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E. Patchogue man charged with DWI in fatal crash

There are 272 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 25, 2008, titled E. Patchogue man charged with DWI in fatal crash. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Patchogue man was killed late Thursday after his car was struck by a driver who was later arrested for DWI.

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Tyrone Shoelace

West New York, NJ

#64 Jan 25, 2008
How about the dude that wrapped his 240 around the telephone pole in Center Moriches last night? Not often that the drunk driver gets himself killed, so way to go immigrant. That tele pole was sitting in the drivers seat when I drove by this AM. Fireman on the scene said the car was filled with empty beer cans. Thank god he didn't bring anyone else with him, except maybe his 2 drunk buddies who were medivaced out and are clinging to life. Prick, medivac chopper woke my arse up.
Saddened

Brooklyn, NY

#65 Jan 25, 2008
Gary has had a drinking problem for many years and I have personally seen him get behind the wheel of car when he could not even walk. However, I don't believe he will walk away from this without some psychological problem. Being in jail will probably kill him and he will not be able to handle it has he is a weak man.
HOW

Brooklyn, NY

#67 Jan 25, 2008
CAN'T BELIVE IT
HOW

Brooklyn, NY

#68 Jan 25, 2008
CANT BELIVE IT
co worker

East Meadow, NY

#69 Jan 25, 2008
Saddened wrote:
Gary has had a drinking problem for many years and I have personally seen him get behind the wheel of car when he could not even walk. However, I don't believe he will walk away from this without some psychological problem. Being in jail will probably kill him and he will not be able to handle it has he is a weak man.
I have worked with Gary for thirty years, and i have never known him to have a drinking problem. To many of us use poor judgement without measuring the consequences. This is a terrible tragedy for both of the families.
how

Brooklyn, NY

#70 Jan 25, 2008
sOME ONE WROTE: Serious condition!? He got lucky then didn't he?
If you call this lucky then you are stupid
how

Brooklyn, NY

#71 Jan 25, 2008
Saddened wrote:
Gary has had a drinking problem for many years and I have personally seen him get behind the wheel of car when he could not even walk. However, I don't believe he will walk away from this without some psychological problem. Being in jail will probably kill him and he will not be able to handle it has he is a weak man.

WHY DID YOU LET HIM GET BEHIND THEY WHEEL OF THE CAR THEN??????
J Spinelli

Elizabeth, NJ

#72 Jan 25, 2008
Saddened wrote:
Gary has had a drinking problem for many years and I have personally seen him get behind the wheel of car when he could not even walk. However, I don't believe he will walk away from this without some psychological problem. Being in jail will probably kill him and he will not be able to handle it has he is a weak man.
Gary Spinelli is my uncle. And I am 14 years old and have known him my whole life and he does not have a drinking problem. He is a good man and he made a mistac. So you should shut the hell up about saying he has a drinking problem. My loving Uncle only drinks on acations, he does not drink everyday like you make it sound. So if anyone has a nasty or dumb thing 2 say about my uncle just let me know and ill be happy 2 talk 2 you. GOD BLESS YOU UNCLE GARY....I LOVE YOU
Too sad

Dover, NJ

#73 Jan 25, 2008
I pray for Vinny's family. Their lives will never be the same again. Their hearts will never heal. Their memories will never be enough. Their tears will never stop. Their nightmares will never end.
ARCHIE BUNKER

Mesquite, NV

#74 Jan 25, 2008
YOU CAN'T CHANGE WHAT HAS HAPPENED BUT YOU CAN CHANGE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN ? PASS A LAW THAT SAYS IF YOU ARE FOUND DRIVING WITH ANY DRINK ON HIM. TAKE HIS DRIVER LICIENCE AWAY FOR LIFE. THIS SHOULD BE PASSED AS A
FEDERAL LAW IN EVERY STATE OF THE USA. MAYBE PEOPLE WILL THINK BEFORE THE DRIVE AND WE CAN SAVE LIVES IN THE USA ?
co-worker

Albany, NY

#75 Jan 26, 2008
Be very careful how you judge people because this could be your family and then you would want caring and compasion...
kevin

Far Rockaway, NY

#76 Jan 26, 2008
Linda wrote:
And once again an innocent life is taken because of an irresponsible, selfish, STUPID!!! person drives while drunk, and I'n sure it wasn't his first time doing it!!! People like that are a menace to society. I hope they lock him away for a very long time!!!!!
he was probably coming from a bar owned by a lawyer, some lawyers make $$$ selling drinks and than defending their bar patrons DWI's, what a racket. My condolences to the victims family.
JIM

Valley Stream, NY

#77 Jan 26, 2008
You go to a party and start to drink. Knowing you will drive home later. That is not premediated homocide? It should be. We all know drunk driving can led to the loss of innocent lives. Alternate transportion isn't the best on long island but it is available. And if you can afford to buy enough drinks you surely can afford a cab. I make these comments having gotten behind the wheel drunk many times my self. I never hurt anyone else and thank God for that. But never plan to do it again. My heart goes out to all those who lost family members though this avoidable tragedy.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#78 Jan 26, 2008
If you want to change the laws and help save lives please read and sign. My son was killed in May 2007 19yrs old
www.ipetitions.com/petition/frankslaw
Designated Driver

Yonkers, NY

#79 Jan 26, 2008
It's amazing how many assumptions are being printed and believed... Bottom Line: His crime: He drank, drove, vehicular manslaughter.
His day started just like everyone of us: He got up early put in a full days work, and then went to celebrate a person's retirement ..
Now: His Life is over - If he survives he will be in jail and he won't be able to cope with that at all. Personally, I rather be Vinny than Gary in this situation. At least I wouldn't have to wake up and face all this sorrow, hate, and consequences. Be compansionate it could happen to you and or a loved one. I am a designated driver and proud of it. All you friends out there - why did you let him drive home?..so it was a few miles out of your way.. those who were him are as guilty as he.
kevin wrote:
<quoted text>he was probably coming from a bar owned by a lawyer, some lawyers make $$$ selling drinks and than defending their bar patrons DWI's, what a racket. My condolences to the victims family.
Fellow Laidlaw Driver

AOL

#80 Jan 26, 2008
I will post the details as soon as my boss calls me.
Dee wrote:
Does anyone know when/if he will be waked and if it is open to the public?
TTT

Elizabeth, NJ

#81 Jan 26, 2008
First of all, If you read the two articles, the first one states Mr. Spinelli was drunk and killed someone, then the other article states alcohol may have been a factor????? Just because someone smells like alcohol does not mean they are drunk. If you read the article it just states that Mr. Spinelli smelt like alcohol, it does not state an blood alcohol level.If I have a beer with lunch I will smell like beer but, I am not drunk. There are many factors involved in this situation and people should not be so quick to judge until they know all the facts. Someone stated Mr. Latorre worked two jobs, maybe he caused the accident, Maybe he was so tired at 11:00 at night after working two jobs that he fell asleep at the wheel??? No one knows. So before everyine goes into hate mode you should really wait til all the facts are present. I hope both families are capable to cope after this tragedy. From what I understand Mr. Spinelli was only seconds away from his home, perhaps this was just meant to happen. Regardless of drinking or any other factor. The lord moves in mysterious ways!!!!
Fellow Laidlaw Driver

AOL

#82 Jan 26, 2008
Serious condition is ALIVE, Vinny is DEAD! Gary is 52 not a young person that didn't know better. He is an adult and made a very STUPID mistake that took someone elses life, it should have been him that died. Vinny would have been the lucky one in serious condition, and alive!
how wrote:
sOME ONE WROTE: Serious condition!? He got lucky then didn't he?
If you call this lucky then you are stupid
Dee

Watertown, CT

#83 Jan 26, 2008
Fellow Laidlaw Driver wrote:
I will post the details as soon as my boss calls me.
<quoted text>
Thank you.
Designated Driver

Yonkers, NY

#84 Jan 26, 2008
Fact: Gary is in critical condition not serious condition.
Fellow Laidlaw Driver wrote:
Serious condition is ALIVE, Vinny is DEAD! Gary is 52 not a young person that didn't know better. He is an adult and made a very STUPID mistake that took someone elses life, it should have been him that died. Vinny would have been the lucky one in serious condition, and alive!
<quoted text>

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