Gallery : Mourning Vigil for Travis L...

Gallery : Mourning Vigil for Travis Leitz

There are 19 comments on the The Mid-York Weekly story from Nov 16, 2009, titled Gallery : Mourning Vigil for Travis Leitz. In it, The Mid-York Weekly reports that:

Friends of Travis' Chelsey Carey, 16, of Ilion, left, comforts Aurora Walker, 16, of Chadwicks, w... Photo 1 of 7 Courtney Randall, 17, of Chadwicks, holds a picture of Travis during a mourning Vigil in memory o... Photo 2 of 7 Travis' brother John Leitz Jr., left, reads a prayer during a mourning Vigil in memory of Travis ... Photo 3 of 7 Casey ...

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RIP

Clayton, NY

#1 Nov 18, 2009
What a tragedy.
nosy neighbor

Harrington, DE

#7 Nov 19, 2009
Bon voyage moron wrote:
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So are you. Get the fuck out of the road. The road is for VEHICLES. Wish I could say I felt bad but its just Darwin's way of weeding out the mental midgets. You know he was walking in the road thinking to himself like so many other idiotic teens out there who intentionally stand or walk in the road that nobody would dare hit him. Guess what? Splat. He won't do that again.
One less moron wasting perfectly good air. Good riddance.
It may not have been the smartest thing for this young man to walk in the road, I think we can all agree with that. But to call him a moron and a mental midget on a forum where people are mourning his loss is mean, hurtful and unnecessary. He was someone's son, probably somebody's brother and certainly someone's friend. Please don't kick them all while they are down. Its not right.
concerned

United States

#9 Nov 20, 2009
I need to vent, First off i feel terrible that this young man was killed that night, no one should have to lose a child, sibling and future father, I am sorry to the family. Second, that road is a 55mph road, you wouldn't walk on rt12 right? there is a major problem on that road with people IN the roadway. pedestrians are supposed to be on the other side of the white line. next, the driver of the vehicle they were walking around appearantly can't read, there are signs all over that state "no parking all roads town of paris from x-x" 6pm-whatever... it was just after 6pm, so they were breaking the law. NEXT, i know the feeling of wanting to do soemthing to help the situation, but spraypainting the road is ILLEGAL... also its a nice eyesore as you enter Sauquoit now. If they want to make a difference, petition the state/county to lower the speed limit of the road to 45mph or something more reasonable. DO NOT go stand in the ROAD and paint it, you might be next to get clipped. Its a 55mph, I go 55.. sorry.. Most people wouldn't drive 45 on rt8 right? It was a dark night, they were wearing camoflauge for gods sake... do the math... I am not trying to be the unsympathic one, but a little good judgement goes a long way. Everything about that accident was wrong, except for 1 thing, the other driver was obeying all the laws, you had an illegally parked vehicle, people over the white line, everyone else was breaking a law except for that driver who has to live with this for the rest of his life. everyone is acting like he did something wrong that night, he was perfectly in the right. The only people you can blame for being in the road are the kids.
zales

Auburn, NY

#10 Nov 20, 2009
but kids are NEVER the problem. its society's fault.
and WE SHOULD BE PUNISHED.

maybe the families of the deceased can get an educational grant from the state so it doesnt continue to affect their area in the future..i hear utica is giving out millions in grant money just for the asking..GET YOUR SHARE NOW
piecesnice

Boonville, NY

#11 Nov 20, 2009
first off, it was an accident. it truely was. it was dark, and the man wouldve clearly seen them walking into their driveway if the other car wasnts passing him at that time. it was not an act of stupidity to be walking in the road, i'm more than positve that you have done it more than once before so maybe you shouldve been the "moron" to get hit. he saved two of my friends too so good thing he was there. you can die eating at a resturant for God's sake, the chance of being hurt is present in EVERYTHING you do, it wasnt anyones fault that night. so quit with your criticism.
Casual Observer

Syracuse, NY

#12 Nov 20, 2009
piecesnice wrote:
first off, it was an accident. it truely was. it was dark, and the man wouldve clearly seen them walking into their driveway if the other car wasnts passing him at that time. it was not an act of stupidity to be walking in the road, i'm more than positve that you have done it more than once before so maybe you shouldve been the "moron" to get hit. he saved two of my friends too so good thing he was there. you can die eating at a resturant for God's sake, the chance of being hurt is present in EVERYTHING you do, it wasnt anyones fault that night. so quit with your criticism.
Yes it was an accident and Iím sorry you lost a friend. Accidents are inherently unintentional. I also agree that it is not really constructive to point out the obvious regarding someone putting themselves in harmís way. Everyone will probably always wonder why they didnít take precautions to keep themselves safe. Does this seem like a senseless loss of life? Yea, it does and I am truly sorry. He had a whole lifetime ahead of him and it ended because of a poor decision.

My point is that we have all made them and I do not think people should come on here pointing out the obvious like they are some kind of geniuses. Everyone knows mistakes were made and there were a whole set of unfortunate circumstances that resulted in this accident. But this young man still made a heroic effort to save his two friends. Regardless of how this accident happened, I wish people would try to honor him for that. This is such a horrific moment for his parents. Let them be proud of the son they lost and find some solace in that.
toncerned

Scottsburg, IN

#14 Nov 20, 2009
i just saw that it says i'm from washington dc?... i live in sauquoit, i was at the accident... just weird that it says im from washington, anyone know how to change that?
Badda Boom

Auburn, NY

#15 Nov 21, 2009
you move south.
al bundy

Auburn, NY

#16 Nov 24, 2009
maybe you mean PEACEisnice..but life isnt.
get used to it and grow up and maybe you wont spend so much of your life whining about what you will never change.
tonight 4 in accident on rt 12..maybe we should ban cars from the road to keep us safe? for wusses and topix censors BOO hoo HOO
Peg Bundy

United States

#17 Nov 27, 2009
al bundy wrote:
maybe you mean PEACEisnice..but life isnt.
get used to it and grow up and maybe you wont spend so much of your life whining about what you will never change.
tonight 4 in accident on rt 12..maybe we should ban cars from the road to keep us safe? for wusses and topix censors BOO hoo HOO
Now Al!!
kierstyn

New York, NY

#20 Dec 1, 2009
i love you travis and i am very sorry for what the family is going through you were the best kid in the world and ur gonna have the most perfect son i love you and miss you very much see you soon buddy love you lotz!!!!
DeeMari

New Hartford, NY

#22 Jan 30, 2010
concerned wrote:
I need to vent, First off i feel terrible that this young man was killed that night, no one should have to lose a child, sibling and future father, I am sorry to the family. Second, that road is a 55mph road, you wouldn't walk on rt12 right? there is a major problem on that road with people IN the roadway. pedestrians are supposed to be on the other side of the white line. next, the driver of the vehicle they were walking around appearantly can't read, there are signs all over that state "no parking all roads town of paris from x-x" 6pm-whatever... it was just after 6pm, so they were breaking the law. NEXT, i know the feeling of wanting to do soemthing to help the situation, but spraypainting the road is ILLEGAL... also its a nice eyesore as you enter Sauquoit now. If they want to make a difference, petition the state/county to lower the speed limit of the road to 45mph or something more reasonable. DO NOT go stand in the ROAD and paint it, you might be next to get clipped. Its a 55mph, I go 55.. sorry.. Most people wouldn't drive 45 on rt8 right? It was a dark night, they were wearing camoflauge for gods sake... do the math... I am not trying to be the unsympathic one, but a little good judgement goes a long way. Everything about that accident was wrong, except for 1 thing, the other driver was obeying all the laws, you had an illegally parked vehicle, people over the white line, everyone else was breaking a law except for that driver who has to live with this for the rest of his life. everyone is acting like he did something wrong that night, he was perfectly in the right. The only people you can blame for being in the road are the kids.
Wow, I really cant believe the ignorance in people. The news people never portrayed what happen Nov. 15, 2009, Yes it was an emence tragidy that noone has gotten over yet. Considering I was there that night, I will tell you what really happen. The kids were in the truck and had just gotten back from the store. They were in the process of walking back into the house. They got out of the truck and were in the process of walking around it to get into the driveway. There was NO PLAYING AROUND or Walking in the road. It was a freak accident that changed everyones lives. Mr. Randy Robinson, claimed he hit a mailbox that night, Sorry it was not a mailbox it was 3 Teenagers. NONE of which were wearing Camoflage. There was Bright blue sweatshirt, A gray shirt but NO camoflage. Where does this crap come from. So Randy was driving on Mohawk St. towards Sauquoit, there was another car coming from the other direction that Randy claims blinded him from seeing the car and the kids. He simply said he hit a mailbox. Not the case at all, He hit 3 teenagers, One of which died that night, while pushing the other 2 teens out of the way and taking the main blunt of the hit. That boy was Travis Tylor Leitz , He was thrown over 30 feet by the impact of the truck Randy was driving and was killed. Now Police say that speed wasnt an issue but if Travis was thrown so far obviously speed was an issue. HELLO wake up folks. This was a horrible accident that changed the lives of everyone that knew Travis and anyone involved. But Travis was a hero that night, because if he didnt act as fast as he did, maybe all 3 teenagers would have been killed.

Since: Jun 11

Herkimer, NY

#23 Jun 29, 2011
you know It's sad to watch the things people say that were not even at the accident or Involved! Seeing as I was hit by the SUV I'm going to tell you a few things. None of us were In the road, actually we were on the Inside of the white line on the side of the road. So the man that hit us Is at fault not any of us that were there. None of you know Travis so you have no right to say anything! This world Is so messed up, It took the one person who would do anything for his family and friends!So If you don't know what your talking about please keep your comments to yourself!!
lol

United States

#24 Jun 29, 2011
lol
Look both ways

Utica, NY

#25 Nov 15, 2015
amazing but when I grew up my mother told me to always watch cars even when on the sidewalk. Either way it was no ones fault. *rolls eyes*
Sad

Utica, NY

#26 Nov 25, 2015
Look both ways wrote:
amazing but when I grew up my mother told me to always watch cars even when on the sidewalk. Either way it was no ones fault.*rolls eyes*
The mother is a crakhead never cared what the kids where doing so it's just bad parenting at its highest.
Tothegarbagepick er

Utica, NY

#27 Jan 14, 2016
Once a crack dealer always a crack dealer. Life is life then you get hit.
wearedaONEupinsm ok

Syracuse, NY

#28 Jan 16, 2016
this post is from 2009 so are you just trying to scratch mold off the grave or did you just get out of ""COUNTY"" fe sumptin and have a GUILT TRIP??
yes or yes???? life craps then WE ALL DIE EVENTUALLY we dont all have WHINE at da barbakuu
ThatGuy

Utica, NY

#29 Jan 28, 2016
Sad wrote:
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The mother is a crakhead never cared what the kids where doing so it's just bad parenting at its highest.
The kid was 19, hanging out at a friends house. What does that have to do with parenting? What a judgemental piece of shit

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