Richfield man dies in single-car crash

Richfield man dies in single-car crash

There are 86 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 8, 2008, titled Richfield man dies in single-car crash. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

A 42-year-old Richfield man was killed in a single-car accident in Bath Township late Monday.

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Steve G

United States

#1 Apr 8, 2008
That is sad. It is a shame the driver wasn't wearing his seat belt. When will people learn that they save lives.

Revere Road is very twisty and hilly in spots. Add a high performance sports car. At night in the dark. That can be tricky driving.
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#2 Apr 8, 2008
Steve G wrote:
That is sad. It is a shame the driver wasn't wearing his seat belt. When will people learn that they save lives.
Revere Road is very twisty and hilly in spots. Add a high performance sports car. At night in the dark. That can be tricky driving.
I refuse to wear a seat belt. I'm sure I will get caught one day and have to pay the hefty fine, but I will continue to take my chances.

My Grandma burned alive in her vehicle because they couldn't get her seat belt off. What a horrible way to die.

Regardless, my sumpathies to his family, may their memories bring them comfort.
Richfield parent

AOL

#3 Apr 8, 2008
I am so sorry for the Baker family.

Since: Mar 07

Danville, CA

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Just Me Over Here wrote:
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I refuse to wear a seat belt. I'm sure I will get caught one day and have to pay the hefty fine, but I will continue to take my chances.
My Grandma burned alive in her vehicle because they couldn't get her seat belt off. What a horrible way to die.
Regardless, my sumpathies to his family, may their memories bring them comfort.
Even so, what happened to your grandmother is a relatively rare event.
CFHS 1983

Broadview Heights, OH

#5 Apr 8, 2008
My sympathies to the family...however, the first thing I thought when I read this story is "what an idiot" I am also 42 years old-old enough to know better, and to wear a seat belt! This guy is obviously flying down the road at almost 11pm (why wasn't his son home in bed?!) you make your kid buckle up, but you can't? You have your child in the car, and you're driving like an idiot? I had a reckless driver cut me off on the highway, and I flipped my car. Thanks to my seatbelt, I walked away. Now that poor boy has not only lost his father, but has the horrible memory of the crash. When will people learn..
shorty

Sebring, OH

#6 Apr 8, 2008
rootvg wrote:
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Even so, what happened to your grandmother is a relatively rare event.
I agree. It is proven that more people die from not wearing seatbelts than from wearing them. It's a simple thing to get it off these days, all one needs is a good knife and just cut it off. I speak from experience, my seatbelt saved my life in an accident that would have killed me. Instead of bouncing around the inside of my car while stuck under a semi, my seatbelt kept me in one place, and the airbag prevented me from breaking my face on the steering wheel when the car finally stopped. The bottom line is that seatbelts do save lives, period. My condolences to the family, and hopefully the young son will be able to overcome such a horrifying accident and the loss of his father. He's probably in a very dark place right now, and there are harder times ahead for them. The family certainly has my sympathy....
anon

Sarasota, FL

#7 Apr 8, 2008
CFHS 1983 wrote:
My sympathies to the family...however, the first thing I thought when I read this story is "what an idiot" I am also 42 years old-old enough to know better, and to wear a seat belt! This guy is obviously flying down the road at almost 11pm (why wasn't his son home in bed?!) you make your kid buckle up, but you can't? You have your child in the car, and you're driving like an idiot? I had a reckless driver cut me off on the highway, and I flipped my car. Thanks to my seatbelt, I walked away. Now that poor boy has not only lost his father, but has the horrible memory of the crash. When will people learn..
This is a relative of the man who was killed. Did your mother ever teach you not to speak ill of the dead? What if his son reads this?

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#8 Apr 8, 2008
I grew up on Revere out in Bath. Does anyone know where this accident occured specifically?
Steve

Collierville, TN

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Bergermeister
I believe it was on Revere right around Everett(sp) I know that's where they were blocking it off at last night.
Amy

Cleveland, OH

#10 Apr 8, 2008
Steve wrote:
Bergermeister
I believe it was on Revere right around Everett(sp) I know that's where they were blocking it off at last night.
I drive that way to work everyday going to and from Brecksville from Cuy Falls. Its a very twisty dark area. My prayers to the family..
No kidding

Akron, OH

#11 Apr 8, 2008
Just Me Over Here wrote:
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I refuse to wear a seat belt. I'm sure I will get caught one day and have to pay the hefty fine, but I will continue to take my chances.
My Grandma burned alive in her vehicle because they couldn't get her seat belt off. What a horrible way to die.
Regardless, my sumpathies to his family, may their memories bring them comfort.
That makes no sense. So because one person you know was killed "because" of a seatbelt, but thousands die because they don't wear seatbelts, you are going to "take your chances." That is the most flawed logic I have ever heard. Besides, it probably wasn't the seatbelt that killed your grandmother, it was the idiots who couldn't unbuckle it or cut it. I would feel sorry for you when you die from not wearing a seatbelt, but you're too dumb.

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#12 Apr 8, 2008
Steve wrote:
Bergermeister
I believe it was on Revere right around Everett(sp) I know that's where they were blocking it off at last night.
Doesn't make sense. Revere is a straight shot from Ira to Everett. Unless he lost control in the dip. Also, pretty straight between Everett and Wheatley. Seems a real shame to crash in that area. There are much more dangerous stretches of Revere. So sad.
Matt

Park Ridge, NJ

#13 Apr 8, 2008
Bergermeister, it happened in the dip just south of Revere Middle School between Everett Rd and Ira Rd. My condolences.
LilOne

Herndon, VA

#14 Apr 8, 2008
Just Me Over Here wrote:
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I refuse to wear a seat belt. I'm sure I will get caught one day and have to pay the hefty fine, but I will continue to take my chances.
My Grandma burned alive in her vehicle because they couldn't get her seat belt off. What a horrible way to die.
Regardless, my sumpathies to his family, may their memories bring them comfort.
I do wear my seat belt, but respect your choice not to do so.

Seat belt laws are just one more way that the government is trying to run our lives. Instead of allowing us to make personal choices, that directly impact only ourselves (and admittedly indirectly impact friends and family), we pass laws to try and force certain actions and remove personal decision-making from our lives.

Your choice to not wear a seat belt doesn't affect the safety and welfare of anyone else...only you. It should be your choice to mitigate against or take the risk of being strapped in during an accident.
CFHS 1983

Broadview Heights, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2008
anon wrote:
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This is a relative of the man who was killed. Did your mother ever teach you not to speak ill of the dead? What if his son reads this?
My mother taught me to speak my mind.... The father was wrong to be speeding in a car on a dark winding road with his son in the car. What would you be saying if the son died instead?

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#16 Apr 8, 2008
LilOne wrote:
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Your choice to not wear a seat belt doesn't affect the safety and welfare of anyone else...only you. It should be your choice to mitigate against or take the risk of being strapped in during an accident.
Unless your flying carcass comes through my windshield! Buckle up people! It's the law!
LilOne

Herndon, VA

#17 Apr 8, 2008
Bergermeister wrote:
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Unless your flying carcass comes through my windshield! Buckle up people! It's the law!
My guess is that the number of people killed by carcasses flying through windshields is even lower than those killed by being trapped in a vehicle after a crash.

Again, I always buckle up....I'm just saying that this law, in my opinion, is nothing but a way to enforce public opinion and remove personal choice, while addressing no true risk. There's no real reason to force individuals to wear seat belts, but we've chosen to force them to do so anyway.

Bottom line...this started as a money-maker for the State, because there was no significant cost or risk (to anyone but the non-wearer) associated with people not wearing seat belts.
Bridget

Akron, OH

#18 Apr 8, 2008
CFHS 1983 wrote:
My sympathies to the family...however, the first thing I thought when I read this story is "what an idiot" I am also 42 years old-old enough to know better, and to wear a seat belt! This guy is obviously flying down the road at almost 11pm (why wasn't his son home in bed?!) you make your kid buckle up, but you can't? You have your child in the car, and you're driving like an idiot? I had a reckless driver cut me off on the highway, and I flipped my car. Thanks to my seatbelt, I walked away. Now that poor boy has not only lost his father, but has the horrible memory of the crash. When will people learn..
Where did it say in the story that he was speeding? When will people learn not to assume they know it all.
yo yo

Park Ridge, NJ

#19 Apr 8, 2008
It is very easy to loose control on any road. The roads in that area are poorly lit and very hilly! There are many accidents in that area that are not reported! My condolences to the family and those that were there to tend to the scene...
Henry Hill

Pontiac, MI

#20 Apr 8, 2008
Two things you can assume,Drinking and Speeding will be have something to do with this.

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