15-year old arrested after fatal accident

Dunedin, Florida A 15-year-old Palm Harbor boy has been arrested following a fatal accident late Wednesday night. Full Story
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“To Protect And Serve”

Since: Aug 07

Trenton N.J

#44 Nov 7, 2007
Try him as an adult period.
Grow Up

United States

#45 Nov 7, 2007
even if it was an "accident"... which is what it is called when 2 vehicles collide. But when the accident is caused by someone who is not legal to drive, has not had proper training to handle a 3000 pound "weapon", he should be held accountable for his actions. All you "friends" of his, are showing your lack of communication skills. Which is another reason they should raise the legal driving age to at least 18. Then you kids wouldn't be out there trying to show off for your "dawgs". If he is such a good kid, and a straight A student... why didn't his mother know where he was? Or that he had a vehicle and was going to run from the cops? Most good kids respect authority and would not run. So all you little supporters of this kid... grow up. You may not be able to "hang with him" but he is still alive. Mommy can still go see him in the jail.... Can this womans husband and kids see her face again? Can they look into her eyes? Even vehicular manslaughter - which for you youngsters... is killing someone with a vehicle that you did not intend to do.......... should be the minimal charge. And then when he turns 18.. he will be released with a clear record, unless they do charge him as an adult. And personally, when you take someones life by trying to act like an adult, ie; driving with no license and running from the cops: then you deserve to be charged as just that: An adult. And sent to an adult prison. If the justice system actually worked in this manner, perhaps we would not pick up the paper every day and read about these kids killing each other, themselves, and innocent people. Back in the 70's there was a show on tv called Baretta.... his logo was: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. And if you commit an adult crime... you need to be charged as an adult. And yes.. there are differences between adult crimes and kid crimes. Kid crimes are destroying property, or getting into a fight at school or toilet papering the teachers house at Halloween. But when you pick up a weapon that you are supposed to be of adult age to purchase, or you get into a car and drive like an idiot with or without a license... you should be sent straight to an adult prison. Then perhaps the crime rates would actually reduce... that is if there was something for these kids..* and adults* to fear in the prison / jail systems. Which I have been told.. they are not.

“To Protect And Serve”

Since: Aug 07

Trenton N.J

#46 Nov 7, 2007
Grow Up wrote:
even if it was an "accident"... which is what it is called when 2 vehicles collide. But when the accident is caused by someone who is not legal to drive, has not had proper training to handle a 3000 pound "weapon", he should be held accountable for his actions. All you "friends" of his, are showing your lack of communication skills. Which is another reason they should raise the legal driving age to at least 18. Then you kids wouldn't be out there trying to show off for your "dawgs". If he is such a good kid, and a straight A student... why didn't his mother know where he was? Or that he had a vehicle and was going to run from the cops? Most good kids respect authority and would not run. So all you little supporters of this kid... grow up. You may not be able to "hang with him" but he is still alive. Mommy can still go see him in the jail.... Can this womans husband and kids see her face again? Can they look into her eyes? Even vehicular manslaughter - which for you youngsters... is killing someone with a vehicle that you did not intend to do.......... should be the minimal charge. And then when he turns 18.. he will be released with a clear record, unless they do charge him as an adult. And personally, when you take someones life by trying to act like an adult, ie; driving with no license and running from the cops: then you deserve to be charged as just that: An adult. And sent to an adult prison. If the justice system actually worked in this manner, perhaps we would not pick up the paper every day and read about these kids killing each other, themselves, and innocent people. Back in the 70's there was a show on tv called Baretta.... his logo was: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. And if you commit an adult crime... you need to be charged as an adult. And yes.. there are differences between adult crimes and kid crimes. Kid crimes are destroying property, or getting into a fight at school or toilet papering the teachers house at Halloween. But when you pick up a weapon that you are supposed to be of adult age to purchase, or you get into a car and drive like an idiot with or without a license... you should be sent straight to an adult prison. Then perhaps the crime rates would actually reduce... that is if there was something for these kids..* and adults* to fear in the prison / jail systems. Which I have been told.. they are not.
I wish the liberal judges would take a page from your book.
grow up

United States

#47 Nov 7, 2007
Capt Jim wrote:
<quoted text>I wish the liberal judges would take a page from your book.
Capt Jim... this won't happen. They are too busy trying to protect their own children for doing very similar things. My son in law is a private detective and there was a very high profile case where a judges son hit and killed a woman due to his drunk driving and reckless driving with excessive speed. If you look hard enough... you will find hundreds of people that will tell you what you want to hear to prove someones innocence. Bottom line... this judge's kid... got away with murder. No jail time... no probation... barely a slap on the hand. So I am more than "over the youth these days" thinking everyone owes them... whatever they want... and they can take it and dare you to do anything about it. Life, property, money... if you have it and they want it... they will kill you for it... and then find a way to get away with it. If I was young enough... I might try to get involved with an agency that can actually make changes to stop this crude behavior... but slowly but surely... they are killing each other off. sad world we are living in.
Hugh- Palm Harbor

Sidney, NE

#48 Nov 7, 2007
To "Grow Up" and "Capt. Jim"- you both make good points, but you are referring to "kids" who purposely shoot, rob, etc. Not a kid who accidentally hit someone with a car. It's just not the same. Yes, he was wrong in what he was doing, and it was a tragedy, but he did not do it purposely and shouldn't be charged that way. And, Capt. Jim, sorry but no way should he be tried as an adult.

This is my last comment on this, because I know the State and Court System will do whatever they think will gain them, and no one else, good publicity. They don't care about what's "right" or "wrong". And the Judge, to me, is just a moron to begin with.

Yes, the family of the woman is devastated, and I feel badly for them. But what about the family of Devan? Does anyone think they aren't hurting, expecially Devan? And the State and the Judge want to throw the book at him? And then the officials are too busy covering up their own kids issues?

I've heard where the father of the woman is really after Devan. I can understand his anger and being devastated by this. But if he thinks two wrongs makes a right, he is sadly mistaken.

Yes, this is a sad world, and mostly state, we live in.
Dana Lynne Johnson

Gaithersburg, MD

#52 Dec 11, 2007
I watched Devan grow up my family was close with his... You have to understand that jail is not the answer to all the problems.. I have been there and it did me no good, it did not rehabilitate me and I just learned to be better at what I was doing... He needs help and counciling and guidance and most importantly LOVE.. Locking up a child is not the answer.. I know that what he did was wrong and sometimes the choices you make don't turn out the way you want them too.. It happens to all of us... God forgives why can't you?? Are you better than god?? He did not take that womans life on purpose and was a scared little boy behind a killing machine... I keep him in my prayers and I think that all of you should too cause it could have been your kid that does the same thing next week...Judge Not and you will not be Judged!! I give my deep apology to the womans family and I am sorry for your loss... I know there is nothing to bring her back.. I also want to say I am sorry to Dawn and Butch for this troubling time in your life... My heart goes out to you as well as all my family!
Put Him In Prison

Tampa, FL

#53 Dec 12, 2007
He committed the crime of Vehicular Manslaughter...so let him do the time...Jail is appropriate.

“To Protect And Serve”

Since: Aug 07

Trenton N.J

#54 Dec 12, 2007
Hugh- Palm Harbor wrote:
To "Grow Up" and "Capt. Jim"- you both make good points, but you are referring to "kids" who purposely shoot, rob, etc. Not a kid who accidentally hit someone with a car. It's just not the same. Yes, he was wrong in what he was doing, and it was a tragedy, but he did not do it purposely and shouldn't be charged that way. And, Capt. Jim, sorry but no way should he be tried as an adult.
This is my last comment on this, because I know the State and Court System will do whatever they think will gain them, and no one else, good publicity. They don't care about what's "right" or "wrong". And the Judge, to me, is just a moron to begin with.
Yes, the family of the woman is devastated, and I feel badly for them. But what about the family of Devan? Does anyone think they aren't hurting, expecially Devan? And the State and the Judge want to throw the book at him? And then the officials are too busy covering up their own kids issues?
I've heard where the father of the woman is really after Devan. I can understand his anger and being devastated by this. But if he thinks two wrongs makes a right, he is sadly mistaken.
Yes, this is a sad world, and mostly state, we live in.
I suggest you read the story. He was running from the police and ran through a red light so it was done on purpose trying to get away from the police who were trying to stop him for wreckless driving. ARE WE CLEAR NOW!!!!!!!!!!
Devans Good Friend

Saint Petersburg, FL

#55 May 20, 2008
I Know Devan Very Well He Really Is A Good Kid. He Is Very Kind Hearted And Never Meant To Hurt Anyone. Everyone Makes Mistakes His Just Happend To Be Noticed. He'd Take It Back In Heartbeat If He Could. For Everyone Who Has Ever Judged His Family Really Needs To Shut Their Mouth Unless They Know What They're Talking About Devan Wasn't Ignored Or Abandoned And His Family Does Pay Attention To Him His Mother Especially! The Mother Of The 3 kids Didn't Feel Bad Leaving Her Husband And 3 Kids For The 20 Year Old Now Did She? I'm Not Talking Shit About The Family Of The Woman Cause Just As I Pray For Devan I Pray For The Family The Woman Had To Leave Behind Everything Happens For A Reason As Cruel as That May Sound. Perhaps It Was Just Her Time To Return HOME With God. I Think It's Horrible How A 15 Year Old Girl Is More Mature Than Half Of You Adults Out There Anyhow That's All I Have To Say About This So Buh Byes ~M.L.R.~
blast from the past

Frederick, MD

#56 Mar 1, 2009
tom N wrote:
he needs to go to jail on murder and his mother (I have no idea were my 15 year old is) should pay for the upbringing of those 3 kids who her son left without a mother!!
You have no idea how much him and his mother both need to be in jail
blast from the past

Frederick, MD

#57 Mar 1, 2009
He and his mother should both be in jail... if you sit by the river bank long enough your enemies will float by!!!
Burrrr

Dunedin, FL

#58 Jan 26, 2011
michelle wrote:
here we go again, he's a good kid, turning his life around. oops he just happened to be out driving without a license. his butt should be charged as an adult. thats whats wrong with these kids, they get slapped on the wrist and sent home to mommy who "don't know where junior is". and you tarpon kids writing up there just shows how intelligent you are.
another tard he did get tried as an adult kids dont get 9 n a half year
Devans grandmother

Lady Lake, FL

#59 Nov 21, 2011
Cameron Swaze wrote:
I can't believe people ride around in Jeeps. Do they think that they're never going to get in accidents?
Americans have been so dumbed down by Madison Avenue and the NEA that they compromise/forfeit their lives making "statements" by the car they purchase.
Myself, I'll putt putt along in my trusty Volvo, thank you. That will increase dramatically the odds that I'm around to experience life's Big Moments and otherwise fulfill my Earthly responsibilities.
Accidents happen. If you're in the wrong type of vehicle - then you're going to pay a price.
Oh, the wailing! But there is no news here. This will happen again & again, every so many days. Will you people ever wake up?
Thank you so much for your most practical comment. What you are not aware of, however, is the top was taken off the jeep, the doors were taken off the jeep, they were not wearing seat belts, and she had just picked him up at a bar where witnesses reported they were dringking!
mike s

Bowie, MD

#61 Feb 21, 2012
Free devan. He never meant any harm, period. The family woman was probably blowing mr womack when the accident happened. Such a wonderful woman? I don't know her, nor will I ever, stuff happens people. People die every day. Beejays and jeeps are never a good mixture. My prayers go out to the family but I know devan so I hope the best for him.
mike s

Bowie, MD

#62 Feb 21, 2012
Devans grandmother, heyyyy its mike from gaithersburg, devans old friend! Hope you guys are staying strong, he'll be out before you know it and everything will get better. I hope you and rappa are doing great along with dawn and the rest of ur family. You guys always have support from everyone up here in maryland!
mike s

Bowie, MD

#63 Feb 21, 2012
Where is he being held, I want to go pay him a visit.
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Dunedin, FL

#64 Aug 12, 2014
Mike, why don't you tell us your last name, I want to visit you. Talking about someone's dead mother isn't smart.

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