Injuried Hilton high student dies

Injuried Hilton high student dies

There are 46 comments on the WHEC-TV Rochester, NY story from Jun 27, 2009, titled Injuried Hilton high student dies. In it, WHEC-TV Rochester, NY reports that:

A Hilton High school injured in a car accident Monday has died. 17-year-old Rachael Girard died at Strong Memorial Hospital this morning.

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sad

Rochester, NY

#21 Jun 27, 2009
First off all you idiots stop coming to conclusions. ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR! Can't you read. It was excessive speed around a sharp corner where he lost control and crashed. Unfortunately Rachel was ejected. This is just a sad story all over. These two kids especially the driver now have to live with this for the rest of their lives. They had to watch their classmate, their friend die. That is the hardest thing to do in life, watching a loved one, family member or friend dying at such a young age. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Rachel and hopefully this is a reminder to people to slow down. Rachel I did not know you personal but we did have a class together in 2008. Rest In Peace and keep a safe watch on your classmates, they need you. And Rachel, Congrats on your High School Graduation, might not have been the way you wanted to graduate but at least you made it. R.I.P. Rachel.
Hockey Lover

United States

#22 Jun 27, 2009
sad wrote:
First off all you idiots stop coming to conclusions. ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR! Can't you read. It was excessive speed around a sharp corner where he lost control and crashed. Unfortunately Rachel was ejected. This is just a sad story all over. These two kids especially the driver now have to live with this for the rest of their lives. They had to watch their classmate, their friend die. That is the hardest thing to do in life, watching a loved one, family member or friend dying at such a young age. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Rachel and hopefully this is a reminder to people to slow down. Rachel I did not know you personal but we did have a class together in 2008. Rest In Peace and keep a safe watch on your classmates, they need you. And Rachel, Congrats on your High School Graduation, might not have been the way you wanted to graduate but at least you made it. R.I.P. Rachel.
God Bless You R.G.
Parent

Newark, NY

#23 Jun 27, 2009
hilltown man wrote:
Hilton HS has the worst drivers in NY state i think some kid dies just about every year no big surprise.
And what facts are you basing this statement on?
cjk

United States

#24 Jun 27, 2009
My sympathies to the family of this young girl. To any of her friends that may be reading these posts, you may think you are invincible, but you're not. It's okay to have fun, but unfortunately, this kind of tragedy can happen when you don't temper that fun with a little caution. Be careful out there.
Mike

Brockport, NY

#25 Jun 27, 2009
I am a senior that graduated today from Hilton. Even though Rachael wasn't there, they still called her name and the entire class stood up and gave her a standing ovation. It was pretty emotional. My heart goes out to her family.
RIP

Rochester, NY

#26 Jun 27, 2009
Very sad. Guess the guy driving had to find his machismo behind the wheel of a car. It would be nice if his drivers license was stripped until he grows up..but fat chance.
batman

Livonia, NY

#27 Jun 27, 2009
so sad to hear this.
r.i.p
amom

Ransomville, NY

#28 Jun 27, 2009
My heart and prayers go out to Rachael her family and friends, and yes to the driver who will live with this for a lifetime. As a parent I know this could happen to any of us.
bucsnbeer

AOL

#29 Jun 27, 2009
sad wrote:
First off all you idiots stop coming to conclusions. ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR! Can't you read. It was excessive speed around a sharp corner where he lost control and crashed. Unfortunately Rachel was ejected. This is just a sad story all over. These two kids especially the driver now have to live with this for the rest of their lives. They had to watch their classmate, their friend die. That is the hardest thing to do in life, watching a loved one, family member or friend dying at such a young age. My prayers go out to the family and friends of Rachel and hopefully this is a reminder to people to slow down. Rachel I did not know you personal but we did have a class together in 2008. Rest In Peace and keep a safe watch on your classmates, they need you. And Rachel, Congrats on your High School Graduation, might not have been the way you wanted to graduate but at least you made it. R.I.P. Rachel.
You must be with the Monroe County Medical Examiners office to be so sure.
CityParent

Rochester, NY

#30 Jun 27, 2009
amom wrote:
As a parent I know this could happen to any of us.
NO IT COULD NOT!!!
We make sure we raise are kids right, and keep a good eye on them.
We would not allow our child to be driving out at night when it is against the law to do so.
These type of accidents happen a lot with kids in the burbs, but not city kids.
CityParent

Rochester, NY

#31 Jun 27, 2009
The medical examiner should hurry with the results of the toxicology, as if drugs or alcohol were involved, the Police need to find out where they came from, so others can be arrested.
Dr2ago

Batavia, NY

#32 Jun 27, 2009
As a student from Hilton I graduated in 08, it's terriable to here about these tragic events and it's terriable to here about these kids and find out you know who they were.. My prayers go out to racheal's family and the driver who has to live with the fact that his ignorence killed an innocent life every single day.. RIP racheal, say hi to my buddy chris
Marie68

Rochester, NY

#33 Jun 28, 2009
Boy some of you people are so heartless. Some of you people talk as if you must have raised saints for children who have never made a mistake in there life....I bet your children never speed (yeh right) yes this boy made a big mistake but will live with it the rest of his life. Unless you are the family I just dont understand your anger. RIP Rachael. And my prayers are with those other boys in the car also, they will carry a big burden the rest of there life.
Really

Fairport, NY

#34 Jun 28, 2009
CityParent wrote:
<quoted text>
...
These type of accidents happen a lot with kids in the burbs, but not city kids.
Yeah the city kids just shoot each other.
FUBL

Rochester, NY

#35 Jun 28, 2009
Marie68 wrote:
I bet your children never speed (yeh right) yes this boy made a big mistake but will live with it the rest of his life.
How come you only count the "speeding" as the mistake???

Why are you leaving out that he legally was NOT allowed to drive during that hour????
That would make it 2 mistakes.

Plus the toxicology results have not came back to tell us any more mistakes.
Gates Resident

Wyoming, NY

#36 Jun 28, 2009
First let me say that my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this young lady. Second I am not implying that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in this tragedy, that is not any of my business. All i want to say is that most fire departments (at least in Gates they do) conduct a demonstration as to the consequences of drinking and driving by doing a scenario with a fatality, an extrication demonstration, an arrest, and multiple injuries in an accident. Sometimes it takes a tragedy such as this for young people to pay attention to what they are doing with thier lives. To often kids think they are invincibe when they are having a "little" fun. Again im not saying that the driver was under the influence but kids need to think of what might happen if they get behind the wheel while they are under the influnce or get in a car with someone who is. Again God bless Rachael and her family and friends.
Really

Rochester, NY

#37 Jun 29, 2009
Someone said (Blonde, I think) that he 'stole' the car in the middle of the night because he was grounded from using it. Way to go.

“formerly known as "im bored"”

Since: Apr 08

rochester ny

#38 Jun 29, 2009
CityParent wrote:
<quoted text>
NO IT COULD NOT!!!
We make sure we raise are kids right, and keep a good eye on them.
We would not allow our child to be driving out at night when it is against the law to do so.
These type of accidents happen a lot with kids in the burbs, but not city kids.
City Parent - you are WRONG ! It can happen to any one of us as parents. I know a teen that died in the past few months from a DWI accident and his parents were good, responsible parents.

We can try to raise our kids the way we feel is right. They will make their own decisions and we just have to hope they chose the right path.

I have bored my kids to death the past few months every time they leave our home to go to a party or get into a friends car about the dangers and how they need to call Mom and Dad for a ride no matter what time if anyone is drinking or driving.

My kids know better, but I can only hope they make the right decisions.

This could of been just an unfortunate accident that this boy will live with the rest of his life.

But i'm sure that anyone making a comment on how bad this boy was - just never went over the speed limit once right ?? Yeh, i highly doubt it.

Unfortunately, inexperienced driving may have played a huge factor in this, but we've seen plenty of adults doing the exact same thing and crashing their vehicles.

Lets not make this in to a city vs a burbs thing. Kids are kids and its a tragedy no matter where they may live.
FUBL

Rochester, NY

#39 Jun 29, 2009
i am bored wrote:
<quoted text>
City Parent - you are WRONG ! It can happen to any one of us as parents. I know a teen that died in the past few months from a DWI accident and his parents were good, responsible parents.
We can try to raise our kids the way we feel is right. They will make their own decisions and we just have to hope they chose the right path.
I have bored my kids to death the past few months every time they leave our home to go to a party or get into a friends car about the dangers and how they need to call Mom and Dad for a ride no matter what time if anyone is drinking or driving.
My kids know better, but I can only hope they make the right decisions.
This could of been just an unfortunate accident that this boy will live with the rest of his life.
But i'm sure that anyone making a comment on how bad this boy was - just never went over the speed limit once right ?? Yeh, i highly doubt it.
Unfortunately, inexperienced driving may have played a huge factor in this, but we've seen plenty of adults doing the exact same thing and crashing their vehicles.
Lets not make this in to a city vs a burbs thing. Kids are kids and its a tragedy no matter where they may live.
How come everyone is only counting the "speeding" as the mistake???

2) He legally was NOT allowed to drive during that hour????

3)he had to be doing drugs or drinking

4) plus his parents must have got him the car, and insured it, or at least gave him access to use it.

“formerly known as "im bored"”

Since: Apr 08

rochester ny

#40 Jun 29, 2009
FUBL wrote:
<quoted text>
How come everyone is only counting the "speeding" as the mistake???
2) He legally was NOT allowed to drive during that hour????
3)he had to be doing drugs or drinking
4) plus his parents must have got him the car, and insured it, or at least gave him access to use it.
i'm only listing "speeding" because that may be the factor that caused the accident.

We don't know if drugs or alcohol was involved.

No one knows what consequences would of been put in place by his parents if he was caught when he returned home.

Unfortunately, with the outcome, no one will ever know.

WE all know there are parents who are too busy partying all night themselves and they don't care what kids do, then we have parents who do try and care but yet want to be their friends and don't discipline, and we have parents that will kick their kids a ** when they get home and most likely it won't happen again.

I don't know - i won't pass judgment, because God Forbid my kids make that same bad choice and i'm one parent who still grounds their kids and make them face consequences, but they still test us as parents.

All we can do is try and they learn from their mistakes, but we all have to pray that a bad choice does not result with someone getting hurt or killed.

But it can happen to anyone of us - no matter where we live !!

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