Driver dies two days after Hampton crash

Driver dies two days after Hampton crash

There are 57 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Driver dies two days after Hampton crash. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A Newport News man died yesterday afternoon, two days after he was injured in an alcohol-related crash on a Hampton street.

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Agreed

Moseley, VA

#4 Mar 11, 2008
Yes, those first two comments are extremely harsh and way out of line. You shouldn't wish a situation like this upon anyone. I agree with "knowing enough".. it's sad to think we share a community with heartless individuals such as yourselves..... He was a young man who made a foolish mistake, which i'm sure the both of you have made at sometime in your lives. Unfortunately this young man didn't get to learn from his mistake. And thankfully nobody else was involved. My thoughts go out to his family.
Tim

Cape Charles, VA

#8 Mar 11, 2008
Alright all of you so called do-gooders. Yes this man made a terrible decision that night and it has cost him and his family dearly, not to mention all of his friends and co-workers. While his family is preparing to bury this young man, just keep it in the back of your mind the next time you run a red light trying to beat it or your talking on the cell phone and not paying attention to driving. You are just as GUILITY, but you haven't been caught yet or been in that serious accident. Your time will unfortunately come one day and when it does, you remember the harsh words you spoke today. As an old saying goes, if the shoe fits you wear it. I am not condonning what happened that night and no matter how much you preach to your kids about drinking and driving, they are going to do what they want to do whether they are 21 or 42.

Since: Nov 07

Chesapeake, VA

#9 Mar 11, 2008
Lucky wrote:
More laws are not the answer (like gun laws),,, tough enforcement of existing laws is the answer.
I refuse to celebrate the demise of someone who died by their own idiocy... their suffering is over, but their family's pain has only just begun.

However, the last part of your post needs to be tattooed on the forehead of every lawmaker in this country... we don't need MORE laws, we need better enforcement of the ones we have already. But that would require funding for training and expansion of the police force, which sadly just isn't going to happen.

“Boldly going nowhere...”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News, VA

#10 Mar 11, 2008
Tim wrote:
Alright all of you so called do-gooders. Yes this man made a terrible decision that night and it has cost him and his family dearly, not to mention all of his friends and co-workers. While his family is preparing to bury this young man, just keep it in the back of your mind the next time you run a red light trying to beat it or your talking on the cell phone and not paying attention to driving. You are just as GUILITY, but you haven't been caught yet or been in that serious accident. Your time will unfortunately come one day and when it does, you remember the harsh words you spoke today. As an old saying goes, if the shoe fits you wear it. I am not condonning what happened that night and no matter how much you preach to your kids about drinking and driving, they are going to do what they want to do whether they are 21 or 42.
You are completely right.
AMEN

Glen Allen, VA

#14 Mar 11, 2008
42 and I've NEVER done anything to put anyone at risk. No tickets, no red light running, no wrecks, no drinking and driving - I don't touch the stuff. RESPONSIBLE BORING CITIZEN - call me what I am. Don't care what you think. I live my life in a safe and responsible manner....chicken? Maybe, but I'm OK with every decision that I've made in my life to date, some were better than others but I NEVER put YOU or YOUR family at risk or danger with the decisions that I made for me. I'm more considerate than that. Decent, good people carry that trait.
MkT

Richmond, VA

#15 Mar 11, 2008
David,
You were always a great and caring man. It is unfortuante that a young life could be taken so quickly. My thoughts go out to your family.
We will miss you greatly and you will always be in our hearts.
To close to home

Virginia Beach, VA

#16 Mar 11, 2008
I have lived off this road my entire life. Not to long ago someone actually hit a house on this road in the middle of the night and then fled. To many people use this as a road to cut through and it is not ment for that. also I know many who drive done this road to avoid check points... I wonder if that is what this young man was doing.
Tim

Cape Charles, VA

#17 Mar 11, 2008
no
MkT

Richmond, VA

#20 Mar 11, 2008
Thanks you heartless bastard.

For your information toxicology reports prove there was no alcohol in the driver's system. What the media says is not necessarily the truth. They are in the process of correcting this, for the mean time please keep all negative comments to yourself. The family/friends are in deep pain right now, so please respect that.
Cletus wrote:
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Congratulations on your loss.
friend of the baum family

United States

#21 Mar 11, 2008
This is true....the media was 100% wrong about the alcohol...its a shame that they have made david looked like a drunk driver when indead that was not the case at all. i bet if it was one of your loved ones you would not being saying half of the crap you are saying up here.
AMEN

United States

#22 Mar 11, 2008
The media reported what information the PD gave them.....blame the cops - not the media. I've yet to see a retraction? Why is that?
Tim

Cape Charles, VA

#23 Mar 11, 2008
friend of the baum family wrote:
This is true....the media was 100% wrong about the alcohol...its a shame that they have made david looked like a drunk driver when indead that was not the case at all. i bet if it was one of your loved ones you would not being saying half of the crap you are saying up here.
Who ever you are, thank you for pointing out that not every one is perfect. If it is the media, the police, a citizen or someone that thinks they are perfect, everyone makes mistakes. I know the family personally and thank heavens they have not had the time to read the BS that has been spread about this story. Besides preparing to bury thier son, the spreading of these comments would be enough to put anyone in the hospital. People need to stop and think before they start spreading a load of crap simply because they have instant access. They are doing nothing but causing undue stress for everyone. Everyone needs to look at theirselves in the mirror and ask what mistakes have they made in the past and if they say none then I say you are the biggest liar on the earth. Nobody is perfect!
RIP David

Newport News, VA

#25 Mar 11, 2008
I cannot believe after trying to realize that david is never coming back, I have to get on here and read the heartless comments people have to say. The driver had not been drinking and there is proof to that, It had been raining all day and the roads were wet, it was an ACCIDENT, something that could happen to you, your wife, your child, your mother or anyone else you care about. David was a hard working, law abiding, loving, caring and respectable man. He was more of a man then anyone talking crap on here could ever attempt to be. I refuse to sit here and watch ignorant worthless bored people slander his name. He isnt here to defend himself and I refuse for his legacy to be smeared for eternity by ******* who dont even know the truth. Before you even think about typing something as heartless as you have on here again, I want you to picture yourself getting a phone call in the middle of the night from a cop saying your mother was driving in the rain and slid out of control and hit a pole. picture it with everything you can, and then waiting for her recovery, feeling the pain and anxiety in your stomach with every beat of her heart, only to loose her in the end. Then while trying to understand what's happened and try to learn to cope, to read someone say they are glad, and slander her name. think about it, have a heart, and get a life
friend of the baum family

United States

#26 Mar 12, 2008
RIP David wrote:
I cannot believe after trying to realize that david is never coming back, I have to get on here and read the heartless comments people have to say. The driver had not been drinking and there is proof to that, It had been raining all day and the roads were wet, it was an ACCIDENT, something that could happen to you, your wife, your child, your mother or anyone else you care about. David was a hard working, law abiding, loving, caring and respectable man. He was more of a man then anyone talking crap on here could ever attempt to be. I refuse to sit here and watch ignorant worthless bored people slander his name. He isnt here to defend himself and I refuse for his legacy to be smeared for eternity by ******* who dont even know the truth. Before you even think about typing something as heartless as you have on here again, I want you to picture yourself getting a phone call in the middle of the night from a cop saying your mother was driving in the rain and slid out of control and hit a pole. picture it with everything you can, and then waiting for her recovery, feeling the pain and anxiety in your stomach with every beat of her heart, only to loose her in the end. Then while trying to understand what's happened and try to learn to cope, to read someone say they are glad, and slander her name. think about it, have a heart, and get a life
AMEN TO THAT!!!!! people fail to realize what IF it was somebody they knew and loved...but it just goes to show you how much the society pays attention to things....the things that reporters say are not always the truth...they want to catch your eye so you will read there s***

“Boldly going nowhere...”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News, VA

#27 Mar 12, 2008
friend of the baum family wrote:
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AMEN TO THAT!!!!! people fail to realize what IF it was somebody they knew and loved...but it just goes to show you how much the society pays attention to things....the things that reporters say are not always the truth...they want to catch your eye so you will read there s***
Please accept my condolences, I am sorry for your loss..
friend of the baum family

United States

#28 Mar 12, 2008
NIKI in NN wrote:
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Please accept my condolences, I am sorry for your loss..
Thank you Niki
AMEN

Glen Allen, VA

#29 Mar 12, 2008
Guess I was too quick on the trigger. I apologize for my comments that were directed to David but I still stand behind my beliefs in reference to drunk drivers and doing the right thing. Still haven't seen the retraction from the DP or the police yet.....will that be coming?

My deepest condolences to the family.
Phoebus Girl

Newport News, VA

#30 Mar 12, 2008
This is an extremely dangerous road. I, myself have been involved in an accident on Saunders. There needs to be guardrails or something done to make this a safer route as for many, it is the ONLY way to get in/out of their neighborhood.
To family & friends of David - God Bless & I'm sorry for your loss.
we love you david

Newport News, VA

#31 Mar 12, 2008
yes i spoke with a neighbor who said in 4 years hes seen over 30 accidents in front of his house where this happened, why has nothing been done to make this road safer?
AdamKas

Chicago, IL

#32 Mar 12, 2008
Hi, this is Mike, the reporter who wrote this story. After reading these comments, I was concerned that we had been given incorrect information. This morning (Wednesday), I double-checked with Hampton Police, and they tell me they still maintain that alcohol was "a contributing factor" in the crash. They don't say that he was or wasn't drunk, just that they believe alcohol played a factor. They tell me toxicology reports won't be back for a few weeks. If it turns out they gave us incorrect information, I will talk to our editors about publishing something acknowledging this.- M.H.

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