Richard Gorney, 71, was charged with ...

Richard Gorney, 71, was charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.

There are 31 comments on the CBS2 story from Nov 10, 2008, titled Richard Gorney, 71, was charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.. In it, CBS2 reports that:

Nov 10, 2008 6:46 am US/Central Reckless homicide and aggravated DUI charges have been approved for a motorist who drove an SUV into a building, killing his 8-year-old reported nephew who was a passenger in the ...

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Alvin Dicroal

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 11, 2008
This person should be locked up for life.
Alvin Dicroal

Chicago, IL

#2 Nov 11, 2008
They should throw the key away
A previous neighbor

Northbrook, IL

#3 Nov 11, 2008
What does locking him up for life prove? He needs help. Let's learn something from others mistakes. He is a good man and nice person. He did a stupid thing, drinking while driving. Yes, there must be some consequence for this incident and locking him up and throwing away the key does not solve his problem. He needs help! Believe me he is suffering from the death of his nephew and nearly losing his grandchild.
Guy X

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 12, 2008
A previous neighbor wrote:
What does locking him up for life prove? He needs help. Let's learn something from others mistakes. He is a good man and nice person. He did a stupid thing, drinking while driving. Yes, there must be some consequence for this incident and locking him up and throwing away the key does not solve his problem. He needs help! Believe me he is suffering from the death of his nephew and nearly losing his grandchild.
That may be true that Mr. Gorney needs help, it is also true that society needs to enforce consequences other than suffering from guilt. There are a lot of "nice guys" out there with drinking problems. Some of those nice guys are abusive towards their families for years, some of those nice guys get behind the wheel of a car and put their loved ones and the general public at risk. I know of Mr. Gorney, my parents are neighbors. Whenever I hear of a nice guy who kills somebody while drinking, all I can do is shrug my shoulders and think- "I guess their number was up" After another nice guy that I knew killed somebody, I took a look at my own behavior. This nice guy wasn't drinking vodka in a parking lot, he was just having a few beers on his bowling night. Made me think, when is my number coming up? Are the terrible consequences worth it. My decision, don't drive if you're impaired, now all I have to worry about is the person that has not made that decision. It's a real shame that Mr. Gorney will live with the guilt of what he's done and likely do so in prison. It's a shame that a kid who grows up with a crack addicted mother in the ghetto kills a convenient store clerk. In both cases these people need help, in both cases society must impose consequence.
Aggravated

United States

#5 Nov 13, 2008
A previous neighbor wrote:
What does locking him up for life prove? He needs help. Let's learn something from others mistakes. He is a good man and nice person. He did a stupid thing, drinking while driving. Yes, there must be some consequence for this incident and locking him up and throwing away the key does not solve his problem. He needs help! Believe me he is suffering from the death of his nephew and nearly losing his grandchild.
Put simply a good man and nice person doesn't drink and drive. A selfish person does. He knew exactly what he was doing when he sat in his car ggetting drunk waiting for these two boys to finish playing. He may have an addiction but it doesn't justify his actions.
mad mike

Morris, IL

#6 Nov 19, 2008
He should suffer the consenquences
I dont know how my nephew is still with
him when he almost killed him to
Where is DCFS at now?
How is this man not locked up now
how did he get such a low bond for the serious charges against him?
Grieving Mother

Langeloth, PA

#7 Nov 24, 2008
Dick Gorney is my Uncle and he has killed my son Troy do to the drucken driving accident. He loved Troy and never wanted to hurt him. But his dirty secret got in the way of his relationship with Troy. I forgive Dick because I know it is the right thing to do. Especially knowing my son is now in heaven. But my heart is missing Troy every minute of the day and for that I expect my Uncle to pay the price which I would believe is jail time. I believe he needs help, but he has to want to get help first. We all can act out what we should be doing ,but it is another story to live out what is right to do. My family is crying everyday since Troy has been gone.Every where in the house the gararge the yard are little things that remind us of him. Troy loved life, his friends, and most of all his family.As a old man Dick will suffer his consenquences, his life will never be the same. None of our lifes will.
Friend of Grieving Mother

Morton Grove, IL

#8 Nov 24, 2008
I am a friend of Grieving Mother and Troy's family.(My friend is posting from Chicago even though it shows up as Ohio)
I have watched an entire family lose their soul.
I grieve with them for their loss and suffering. I understand their anger but mostly I am in awe of their grace and strength in showing the ability to forgive the unforgiveable. This is love, the love of a boy who loved his family.
Grieving Mother wrote:
Dick Gorney is my Uncle and he has killed my son Troy do to the drucken driving accident. He loved Troy and never wanted to hurt him. But his dirty secret got in the way of his relationship with Troy. I forgive Dick because I know it is the right thing to do. Especially knowing my son is now in heaven. But my heart is missing Troy every minute of the day and for that I expect my Uncle to pay the price which I would believe is jail time. I believe he needs help, but he has to want to get help first. We all can act out what we should be doing ,but it is another story to live out what is right to do. My family is crying everyday since Troy has been gone.Every where in the house the gararge the yard are little things that remind us of him. Troy loved life, his friends, and most of all his family.As a old man Dick will suffer his consenquences, his life will never be the same. None of our lifes will.
real mother of 12 yr old

United States

#9 Nov 28, 2008
Grieving Mother wrote:
Dick Gorney is my Uncle and he has killed my son Troy do to the drucken driving accident. He loved Troy and never wanted to hurt him. But his dirty secret got in the way of his relationship with Troy. I forgive Dick because I know it is the right thing to do. Especially knowing my son is now in heaven. But my heart is missing Troy every minute of the day and for that I expect my Uncle to pay the price which I would believe is jail time. I believe he needs help, but he has to want to get help first. We all can act out what we should be doing ,but it is another story to live out what is right to do. My family is crying everyday since Troy has been gone.Every where in the house the gararge the yard are little things that remind us of him. Troy loved life, his friends, and most of all his family.As a old man Dick will suffer his consenquences, his life will never be the same. None of our lifes will.
I am very sorry for your loss, and to know that my son had to see that. I am very proud for my sons actions, trying to help Troy, I know I messed up with my son, and I totally regret the whole thing and wish I had another chance. But for Richard to say that I am not responsible enough to have him, I think that it is totally ignorant on his part.. He not only put my son at risk, but he killed yours. I am VERY sorry.
real mother of 12 yr old

United States

#10 Nov 28, 2008
A previous neighbor wrote:
What does locking him up for life prove? He needs help. Let's learn something from others mistakes. He is a good man and nice person. He did a stupid thing, drinking while driving. Yes, there must be some consequence for this incident and locking him up and throwing away the key does not solve his problem. He needs help! Believe me he is suffering from the death of his nephew and nearly losing his grandchild.
HOLD ON WAIT A MINUTE!!! You don't sit in the parking lot and drink while the kids are in Chuck E Cheese. You go inside with them!!! This man says he's responsible. Yeah right!!

Since: Dec 08

Chicago, IL

#11 Dec 9, 2008
For Dick:

This horrible and tragic incident has affected EVERYONE. As a resident to the area for 26 years, it saddens me that such an incident could even happen so close to my own home, but it has. Dick is a wonderful neighbor, great person, and a loving Dad. His actions have proven otherwise, but the people who REALLY know him-know exactly what I mean. What about all the years prior to this? What about the great things heís done and the wonderful good that heís shed throughout his life? This terrible mistake does not define who he is as a person, it means heís human and humans always seem to make bad decisions and mistakes. There is no way that anyone else in the world could put into words the amount of guilt and sorrow that this man feels today- and will feel for the rest of his life, but I can tell itís an amount that could never be measured. He knows what he did was stupid, and wrong, and unforgivable.
Dick will be judged by God just like the rest of us one day. I have faith that God will look him in the eye, tell him that what he did was wrong, and then hug him and forgive him. Forgiveness is our way of life, our duty, our mission. Itís what consoles us, and heals us, and helps take the inconsolable pain away.
Troy was a child who was taken from his parents and his home on this earth in one of the most horrific ways. Remember that Dick did cause the accident, but God was the one who chose to take him. I canít imagine the suffering and the agony that this little innocent boyís parents are going through. My heart breaks for them and Iím so very sorry. I know Dick loves both those boys. He would never do anything to intentionally hurt them, or anyone for that matter. I know if he could take it back, he would. If he could switch places with Troy, he would. This man is sorry and for that, I still look at Dick the same way.
Get some help Dick, we still love you.

Again, Iím sorry to the entire family, especially the other little boy who is still alive and needs the adults to be strong for him now more then ever.
son of richard gorney

Naperville, IL

#12 Dec 18, 2008
My father is a good man,I will always defend him.Everyone in life makes mistakes, to one extent or the other.If there is anyone out there who has not made one mistake or error in judgement in their life please let me know!This is a trajic event that has affected many families.Please do not let hatered devour your life.My dad made a mistake,please find it in your heart to forgive him. Christopher
Grieving Mother

Langeloth, PA

#13 Dec 19, 2008
Dick was very clear on what he was doing the day he killed Troy. He took the boys to chuckie cheese without my permission and sat out side drinking for 2 hrs. I have recently learned that he started drinking again in Sept and that the family was aware of it. everyone but me. Dick told me he was done with drinking and continued to go to meetings to mask his secret. We all have made mistakes, but I have not with my children. My mistake was I trusted my Aunt and Uncle and thought they were going to the movies, that's why I gave them money. The family kept this a secret instead of creating intrvention. one more thing, this was not an accident. An accident is a unforseen experience. Dick sat, waited, Drank and waited for my son.He was speedind and He killed my son. there is nothing that can change that. Words can't tell you how I miss him. He loved life his friends and most of all his family. Troy was a wonderful boy.God and the courts will judge him for what he did to this sweet soul. xoxox his Mom Christine
CHRIS

Naperville, IL

#14 Dec 23, 2008
That's funny Mitch has had 2 D.U.I. incidents and the mother Christine abuses marajuana on a regular basis.......does everyone wanna know her dirty little secret?.........Oh yea no one wants to here that story.....KARMA HAS A WAY OF BITING PEOPLE IN THE ASS....BY THE WAY CHRISTINE YOU HAD A ROLE IN TAKING MY SIX MONTH OLD SON JESSE AWAY FROM ME .....NOW YOU CAN SHARE IN MY PAIN

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GRIEVING Mother

Orlando, FL

#15 Dec 28, 2008
Chris all the information that you have stated above is untrue. Your son was taken from you because of your drug and drinking problem. Which I believe you still have a drinking problem. My adise to you is since you have spent time in prison, share those experiences with your Dad.He will be spending alot of time there. He Killed Troy. period.
He was lucky he did'nt kill Jessie.Jessie now has to live with the pain of seeing is cousin killed. You and I don't share the same pain. You still see Jessie even though you lost custody of him, I can't see Troy till I die. Big Difference. You will never understand the pain my family is going through. You still need help, and I PRAY YOU FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU.
Squirrel Lady

Hanover Park, IL

#16 Jan 2, 2009
If you want to talk about dirty secrets, why don't you talk about how you ruined your son Jessie's life? He was born addicted to cocaine, and has life long disabilities. People don't take babies away from good mothers and fathers. Too bad you have to live with the guilt of abusing and ruining his life before he was even born. I wouldn't talk about anyone elses secrets, when you have the most shameful one. Christine told me from the moment she knew she was pregnant she believed Troy was a gift from God, and he was. She also loved him like a special gift from god. What did your wife do with your gift from God? Abuse him with her drugs and ruin his life? I don't know who is worse, Uncle Dick, you, or your wife.
New member

Naperville, IL

#17 Jan 5, 2009
I am sorry about your loss, grieving mother, however revenge will not bring your son back. Just want to make sure everyone here knows that Chris does not have a drinking or drug problem. I know for a fact. I am sure u don't anymore either grieving mother but I am sure that everyone here has a past. You are not a saint. Nor am I. You have not found forgiveness in your heart yet. Which is very understandable. But you are not GOD to judge and neither is your sister. Dick did not mean to have an accident. That is why its called an accident. Circumstances point a finger at him because he was drinking. You were not there to say for sure if it was the case. It probably doesn't help for you to be on this blog talking and dwelling over this. Keep praying. Thats all you can do. I will pray for you to heal. Only time is the true healer. I'm sure that you will never forget your boy. But please try to forgive and keep living. I think your son would want that. All the hate and bitter threats will not help anyone. It will only keep hurting you. Much peace and love.
sick of enablers

Glenview, IL

#18 Jan 6, 2009
ALCOHOLICS WHO MAKE THE CHOICE TO DRINK & THEN DRIVE A CAR, ESPECIALLY WITH KIDS INSIDE ARE MURDERERS; LAST I CHECKED MURDERERS DESERVE PRISON TIME - PERIOD!!!
DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THE GUY OR WANT TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR HIM (ACCIDENT?? PALEESE)
Friend of Grieving Mother

Morton Grove, IL

#19 Jan 7, 2009
Yes, we all make mistakes and we all pay for our mistakes. To give forgiveness you have to have honesty first. You can't fix what you do not acknowledge. You offer forgiveness to those who
can accept fault.
He maybe a "nice" man to alot of people. So is the man that drinks and than beats his wife.
There are consequences to our actions that society has imposed on our civilization to stop others from doing the same. There does not have to be hate in our hearts for us to want the consequence to play out.
Best Friends Mother

United States

#20 Feb 7, 2009
I am the mother of Troy's 8 year old best friend. It has been 3 months and there is not a day that goes by that my son and I don't feel the pain and loss of such a beautiful boy who died needlessly. The gravity has effected so much pain for so many people. In Troy's short 8 years he touched so many hearts. None of us will ever be the same. A part of my son's life has also died with Troy along with so many of us. This is a 71 year old adult who made a decision to choose drinking, speeding and not putting the children in a seatbeat. How can we not need some justice to be able to cope with our loss. Yes, he needs help but now so do the parents, friends and family and the only thing that can help us is having Troy here with us which we can never get so why should Richard be able to get help?

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