Girl, 16, killed in two-vehicle crash...

Girl, 16, killed in two-vehicle crash in Perry County | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 32 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 4, 2011, titled Girl, 16, killed in two-vehicle crash in Perry County | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A Thornville teenager was killed yesterday in a two-vehicle crash in Perry County.

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Retired Deputy

Chillicothe, OH

#1 Jul 5, 2011
No Seat Belt.
Like the other stories of weekend fatals of MC riders with no helmets.
Would belts or helmets save lives 100% of the time? No. But why gamble with your life.
Melanie

Bellefontaine, OH

#2 Jul 5, 2011
I am so sorry... I have a 17 year old and always worry when she drives away.

Also: Please be kind with your posts. I am always leery of whenever the Dispatch opens a forum following stories in which someone has passed away. Sometimes the trolls are pretty mean, and I am hoping that the families involved aren't reading the comments.

To the families that may be reading anyways: Thinking of you today.
Just Saying

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 5, 2011
I to agree with Melanie. My thoughts and prayers are with the families involved. It is so sad to lose someone at such an early age.

They surely do not need others on here giving rude remarks. Just words of encouragement.

Before you make any remarks just imagine how you would feel if it had been someone in your family.
We are reading

United States

#5 Jul 5, 2011
And like all young kids, we've all done something that wasn't in our best judgment.
Lauren was a phenomenal young lady with a very shining personality. My heart and prayers also go out to her boyfriend (the driver) and his family.
May time and fond memories of Lauren lesson the pain for all.
What

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 5, 2011
We are reading wrote:
And like all young kids, we've all done something that wasn't in our best judgment.
Lauren was a phenomenal young lady with a very shining personality. My heart and prayers also go out to her boyfriend (the driver) and his family.
May time and fond memories of Lauren lesson the pain for all.
I am sorry for the lose ... but let me get this straight she was 16 and the driver was 26 and now you are saying that the driver was her boyfriend. I am not judging her at all but why would parents let their 16 year old date a 26 year old. I know it is off topic but I am just curious. What kind of parents would allow this???
OhioBrian

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 5, 2011
What wrote:
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I am sorry for the lose ... but let me get this straight she was 16 and the driver was 26 and now you are saying that the driver was her boyfriend. I am not judging her at all but why would parents let their 16 year old date a 26 year old. I know it is off topic but I am just curious. What kind of parents would allow this???
Mr. or Ms. "What", Mr. Kokensparger (the boyfriend) is 19, not 26. Please read the article again. And I suspect any sentence that begins with "What kind of parents" goes against the spirit appropriate for this moment.
Real

Franklin, KY

#8 Jul 5, 2011
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I am sorry for the lose ... but let me get this straight she was 16 and the driver was 26 and now you are saying that the driver was her boyfriend. I am not judging her at all but why would parents let their 16 year old date a 26 year old. I know it is off topic but I am just curious. What kind of parents would allow this???
-- I am from the small town of new lex !! And I happened to know the driver && whoever told u he was 26 is a damn lie !! I wish people would get facts right before they start assuming!!! He was a good boy !! Let it go
What

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 5, 2011
To OhioBrian and Real ... I am sorry I misunderstood what I read. It was the driver of the other car that was 26 years old. My mistake. But that is all I was asking for is an explanation. But thank you for all the anger you have showed when a simple he was 19 would suffice.

Again ... I am sorry for the lose and I am sure both her and her boyfriend were wonderful people.
Tawnya

San José, Costa Rica

#10 Jul 5, 2011
I am Lauren's aunt. And yes, family does read these posts. Lauren was a beautiful, talented young woman who made a mistake not fastening her seat belt. We all wonder why... and wish that she had... so maybe she might be still in our lives. I am many miles away right now, and not able to come home to hug my sister, or to hold her mother in my arms and try to help quiet her pain.

If these posts are intended to have any good come from them, then open your heart to give love to the families involved. And then take which lesson you think you need to put here and apply it in your own families. Talk to all your children, remind them they are not invincible, ask them to always buckle up. Then give them a kiss from us, and pray they will always be safe.

I love you Lauren. Peace in your journey to God.
nana

Howard, OH

#11 Jul 5, 2011
OhioBrian wrote:
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Mr. or Ms. "What", Mr. Kokensparger (the boyfriend) is 19, not 26. Please read the article again. And I suspect any sentence that begins with "What kind of parents" goes against the spirit appropriate for this moment.
Thank you.

I am praying for the family. My 15 year old granddaughter knew her. She is taking it very hard right now. 4 years ago she lost a dear friend in an automobile accident. What has upset her the most is the people who take judgement on her friend and don't even know her.

Praying for the family and friends of this young lady.
nana

Howard, OH

#12 Jul 5, 2011
What wrote:
To OhioBrian and Real ... I am sorry I misunderstood what I read. It was the driver of the other car that was 26 years old. My mistake. But that is all I was asking for is an explanation. But thank you for all the anger you have showed when a simple he was 19 would suffice.
Again ... I am sorry for the lose and I am sure both her and her boyfriend were wonderful people.
So it is ok for you to say what you said. I only wish you could have met this young lady. She was my granddaughter's friend. Put yourself in her parents shoes and read the stuff you jumped on.
nana

Howard, OH

#14 Jul 5, 2011
Tawnya wrote:
I am Lauren's aunt. And yes, family does read these posts. Lauren was a beautiful, talented young woman who made a mistake not fastening her seat belt. We all wonder why... and wish that she had... so maybe she might be still in our lives. I am many miles away right now, and not able to come home to hug my sister, or to hold her mother in my arms and try to help quiet her pain.
If these posts are intended to have any good come from them, then open your heart to give love to the families involved. And then take which lesson you think you need to put here and apply it in your own families. Talk to all your children, remind them they are not invincible, ask them to always buckle up. Then give them a kiss from us, and pray they will always be safe.
I love you Lauren. Peace in your journey to God.
My heart goes out to you my dear. People just have to hurt people to make themselves fill bigger. They will all answer to God one of these days. Peace to you.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 5, 2011
Seat belts and motorcycle helmets are for suckers.
Sheesh

Cleveland, OH

#16 Jul 5, 2011
Big Johnson wrote:
Seat belts and motorcycle helmets are for suckers.
Under "Judge", the needs to be an "A-Whole" choice. You are sometimes (rarely) comical. This is not the time, fool. Prayers go out to both families - both the young lady who was lost, and the boyfriend, who will live with this horrible accident for all of his days.
Aaron

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 5, 2011
Tawnya wrote:
I am Lauren's aunt. And yes, family does read these posts. Lauren was a beautiful, talented young woman who made a mistake not fastening her seat belt. We all wonder why... and wish that she had... so maybe she might be still in our lives. I am many miles away right now, and not able to come home to hug my sister, or to hold her mother in my arms and try to help quiet her pain.
If these posts are intended to have any good come from them, then open your heart to give love to the families involved. And then take which lesson you think you need to put here and apply it in your own families. Talk to all your children, remind them they are not invincible, ask them to always buckle up. Then give them a kiss from us, and pray they will always be safe.
I love you Lauren. Peace in your journey to God.
Tawnya thank you for the lovely post. My wife has been good friends with Lauren's mother for the past 8 to 10 years and although I never got the chance to met Lauren. I felt as if I knew her from all the stories my wife would tell me. She was a beautiful bright young woman with a extraordinary life ahead of her. She truly touched the lives of everyone she met. My wife and I will forever carry the memory of her in our hearts. Finally to all the families involved, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord comfort and guide you during this time of sadness.
A Friend

Gibsonton, FL

#19 Jul 5, 2011
My deepest most sincere condolences to the Wright's family. I cant even begin to imagine what they must be feeling at this time. It is truly a tragedy and I pray to God that they find comfort and peace in the time to come. To have ones life ended so early its such a tragedy. To all the young kids out there, be safe, don't think it cant happen to you, because it can happen to any one of us. Life is short, enjoy your loved ones each and everyday before it is too late, don't take anything for granted. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
READ FIRST

Hopkinsville, KY

#20 Jul 5, 2011
What wrote:
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I am sorry for the lose ... but let me get this straight she was 16 and the driver was 26 and now you are saying that the driver was her boyfriend. I am not judging her at all but why would parents let their 16 year old date a 26 year old. I know it is off topic but I am just curious. What kind of parents would allow this???
She was 16 her boyfriend I assume is the 19 year old. The 26 year old was the driver of the other car.
Prayers

Thornville, OH

#21 Jul 5, 2011
I know no words to give you comfort. I will be praying for all that knew and loved Lauren and for others who were hurt.
the sweet one

United States

#22 Jul 5, 2011
i personally know the boy who was in the car crash and he is such a good kid it was all an accident the poor boy doesnt even know she didnt make it yet and that will kill him more than whats bothering him now... its very sad that all this happend and he will have to live with this the rest of his life... R.i.p Lauren Wright... As for the boy he is hanging in there the best that he can...
the sweet one

United States

#23 Jul 5, 2011
ok look he wasnt 26 he was only 19 and i know the boyfriend personally he was a very bright and smart young man...

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