Grisly car crash kills 5 at end of ai...

Grisly car crash kills 5 at end of airport runway near Ocala

There are 420 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Grisly car crash kills 5 at end of airport runway near Ocala. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

To the first emergency responders, the horrific scene they found next to a private airport near Ocala might have first looked like a plane crash.

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Dave E

Orlando, FL

#3 Jan 27, 2008
What a tragedy I feel for the families.
Mike HHI

Okatie, SC

#5 Jan 27, 2008
The M5 is limited to about 150 MPH in the US and I bet they were doing every bit of 100 when they hit that tree. In 20 years on a rescue squad I have never seen a car damaged that badly.
Dave E

Orlando, FL

#7 Jan 27, 2008
I am all for Freedom of the internet but strongly feel these boards should not be anonymous anymore. It never fails, after every accident these boards are swarmed with every cowardly internet loser in America. All trying to be "shockingly" funnier than the loser before them. If they had to use their own names these freaks would never crawl out of their holes.

God bless these boys families.
UCF TailGator

Orlando, FL

#10 Jan 27, 2008
Lots of testosterone flowing in the blood of young guys. Thats why they make these TOUGH GUY comments, unfortunatly its also why they make bad decisions and wreck their cars at high speeds.
When I was their age I thought I was invicible, I think we all think that to a degree.
Look at the quote on that poor kids my space page.... the weak will fall and the strong will stand..
Haven

Monterey, CA

#12 Jan 27, 2008
The price we pay for freedom gets higher and higher until the crash. I am a survivor of a "flight" through an alcohol/drug/testosterone extended adolescence. I have teen-aged grandsons and fear not only for them but for our culture!
A winch-launch glider club would be a better use of that runway! H...
sethook

Sherman Oaks, CA

#13 Jan 27, 2008
To quote Dustin, "Only the weak fall and the strong stay standing!" How about those who are ejected?
captain obvious

United States

#15 Jan 27, 2008
Sounds like it was a lets-see-what-it-will-do top speed test run.Too bad the driver took four others with him.
It Figures

Orlando, FL

#16 Jan 27, 2008
They have arrived.
Dave E wrote:
I am all for Freedom of the internet but strongly feel these boards should not be anonymous anymore. It never fails, after every accident these boards are swarmed with every cowardly internet loser in America. All trying to be "shockingly" funnier than the loser before them. If they had to use their own names these freaks would never crawl out of their holes.
God bless these boys families.
Bob

Oviedo, FL

#17 Jan 27, 2008
I have a 15 year old son who will be driving shortly. The cost of his auto insurance will be a major financial burden to me. This kind of foolishness is what causes those rates.
Rose

Orlando, FL

#19 Jan 27, 2008
Another senseless tragedy; my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these young men.
MrWrong

Mocksville, NC

#20 Jan 27, 2008
This is why my 18 year old drives a 1984 Chevy truck. Gets up to 60 mph in about 17 minutes. AND he ain't out at 3am in my car.
ccc3

Ocoee, FL

#21 Jan 27, 2008
Another example of why parents should not give kids high performance cars to drive. Junker cars don't do the speeds that they had to be doing to launch into the air this way.

My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Madii

High Springs, FL

#23 Jan 27, 2008
Rose wrote:
Another senseless tragedy; my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these young men.
thank you very much.
worried father

Ocala, FL

#24 Jan 27, 2008
This is why parents of 18-20 year old "boys" worry. They think that they can handle responsibility and then put them together with others their age and they make stupid decisions. My prayers go out to the family. I can't begin to imagine their grief.
heartbroken

Gainesville, FL

#30 Jan 27, 2008
I understand some of the comments people are making...and i probably shouldn't read it all, because to most of you they are just names. But, these boys are dear to many people and the grief is immense. Imagine waking up one morning to hear your mother screaming on the phone that one of your friends and her students is dead. This tragedy will continue to be hard for us so I would ask, for sake of me, my friends, and the families involved, to just be kind. No we don't have to beatificate them, but just respect the dead.
Bryan

Statesboro, GA

#32 Jan 27, 2008
RIP Issac Rudin.... We will miss you....
Gary

Lady Lake, FL

#34 Jan 27, 2008
This is real sad. Kids do that at 18 and 19. I did it and kids will continue to do it. My heart is with the parents, girlfriends, family and friends. I had a friend killed by a train in 1980. I still remember it. Yes he tried to beat the train.

“Dare to be stupid!”

Since: Dec 06

Groveland, Florida

#36 Jan 27, 2008
I hope the Beemers owner has deep pockets, he will need it when the parents of the other four sue him.
Why would anyone ever give a kid a fast car. I do not blame the kids, they do what kids do and do not have the experance to know better. A car doing 150mph covers a mile in 24 seconds and takes a quarter a mile to stop and probally a half mile or more to accelerate to that speed. Once he got to 150mph he probally only had seconds or less to hit the brakes. Since the car out runs the headlights by a wide margin, by the time he saw the end of the runway it was too late.
Disturbed White Guy

Silver Springs, FL

#38 Jan 27, 2008
My God..... my condolences to the families involved in this tragedy
Roscoe

Moss Point, MS

#40 Jan 27, 2008
UCF Student wrote:
Which begs the question - shouldn't the FAA be investigating this instead of the FHP?
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No offense, but that makes as much sense as having the FHP do an investigation of an airplane crash because it wasn't done on airport property.

The "airport" is, in fact, a private air strip. There are thousands of private runways (some paved, some grass). Just because someone does something stupid on them doesn't mean it has anything to do with the FAA or even aviation.

As for the kids involved, they did something incredibly stupid and paid the price for it. I'm glad they did it on private property and NOT on I4 or I75 where they could have taken others with them.

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