Woman Faces DUI Charge In Crash That Killed Toddler

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A Tinley Park woman accused of causing a multiple-vehicle crash Friday night that killed a 3-year-old boy appears in court Monday morning to face charges of reckless homicide, aggravated driving under the ... Full Story
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Evanston, IL

#2 Feb 25, 2008
I'd like to know if the child was in a car seat?? How did he die, and no one else was seriously injured... if he was not properly restrained, then charges should be filed against his own family too!
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#3 Feb 25, 2008
There is a special place in he$$ for people like her. I hope she gets what she deserves! I have heard that the other prisoners don't like baby killers, so hopefully she will get a good long prison sentence. Nothing will bring that child back though. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the child she killed.

Think about this article the next time you go to the bar and drink.
sad

Aurora, IL

#4 Feb 25, 2008
This whole situation is sad. As for the driver anyone who would do this must be fighting demons of their own, I am not excusing it but we must have compassion for them. She will have to live with the fact that she did this for the rest of her life. I must believe, and the reports add that she had a controlled substance, I have a feeling that she was not in her right mind. She may have problems with drugs that have caused her to be in an altered state of mind. Also she did not kill this child in cold blood. I don't think that she could be called a baby killer. Let me be clear, I AM NOT EXCUSING HER, but I am not calling her a baby killer. That child died as an indirect result of her bad choices. She did not kill it purposely, there is a difference between people who go out and kill and hurt children on purpose and those whose choices cause them to die. What if someone is talking on a cell phone or texting and is not paying attention hits someone and a child in the car dies? Are they then a baby killer? No they caused the childs death as a result of poor choices but they did not kill with intent. We as humans have the ability to reason and that sets us apart from other mammals. Lets not lose this. What she did was terrible and horrible but I don't think that it was done with evil intent and therefor I do not think that she should go to hell. Hell is for those who intentionally hurt and kill- not those who make horrible choices that hurt and kill but not with intent to harm others. I can not believe that she purposefully drove into those people. I don't think that she wanted to harm them. I am not saying that she does not deserve a very stiff consequence but I think that eternal damnation goes a bit too far and that classifing her as a baby killer detracts from those who do it purposefully- as I am guessing she did not.
Chest Rockwell

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 25, 2008
Tie the b**ch up and let me at her...
I'll give her a shot she'll never forget...f**kin piece of s**t.
Chest Rockwell

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 25, 2008
sad wrote:
This whole situation is sad. As for the driver anyone who would do this must be fighting demons of their own, I am not excusing it but we must have compassion for them. She will have to live with the fact that she did this for the rest of her life. I must believe, and the reports add that she had a controlled substance, I have a feeling that she was not in her right mind. She may have problems with drugs that have caused her to be in an altered state of mind. Also she did not kill this child in cold blood. I don't think that she could be called a baby killer. Let me be clear, I AM NOT EXCUSING HER, but I am not calling her a baby killer. That child died as an indirect result of her bad choices. She did not kill it purposely, there is a difference between people who go out and kill and hurt children on purpose and those whose choices cause them to die. What if someone is talking on a cell phone or texting and is not paying attention hits someone and a child in the car dies? Are they then a baby killer? No they caused the childs death as a result of poor choices but they did not kill with intent. We as humans have the ability to reason and that sets us apart from other mammals. Lets not lose this. What she did was terrible and horrible but I don't think that it was done with evil intent and therefor I do not think that she should go to hell. Hell is for those who intentionally hurt and kill- not those who make horrible choices that hurt and kill but not with intent to harm others. I can not believe that she purposefully drove into those people. I don't think that she wanted to harm them. I am not saying that she does not deserve a very stiff consequence but I think that eternal damnation goes a bit too far and that classifing her as a baby killer detracts from those who do it purposefully- as I am guessing she did not.
She's a piece of s**t...and should be
given the ultimate punishment...by the way Berkeley sucks..I work on McDermott Drive off of Wolf and St. Charles and that town is nothing but an Industrial hole in the wall...the cops are pricks too...
Hammer94

United States

#7 Feb 25, 2008
This is not the gal's first dui!
Lori

AOL

#8 Feb 25, 2008
I pray for everyone involved in this horrendous accident.
This poor child and his family....May God comfort you...

For Noreens mother and family, may God give you the strength to get through this....
Somewhere in Oak Forest

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 25, 2008
I know the driver. It sure looks bad, no doubt. Believe it or not, she's a nice girl. Two nice young boys. I'm told she's had issues with depression for some time. I shouldn't need to say that none of these factors excuses her actions, which they most certainly do not. But you people hold your tongue when you use names like "baby killer" and such. The ones I feel most for are the parents of the little boy. He's with God and his parents are here to somehow live through it. So is the lady charged with the accident. So are her own two young kids. Don't wish for terrible things for misguided people. Try lending a hand instead. God will love you for it. It's your job. Stop typing and saying terrible things and pray instead for everyone involved. Everyone.
Somewhere in Oak Forest

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 25, 2008
Also, if anyone of you, ANYONE of you EVER have driven with more than the legal limit in your system, EVER, you're in no position to cast stones. Remember that. And don't forget it.
Hammer94

United States

#11 Feb 25, 2008
Lend a hand??? R U serious? This gal had the opportunity to make things right when she had her first (or second???) DUI. She chose, knowing the risks, to get into that car, which when driven under the influence of alcohol, by law, is deemed a weapon. A weapon. She drove down the Dan Ryan Freeway from downtown and crashed in her own neighborhood. This displays a complete lack of regard for the value of human life. THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE. Where were her kids? Safe at home...she knew enough not to take her own kids in the car...but didn't care enough about the other children on the road. Selfish. Just selfish. Must have been spoiled and never been held accountable for her mistakes. Well, it looks like she won't be getting away with murder this time!
ellen

Forest Park, IL

#12 Feb 26, 2008
me here wrote:
I'd like to know if the child was in a car seat?? How did he die, and no one else was seriously injured... if he was not properly restrained, then charges should be filed against his own family too!
What a thing to say without knowing the facts! Do you KNOW that anyone else in the family was seriously injured? Do you KNOW if he wasn't properly restrained? No you don't. I understand her car put him AND his car seat through the window.

How about posting something less accusatory to the family who has just lost their baby instead next time.
Somewhere in Oak Forest

Midlothian, IL

#13 Feb 26, 2008
Actually, that was one of the firsts things I wondered about. Only so I could have a better understanding of how it happened so I could take precautions to protect my 4 year old. I want to know if the car seat was on either side or in the middle. And if it was properly fastened. Definitely not to make accusations at the victims.
Somewhere in Oak Forest

Midlothian, IL

#14 Feb 26, 2008
Has God condemned you after you did something wrong once? Well, did he?

“I don't know my own strength!”

Since: Jan 08

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#15 Feb 26, 2008
sad wrote:
This whole situation is sad. As for the driver anyone who would do this must be fighting demons of their own, I am not excusing it but we must have compassion for them. She will have to live with the fact that she did this for the rest of her life. I must believe, and the reports add that she had a controlled substance, I have a feeling that she was not in her right mind. She may have problems with drugs that have caused her to be in an altered state of mind. Also she did not kill this child in cold blood. I don't think that she could be called a baby killer. Let me be clear, I AM NOT EXCUSING HER, but I am not calling her a baby killer. That child died as an indirect result of her bad choices. She did not kill it purposely, there is a difference between people who go out and kill and hurt children on purpose and those whose choices cause them to die. What if someone is talking on a cell phone or texting and is not paying attention hits someone and a child in the car dies? Are they then a baby killer? No they caused the childs death as a result of poor choices but they did not kill with intent. We as humans have the ability to reason and that sets us apart from other mammals. Lets not lose this. What she did was terrible and horrible but I don't think that it was done with evil intent and therefor I do not think that she should go to hell. Hell is for those who intentionally hurt and kill- not those who make horrible choices that hurt and kill but not with intent to harm others. I can not believe that she purposefully drove into those people. I don't think that she wanted to harm them. I am not saying that she does not deserve a very stiff consequence but I think that eternal damnation goes a bit too far and that classifing her as a baby killer detracts from those who do it purposefully- as I am guessing she did not.
Let's be real here. I'm sure she did not intend to kill anyone that day. But she is an adult and decided to drive under the influence. I don't care what the reasons are - her bad decision DIRECTLY caused the death of that child.

There is a big difference between being on a cell phone and getting into an accident and DUI. From the reports she had crashed into multiple cars and continued driving on the wrong side of the street.

She SHOULD have to live with what she did for the rest of her life. The family of the dead toddler will have to live with the loss.

When will people learn that DUI is the same as running around with a gun and shooting it without looking?? We need to get people into facilities that treat their addiction (and they should be imprisoned there instead of regular jail or they will repeat their offense when they get out) and we need to have much stricter consequences for those caught DUI.

“I don't know my own strength!”

Since: Jan 08

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#16 Feb 26, 2008
Somewhere in Oak Forest wrote:
I know the driver.
I'm hoping that you know the driver very well. That way you can do us all a favor and give the driver your number to call in case she gets too drunk to drive again. Lend us all a helping hand - please! I drive that way with my kids some times and saw the cross this weekend before knowing what it was for.

Also reach out to her and keep talking to her about going to in-patient treatment to work through whatever demons have led her to her drink and/or use.

“I don't know my own strength!”

Since: Jan 08

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#19 Feb 26, 2008
ellen wrote:
<quoted text>
What a thing to say without knowing the facts! Do you KNOW that anyone else in the family was seriously injured? Do you KNOW if he wasn't properly restrained? No you don't. I understand her car put him AND his car seat through the window.
How about posting something less accusatory to the family who has just lost their baby instead next time.
I don't think the person was really saying that the parents didn't buckle in the child.(I agree that the addition of their opinion that it would also be the parent's fault skewed how people will read the question though.) Unfortunately people quickly assume that if a child dies in an accident they must not have been in a car seat. It is human nature to do so - because we're supposed to feel like our kids are safe if they are buckled in.

There is an article indicating that the child's mother has very serious injuries which as you mention indicates how bad of an crash this was:
His mother, Rachel Gates, needed 20 staples to reattach her scalp and is in such poor condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn that surgery to repair her mangled ankle has been delayed for at least a week, Troy said.

Gates' mother - who was a passenger with Gates and Parker - and another family member also required hospital treatment, he said.
Source: http://www.nbc5.com/news/15411599/detail.html...

“I don't know my own strength!”

Since: Jan 08

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#20 Feb 26, 2008
Somewhere in Oak Forest wrote:
Has God condemned you after you did something wrong once? Well, did he?
Well since I'm still alive I really don't know the answer to that question yet. I have definitely suffered consequences of bad decisions on my part.

Bottom line - DUI is Russian Roulette. Face the fact that there is NO excuse for people to drive under the influence. Sometimes you can give a teen that thinks they are invincible a little bit of a pass. But not a full-fledged adult who already had been charged with DUI in 2008. I wish they had a 1-strike you go to mandated treatment for at least one year. The slap on the hands and fact that they gave her back her license is just insane IMO. If they had punished her on the first event - maybe this little boy would still be alive today. The court's failure along with her own failure - has led to her having to live with this accident for the rest of her life.

I know a young man who at 17 got a DUI while he only had a permit (which he didn't have with him) and didn't even have a licensed driver with him in the car. Here comes the insane part - our freaking court system's punishment to him was for him to get a job, GET his actual driver's license, and get that SR20 insurance. And he only had a public defender. If he had a paid lawyer the judge would probably have lent her car to him to get his license in!

Shouldn't they have said he COULD NOT get a license until he was 21???? We don't take DUI seriously enough.
Chicago

San Francisco, CA

#21 Feb 26, 2008
Hammer94 wrote:
Lend a hand??? R U serious? This gal had the opportunity to make things right when she had her first (or second???) DUI. She chose, knowing the risks, to get into that car, which when driven under the influence of alcohol, by law, is deemed a weapon. A weapon. She drove down the Dan Ryan Freeway from downtown and crashed in her own neighborhood. This displays a complete lack of regard for the value of human life. THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE. Where were her kids? Safe at home...she knew enough not to take her own kids in the car...but didn't care enough about the other children on the road. Selfish. Just selfish. Must have been spoiled and never been held accountable for her mistakes. Well, it looks like she won't be getting away with murder this time!
How did you know she drove down the Dan Ryan expressway that evening before her crash? Just didn't see that part of the story anywhere in news reports here in Chicago.
Hammer94

United States

#22 Feb 26, 2008
According to 2/26 newpaper article: Hair stylist Noreen Hession of Tinley Park kept her license despite TWO previous DUI's for an accident that occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 19, wherein her blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. The previous accident happened at the interesection of 80th Avenue and 187th Street in Mokena and cut the power supply to 517 homes.

The homicide at the 6900 block of 159th Street in Tinley Park, killing 3 year old Ariel Parker and hospitalizing his seriously injured mother on Friday night was a heinus and disgusting display of the absolute, complete and deliberate lack of regard for human life Noreen has for herself and others.

Unfortunately, the Hession family runs the risk of appearing insensitive to the gravity of this SECOND accident...an incident wherein a 3 year old child died. as they make and almost shameful and certainly unreasonable, in light of the circumstances, plea with the judge for a "reasonable bail" stating that 1) they think Noreen needs admission into a psychiatric unit.[The opportunity for the family to provide psychiatric care on their own terms is passed. The point in time for the family to step in was at the onset of the first DUI. Especially if she suffers from bipolar disorder and has a family history of drinking fatalities.]
2) Stating that the girl poses a low flight risk.[This misses the point...flight risk??? In that it is reasonable to assume the victims want their day in court...it goes without saying that their first concern would be to keep this gal off the streets so she doesn't continue to leave a wake of victims in her path of elaborate partying, champagne bottles and fancy SUVs.]

It is clear that the judge had his head on his shoulders in recognizing Noreen first as a risk and threat to the public and second as the flight risk. If in fact this girl suffers from bipolar disorder then the family pleas for transfer to a psychiatric unit are founded.

May the good Lord hear the prayers of our society for stricter laws and stronger family values.
Hammer94

United States

#23 Feb 26, 2008
According to 2/26 newpaper article: Hair stylist Noreen Hession of Tinley Park kept her license despite TWO previous DUI's for an accident that occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 19, wherein her blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. The previous accident happened at the interesection of 80th Avenue and 187th Street in Mokena and cut the power supply to 517 homes.

The homicide at the 6900 block of 159th Street in Tinley Park, killing 3 year old Ariel Parker and hospitalizing his seriously injured mother on Friday night was a heinus and disgusting display of the absolute, complete and deliberate lack of regard for human life Noreen has for herself and others.

Unfortunately, the Hession family runs the risk of appearing insensitive to the gravity of this SECOND accident...an incident wherein a 3 year old child died, as they make an almost shameful and certainly unreasonable, in light of the circumstances, plea with the judge for a "reasonable bail" stating that 1) they think Noreen needs admission into a psychiatric unit.[The opportunity for the family to provide psychiatric care on their own terms is passed. The point in time for the family to step in was at the onset of the first DUI. Especially if she suffers from bipolar disorder and has a family history of drinking fatalities.]
2) Stating that the girl poses a low flight risk.[This misses the point...flight risk??? In that it is reasonable to assume the victims want their day in court...it goes without saying that their first concern would be to keep this gal off the streets so she doesn't continue to leave a wake of victims in her path of elaborate partying, champagne bottles and fancy SUVs.]

It is clear that the judge had his head on his shoulders in recognizing Noreen first as a risk and threat to the public and second as the flight risk. If in fact this girl suffers from bipolar disorder then the family pleas for transfer to a psychiatric unit are founded.

I call for a public apology to the victims from Noreen.

May the good Lord hear the prayers of our society for stricter laws and stronger family values.

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