Teens Charged After Woman in Car Kill...

Teens Charged After Woman in Car Killed by Rock

There are 62 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Apr 6, 2010, titled Teens Charged After Woman in Car Killed by Rock. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

Two North Carolina teenagers are charged with first-degree murder in the death of a South Carolina woman struck by a rock thrown into a car from an overpass.

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C Jobe

Greensboro, NC

#1 Apr 6, 2010
lock the parents up too, they didn't teach their children anything.
bring back corporal punisment. a good spanking when they were
younger, would have made them think about what they were doing.
Its called , "cause and effect", get it !
noneya

High Point, NC

#2 Apr 6, 2010
I hope they get life in prison. They're old enough to know what they were doing and now they should pay the consequences. An innocent 23 year old woman is dead now because of their stupidity. What a tragic way to die. I hope the boys learned their lesson and I hope other stupid teenage "thrill seekers" learn from this.
Wondering

High Point, NC

#3 Apr 6, 2010
The juvenile's name should be released, too. They may be under 16 but they were old enough to know better.
Mich

Kernersville, NC

#4 Apr 6, 2010
C Jobe wrote:
lock the parents up too, they didn't teach their children anything.
bring back corporal punisment. a good spanking when they were
younger, would have made them think about what they were doing.
Its called , "cause and effect", get it !
Agree totally. Would the teenagers like it if that were their mom, sis, brother, dad, etc?
steve in hp

Thomasville, NC

#5 Apr 6, 2010
With the new laws our great supreme court has ok'ed for juveniles and anyone under the age of 18 both these boys can be back to their rock throwing in a matter of days or months. The one under 16 can only held until age 18 and thats if they throw the book at him.
So people wants wrong with our country's justice system???
Kevin

Richmond, VA

#6 Apr 6, 2010
give 'em a chair with straps to hold them and stone them to near death let them know how it feels.
Kelster

Asheboro, NC

#7 Apr 6, 2010
Respect for others & life...teachers expect parents to instill it, parents expect teachers to teach it. Today it's much easier for parents to give their kids a $20 bill and send them on their way with no supervision. Not all teens have bad behavior, but the biggest majority do, including the more well off ones. In this case, both kids and their parents need to be held accountable for the loss of this young lady's life.
alawyer

Washington, DC

#8 Apr 6, 2010
I wish someone would do something about these cases - they are as old and common as the hills. What is it about juvenile boys that makes them want to throw rocks, especially from overpasses? Let's institute a learning program at the 5th grade where kids are forced to see pictures of these crimes and taught that throwing rocks is seriously dangerous - it doesn't just bounce off the top of a truck - it can kill someone. Sending these kids to jail after the fact is too late for the victims. Parents think to teach their kids not to do a myraid range of things but unless they actually catch them throwing rocks, the lesson is never really learned.
alawyer

Washington, DC

#9 Apr 6, 2010
BTW - just reading some of these comments - there are documented cases of this sort of behavior going back more than 50 years. Almost as soon as there were cars, there were kids throwing things at them. Keep in mind that the sorts of kids who do this usually come from abusive homes - they throw the rocks for the thrill and because they feel powerful. They never really intend to hurt someone - they just want to spin the roulette wheel - like with gambling. And please don't be mistaken about the level of punishment these kids receive - there are numerous cases where they have done serious prison time, including some who are still serving life sentences. There was a case in Georgia where a 15 year old egged on an older kid and got a life sentence. And there was the infamous case in PG County Maryland whre a bunch of drunk kids caused a brain injury to a young woman and wiped outr her artistic talent - those boys each did 15 years. But the point is, PREVENTION works so much better!!!! We need to school the kids. What would really help is a sign campaign near these overpasses - with the number of people killed and the years of punishment meted out. I am terrified when I drive under overpasses in that region - I know the stats and I know that kids have been doing it for many years - most never hurt anyone or get caught and get on with their lives - but if the odds are against you, everone's life is destroyed.

Don't react as though this is the first case - see it as a pattern and deal with the problem - or there will be another case in a few years. Wasn't it just about five years ago that a sleeping man was killed in Richmond after someone threw a rock from an overpass onto his car?
alawyer

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 6, 2010
steve in hp wrote:
With the new laws our great supreme court has ok'ed for juveniles and anyone under the age of 18 both these boys can be back to their rock throwing in a matter of days or months. The one under 16 can only held until age 18 and thats if they throw the book at him.
So people wants wrong with our country's justice system???
You're wrong. These kids will both do hard time in an adult prison, including the 15 year old who will be waived, and failing that, the prosecutor will apply a charge like attempted maiming that will get a direct file. Virginia's laws, as well as North Carolina's laws provide for adult handling in these cases. All that the Supreme Court did was outlaw the death penalty for people under 18 and they are still considering life without parole. The prison sentence these boys receive will solve nothing and juvenile boys will continue to hurl rocks off of overpasses. Everyone will mistakenly believe that the publicity about their long prison sentences will end the problem - but next month in Iowa or California, the same thing will happen. And then when the local kids forget what happened in Richmond - in about five years, there will be another case just like this one. The best way to handle this situation would be for schools to institute programs on general traffic safety and include this issues as a point of discussion. Kids mostly do this sort of thing because they always see themselves as cheating the odds - they want to brag that they threw a rock - not that they killed someone.
Jeff Brown

Greensboro, NC

#11 Apr 6, 2010
Life in prison. Period.
Honest Man

Montgomery, AL

#12 Apr 6, 2010
They should put those kids in the electric chair. This lady was just minding her own business, completely unaware that some deranged whelps would end her life for no reason. Hope the parents are proud of their spawn.
Jeff Brown

Greensboro, NC

#13 Apr 6, 2010
alawyer wrote:
BTW - just reading some of these comments - there are documented cases of this sort of behavior going back more than 50 years. Almost as soon as there were cars, there were kids throwing things at them. Keep in mind that the sorts of kids who do this usually come from abusive homes - they throw the rocks for the thrill and because they feel powerful. They never really intend to hurt someone - they just want to spin the roulette wheel - like with gambling. And please don't be mistaken about the level of punishment these kids receive - there are numerous cases where they have done serious prison time, including some who are still serving life sentences. There was a case in Georgia where a 15 year old egged on an older kid and got a life sentence. And there was the infamous case in PG County Maryland whre a bunch of drunk kids caused a brain injury to a young woman and wiped outr her artistic talent - those boys each did 15 years. But the point is, PREVENTION works so much better!!!! We need to school the kids. What would really help is a sign campaign near these overpasses - with the number of people killed and the years of punishment meted out. I am terrified when I drive under overpasses in that region - I know the stats and I know that kids have been doing it for many years - most never hurt anyone or get caught and get on with their lives - but if the odds are against you, everone's life is destroyed.
Don't react as though this is the first case - see it as a pattern and deal with the problem - or there will be another case in a few years. Wasn't it just about five years ago that a sleeping man was killed in Richmond after someone threw a rock from an overpass onto his car?
While properly teaching AND disciplining your children proper behavior will reap good benefits, those who stray into this type of "thuggy" crimes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. A slap on the hand doesn't cut it. I'm so tired of this bogus concept that "kids are going to be kids", or "they didn't know what they were doing"...yes, they did. Children know what is right from wrong. They are smarter than you think. It is sad they have ruined their future, and snuffed out the life of an innocent victim, but many in today's society seem to focus on dismissing the consequences on the victim and coddle those who commited this "crime". Yes, it was a crime. You do the crime, you do the time. Someone died from these stupid actions. I'll pray for these teens, and the family that was dealt an unnecesasary loss.
GNZ

Kernersville, NC

#14 Apr 6, 2010
I think over passes should have high fences to protect the low traffic from these tragics. This is happening too often and alot of copy cats are doing it too often. This is what they are called "copy cats" and they should be held responsible as an adult no matter what the age is.
Jordan

Greensboro, NC

#15 Apr 6, 2010
They are young enough to deserve a second chance but they need a good 10 years in prison.
CAZ

Pfafftown, NC

#16 Apr 6, 2010
"The best way to handle this situation would be for schools to institute programs on general traffic safety and include this issues as a point of discussion."

You're kidding me right?? When does the responsibility fall back on parents to teach their children common sense? My children never attended such a program. They're not rock throwers either!! Get real!
Brian

Kernersville, NC

#17 Apr 6, 2010
Whats wrong with people?! What did they think would happen?! Lock them up for a while & dont let the parents bail them out!
Brian

Sandy, TX

#18 Apr 6, 2010
I agree that the teens were wrong and should be severly punished for this. However, blaming the parents isn't right. As a parent of teenagers, I know that once they reach that age (15 and older), they're simply going to do what they want no matter how you taught them.
a mother in rockingham

Wilmington, NC

#19 Apr 6, 2010
I know the feeling if this was my child on either side. I know what they did was wrong but you also have to look at the county of Richmond and there is nothing for these kids to do here. Im sure know these kids are not the first ones to throw rocks from an overpass here. You cant judge a kid until you know what was really going on. If there would have been school the next day they would not have been out that time of night. Im not blaming it on the schools or teachers but something has to be done in this county to help these kids. I have done been told that this is an election year for a new sherriff and they are going to try to use these kids as an example to win a vote. All parents wonder where there kids are at one time or another do you know where yours is. Dont judje until you get all the facts in this case. I hate this has happened to both families and I know these kids didnt set out to kill or hurt anyone. I know it could have been mine just as well as any other kid. Lets get these kids the help they need instead of condeeming them for throwing a rock.
C Truesdale

United States

#20 Apr 6, 2010
I think that's what is wrong with this country anymore.. Kids and adults too think there are no consequences for their actions. With the over crowded jails, and court systems letting murders out after only a few years what do you expect. They know there is no room in the jail system for a petty criminal. Ask the family of the person who died if they think this was petty.? Until we start treating criminals like criminals and stop giving them more rights than the people they harm, this will continue.. That's my personal opinion.

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