and reacting to his fathers death? this is what passes for journalism?

this is why i will NEVER renew my subscription to newsday. i'll read it online for free for local information, but i refuse to help pay these jokers to write such sensationalist garbage.

Oakdale, NY

#4 Jun 24, 2009
Benadryl, for when you are allergic to grief.
unauthorized use

Cedar Knolls, NJ

#5 Jun 24, 2009
Newsday wrote:
Kappel had borrowed the 2002 Ferrari, but Southampton police won't say from whom.
From the police impound lot????

Sayville, NY

#7 Jun 25, 2009
Poor kid. For his sake, I hope the mother and stepfather sue Kappel's estate.
Banastre Tarleton

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jun 25, 2009
I don't know Snooseday???? Get out there and dig up the dirty dirt for which you are so good at... If it was anyone else the frying pan and the hot oil would be scolding by now... Loads of people have Sons and Daughters, and you have no problem throwing them in the pot....
jonny john

Great Neck, NY

#9 Jun 25, 2009
how pathetic!
Joseph Pulitzer

Stockbridge, GA

#10 Jun 25, 2009
A very sad story. But geeze, I can't understand how some of Newsday's reporters get jobs; they can't write coherently. Take a writing course, please!

Wayne, NJ

#11 Jun 25, 2009
Let's traumitize the boys' life just a little more by publizing that he is not handling this death very well... Hey, kudos to the mother for giving this "breaking news" to this loser reporter...yipes

Medford, NY

#12 Jun 25, 2009
come on newsday tell the whole story the cop tock the car from the impound yard and killed a father but he's a cop so he's a hero

“Are we paying attention?”

Since: Jul 08

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#13 Jun 25, 2009
I'll say the same things about the guy with the badge & the mid-life crisis as I say about the inexperienced teenager who thinks life on the roads is one big video game:

You were stupid. You were selfish. You were a menace to society and you took an innocent life (and at least had the sense to also forfeit your own) for no other reason than everything was all about you...and the "moment."

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Jun 25, 2009
the usual blue shield when a cop is involved. Wonder if the owner knew he was going to borrow the car and then endanger innocent people. cops are thugs who think they are above the law

Englewood, CO

#15 Jun 25, 2009
Good point about the impound yard. Hadn't though of that. It will come out eventually but by then everyone will have moved on and the info will never be published.

This guy is certainly no hero. He willfully disregarded the law, I guess because he was above it.

As for the ineptitude of Newsday's "writing", this rag is written at about a third grade level, which for many people is still too high. We still have morons asking "How can a cop afford a Ferrari"

Bronx, NY

#16 Jun 25, 2009
I'm sorry this poor boys grief has to be paraded across the media pages like this. Note to his mother: close the door, pull the blinds, don't do this to him.

“Slappy X. Sanchez, Esq.”

Since: Jun 08

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#17 Jun 25, 2009
Nice sob story. Sorry for the kid, but hopefully he learned a lesson.

Norwalk, CT

#18 Jun 25, 2009
eric wrote:
come on newsday tell the whole story the cop tock the car from the impound yard and killed a father but he's a cop so he's a hero
Do you know this for a fact???? I don't think so ! Actually none of you have any clue as to what actually happened... you are replying to a sensationalized story by a two bit reporter in a biased paper... FOR A FACT the car was NOT from an impound yard ... Most people see the word Cop and think let's jump on this and talk about all the bad cops out there - that is YOUR issue - your reason to blast the system etc.- Not always the truth ...
Here is a story .. Rich Kappel was one of the most honored people ( NOT JUST POLICE OFFICER) in the area! He had a heart of gold! No One is talking to the paper except for Christians' EX- wife...
hows this .. let the families grieve.. stop jumping to conclusions... and for goodness sakes ... go love your families... go be with the ones you love. No one has any clue what really happened except for Rich and Christian. Let them Rest in Peace. Thank you!
I wonder

Medford, NY

#19 Jun 25, 2009
How come Mr Gomez's son has the last name of the mother's current husband? Is it the fact she had the child when she was married to Mr Alessi or did she cuckold both? Sorry for the child loss but his "father" did go for a ride with a irresponsible person.
Two Things

Westwood, NJ

#20 Jun 25, 2009
1) Poor kid, my condolences; and
2) Imbicile father! If a police officer doesn't know about the dangers of excessive speeding, then who does? Fortunately he didn't take the lives of any innocent victims in his wake.
What is that all about

East Elmhurst, NY

#21 Jun 25, 2009
Sorry, there is more to this story. Who the heck "lends" his Ferrari to anyone, let alone to someone known to be a racer. And why they weren't wearing seat belts is just beyond me. Hope they had a great time joy riding, as they leave innocent children in their wake to suffer their foolish behavior.

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