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There are 201 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 22, 2008, titled 14-year-old dies after walking into path of car while texting o.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A 14-year-old Davenport boy died today from injuries he sustained after walking into the path of a car while texting on his cell phone, officials.

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Leroy

Orlando, FL

#1 Sep 22, 2008
unfortunately this is what happens when you don't pay attention.

i can't tell you how many times i have almost been hit in my car by other drivers that were on the cell phone or texting.

it's amazing we don't hear more of this.
pak31

Bolingbrook, IL

#6 Sep 22, 2008
I agree with you guys. One thing I would like to know is how is this road layed out? Did the driver see the boys attempting to cross and did she slow down when she got close to them? Just curious. I guess I ask because when I see people trying to cross a busy street I never trust that they'll stop for me so I slow down just in case. But, when you are doing certain things in life, such as this boy was, you have to be alert.
hmmm

Summerfield, FL

#7 Sep 22, 2008
you know when i was fourteen i did not have a cell phone. though i am only 27 now, i do not agree with parents getting cell phones for young kids. they cause a lot of troubles. case in point with this situation. what ever happen to parents just keeping a watch on their kid and all that. the excuse given today by parents are, I need to know where he/she is and if i want them home i can call them." simple solution...know where your kid is, give them a time to be home and have an emergency number somewhere with them,ex: in their wallet or purse with a number you can be reached at. ladies and gentlemen, lets make the kids kids again. lets not make them grow up so quick.
Lauren

United States

#9 Sep 22, 2008
hmmm wrote:
you know when i was fourteen i did not have a cell phone. though i am only 27 now, i do not agree with parents getting cell phones for young kids. they cause a lot of troubles. case in point with this situation. what ever happen to parents just keeping a watch on their kid and all that. the excuse given today by parents are, I need to know where he/she is and if i want them home i can call them." simple solution...know where your kid is, give them a time to be home and have an emergency number somewhere with them,ex: in their wallet or purse with a number you can be reached at. ladies and gentlemen, lets make the kids kids again. lets not make them grow up so quick.
I agree...I do birthday parties for kids, and this past weekend I did a party for 11 year old girls. A lot of those girls had nicer phones than I do!! What is the necessity? If you're 11 and your parents don't know where you are without a phone, that's a problem!!
KLC

Orlando, FL

#11 Sep 22, 2008
U.S. 27? 14-years-old? Another parent of the year nominee.
KLC

Orlando, FL

#12 Sep 22, 2008
Oh, and for all you out of touch old-timers, the kids aren't texting their parents. They're texting each other. Constantly. They ARE kids being kids.
GreGG

Altoona, FL

#13 Sep 22, 2008
My condolences to the innocent victim of this event, the driver.

My experience is this one event will be with that person for the rest of their life.
Curious Barack

Orlando, FL

#14 Sep 22, 2008
What on earth is a 14 year old doing with a cell phone?
Curious Barack

Orlando, FL

#18 Sep 22, 2008
Wow, the Slantinel is back to censoring speech. Got to love it. A newspaper that hides behind the 1st amendment is censoring speech on its own website. Irony is wonderful.

Since: Mar 08

New Orleans

#21 Sep 22, 2008
pak31 wrote:
I agree with you guys. One thing I would like to know is how is this road layed out? Did the driver see the boys attempting to cross and did she slow down when she got close to them? Just curious. I guess I ask because when I see people trying to cross a busy street I never trust that they'll stop for me so I slow down just in case. But, when you are doing certain things in life, such as this boy was, you have to be alert.
According to www.newschief.com the accident happened at 7:50PM Sunday. She might not have seen him in the dark.
http://www.newschief.com/article/20080922/NEW...
jdjeikgjgiej

Shreveport, LA

#22 Sep 22, 2008
I'm sure he was a nice kid, but this is Darwin at work again.

Since: Mar 08

New Orleans

#23 Sep 22, 2008
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Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#25 Sep 22, 2008
Cell phones have nothing to do with this. He could have been engrossed in a book, a letter, whatever, and NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

Since: Aug 08

Now a Ghetto

#26 Sep 22, 2008
pudbert_Savannah GA wrote:
That'll teach him.
Pudbert ... still feeding on the bottom I see

Since: Mar 07

NYC

#32 Sep 22, 2008
I feel badly for the kid and his family but I'm actually surprised that this doesn't happen more frequently. I've seen women pushing strollers doing the same or gabbing on the phone and almost getting hit.
Nancy

Mount Dora, FL

#37 Sep 22, 2008
This is so sad. Teenagers and young adults really think they're invincible and don't always use good judgment. It only takes a second of letting your guard down for something tragic to happen. Condolences to the family for their loss.
OrlandoNorth

Clermont, FL

#41 Sep 22, 2008
The article does not indicate if he got the text message through?
Amanda

United States

#42 Sep 22, 2008
hmmm wrote:
you know when i was fourteen i did not have a cell phone. though i am only 27 now, i do not agree with parents getting cell phones for young kids. they cause a lot of troubles. case in point with this situation. what ever happen to parents just keeping a watch on their kid and all that. the excuse given today by parents are, I need to know where he/she is and if i want them home i can call them." simple solution...know where your kid is, give them a time to be home and have an emergency number somewhere with them,ex: in their wallet or purse with a number you can be reached at. ladies and gentlemen, lets make the kids kids again. lets not make them grow up so quick.
I wish it were that easy. Pay phones are few and far between, so it's pretty hard for kids to reach parents.
Brian-Marc

Sanford, FL

#44 Sep 22, 2008
Curious Barack wrote:
What on earth is a 14 year old doing with a cell phone?
5 yr olds have cellphones in Jamaica. Thats so their parents can contact them at all times.
no to cookie cutters

Deltona, FL

#45 Sep 22, 2008
natural selection at work.

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