2 Kids Die In Fatal Police Pursuit

2 Kids Die In Fatal Police Pursuit

There are 12 comments on the WNBC New York story from Oct 16, 2008, titled 2 Kids Die In Fatal Police Pursuit. In it, WNBC New York reports that:

Two youths died in a deadly New Jersey police chase, News 4 New York has learned.

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Lilly Andrews

Rye, NH

#1 Oct 17, 2008
Police do a great job but at times, when persuing a high speed chase, so many others are put in harms way.
barb

Bronx, NY

#2 Oct 17, 2008
How important was it to catch the car thief? Did they have to chase him at high speed through such a populated area? What ever happened to the back-off rule?
Comment39

Jersey City, NJ

#3 Oct 17, 2008
It's just sad. Sometimes these chases do more harm than good!
Patrick

United States

#4 Oct 17, 2008
Cops need to RETHINK police chases. They endanger the public for what - A stolen car that can be replaced. As a result of this chase a girl died. All for a stolen car. The police should be charged with manslaughter as well. I am sick over this- It could have been my child that was killed over a stolen car.
njbird

Denver, CO

#5 Oct 17, 2008
I completely agree. It's more important to consider the danger caused by these high speed chases than it is to recover a stolen car. Was the Mercedes worth the life of this child, and possibly others?
Chooch

Ashburn, VA

#6 Oct 17, 2008
The news reported that the police gave up the chase and the "runner" kept on going. It was the car owner who gave chase in another car from what the news reported this am . Even so, while I dont condone chasing in every case, the real issue here is a crook took a life, an innocent life. If anyone needs to be hanged, it is the car thief, better yet, cut open and chucked in a hungry shark pool.
Adrienne

Fort Lee, NJ

#7 Oct 17, 2008
its always easy to judge the cops isn't it? If this car had not been pursued and then used to commit a robbery or murder then everyone would ask why the cops didnt chase this guy? Real easy to sit back and make decisions from a computer.
edr

Columbia, NJ

#8 Oct 17, 2008
I am so angered by this story. The person who stole the car should be charged to the fullest extent of the law, and the police need to be more prudent. A chase through a residential town? There are children playing, people walking, running, and driving. I agree with some of ther others' comments; was it that crucial to catch the thief and put so many others' lives at risk. Those poor children. My heart breaks for the mother.
Tom

United States

#9 Oct 17, 2008
You folks who are blaming the cops for this are ridiculous. Let's think of it this way. You're home and being beaten by an intruder. The police are on their way. Want them to drive the speed limit and stop at all the lights? How about if your house is burning down and the fire department obeys the traffic rules on the way to your house?

If criminals know they can flee without being chased you'll see alot more thefts and crimes.

The only one to blame in this are the car thieves.

My heart goes out to the families of the children killed and hurt.
nj girl

Ridgewood, NY

#10 Oct 17, 2008
I also reads that the police gave up on the chase. The person who stole this car knew he was being followed if not by the police at least the owner of the car. His one objective was to flee and that meant speed, unfortuantely it cost the life of the child. Nothing can bring this child back, my prayers and sympathy are with the families of these childre. On a final note, lets all take our keys out of the car, maybe if the keys were not left in the car it could not have been stolen. I have to put some blame on the car owner, keys left in a Mercedes is a big temptation.
edr

Columbia, NJ

#11 Oct 17, 2008
I actually don't blame the cops for this. And of course, if myself or anyone I loved was in danger, I would want them to rush to the scene. But that is a different situation. Firemen, police, etc. are trained to rush to a scene. It is not the cops who hit the car; the thief did, but the situation was escalated because the thief was trying to escape them. I know these cops were doing their job, and that they needed to make split-second decisions that were extremely difficult, and I am sure they have the weight of the world of their shoulders now. It is all just a senseless tragedy.
nj girl

Butler, NJ

#12 Oct 21, 2008
I think the owner of the stolen car should also be charge with something. After all, if he wasn't chasing the guy...and just reported his car stolen and let the police do their thing....the fatal accident probably would have never happened.

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