18-year-old Ladera Ranch woman killed on toll road

Nicole Catsouras, 18, of Ladera Ranch was killed Tuesday afternoon when her black Porsche 911 Carrera clipped a Honda she was trying to pass on the right at more than 100 mph on the Eastern Toll Road, the ... Full Story
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asa

Acton, MA

#10 Nov 22, 2006
I fully understand the pain this family is feeling. After 20 years of emergency services, I retired having been to too many of these events. I also have raced cars/motorcycles and understand the physics of speed.

I'm sorry that she is dead, but I do have one question. Why would anyone purchase a vehicle that is beyond the driving ability of an 18 year old?

If she took the car from Dad, that is one thing, she didn't understand the dangers of such a car. If she was given the car by her parents, then I seriously don't understand the parents frame of mind.

Either way, I feel for the parents.
Adrian

Blacksburg, VA

#13 Nov 22, 2006
No matter what, this is a horrific crash scene. When I first heard of the report, I heard she was angry and/or inebriated. I am glad no one else was hurt. Something must have set her off, IMO, because it is one thing to drive fast-it is another to drive fast and recklessly.

BTW, I have seen nothing in the outlets about her being inebriated or/ angry. I would not be surprised if they never said.

I hope young people can learn from this girls mistake. My condolences to all who were touched by this event, reagardless of the blame.
you

United States

#17 Nov 29, 2006
after seeing these gross pics i hope they pop into everyones heads everytime they decide to speed. This could've been you!!! Also lets keep an eye out for those who feel the need for speed. Hit by an idiot going 100mph the civic was lucky he didn't end in the morgue as well.
COBRA

Wasilla, AK

#19 Dec 2, 2006
Think about this angle. Cops and firefighters and EMTs have to look at this crap all the time. Who's repairing them? How do they deal with it? They're people too.
Dont Drink and Drive

United States

#20 Dec 4, 2006
For all of you...she was drinking that afternoon when she got in a fight with her father and decided to take his car keys and leave angry! He called the police telling them that she was drunk, who found her 10 minutes later smashed into a toll both. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE...that's all there is to it!! And I agree with Cobra...
Avid Life

Garland, TX

#21 Dec 5, 2006
Althou tragic just another tragic life lost on the road.

Doesnt matter who you are.

A drunk lifer on the way to work in your busted Miata or a 18 year old priveledged prom queen throwing a hissy fit.

Death comes for us all.

See you all on the road.
asa

Shrewsbury, MA

#22 Dec 6, 2006
Cop out.....

She broke the law and paid for it....

Her parents are taking the blame wrongly. She was the person at fault, drunk or not.

Sorry that such a nice car was ruined.

Ya'll have a nice day
Ginger

Las Vegas, NV

#23 Dec 7, 2006
All of you should be ashamed of yourselves commenting on a person you never knew and a family you know zip about. I work with this poor girls cousin and their family has been through enough hell without having to see the illegally obtained photos of their loved one posted on the internet. Now they have to read all of your idiotic and ignorant comments as well. You could show an ounce of compassion and shut the hell up if you can find it in your greedy little black hearts!
asa

Derry, NH

#24 Dec 9, 2006
Ginger:
Do you own the internet?

Do you have rights to the images posted? Or have facts that the images posted are "stolen"?

These and other like them are found on this box that you are using, it is known as free domain, and freedom of speech.

Again, Sorry the family is going thru this, but she did it herself. This is no different then someone eating a bullet or smack in the arm. Your little world has been broken.
FBDY4LF

Shreveport, LA

#25 Dec 12, 2006
Learn to crash a car, and things like that won't happen.
Trumpet Vine

Ladera Ranch, CA

#26 Dec 16, 2006
I live in ladera Ranch. The girl's family live down the street from me.

I've seen grotesque imagery online before but I wasn't expecting to see the images of the death of somebody I've actually seen smile and have heard speak. Nonetheless, it is a tragedy and all that can be done now is hopefully learn from the mistakes made by everybody involved and try not to repeat them.
A laguna girl

Aliso Viejo, CA

#27 Dec 18, 2006
After reading all of this, I just have to say that most of you people have no heart and no compassion. She wasn't drunk, but she had had a drink. It wasn't her car, she stole her dads keys. Was she throwing a fit, yes. Did she make a terrible mistake? Yes. But NOBODY that loved this girl should EVER have to see the crap that people have been writing about her!!! She was a beautiful, good girl who made some bad choices. I know when I was 18 I made some crappy choices myself, and I'm lucky to still be alive! And I'll bet any amount of money that 90% of you who have posted something negative about this girl have driven stupidly and/or drunk before.
To "Merv the Perv", I would bet money that you were jealous of this girl because she had a life that you couldn't. I don't know you, but the comment you made must make your Mom so proud to have given birth to such a wonderful child. Wonder what people would say about you if you died today...
All i'm saying is think about the words you all are writing on here and ask yourself if you REALLY know what happend and if you REALLY have a right to comment on anything like this.
Lucky Biker

Bedford, TX

#28 Dec 18, 2006
My condolences to her and her family. This was a needless and tragic death. I have to say, though, that I'm a little short on sympathy. I ride a motorcycle, and ride it safely. I keep to the flow of traffic, don't do stunts or race, don't split lanes, and stay out of the fast lane so others can get by. And yet I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by drivers like this one that think it's ok to drive that close to anybody, car or bike.

Most young drivers don't realize they are only 1/5th of the driving equations: You; your vehicle; that driver; that vehicle; road conditions. Think of driving as a test. If you only got 1/5th right (20%) you'd fail miserably. If your car has an unexpected malfunction; if the other driver answers the phone, sends a text message, changes the CD, or just spasses because somebody's driving too fast and weaving behind them, their likely to move the wrong way at the wrong time; if their car has a malfunction; and if there is a pot hole or road debris; all of these are working against you.

Please drive safe. Don't kill one of us, and don't cause this kind of grief and heartache for your friends and family by getting your self killed.

Semper Fi

Chuck
bhai

UK

#30 Dec 20, 2006
hello
thowell

AOL

#31 Dec 20, 2006
Wow, the lack of compassion in some of you people sickens me! One of these days, you people may be in need of compassion (maybe if something like this happens to your child) and you will not find any...all you will find is blame and/or harsh words, "what goes around comes around"! This girl made several very bad decisions that led to her horrific death. She did pay the ultimate price for her mistakes, but in no way did she "deserve" to die because of her poor decisions. Each and every one of us has made very bad decisions and/or did stupid things at times in our lives, especially when we were young. So does that mean that we all "deserved" to die for doing stupid things? Does that mean we "deserve" to die if/when we make poor choices in the future? If that is the case then we would all be dead and everyone that has made poor decisions such as that young girl should immediately be put to death, because after all, you say that it's "deserved" right? Wow...I would be effing scared to be you!

asa

Since: Dec 06

NH / Austin TX

#32 Dec 21, 2006
Never said she deserved to die. Just said she caused it..

Simple math
Rocky Q

Bellflower, CA

#33 Dec 29, 2006
This is sad any way you look at it.
Depending on what your experiences have been in the past will determine how you see and feel about this situation.(As it shows from the above comments) I ride a motorcycle and a sports car. I'm a brother, uncle, son, and friend. So I see the motivation to most of the comments here.
Lets just take it easy on the harsh comments people. I'm sure those involved are suffering beyond the comments posted here.
CHRISTIE

San Francisco, CA

#34 Jan 9, 2007
I am the 1st to have no patience for these kids that drive like idiots; at the same time your lack of compassion is disgusting. I hope you never loose a loved one as a result of their driving; I would hate to see what you are saying than. What an ass!!!!
Mike M wrote:
HAHA!! I have zero compassion for the stupid.
a) The kid was stupid enough to be going 100mph.
b) The parents were stupid enough to give the keys of a Porsche to a teenager!! Obviously a family with more money than common sense. Nuts to them and others like them!!
My heart does go out to the injured person in the Honda, hopefully they were not involved in the stupidity, otherwise you can burn as well. If not, best wishes to a speedy recovery.
It is The Web

Makawao, HI

#36 Jan 9, 2007
It's tragic, but who looks to forums for compassion? People can speak as they wish on here, but I don't see it as a reflection of humanity. I haven't lost hope. well not because of this. Let people speak their minds freely like it or not.
Lou Da Chicken Hauler

Friendship, AR

#37 Jan 10, 2007
I drive profesionaly as otr truck driver. The number of times that I have almost been hit by people in fancy cars thinking that they are better then everyone else driving on shoulders, swerving in front of me merging in on freeway or passing on right shoulder is amazing. Daddys girl had a fit and ran off mad. What did daddy cut off her 300 a week allowance? Or tell her to get a job? Sorry she died but I have no compassion at all. Maybe the Barbie Doll crowed will listen up and drive better.

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