Teen injured in one vehicle rollover

Teen injured in one vehicle rollover

There are 79 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Oct 3, 2008, titled Teen injured in one vehicle rollover. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A car rolls on U.S.-131 early Friday morning injuring the teenaged driver. Police in Allegan County received a 911 call just before 3 a.m. reporting the rolled vehicle.

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Amazed

United States

#65 Oct 14, 2008
Heather wrote:
Yes gerrit can be mean and cruel but only to people he does not like.. your telling me that you like and get along with everyone.. i dont think so.. and almost every party you go to there is going to be a fight..just because he drinks does not make him a bad person.... he made a bad decision big deal..and i dont think its any of your concern to be talking about the meds that he takes..excuses are not being made.. no one is saying what he did was right his "friends" are just sticking up for him.. when people like you are trash talking him for making a dumb action..and YES i think this was a huge awakening for gerrit..i believe he has learned from his mistake..
So - am I correct to assume that because you do not like someone it is OK to be mean and cruel? That is an absurd statement. And, if you are truly his friend, you will use "tough love" and not make excuses for what he did. If you truly know Gerrit, and ALL of his bad choices, then you will pull your head out of the sand and realize that this young man has a serious problem - one that needs to be dealt with. And why not talk about the meds he is on? When you mix certain substances together it can be deadly. If you were a true friend, you would reiterate that to him constantly.
Amazed

United States

#66 Oct 14, 2008
idontgetit wrote:
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I have made mistakes, but not mistakes that could potentially take the life of another. When I say that "maybe more people need to take parenting seriously" I mean that parents need to teach their children that underage drinking is not acceptable. It is a sad comment when our young people think it's ok to break the law. The question I would ask is how many chances do we have to give? Do we keep giving chances until he kills someone? My sister and her two girls didn't get another chance when they were killed by a drunk driver. Why didn't they get another chance? They didn't do anything wrong.
I am in total agreement with you. Pull the car keys - cut off the money - until this young man proves that he can make responsible decisions. The excuses being made on his behalf are ignorant and misplaced. The parents need to step in and although at his age there is not very much they can do - they can cut him off until he realizes that there are changes to be made and healing to be done. His family has been a great support to him - to the point of ENABLING him to be where he is today.
simplegirl

Grand Haven, MI

#67 Oct 14, 2008
you cant keep faulting someone for something they didnt do.....yes gerrit could have injured others or even killed someone but he didnt and we should all be greatfull for that and figure out how to make sure that this never happens again.
Heathers Mother

Southfield, MI

#68 Oct 14, 2008
Amazed, Heather is a very true friend to Gerrit! She tryed very hard for along time to help him. It goes back to you can only help someone that wants to be helped and that wants to help himself.Heather knows Gerrit as well as anyone else, she also knows that he has a big problem and that he needs alot of help with it. She has made some bad comments and some good ones. So has others who have been commenting on this matter, including you as well.Her head is not in the sand, but as a young kid herself and his freind they see things differantly then we do.She knows that drinking and driving is not allowed!!! It is a very serious thing to do and it should have a very serious punishment for anyone that choses to do it!! It is a big deal a very big deal she knows that so does Gerrit and so do we.Its easy for her to defend her friend because I have always taught my children to be nice to everyone and not judge them for they will have to pay for their mistakes not us. If adults would stop writing cruel comments these kids would stop trying to defend them with their comments!! As for Gerrits meds he is only hurting himself not any us us!! These kids know Gerrit differantly then we do as adults. Gerrit has a good side to him as we all do and thats what these young kids see as his friend they want him to learn from this and get the help he needs so it does not happen again. I hope all kids learn from this. There are alot of young teenagers out there drinking and driving. Hopefully they learn from Gerrits mistake and start making better choices themselfs.His friends see him in the mess he is in not only as hurt as he is but also with the law for what he did. Hopefully looking at him will open their eyes also. Maybe the good in this whole thing will be that he saves other kids lifes because they will learn from his bad choice and not make the same bad choice anymore.
Heathers Mother

Southfield, MI

#69 Oct 14, 2008
Gerrit put himself where he is today not anyone else. Waanders have Three children. Only Gerrit has been in trouble.
Idontgetit

Mcbrides, MI

#70 Oct 14, 2008
Heathers Mother wrote:
She knows that drinking and driving is not allowed!!!.
If she's under 21, drinking shouldn't be allowed.
Heathers Mother

Southfield, MI

#71 Oct 14, 2008
Idontgetit, Drinking is not allowed for Heather!!!
I did not think I had to say that because I was commenting about Gerrits drinking and driving!!!
I did not mean to sound like it was allowed!!! I feel for you and your family with your loss. I truely do. I have a sister that has two girls also.
My heart goes out to you and your family.It sounds like your attacking everyone now and thats wrong also!!!! I wont keep mixing words with you!!! Heather is up to me to handle. Thank you much.
Idontgetit

Mcbrides, MI

#72 Oct 14, 2008
Heathers Mother - The only reason I made the comment is because there are many parents out there who do not tell their underage children that it is not ok to drink. In fact, many buy the alcohol for their children and allow their children and others to drink at their house. I didn't mean to imply that you allow it.
sassyshilander

United States

#73 Oct 14, 2008
idontgetit wrote:
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I have made mistakes, but not mistakes that could potentially take the life of another. When I say that "maybe more people need to take parenting seriously" I mean that parents need to teach their children that underage drinking is not acceptable. It is a sad comment when our young people think it's ok to break the law. The question I would ask is how many chances do we have to give? Do we keep giving chances until he kills someone? My sister and her two girls didn't get another chance when they were killed by a drunk driver. Why didn't they get another chance? They didn't do anything wrong.
I sincerely sorry for your loss! I am not sure why God took your sister and nieces, but I do know that everything happens for a reason! HIS reason! I sincerely hope that Gerrit has finally learned his leason. I would hate for innocent people to be harmed because of his choices!
Heathers Mother

Southfield, MI

#74 Oct 14, 2008
Idontgetit, Thanks for the nice comment back. I teach my children to obey the law not to break it.
Amazed

United States

#75 Oct 14, 2008
Heathers Mother wrote:
Amazed, Heather is a very true friend to Gerrit! She tryed very hard for along time to help him. It goes back to you can only help someone that wants to be helped and that wants to help himself.Heather knows Gerrit as well as anyone else, she also knows that he has a big problem and that he needs alot of help with it. She has made some bad comments and some good ones. So has others who have been commenting on this matter, including you as well.Her head is not in the sand, but as a young kid herself and his freind they see things differantly then we do.She knows that drinking and driving is not allowed!!! It is a very serious thing to do and it should have a very serious punishment for anyone that choses to do it!! It is a big deal a very big deal she knows that so does Gerrit and so do we.Its easy for her to defend her friend because I have always taught my children to be nice to everyone and not judge them for they will have to pay for their mistakes not us. If adults would stop writing cruel comments these kids would stop trying to defend them with their comments!! As for Gerrits meds he is only hurting himself not any us us!! These kids know Gerrit differantly then we do as adults. Gerrit has a good side to him as we all do and thats what these young kids see as his friend they want him to learn from this and get the help he needs so it does not happen again. I hope all kids learn from this. There are alot of young teenagers out there drinking and driving. Hopefully they learn from Gerrits mistake and start making better choices themselfs.His friends see him in the mess he is in not only as hurt as he is but also with the law for what he did. Hopefully looking at him will open their eyes also. Maybe the good in this whole thing will be that he saves other kids lifes because they will learn from his bad choice and not make the same bad choice anymore.
I am in total agreement with your statement that the only ones that can be helped are the ones who actually want help-and I understand you daughter wanting to "defend" her friend but in all actuality there is no defense. I pray that Gerrit will learn from this - but his track record is not the best. I have also witnessed first hand the mean and cruel insults he can dish out to those he thinks are not "as good as" he is. He should Thank God that he has parents who are able and willing to do for him, but instead it seems that he takes advantage of them. They are wonderful people - always have been - and their other two children are delightful. This has to have hurt them to the core - which brings me to my original point - he has not shown any regard to others feelings with his choices. I hope that your daughter can have a positive impact on him and that she can talk to him about appreciating the "status" he has been blessed with. I know many children who would love to be able to trade places with him and gain the family love, support, and financial means!
Heathers Mother

Southfield, MI

#76 Oct 15, 2008
Amazed, I quess we agree on most of what were saying. I hope all the same things you just said and I have said the same thing about Gerrit having a life all kids would love to have. You seem to know Gerrit quite well so you must have seen his good side also (I hope).No his track record is not the best, But he has never been where he is today
hopefully this is his wake up call.I've come to know Gerrit pretty well trust me he can be a good person and very smart. Thats why I dont understand all of these bad choices he makes. Hopefully they will stop here. As for people not being as good as he is well he's no better then anyone else. Where Gerrit gets that from is beyond me because his parents are not that way as you must no. I was just trying to explain how Heather felt for her friend because I know some of her comments came out wrong.She is a smart girl also and she knows what is what.
Amazed

United States

#77 Oct 15, 2008
Heathers Mother wrote:
Amazed, I quess we agree on most of what were saying. I hope all the same things you just said and I have said the same thing about Gerrit having a life all kids would love to have. You seem to know Gerrit quite well so you must have seen his good side also (I hope).No his track record is not the best, But he has never been where he is today
hopefully this is his wake up call.I've come to know Gerrit pretty well trust me he can be a good person and very smart. Thats why I dont understand all of these bad choices he makes. Hopefully they will stop here. As for people not being as good as he is well he's no better then anyone else. Where Gerrit gets that from is beyond me because his parents are not that way as you must no. I was just trying to explain how Heather felt for her friend because I know some of her comments came out wrong.She is a smart girl also and she knows what is what.
I appreciate that your daughter is so strong in her convictions. If more of our children were like this then maybe some of the other issues that kids have would not be so big. I have seen the happy, funny, smart and talented Gerrit. He has much potential which is why it is so confusing as to why he would choose to throw it away. His parents are very good people and do not put themselves above anyone. They have loved and supported (as we all would) to such an extreme that I hurt for them. When our children don't seem to "get it" it is frustrating and sometimes no matter how hard we try it seems as though they will never "get it". I pray for physical recovery for Gerrit but honestly I pray much more for the recovery of his problems because it seems that is the bottom line for why we are all discussing him. There is no magic wand that we can see but if we all lay it in God's hands our prayers are bound to be answered. Thank you for raising a bright and strong daughter - we need more of those.
simplegirl

Grand Haven, MI

#78 Oct 16, 2008
finally some one on here can talk of more positive things and speak the truth without being immature!!!thank you amazed and heathers mother!!!
Idontgetit

Mcbrides, MI

#79 Oct 16, 2008
simplegirl wrote:
finally some one on here can talk of more positive things and speak the truth without being immature!!!thank you amazed and heathers mother!!!
Why is it that if someone states a different opinion than yours they're being immature?
Amazed

United States

#80 Oct 16, 2008
simplegirl wrote:
finally some one on here can talk of more positive things and speak the truth without being immature!!!thank you amazed and heathers mother!!!
Sometimes anger gets in the way of unjudgemental thought processing. As I have stated before, I pray that Gerrit will come out a winner in all of this by recognizing and addressing the things that he needs to. He has much support and love to be able to overcome and win. I just pray that this is the one time that he DOES take advantage of the love and support of his family. I am anxiously awaiting to see the long term results so that we can all hopefully celebrate with the family on his achievements
Amazed

United States

#81 Oct 16, 2008
Idontgetit wrote:
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Why is it that if someone states a different opinion than yours they're being immature?
I don't think that the opinions were being labeled immature but rather the way the opinions were stated
simplegirl

Holland, MI

#82 Oct 16, 2008
Amazed wrote:
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Sometimes anger gets in the way of unjudgemental thought processing. As I have stated before, I pray that Gerrit will come out a winner in all of this by recognizing and addressing the things that he needs to. He has much support and love to be able to overcome and win. I just pray that this is the one time that he DOES take advantage of the love and support of his family. I am anxiously awaiting to see the long term results so that we can all hopefully celebrate with the family on his achievements
thank you thats exactly what i was trying to get across. ive known gerrit for years and i really hope he does that he's a great person when you get to know him as im sure you have and i hope things work out for him i really do...
judgejuryguilty

Kathleen, GA

#83 Mar 18, 2010
teens who drink and drive should be held responsible for there actions just as adults do an to those of u close to him shame on u you are probably just as guilty for allowing him to leave the party knowing he was drinking! I know of most u kids there an u are spoiled kids blameing everyone for why u fail in life over an over-so u ms shelly should grow up how was ur court date an ur friend Tiffany's not to mention herchilds father's court date the ratulowski parents def. set the example don't they with their partying an drinking an drug use1 shame on the parents

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