Teen Killed In Crash; Driver Sought

Teen Killed In Crash; Driver Sought

There are 134 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jun 6, 2008, titled Teen Killed In Crash; Driver Sought. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A 14-year-old boy was killed and another youth went into shock when the stolen van they were passengers in early Thursday morning flipped over at Main Street and Albany Avenue in Hartford's North End, police ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Hartford Courant.

First Prev
of 7
Next Last
a3digitiq

United States

#2 Jun 6, 2008
TNB
ahmed

East Berlin, CT

#3 Jun 6, 2008
The parents wonder if the police were chasing the stolen car? Maybe they should be wondering why the car was stolen and who was driving at 4:00 AM.
Htfd homeowner

Mystic, CT

#4 Jun 6, 2008
No one should lose a child under any circumstances and my prayers are with the family but......14, out at 4am joy riding in a stolen car? Sadly, this seems pretty typical in Hartford. I can't tell you how many 7 and 8 year olds I see running around the street unsupervised at 11 pm on a school night. I'm sure the family will blame the police and sue the HPD instead of taking responsibility for the fact that they failed their child. My 3 kids grew up in Hartford and rest assured they were never out at 4am even though my husband and I worked. It wasn't always easy but they all graduated from BHS, went to college and are productive contributing, members of society. Parents need to step up and stop blaming the police, the schools and the city, when bad things happen and start acting like parents.
Lloyd M Schieldge Wash DC

Fredericksburg, VA

#5 Jun 6, 2008
How sad.
I feel badly for the mom as well, she will have to live the remainder of her life wondering if her child would still be alive had she watched him herself.
dontwonder

New Haven, CT

#6 Jun 6, 2008
Lloyd M Schieldge Wash DC wrote:
How sad.
I feel badly for the mom as well, she will have to live the remainder of her life wondering if her child would still be alive had she watched him herself.
The mother will have to live the remainder of her life wondering if her child would still be alive had she RAISED him herself. Why was the child living with the grandmother?
Beth

Newington, CT

#8 Jun 6, 2008
I agree with the other comments that the kid should not have been out at 4am. My thinking is that perhaps the mom couldn't raise this child and thought he'd be better off w/the grandmother. Unfortunately, it looks like that decision did not work. Very sad indeed to lose a life that young & it sounds like he was not in trouble at all and did well @ school. A tragic reminder to all of us parents to not only know where your kids ARE but who they are WITH. As a teen, I had to forfeit a relationship w/my very best friend as she was making decisions I could not support and were not legal. Who our kids hang out with often define the direction they will head. My prayers go out to the family & friend of this young man & I hope the driver owns up to their responsibility and steps forward.
TISH

Hartford, CT

#13 Jun 6, 2008
If he was living with the grandmother where is she? Why hasn't she said anything?
Lloyd M Schieldge Wash DC

Fredericksburg, VA

#14 Jun 6, 2008
How can anyone NOT feel sorry for this woman? She is obviously not playing with a full deck Too bad a person like that had kids (monkey see, monkey do, I guess).. Why would she even think anyone owes her an explaination for anything?

I feel bad for the person that owns the stolen vehicle!
Oscar

Las Vegas, NV

#16 Jun 6, 2008
Sounds like Blacks, blaming the system for chasing their out-of-control kid who is out to start his own Criminal Empire. Steal some vehicles, sell them for Start-up money to get a Drug Business going, make enough bucks to buy a Legit Business. Thats the American Black kid's dream. And guess what? It works. There is no Father in the family to set the boy straight, and the mother plays stupid while her kid is running with gangs late at night. And if he gets caught or killed perpetrating his criminal empire, the mother wails and wails how he was such a GOOD boy, and NOT the criminal the police make him out to be. Unfortunately, young Hispanic males are following this same criminal trend of making money, since they have seen it work successfully with blacks. How do you begin prevention?....Simple.....jail the parent. When the punishment for raising a criminal makes irresponsible mothers Directly Accountable, they will be forced to monitor their kids more closely, or else pay the price themselves.
Beth

Newington, CT

#17 Jun 6, 2008
Disturbed...the kid lost his life at 14...sounds like he went to school, did well and had no trouble. Maybe this was the one time, the only time he gave in to the peer pressure...and it cost him his life. Did you never make a mistake when you were younger? He may not have stole it, I don't agree w/him going along w/it..but I'm not going to call him a heathen & thug and say he had no right to live...little harsh, don't you think? Would you be that harsh if that was your kid that f'ed up that one time? Honestly now....there are plenty of "thugs" out there that deserve that type of generalization...I don't believe this young man does.
Marjorie

South Yarmouth, MA

#18 Jun 6, 2008
Very tragic. Hope it doesn't deter any of them from living out their full potential as Adult criminals, crack dealers and thugs!!!
Beth

Newington, CT

#19 Jun 6, 2008
You know what, Oscar...you're a racist jerk and this isn't a black/white thing AT ALL..was the color of the kids skin even mentioned? Would it make a difference in this tragedy? Your perception of "blacks" as you so ignorantly put it, is disgusting. To generalize an entire population like that is just plain ridiculous. Racism & ignorance isn't going to improve this situation..education & awareness might be a start..
Pat

Granby, CT

#20 Jun 6, 2008
My prayers go out to the family that owned the destroyed stolen minivan.
Pat

Granby, CT

#21 Jun 6, 2008
Beth wrote:
You know what, Oscar...you're a racist jerk and this isn't a black/white thing AT ALL..was the color of the kids skin even mentioned? Would it make a difference in this tragedy? Your perception of "blacks" as you so ignorantly put it, is disgusting. To generalize an entire population like that is just plain ridiculous. Racism & ignorance isn't going to improve this situation..education & awareness might be a start..
What are you saying that it is wrong to be aware that 10 times as much stealing and violence happens in black and hispanic neighborhoods? That's just the truth whether you like it or not.
Beth

Newington, CT

#22 Jun 6, 2008
Pat I'm saying this particular issue isn't a race issue and it's becoming ridiculous how every time youth or teens are involved people automatically assume it's a minority..as if that defines the crime differently. Do you know this kid was black? Does that make his life worth less? Yes, there is an issue w/many minorities not having the skills or role models to help them succeed. Instead of condemning everyone based on their skin color, DO something to change it. I'm teaching (free) underprivileged kids college skills..what are YOU doing to help?
shasarey

Hartford, CT

#23 Jun 6, 2008
CHAD I WANT YOU TO KNOW DAT EVERYBODY'S STILL HERE FOR U N DONT WORRY CAUSE SONE YOU'LL SEE ME AGAIN TRUST ME N MA WORDS BUT DAMN MAN EVERYONE IZ GOIN CRAZY WIT OUT YOU CHAD ........ YOU'LL BE MISSED N LOVED BY YA MOM'S N YA SISTERS N FRIEND'S BUT HAVE 2 GO SO LOVE YOU N TALK 2 YOU SOME OTHER TYM3 .......
P.S SHASAREY SMITH
shasarey

Hartford, CT

#24 Jun 6, 2008
i love you chad gone but never 4-gotten

“Miss Eliza”

Since: Dec 07

Maine

#25 Jun 6, 2008
So the mom wonders why the police were chasing the van. Well, let's see... it could have been because (1) it was stolen (2) it was driving recklessly and (3) it refused to stop for police, therefore creating a police chase. All seem like pretty good reasons for police to pursue a vehicle.
Pat

Granby, CT

#26 Jun 6, 2008
Beth wrote:
Pat I'm saying this particular issue isn't a race issue and it's becoming ridiculous how every time youth or teens are involved people automatically assume it's a minority..as if that defines the crime differently. Do you know this kid was black? Does that make his life worth less? Yes, there is an issue w/many minorities not having the skills or role models to help them succeed. Instead of condemning everyone based on their skin color, DO something to change it. I'm teaching (free) underprivileged kids college skills..what are YOU doing to help?
People make these assumptions because most often it is a minority. Are you under the belief that the percentage of white juvenile delinquents is the same as for black? One common thing links delinquents of all races and that is a low average IQ and skin color is irrelevant but the behavior that goes along with it most certainly is not. Seven delinquent juveniles out at 4 AM. Care to guess how bright their parents are? Stupid is genetic.
ricbee

Shelton, CT

#27 Jun 6, 2008
They seem to have"broke off the chase" at just the right time. I don't believe they did.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 7
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Orlando Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Barack Obama, our next President (Nov '08) 4 min THE DEVIL 1,277,182
Word Association 2 (Jul '10) 2 hr Princess Hey 22,488
CASEY: Does the State Have the Goods to Convict? (Mar '10) 5 hr T-REX 502,195
Let's Chat (Jan '12) 5 hr ANGHARAD 19,077
News Once slow-moving threat, global warming speeds ... (Dec '08) 7 hr IBdaMann 54,547
Alphabet Game (Apr '12) 8 hr Princess Hey 9,506
keep a word----drop a word (Feb '11) 8 hr Princess Hey 18,258
More from around the web

Personal Finance

Orlando Mortgages