Four-year-old Placitas boy dies in overnight crash (9:35 a.m.)

There are 14 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 17, 2009, titled Four-year-old Placitas boy dies in overnight crash (9:35 a.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A 4-year-old Placitas boy died Tuesday night after being struck in his home's driveway by a pickup driven by his uncle, according to Dona Ana sheriff's deputies.

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Since: Jan 09

Houston, TX

#1 Jun 17, 2009
There is an evident whiff of savagery on the fringes of this story. The kid seems to have been unsupervised. The 'father' is 23, which means he was 19 when he had the kid. All the elements of bad parenting, bad decision making, and bad life skills are boiling under the surface.

This is another one of those stories that you'll read with much more frequency in Las Cruces NM, than say, Appleton Wisconsin.
Seek

El Paso, TX

#2 Jun 17, 2009
Education is so important to young parents and the families. Prayers go out to the family.
VHEMT

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 17, 2009
While I agree with you on almost every post, Naws, I have to say that I feel this is just a tragic accident. Doesn't matter what age/race/class the parents are. I grew up in an upper middle class lily-white suburb and one day a little girl got off her school bus, saw a kitten run under it, followed it, and was run over. I smelled no whiffs of savagery that day.

Since: Jan 09

Houston, TX

#4 Jun 17, 2009
VHEMT wrote:
While I agree with you on almost every post, Naws, I have to say that I feel this is just a tragic accident. Doesn't matter what age/race/class the parents are. I grew up in an upper middle class lily-white suburb and one day a little girl got off her school bus, saw a kitten run under it, followed it, and was run over. I smelled no whiffs of savagery that day.
I hope you are right, and I hope I am wrong. Maybe it's nothing more than a tragic accident. But there are a plethora of red flags surrounding this story.
LC Resident

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Jun 17, 2009
Anyone who has kids know that a child at that age will be excited to see a parent I hope that the brothers can remain close after this accident. A very sad lesson to be learned. My heart goes out to the parents and families. RIP in little one. May God bless all the families.
Reader

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Jun 17, 2009
Poorly written story. Who is Kinney? What role does Kinney have in the story, neighbor, friend, etc. It is never established, yet there are quotes by Kinney.
victor

AOL

#7 Jun 17, 2009
well i live on north willow st in las cruces and down the st from my home there is always kids in the middle of the road playing and theres one baby that is about 2 yrs old and the parents allow them to play in the road .i have confronted the parents about thier kids almost getting hit by oncoming cars and they got upset with me instead of keeping the kids of the road . so if they allow their kids to play in the road , then dont cry when someone gets hurt .
lorain haro

Placitas, NM

#8 Jun 17, 2009
be very carfall with your children when thay aprouch a car or a truck keep tham safe
VHEMT

Las Cruces, NM

#9 Jun 17, 2009
lorain haro wrote:
be very carfall with your children when thay aprouch a car or a truck keep tham safe
Thank you for such wise, exquisitely spelled advice. I feel smarter now.

“I'm not worried.”

Since: Feb 09

Las Cruces

#10 Jun 17, 2009
Naws wrote:
There is an evident whiff of savagery on the fringes of this story. The kid seems to have been unsupervised. The 'father' is 23, which means he was 19 when he had the kid. All the elements of bad parenting, bad decision making, and bad life skills are boiling under the surface.
This is another one of those stories that you'll read with much more frequency in Las Cruces NM, than say, Appleton Wisconsin.
I guess you're right...no savagery in Appleton...

http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20090617/...
Ashley S

United States

#11 Jun 18, 2009
Mark in the LC, I love your comment!

Since: Jan 09

Houston, TX

#12 Jun 18, 2009
Mark in the LC wrote:
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I guess you're right...no savagery in Appleton...
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20090617/...
Didn't say NO savagery in Appleton, just a lower frequency. You can dig up a story such as this one in just about any town with a sizeable population. However, crime statistics don't lie. Neither do statistics regarding fatalities to children. With 100 being the national average for property crime, LC is a 133 ranking, Appleton 52. Suggested in another way, you are 2.5 times more likely to fall victim to a mugging, a car theft, larceny, or other savage acts perpetrated by those who'd rather steal someone else's labor than create their own personal wealth.

When it comes to child vulnerability, New Mexico ranks 48 out of 50 states, with only Mississippi and Louisiana ranking lower. Child abuse fatalities per capita, NM ranks 37 out of 50, births to teen mothers, again, 48th out of 50 and uninsured children, 46th out of 50. These statistics tranlate into a wanton disregard for the sanctity of life, the appreciation of parenting, and the instinctual notion of a parent being able to provide a life of quality to their offspring. It translates into people, who frankly, have children before they are emotionally or financially able to do so. Now, does this factor into this particular case of this poor kid who was killed on Tuesday? I am not sure. Time will bear out the facts. But I will tell you that these statistics don't lie.
Unknown

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Jun 19, 2009
I know he was young at 19 when he had his son but that doesnt make him a bad person his a nice guy.
Naws wrote:
There is an evident whiff of savagery on the fringes of this story. The kid seems to have been unsupervised. The 'father' is 23, which means he was 19 when he had the kid. All the elements of bad parenting, bad decision making, and bad life skills are boiling under the surface.
This is another one of those stories that you'll read with much more frequency in Las Cruces NM, than say, Appleton Wisconsin.
VHEMT

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Jun 19, 2009
Unknown wrote:
I know he was young at 19 when he had his son but that doesnt make him a bad person his a nice guy.
<quoted text>
Of course he's a nice guy. Everyone's nice...until they make it into the newspaper.

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